The highlight of the festival will be films depicting issues that concern South Asians in America.
As summer approaches, a beeline of film festivals showcasing some of the alternate and most deserving work from South Asia will be held across the United States. One of such festivals would be Dallas Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF). Now in its 5th edition, the festival will be held from May 16 to 19 this year.
The event, one of the premier film festivals in the city of Dallas that focusses on independent, features, shorts and documentaries from South Asia, will feature some of the most critically acclaimed work from filmmakers. It will be showcase world, US and Texas premieres of a number of films.
The Opening Night feature film will be Sir, directed by Rohena Gera. The film tells the story of an affluent young man falling in love with his servant, who is a widow. After the screening, a Q&A will feature lead actor Vivek Gombar.
The four-day festival will take place across multiple locations ranging from Victory Park to Addison to the Design District in Dallas, Texas.
The opening night film will premiere at the Hoglund Foundation Theatre inside the Perot Museum of Nature and Science on May 16, followed by a red carpet and VIP reception at the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall. The other curated events for the next three-days will be showcased at the AMC Village on the Parkway 9 in Addison.
While the full festival line up for this year would be announced in April, the organizers maintain that a special emphasis will be on films that explore the subjects that concern South Asians living in the US. The theme of the festival is “Five Years, Five Awards.”
The award categories for the year will include Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Short/Documentary. The awards will be presented by their sponsors Toyota Motors during the closing night party.