The world's first South Asia specific integrated Film, Arts & Literature festival

Australian South Asia Forum Inc. (ASAF) is proud to launch the South Asian Film, Arts & Literature Festival (SAFAL fest).

This will be an annual event celebrating the rich and diverse arts and culture of the South Asian region comprising the nations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The inaugural event will be held on the 20th & 21st of May 2017 at the Macquarie University campus in North Ryde.

We are delighted to have Macquarie University as our primary partner. This event has been made possible with funding from the Department of Communications & the Arts and the City of Ryde.

Whats on at SAFAL Fest


  • Ho Gana Pokuna (The Singing Pond) Film Screening
  • Tezaab (Acid) Film Screening
  • Short Film Competition
  • Film Direction masterclass with N. Chandra
  • Love and Love Only Film Screening
  • SAFAL FEST WORLD PREMIERE: Short Film Screening - An Invitation
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Performing Arts

  • Neel Banerjee Drama Workshop
  • SAFAL Fest Talent Hunt
  • Outdoor Performance Stage
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Fine Arts - Art Exhibition

  • Francine Haywood
  • Ana Tiwary
  • Gauri Torgalkar
  • Ayesha Gillani
  • Hiren Patel
  • Ramesh Chandra Alandkar
  • Shahid Malik
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Literature Panels

  • Insights into Self Publishing
  • The Long and Short of Short Stories
  • The Relevance of Poetry in Today's World
  • Emerging South Asia
  • Creative Writing Workshop - Nim Gholkar
  • South Asian Literature in Australis
  • Writing for Theatre & Films
  • Lifestyle & Academic Non Fiction Writing
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ASAF Community Awards

  • VIP Cocktail Party
  • ASAF Community Awards Show
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Get involved with SAFAL Fest

SAFAL Fest welcomes communities to an inclusive and welcoming celebration of South Asian cultural and artistic traditions.

We are asking for Expressions of Interest from local communities and residents in this event. SAFAL Fest offers a unique opportunity to recognise the importance of film, arts and literature in maintaining cultural traditions and exploring new identities in contemporary northern Sydney, and to link community activities to future creative, commercial and scholarly activities across film, arts and literature.

We want to hear from individuals and groups who would like to perform, participate in or contribute to the festival. They are also welcome to nominate themselves or others for recognition of their distinguished achievements or contribution to film, arts and literature with a focus on South Asia.

Please see below for information on submission.

Group and individual performers

Please identify your discipline (music, dance, spoken word etc) and style. Your EOI should include a list of performers, contact information (mobile phone preferred) and community affiliation. A brief outline of your proposed activity, including length, equipment and space requirements, plus a brief CV of your performance activity (including reviews if available) should be provided.


Please identify your discipline (photography, painting, mixed media, sculpture etc) and indicate space and format requirements and any special issues associated with your proposal. Include a list of works to be exhibited (with accompanying small format illustrations for guidance where possible) along with contact information (mobile phone preferred) and community affiliation.


SAFAL will require support from students, student groups, community groups and individuals with specific skills. We will be seeking specific volunteer interns through the university’s Global Leadership program, but welcome expressions of interest for contributions from groups for event development, sponsorship, event logistics, program coordination etc. Please ensure your EOI includes contact information (mobile phone preferred) and community affiliation.

Contact Us

For more information about SAFAL Fest, please send us an email using the form below.