The National Bank MISAFF film festival presented by Zee TV features the best of new South Asian and select Middle Eastern film titles for our Mississauga and Toronto area cinephiles. MISAFF features ground-breaking and award-winning films, carefully curated for their cinematic excellence and social consciousness. The outstanding films, parties, industry panels and networking opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers alike make MISAFF the hottest event of the summer.

MISAFF16 featured the OMDC filmmaker brunch where filmmakers met film financiers in an exclusive setting that was a prime networking opportunity for film professionals. MISAFF16 also included the MISAFF Chat with actor and MISAFFStar Varun Saranga. Every year MISAFF features an up and coming Canadian talent with the help of ACTRA Diversity.

MISAFF17 will have more opportunities for producers, directors, actors and crew to meet and network with industry professionals from Canada and around the world.

Awards & Prizes

MISAFF is a juried festival. Prizes are awarded and come with cash awards and gift certificates. Best fiction, best documentary, best short, best Canadian short, best cinematography, best sound, best performer and best production design are some of the categories awarded.

The Sabeen Mahmud award for courage in cinema is presented to the filmmaker with the most powerful and compelling story of social justice and/or social uplift.

Rules & Terms

Submissions are now open for MISAFF17 from March 10th 2017 to April 10th 2017. The submission fee is $10 for shorts and $20 for mid-length and feature length films (over 40 minutes).

The films have to be made by a South Asian or Middle Eastern identified filmmaker in a key creative role (director/writer/producer) or have to have content that deals with South Asia or the Middle East.

We get hundreds of submissions, therefore we will only get back to you if your film has been accepted by the festival for presentation. Results are announced to filmmakers by June 1st, 2017.

MISAFF accepts only online secure links to films for consideration.

The final film screening submissions are accepted on DCP, Blue Ray, DVD (NTSC) or digital files which must reach the MISAFF office no later than 5pm June 15th 2017.