The 3rd annual DFW South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) will have a new home in Addison, Texas, starting in 2017. The third installment of curated, award-winning shorts, documentaries and feature films from the South Asian region (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bhutan) will premiere in North Texas from March 3 to 5, 2017. The opening night feature film will be screened on Friday, March 3 at the Hoglund Foundation Theater of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, followed by a VIP cocktail reception at the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall (3rd floor of the Perot Museum) in downtown Dallas. The rest of the line-up will be showcased at the AMC Village on Parkway 9 in Addison on March 4 and 5, incorporating panel discussions with attending filmmakers, after-parties and networking events.
“The Town of Addison is honored to welcome the 3rd annual DFW South Asian Film Festival,” said Addison Mayor Todd Meier. “Addison has a vibrant arts community, and this event will help expand our profile to reach film enthusiasts from all over North Texas.”
JINGO Media, a Dallas and NYC-based, public relations and events management company, produces the annual festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas. The third iteration of the festival boasts 15 curated shorts, documentaries and feature films (over a three-day period), which will focus on issues affecting South Asians and explore the lives and stories of the Diaspora working and living in the United States.
“In our third year, we are establishing ourselves as a colorful thread in the fabric of North Texas,” said festival founder and director Jitin Hingorani. “Based on the trends of the past two years, we anticipate about a quarter of our festival audience will be non South-Asians, which means that the Texas mainstream population is slowly, but surely, embracing South Asian independent cinema.”
In addition to the opening night, centerpiece and closing night films, the festival will also showcase thought-provoking, edgy shorts and docs, along with women’s programming, men’s programming, LGBT programming and family programming. “All-access” festival passes, which provide admission to all of the films, networking events and after parties, are currently available on www.dfwsaff.com for the early-bird price of $150 before February 1, after which the price increases to $175. Individual screenings are $15 per person, but due to sold-out shows, limited tickets will be available at the theater. The entire festival line-up will be unveiled on the festival’s web site in early February.