The Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF), the first-of-its-kind event to bring together seven established South Asian film festivals from the US and Canada, announces the program lineup for its virtual festival scheduled for October 3-17, 2020, which is entirely free to view for all audiences. CoSAFF 2020 is powered by Vimeo’s OTT platform.
CoSAFF’s marquee films include ”Mee Raqsam (I Dance),” Baba Azmi’s directorial debut presented by his sister & veteran actor Shabana Azmi, featuring as our Opening Night celebration, followed by Shirish Gurung’s “Lato Kosero” from Nepal as the Centerpiece, and Prateek Vats’ ”Eeb Allay Ooo!” as the Closing Night feature to wrap up the 15-day celebration of the best from South Asian cinema.
CoSAFF also features short film blocks highlighting some of the best South Asian short films. Short film blocks incorporating themes such as diaspora films, LGBTQI stories, films by South Asian animators, stories pertinent to Black Lives Matter & addressing South Asians and racism, films made by women, stories about love and relationships, and much more.
The Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals also features live virtual programs every day of the festival, which includes live Q&As with filmmakers, actors, and other film talents. Most of the films will be available for Viewing On Demand (VOD) on the platform for the duration of the festival.
In addition to the films and live Q&As, CoSAFF presents multiple industry panels, workshops, and masterclasses with key players in the South Asian film and entertainment fields, as well as organizations and companies at the forefront of the changing industry landscape this year. The full industry lineup will be announced soon.
More information on CoSAFF, including the detailed schedule and registration link available at www.cosaff.org.
CoSAFF is produced by Tasveer, a Seattle-based South Asian social justice arts non-profit organization, bringing together the following festivals as CoSAFF’s constituent members: Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF), Seattle, Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF), Chicago, DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), DC, Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF), Mississauga/Toronto, Nepal America International Film Festival (NAIFF), Maryland, South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM), Montreal, and Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF), Vancouver.
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