Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals program lineup

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The Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF), a first-of-its-kind event to bring together seven established South Asian film festivals from the US and Canada, announces its industry programming lineup.

The virtual festival is scheduled for October 3-17, 2020, which is entirely free to view for all audiences. CoSAFF 2020 is powered by Vimeo’s OTT platform. 

CoSAFF’s industry lineup brings together prominent and leading names in acting, writing, producing, distribution, and more. These include Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Netflix’s Never Have I Ever), Tiya Sircar (NBC’s The Good Place), Sugith Varughese (Netflix’s Kim’s Convenience), acclaimed Indian actress Nandita Das (who has served twice on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival), the creators of hit streaming series such as Indian Matchmaking (Netflix), Churails (Zee5), Delhi Crime (Netflix), as well as executives from Fox Star Studios, Seed&Spark, Short of the Week, and more. 


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Beyond Representation With South Asian Actors 

An exciting discussion that brings together South Asian actors who are changing the face of American and Canadian film and television. After decades of not having enough representation in casting, these actors have made a mark through their roles in successful films and TV series, showing that South Asians can play a variety of roles and representation can mean many things. 

Meet the creators and writers of some of the most successful series made for streaming platforms, as they discuss their process of developing the series, how they were able to push several boundaries, and what the streaming revolution means for South Asian representation. 

Included is the panel discussion that brings together key players in various aspects of film distribution to talk about how distribution has changed this year, what filmmakers can do to get their films released, and what this means for audiences.

Masterclass: Nandita Das 

Award-winning actor and filmmaker of Indian film and theatre will present an exclusive masterclass on screen acting and the intersections between acting and directing. Nandita Das will speak about her evolution as an actor, the stories she wants to tell as a filmmaker, and how her work overlaps with her passion for social justice causes. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from a living legend. 

More information on CoSAFF, including the detailed schedule and registration link available at www.cosaff.org. 


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