As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and things open up, we welcome our filmmakers to submit their works for our #MISAFF2021 edition. Please note that this year there might be live theatrical screenings at MISAFF21 depending on the laws in Ontario.
The MISAFF film festival presented by CCAI 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, industry panels, and networking opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers alike make MISAFF the premier South Asian film festival in Canada.

MISAFF has featured OMDC and Telefilm industry brunch with filmmakers as well as industry talks called MISAFF CHAT. Industry events include film financiers in an exclusive setting that is a prime networking opportunity for film professionals. MISAFF Chats have included actors Rajkumar Rao, Gabe Grey, Supinder Wraich, Varun Saranga, and Marina Khan and filmmakers Hansal Mehta, Saqib Malik, Hardik Mehta, Deepa Mehta, Anu Menon to name a few. Every year MISAFF features an up-and-coming Canadian talent with the help of ACTRA Diversity.

MISAFF21 will have more opportunities for producers, directors, actors, and crew to meet and network online with industry professionals from Canada and around the world.

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 considered for awards.

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.

Submissions will open for MISAFF2021 from March 17th, 2021 to Sep 1st, 2021. The submission fee is $40 for feature-length films (over 50 minutes), $30 for mid-length films, and $20 for short films (Under 30 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 October 30th, 2021.

MISAFF accepts only online secure links to films for consideration. If your film is online or has already been screened in Ontario, it might be rejected.

In case there are no live screenings this year, the filmmakers have to agree to online presentations of their films if submitting on this platform.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Chung

    It was a pleasure screening our film at MISAFF. The staff are so welcoming and hospitable. Their programming was outstanding, and they gave our particular film a lot of love. Had a great time!

    December 2020
  • Sami Khan

    Amazing festival with great audiences. Does an amazing job of promoting films about the South Asian diaspora. I love screening here.

    December 2020
  • Rippin Sindher

    MISAFF is an extremely special and dynamic festival organized by a talented group of people who make your experience feel like family! In my two screenings with the festival (one in person and this year via online), I have been able to watch an array of work from around the world and meet talented filmmakers who I have remained connected with. MISAFF's excellent programming of independent films, attentiveness to filmmakers and a festival director and team who know how to efficiently run a festival, is why I highly recommend MISAFF for your next submission!

    December 2020
  • Seth Mohan

    MISAFF has consistently curated some of the best independent films from around the world. I have attended the festival in previous years, and this year I had the honour of having one of my films be showcased in the Canadian Shorts category.

    The communication and support from the festival organizers was fantastic. They transitioned to a virtual festival with ease and made sure to still connect with a wide audience of film lovers.

    I highly recommend this premium film festival for any emerging filmmakers.

    December 2020
  • Hamza Bangash

    Brilliant festival! The team is extremely supportive and it was a pleasure having Rang Raaz premiere at the fest.

    August 2017