Film Festival


3rd i’s programs culminate each year in the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (SFISAFF) – an offering of the best independent cinema from South Asia and the Diaspora.

The oldest South Asian Film Festival in the United States, 3rd i’s six-day festival is the premier showcase for documentaries, shorts, narratives and innovative and experimental visions that exemplify the best indie films – and there’s also a dash of Bollywood! Click below to see highlights of SFISAFF 2013.

Click below to see our 2013 festival trailer.

From art-house classics to documentary films, and innovative and experimental visions to next-level Bollywood: 3rd i Films is committed to promoting diverse images of South Asians through independent film. Our 2013 festival showcased over 20 films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and USA.

San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival banner, 2013In 2013, we honored the strides made by women behind the lens, and examined gender revolutions across South Asia and the Diaspora. We shone a spotlight on stories from Pakistan and on the voices of South Asian youth. As always, Bay Area filmmakers found a prominent place on the program and documentaries dominated the lineup.

Our sponsors joined 3rd i Films in celebrating 100 years of South Asian cinema in 2013! Sponsors helped us raise the profile of this rich cinematic tradition by choosing a festival showcase to support:

  • the special Focus on Gender featured Gulabi Gang, by 3rd i favorite Nishtha Jain (City of Photos, Lakshmi and Me);
  • the country Spotlight on Pakistan featured the North American premier of Good Morning Karachi, by Sabiha Sumar (Silent Waters);
  • the focus on South Asian youth featured The Revolutionary Optimists, by Emmy-nominated Bay Area filmmakers Maren Grainger-Monsen and Nicole Newnham;
  • the Palo Alto edition of our festival featured the entertaining cricket doc, Beyond All Boundaries, by Sushrut Jain (Winner, Best Doc, IFFLA)

Join us in 2014! Sponsors get free passes, expedited entry through the VIP line, and a chance to mingle with all festival guests at our special Castro reception. For complete details, and to make a contribution online, please visit our sponsorship page.

For more information on our previous festivals, please visit our festival archives: