Chicago South Asian Film Festival inviting entries for September event

Logo of Chicago South Asian Film Festival. PHOTO Twitter @CSAFFestival

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival scheduled this year from Sept. 21-24, is calling on film makers to submit their entries ( The Festival was founded in 2010 by the Chicago South Asian Arts Council, a non-profit organization that aims to promote creativity and culture through art.

The festival gives South Asian talent, stories and themes a world platform and is committed to providing an experience in cinema for filmmakers and moviegoers alike with the warmth and personal touch that is unique to Chicago, the website of the festival says.

The stated aims of CSAFF include promoting South Asian culture, talent and perspectives through films, art and discussions; Promoting local businesses and organizations by creating partnerships and fostering strong relationships to provide exposure; and promoting Chicago as a destination for making films while supporting local talent through workshops and networking platforms.

Describing itself as one of the largest multicultural events in the heartland of America” the CSAFF emphasizes its dedication to advancing diversity in Chicagoland through cinema, conversation and culture.

Held in late September in downtown Chicago, CSAFF “screens premiere films, hosts exceptional talent and organizes panel discussions, opportunities for filmmakers and film lovers to connect, musical performances, industry workshops, tributes to major artists and awards galas.”

The Festival supports films from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. Films from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have also received a platform at CSAFF. All the films are spoken or subtitled in English.

The annual event is supported by the Mayor of Chicago, Chicago Film Office, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Consulate General of India, the Consulate General of Pakistan, Chicago Sister Cities: Delhi Committee, Evanston Public Library, the City of Evanston, Tribeca Flashpoint Film School, DePaul University, educational institutions and industry ambassadors, the website says.

Those interested can submit entries at



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