SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival

October 23, 2012 09:16 ET

SAFF Canada Presents Film Forum for All

SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival: Vancouver-Surrey-Abbotsford

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 23, 2012) - Vancouver's indie film scene just went a little more international. The new SAFF CANADA SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL announced today a new program, the FIRST SAFF Canada Industry Forum Day.

The event will take place Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, from 1:00 pm to 5:45 pm. SAFF Canada welcomes the opportunity to bring together international and local film artists to share stories, and accumulated wisdom.

"With the calibre and range of our international guests confirmed for SAFF Canada, we felt we had an outstanding opportunity to create networking gatherings, and occasions in order to introduce our guests to the talented and vibrant local industry. Said, SAFF Canada C0-founder and Artistic Director Hannah Fisher.

The SAFF Canada Film Forum Day welcome local success stories Nimisha Mukerji "Blood Relative" and Karen Lam "Stained" - both who have parlayed their short film success into thriving film careers - who will speak to Maximizing Your Short Film in the World Market. The It's All In The Accent Actor's Toolkit Panel hosts Indie Casting Director Maureen Webb as she moderates a session with local working actors Veena Sood and Zak Santiago about building and maintaining a vast repertoire of accents in order to secure work in Vancouver's film & TV market. Kicking off the day, however, is the first ever Working With India panel which welcomes a host of India's film industry heavyweights to talk to the local market about building international partnerships.

Details and updates for the SAFF Canada Film Forum Day can be found here:


SAFF Canada honours and reflects the diversity of cultures, and the passion for Cinema that is such a potent force throughout all of South Asia. SAFF Canada engages the dynamic cross-generational South Asian communities of British Columbia and the rest of Canada and the World.

SAFF Canada showcases the finest feature, documentary and short films and filmmakers from the South Asian Family of Nations: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.

SAFF Canada will as well present work produced by South Asian filmmakers who live and work in Vancouver, its suburbs, Vancouver Island and Washington State.

The Festival provides a platform for superb cinematic programs from South Asia, and opportunities for professional networking between Canadian and South Asian film artists, via the collaboration of BC Film + Media, the Directors Guild of Canada-BC, the Canadian-BC Film and TV Production Association, and Hungama Mumbai.

SAFF Canada South Asian Film Festival opens on October 31st with the gala screening of "Adwait Sangeet" - "Two Voices, One Soul". The film's director Makarand Brahme will be in attendance for a question and answer period following the film.

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