SAARC Film Festival 2017

A Powerful and Unique Experience in Cultural Diversity

Dates: 21st to 25th November 2017
Venue:  National Film Corporation Cinema Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Entrance:  Free

Since its inception in 2011, the SAARC Film Festival has been held in Sri Lanka, and with every year, it has gained a reputation for promoting and featuring some of the best films from the SAARC Region.  The SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC), in keeping with its mandate of promoting culture in the region through different modes of art, will once again showcase films from the Region as expressions of culture at its forthcoming SAARC Film Festival.  The SAARC Member States will nominate some of their art work which showcases the cinematic imagination of the SAARC Region, using the medium of Film.  A reputed panel of international judges select the best films, and several awards are presented as an incentive to continue producing quality, thought provoking and representational films for the Region.

This is an event unique to the Region and one that has caused interest and excitement amongst the people of South Asia since 2011.  We now want to take it to the world, through the portal of South Asia and build it into a truly magnificent and international festival experience.  The message of tolerance and the power of film is easily experienced through the screen with every Member State given the opportunity to screen and showcase some of their best creations and form a vibrant collage and tapestry of meaningful films from the Region.  The Film Festival will focus on films first screened after 2015, from all Member States, inviting Directors of these movies to partake in workshops conducted to encourage and improve future productions.

We warmly invite you to join us as we explore the world of Film and Cinema indigenous to the SAARC Region.  Most importantly, be present as we showcase a very special part of culture and art within our varying and wonderfully diverse Member States.  We warmly invite you to join us, as we resume our journey in 2017 to bring South Asian Film to the forefront of the International Film World.

SAARC Film Festival Awards

The following Awards will be presented, following selection by an International Panel of Judges at the end of the Film Festival.  The decision of the Judges will be Final.

  1. Award for the Best Feature Film
  2. Award for the Best Short Film
  3. Award for the Best Director
  4. Award for the Best Actor
  5. Award for the Best Actress
  6. Award for the Best Cinematographer
  7. Award for the Best Editor
  8. Award for the Best Screenplay
  9. Award for the Best Sound Designer
  10. Award for the Best Original Score
  11. Award for the Best Film – Open Category
  12. Special Jury Award

SAARC Film Festival Catalogue