Final Selections for VISAFF 2018 COMING SOON.

Taking place on November 22nd November to 25th November 2018, annual 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.

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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 2018.

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 21, 2018
EARLY BIRD Deadline: April 02, 2018
REGULAR FILM Deadline: June 15, 2018
LATE FILM Deadline: July 15 12, 2018
EXTENDED LATE FILM Deadline: August 15, 2018


Overall Rating
  • Arshad Khan

    Wonderful and very kind and hospitable festival. The festival is run by a team of incredible women. The venue is beautiful and the accommodation provided was absolutely excellent.

    December 2017
  • Jacquile Kambo

    Super happy to be part of VISAFF this year! Can't wait to see whats more to come and can't wait to see this festival grow! :)

    November 2017
  • It was very nice to be a part of this festival. I couldn't attend it but with the regular updates on social media, I always felt that I am there only.

    December 2016