Submissions for 2020 now open!

OCTOBER 3rd to OCTOBER 15th 2020.

Official Announcements and Details coming soon.

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival celebrates stories usually not represented by mainstream cinema or contemporary Bollywood film formulas. Features, shorts, web series, music videos and documentaries, all chosen to engage, educate and inspire audiences by promoting free expression, cross-cultural interactions and understanding, and combating intolerance and stereotypes.

VISAFF originated in 2008 to "bridge the gap" between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences by connecting directors, actors, producers, community organizations, corporate brands and South Asian cinephiles.




VISAFF invites submission of films on themes related to South Asia and its Diaspora. Specifically it promotes diverse stories of South Asians through films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the global South Asian Diaspora.

We welcome shorts, experimental films, documentaries, and narratives of any length will be accepted in any digital formats.

All works must be related to South Asia and/or its Diaspora. This includes films made by filmmakers of South Asian origin as well as those by non-South Asian filmmakers that focus on a South Asian theme. South Asian involved in a major role either: lead actor/actress, director, producer, or writer.

All works must have been released in 2013 and after.

The number, date(s), time(s), and location(s) of screenings of the selected films are at the sole discretion of VISAFF. Filmmakers of accepted entries will be notified by email with these details.

Submissions are not returned.

Notification of final programming decisions will be issued to all filmmakers via e-mail by August 2019.

All non-English language films must have English subtitles.

The exhibition format should arrive at the notified address 2 weeks prior to the start of the festival. VISAFF will not pay customs fees on shipments.

Please see below deadlines for Film Submissions:

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: March 30, 2019

EARLY BIRD Deadline: April 30, 2019
REGULAR FILM Deadline: June 15, 2019
LATE FILM Deadline: July 15 12, 2019


Overall Rating
  • Melissa Das-Arp

    Fantastic and caring team, great communication and hospitality.

    June 2020
  • sanoj vs

    Very Good experience thank you for select my film

    December 2019
  • Ritesh Matlani

    My directorial debut short was screened at VISAFF 2019. A hardworking, empathetic and dynamic team put together a fantastic festival together. A jury that selected a wide variety of messages and themes in the films. Events that brought a community closer and established new connections. A truly inspiring time and great future collaborations to look forward to.

    Thank you VISAFF.

    November 2019
  • Tathagata Ghosh

    Outstanding experience. Kudos to Mannu, Panzy and the entire team of VISAFF for the amazing festival. Pleasure to have our film "Miss Man" this year! This is a festival I love dearly.

    November 2019
  • Alex Sangha

    A wonderful film festival. Thank you for including My Name Was January!

    November 2019