Despite the icy weather and dangerous driving conditions in North Texas, more than 1000 cinephiles attended the 14 shorts, documentaries and feature films at the inaugural DFW South Asian Film Festival (DFW SAFF) from February 27 to March 1, 2015, at the Angelika Film Center in Plano, Texas.
Produced by JINGO Media, Etihad Airways & Jet Airways, Cambria Hotels & Suites and CMGRX and sponsored by The Shraman Foundation, Parish Episcopal School, Milaap, Living Dreams Foundation and The Container Store, the three-day festival kicked off with opening night film Brahmin Bulls on Friday, followed by shorts & documentaries Katiyabaaz/Poweless, Asian Pride Project, Fire in the Blood, and Tomorrow We Disappear and women’s programming Blouse, Happy Raksha Bandhan and centerpiece film Sold on Saturday. Sunday’s showcase films included family programming Ravi and Jane and The World of Goopi and Bagha, followed by youth programming shorts Therapy, Just Friends and Acceptance. The closing night film was the world premiere of Rough Book.
The producers, directors and actors who attended the festival and walked the red carpet included: Viveck Vaswani, Tannistha Chatterjee, Mahesh Pailoor, Jeffrey D. Brown, Jane Charles, Dylan Mohan Gray, Suma Reddy, Fahad Mustafa, Deepti Kakkar, Tarun Verma, Arun Sukumar and Ryan Matthew Chan. “They say EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas, but I find it’s people’s HEARTS that are the biggest,” said JINGO Media Principal/CEO and DFW SAFF Founder and Festival Director, Jitin Hingorani. “News reports warned North Texans NOT to leave their homes because of the snowstorm, and we still had completely packed theaters for our screenings. It has been a very humbling experience, and we’re already preparing for DFW SAFF 2016.”
For the complete line-up of this year’s films, visit www.dfwsaff.com.