SAFAL Fest – a festival of South Asian Films, Arts and Literature seeks local talent

Australian South Asia Forum Inc. (ASAF) is a not-for-profit established in 2012 with a  view to bringing Australians of South Asian heritage or those with an interest in South Asia (comprising eight nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) on a single platform with a view to achieving greater cohesion, assimilation, cultural recognition and economic empowerment. Since launch ASAF has grown significantly and achieved many of its objectives of acting as a bridge for the South Asian communities in Australia.

On 20th & 21st May 2017, ASAF will be holding the inaugural South Asian Film, Arts & Literature Festival (SAFAL Fest) in the North Ryde campus of key event partner Macquarie University. This is  a  first  of  its  kind in  the  world  focussed  on  South  Asian  culture  and  arts.  The event  is  being supported by the City of Ryde and the Commonwealth Department of Communications and the Arts. About 4000 people are expected to visit the festival over the two days.

The event will celebrate  and showcase the rich, diverse arts and cultural heritage  of the  South Asian region to the  Australian public, as well positively present the multicultural diversity and depth  of  talent  in  Australia  to  international  audiences,  while  promoting  the  City  of  Ryde  as  a fantastic  destination  for  tourism,  education,  business  and  investment.  The  festival  program includes  overseas  Bollywood  and  Singhalese  film  screenings  and  film  direction  &  acting masterclasses with their directors and artists, a short film competition, author book readings and panel  discussions, creative writing  workshop, artist  exhibitions, performing arts  displays,  local talent quest competition and a  grand SAFAL Awards Night where international luminaires and distinguished persons from the local community will be recognised for their contribution to film, arts and literature in the presence of local, state and federal dignitaries and diplomats.

SAFAL Fest welcomes communities to an inclusive and vibrant celebration of South Asian cultural and artistic  traditions and seeks  Expressions  of  Interest  from  local  communities  and residents in the event. SAFAL Fest offers a unique opportunity to recognise the importance of film, arts and literature in maintaining cultural traditions and exploring new identities in contemporary northern Sydney, and to link community activities to future creative, commercial and scholarly activities across film, arts and literature. Individuals  and  groups  who  would  like  to  perform,  participate  in  or contribute to the festival are welcome in the following programs:

Short Film Competition – Films must be upto 7 minutes total length produced in 2014 or after and must have a strong South Asian theme or with a key crew or cast member being of South Asian heritage. Multiple prizes on offer.

Australia’s South Asian Talent Quest – Any act, dance or song item of length between 3 to 5 minutes, performed as a single or in groups of upto 10 persons. No greater than 5 minutes per item. Multiple prizes on offer.

Arts & Crafts Exhibition – exhibition space on offer.

Drama,  Dance,  Music  performances  –  5  spots  of  45  minutes  and  5  spots  of  30  minutes available.

Literary Book Readings – 6 spots of 45 minutes for book readings & Q&A

Individuals, students, community and groups with an interest or links with South Asia, are invited to submit proposals for performance, exhibition or volunteering to SAFAL Fest committee  will  shortlist  and  select  performances  and  content  that  meets  its  guidelines  and schedule. Check their website for more information: for details.

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