Front VISAFFSurrey: Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival (VISAFF) was a great success and Opening Gala was the most talked about event. In collaboration with the Women Economic Forum, VISAFF honored Bollywood Actress Huma Qureshi and 9 Canadian Women Leaders with the “Women of the Decade Award” in their recognized field.

The Global Chairperson Dr. Harbeen Arora came from New Delhi, India to attend the fest and present these prestigious awards alongside with many prominent personalities and dignitaries from Metro Vancouver such as Honorable Marvin Hunt, Honorable Kerry Lynne Findlay, Honorable Jagrup Brar, City of Surrey Councillor Vera Lefranc, City of Coquitlam Councillor Bonita Zarillo, Mr. Stockwell Day, Mr. & Mrs. Dave & Rani Mann, Mr. Vivek Savkur and more.

This year VISAFF had over 25 features films, documentaries, short movies, panels, industry talks, practice pitch sessions for filmmakers, cocktails parties, pre-receptions for movies and closing night ceremony. Four out of the five awards went to Canadian Filmmakers and it is proud to see an amazing group of young artists coming forward and promoting South Asian content and themes.

Producer/ Creative Director Mannu Sandhu
Producer/ Creative Director Mannu Sandhu

Producer/ Creative Director: Mannu Sandhu

Board of Directors:

Chair: Panzy Sandhu

Vice Chair: Raj Arneja

Treasurer: Farah Hasan

Board Member: Vijay Saini

Secretary: Sowjanya Namala

Board Member: Manu Chopra

Jury Members:  Bim Narine, Manu Chopra

Advisory Board:

Jamshed Mistry

Vivek Savkur

Dr. Babra Rana

Abubakar Khan

Women of the Decade Awards were presented to:

Iconic Leader of the Decade in Public Service: Dianne Watts

Women of the Decade Community Leader: Manjit Gill

Women of the Decade in Creating a Better World for All: Jas Janda-Wiseman

Women of the Decade in Public Life: Hon. Maryam Monsef

Women of the Decade in Public Life & Social Change: Senator Mobina Jaffer

Women of the Decade in Community Leadership & Social Change: Shahnaz Rahman

Women of the Decade in Community Leadership & Social Innovation: Dr. Babra Rana

Women of the Decade in Entrepreneurship & Empowerment: Raj Arneja

Women of the Decade in Arts & Leadership: Taslim Samji

Women of the Decade in Film & Entertainment: Huma Qureshi

Film Festival Awards were presented to:

Best feature film: Abu The Documentary by Arshad Khan

Best Documentary: Maple by Jasleen Kaur

Best International Short film: Kheer by Surya Balakrishnan

Best North American Short film: Help Wanted by Jacquile Kambo

Best Audience Choice Feature: Welcome to Surrey by Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera

Photos: Aziz Ladha.

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