United States and Canada based seven South Asian film Festivals have jointly announced to host virtual Film Festival after the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. They have formed Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF) to cope with this situation.
According to a statement from the coalition, for 15 days the virtual festival will stream films and host Q&As with filmmakers, as well as other conversations on industry topics and relating to the South Asian community. Event is running Oct. 3-17.
CoSAFF is being produced by Tasveer, a South Asian social justice arts non-profit organization based in Seattle, bringing together these festivals as constituent members.
Along with the Tasveer, Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF), DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF), Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) Toronto, Nepal America International Film Festival (NAIFF) Maryland, South Asian Film Festival of Montreal (SAFFM), Montreal, Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) are merging for their efforts.
These festivals showcase films from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, Tibet and Sri Lanka. The films that unspool are not mainstream Hindi films, otherwise known as Bollywood movies, but rather smaller indie movies.
The films will stream on Vimeo OTT, which allows them to set up their own streaming platform. While the lineup is still being set, the films will be from those released in 2019 and 2020, according to the organizers.
“In order to help the film community and encourage viewership of independent cinema, CoSAFF is curating cutting-edge, critically acclaimed films and making them accessible to the public free of cost” reads the joint statement.
The statement further added, “We’re excited and honored to be coming together during this very challenging time, in a show of unity and in pursuit of the creation of something meaningful for all our communities to engage with.