The South Asian Film Festival
SAFF Canada 2012 South Asian Film Festival Background
SAFF Canada takes place in Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford – the Fraser Valley from October 31 to November 4, 2012. For the first time in Canada, SAFF presents a collection of recent Feature, Documentary and Animated films from the South Asian family of nations: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.
SAFF Canada Co-Founder and Artistic Director Hannah Fisher is a former Executive Director of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). She has contributed to many major international festivals, including the Dubai International Film Festival, the OFF PLUS CAMERA Festival of Independent Cinema, Krakow, Poland, and the Kolkata International Film Festival. Hannah utilizes her many years of experience, relationships, contacts and passion for South Asia, in the development of SAFF Canada.
The Festival provides a platform for superb cinematic programs from South Asia, and opportunities for professional networking between Canadian and South Asian film artists, via the collaboration of BC Film + Media, the BC Film Commission, the Canadian-BC Film and TV Production Association, the Directors Guild of Canada-BC and Telefilm Canada.
SAFF Canada honours and reflects the diversity of cultures, and the passion for Cinema that is such a potent force throughout all of South Asia. SAFF Canada engages the dynamic cross-generational South Asian communities of British Colombia and Washington State. Our goal: to share stories, to build social and cultural bridges with the non-South Asian community and all who love cinema and share an interest in the World-at-Large.