Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) Returns
Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) is excited to bring you a weekend full of entertainment, as we slowly return to normalcy during this pandemic. VISAFF will run from November 11-14 and 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 the 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.
VISAFF is more than films. It is about strengthening our multicultural social fabric that is critical for our nation’s peace and security. We are honored to partner with NATO, an organization that fosters multinational cooperation and security which is key to our daily lives and well-being.
Other films to look forward to this year include A New Christmas, Approval Needed, Maya, Fall Back Down, Confusion, The Zeme, and Emergence: Out Of The Shadows, a documentary slated for the closing night.
The festival will start with their Opening Night – Red Carpet Gala on the evening of November 11th held at Surrey City Hall. This will be a red carpet event that is to be attended by filmmakers, members of the community, and the 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.