South Asian Film Festival

The Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival returns to Surrey from November 11 to 14 with a celebration of storytelling and inspiration. The VISAFF was created in 2008 to “bridge the gap” between South Asian talent and mainstream audiences by connecting directors, actors, producers, community organizations, corporate brands and South Asian cinephiles. The festival celebrates stories not usually represented by mainstream cinema or contemporary Bollywood film formulas, and this year, the festival will showcase over 60 films, including 6 features, 5 documentaries, over 30 short films along with various panel discussions and workshops.

The films lined up for the festival will bring forth different voices and styles of storytelling and take you on a trip all the way from North America to the heart of South Asia.

Every year VISAFF finds ways to support different themes and perspectives and provides a platform for new talent while ensuring the best films make the line-up. This year, the festival will open with feature film Mehrunisa, the story of an 80-year-old woman who stands up against patriarchy and becomes a role model for women across India.

Other films to look forward to this year include A New ChristmasApproval NeededMayaFall Bac DownConfusionThe Zeme and Emergence: Out Of The Shadows, a documentary slated for the closing night.

The festival kicks off on the evening of November 11 with their Opening Night – Red Carpet Gala held at Surrey City Hall. This red carpet event will be attended by filmmakers, members of the community and media.

“During these unprecedented times, we want to ensure that Canadian filmmakers are highlighted through VISAFF. This year we are working on reconnecting and strengthening our commitment to reconciliation and representation through innovative and inclusive programming and participation” says festival producer Mannu Sandhu.

For more information about VISAFF, schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit  The VISAFF Box Office Website