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 five-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!

Come celebrate 3rd i’s seventeenth annual SF International South Asian Film Festival (Bollywood and Beyond) in November 2019, with some of the best cinema from India, Sri Lanka, UK and the USA. This year’s festival lends an ear to Young Voices, capturing both intergenerational relationships, and stories of youth coming-of-age in rural areas and in megacities. Humor takes center stage in stories of stand-up comics, and in our signature shorts program which uses satire to address pressing social issues from the border wall to colorism. This year’s festival is brimming with cutting-edge indie narratives: from gripping and compassionate stories of addiction, to up-and-coming filmmakers of Bengali cinema and the Assamese New Wave, to a searing and masterful period drama on caste conflict from Sri Lanka. As always, California filmmakers and Women’s stories shine bright! 

See highlights of the 2018 festival.

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 sponsors joined 3rd i Films in celebrating the diverse voices of South Asian arts in 2018! Join us by becoming a sponsor in 2019.

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.