We know that COVID-19 has created a devastating situation for the film industry. This is why last year we lowered our submission fees and moved the festival online. Please note that this year there might be live theatrical screenings at MISAFF20 depending on the laws in Canada and in Mississauga.
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, parties, industry panels and networking opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers alike make MISAFF the hottest event of the summer.
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 May 1 st 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 June 30th, 2021.
MISAFF accepts only online secure links to films for consideration. If your film is online or has already 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.