With the focus on promoting peace and harmony by weaving nations together through the medium of cinema, South Asia Foundation creates a platform to bring filmmakers and communities of South Asian countries collectively at the Annual "South Asian Film Festival ...dissolving boundaries.
We have been receiving support & participation from all the eight South Asian countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, SriLanka. The support from the Indian film industry has been commendable. This year, saff is celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema and invites entries from all the South Asian Countries for saff 2012 being held in November in Goa this year.
saff has proved that it has a strong socio-cultural & political ramification in the South Asian Region and no other private public initiative has been able to make such an impact through the medium of arts & cinema so far in this region. As you know, films play a very important role in the psyche of masses in this region. This medium must be put to best and optimum use for generating and initiating various efforts already underway to bring peace & harmony and to reinforce initiatives for improving trade opportunities in the region.
The saff had made Goa its venue in the year 2008 at the initiative of the Chief Minister of Goa and the Government of Goa has marked this event as a major festival in the Goa Calendar of events. saff is the only South Asian Film related cultural event in the region that brings the South Asian countries together. The Government of Goa and ICCR had extended impeccable support to saff.
Different categories of films will be screened at the festival that includes Classic Films, Short Films, Documentary Films and Mainstream Films. New films will also be premiered at the Festival. The Festival will feature films from all era's, including Classic films of South Asian Cinema's Golden Era to young upcoming directors and established award winning directors. The Festival will feature some films with heart wrenching stories from the participating countries.
The Foundation considers it not only an honour but also reflection of the strength and the objective of the Festival. This is one of the very few Festivals that have been designed for a larger socio-cultural and political objective, and this is what sets it apart from other film Festivals.
WE INVITE ENTRIES FROM ALL THE SOUTH ASIAN COUNTRIES
Shri Kapil Sibal is the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Festival that also includes many prominent personalities of the region.