The 15th annual Sikh Arts and Film Festival will be held this year from November 16th-November 19th 2017 at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts on the Chapman University campus in Orange, California (not far from Hollywood).

The week-end begins with an Opening Gala celebration featuring food, music and art exhibits. Sikhlens, the World’s Premier Sikh Film Festival, screens 50-70 films over the week-end.

It provides an outlet for sharing Sikh heritage and culture with the rest of the world by creating awareness of work that is “Sikh-centric,” showcasing Sikh talent, and instilling pride in the Sikh community.

Sikhs currently have minimal or no representation in American mainstream digital media or journalism and it is their mission to change that.

Sikhlens seeks work from artists in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, films, art, music, and books. It creates appropriate avenues for this work to be shared with the rest of the world with the aim of getting more exposure for the presenters, and at the same time creating awareness about Sikhs.

In addition to seeking Sikh-centric content, Sikhlens is also looking for Sikh filmmakers that have produced films about mainstream topics, or social issues.

Sikhlens has been embedded in the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts for the last seven years. Through the Project “S” and Destination “S” scholarship programs students have travelled throughout the world to produce Sikh-centric films.

Recent trips to the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Malawi, Kenyon, Malaysia, Thailand and Nepal have produced some former festival submissions. It is our goal to expand to major film school across the world, duplicating the success we have had at Chapman University.

Some of these films can be viewed on https://goo.gl/4CvX4d.

For more information on the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts see https://www.chapman.edu/dodge/index.aspx. A tour of Dodge College can also be arranged.

Sikhlens also collaborates with the Sri Hemkunt Foundation on the Panthic Digital Voice (PDV) program. Youth participants get an opportunity to grow their storytelling abilities using digital media. The program provides an online/physical workshop to show them the process of creating video/film. There is a dire need for Sikh youth to learn their history and become the Next Generation of Sikh Story Tellers.

Submissions Information

Submissions guidelines may be found at www.sikhlens.com. The deadline for submissions is October 20th, 2017.

Our deadlines are postmark deadlines. After we evaluate your submission, you will receive a status update.

Rules & Terms

Does your entry meet the Sikhlens requirements?

You're entry must be Sikh-centric - related to Sikh culture , Sikh religion, etc.

Please ensure that your entry meets this requirement and that it is stated in the description of your entry.

If it is NOT we will not even view your entry. And your entry will be disqualified.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. The Sikh Arts and Film Festival not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work. Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the festival; however SAFF is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the festival.

Submitted films must be available for exhibition as:
Digital Cinema Package (DCP) – (Does not apply to Music Video and Youth categories)

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Accepted films must be available in the designated exhibition formats.

The number(s), date(s), time(s), and locations of the screenings of films are subject to the discretion of the Sikh Arts and Film Festival.

The exhibition copy supplier will be responsible for the cost of the shipment to the Sikh Arts and Film Festival. Sikh Arts and Film Festival will return the print postage prepaid to the supplier or to the next destination as indicated by the supplier (Features only). Entry materials and/or Short films will not be returned with the exception of hard drives and flash drives with a prepaid postage and self-addressed envelope.

Sikh Arts and Film Festival takes the utmost care in the handling of your entry. Sikh Arts and Film Festival does not pay additional charges for originals, masters, or special prints.

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Accepted films must be available in the designated exhibition formats.

Notifications will be emailed. All correspondence will be done through email, only through the original submitter. Please insure that you have provided us with your correct/valid email. All correspondence will be done through email ONLY to the original submitter.