Tasveer

“To inspire social change through thought-provoking South Asian films, art, and storytelling”

 

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In its 16th year, Tasveer Festival highlights three themes “Watch | Read | Talk “ that combine the 16th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF), 3rd Tasveer South Asian LitFest (TSAL), and a brand new and exciting platform that includes comedy workshops and South Asian pride narratives through the Desi Girl Comedy Project + Coming Out Stories.

Seattle PI: Seattle's South Asian arts festival celebrates community through food (Sept. 22, 2021)

After 15 years as a film festival and two with a literature festival, Seattle’sannual South Asian arts and culture festival merged into a single event with the Tasveer Festival running in a hybrid live and online form Oct. 1-24. Included in the more than 80 different films are a few pictures that explore the concept of community through food or use it as part of the storytelling.

Crosscut: Seattle’s indie movie theaters reopen their doors (Sept. 22, 2021)

. . . But these cinemas are now starting to reopen their doors to the flick fans who have sorely missed them. Spaces range from the intimate, two-screen Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill and the cozy-quirky Grand Illusion in the University District, to single-screen neighborhood faves like The Beacon in Columbia City and Central Cinema in the Central District, to the historic Egyptian Theatre, the largest venue in SIFF Cinema’s mini-indie-empire.

Seattle Times: Love movies? Check out these Seattle-area film festivals in fall 2021

Fall always brings a flurry of local film festivals, now with a pandemic-appropriate twist: Most of these filmic feasts are available virtually. Here’s a sampling of some of the larger ones scheduled this season; do note that all programming is subject to change.

What's Up NW: Upcoming Event: 16th Annual Tasveer Festival (Sept. 14, 2021)

Seattle Patch: Tasveer Festival Showcases the best in South Asian arts (Sept. 14, 2021)

In its 16th year, Tasveer Festival will showcase the best in South Asian film, literature, and storytelling in a SXSW-style festival, permeating the month of October with arts and culture. Through this festival, Tasveer will provide a platform to amplify under-represented South Asian voices, place a spotlight on South Asian artists, and create a safe space for dialogue within our communities. For the first time, three beloved festivals have joined forces for one incredible event!

Crosscut: Fall Arts | 35 art shows and festivals to see in Seattle (Sept. 7, 2021)​

Welcome to Fall Arts Season… with an asterisk. In a non-pandemic climate, arts-goers would be experiencing peak excitement right about now, for new exhibits, shows and festival lineups. But the delta variant has cast a question mark over 2021’s anticipated arts comeback. The cultural calendar is packed with tantalizing options — and we can’t wait to dive in — yet everything is subject to change. So before heading out in your masked finest, make sure the affair is still a go, and always pack this season’s most stylish accessory: the vax card.

The Tasveer Festival will showcase the best in South Asian film (TSAFF), literature (TSAL), and storytelling in an SXSW-style festival, permeating the month of October with arts and culture. Through this festival, Tasveer will provide a platform to amplify underrepresented South Asian voices, place a spotlight on South Asian artists, and create a safe space for dialogues within our communities. The need for art, community and comedy is greater now than ever before. Please join us as we kick off this inspiring festival. We are thrilled to have Riz Ahmed slated to join us as our festival keynote speaker in October! 

[Seattle, Washington, United States, July 6, 2021]: Tasveer today announced its second year of the Tasveer Film Fund (TFF), a program first launched in June 2020 to help bolster emerging South Asian filmmakers within the U.S. The Tasveer Film Fund aims to empower South Asian filmmakers to bring their scripts to life with $5,000 grants as well as year-long support with resources and mentorship access.

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In its sixteenth year, the Tasveer festival will showcase film, literature and storytelling in an SXSW-style event. The festival will be held in hybrid format from 1–24 October and aims to provide a platform to amplify underrepresented South Asian voices.

The 2021 event highlights three themes ‘Watch | Read | Talk’ that combine the 16th Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF), third Tasveer South Asian LitFest (TSAL), and a new platform that includes comedy workshops and South Asian pride narratives through the Desi Girl Comedy Project + Coming Out Stories.
For some of us, any time of year is a good time to darken the door of a movie theater. But as fall hastens, everyone else will have fewer days to feel bad about being indoors. Local film organizations have taken note — and they’re ready to unleash a wave of festivals to accommodate.

Seattle is lucky to have one of the largest South Asian-focused film festivals in the world, second only to Toronto. Now in its 14th year, the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival continues with a focus on stories from under-heard communities via a women-geared short film series (dubbed “She Persisted”) plus programming of seven LGBTQ+ movies.

The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (TSAFF) is the largest South Asian film festival in the United States and one of the two largest in the world. The 14th festival taking place this year is focused on India and covers 12 days throughout four cities in the region, with an anticipated audience of 5,000 plus.

August, you’ve been nice. But September, we’re expecting great things from you, too. (No pressure.)
Here are a few shows, gatherings and tasty treats that are making us excited about what lies ahead.

The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival kicks off on Sept. 26th, bringing more than 60 films from across South Asia to screens throughout the South Puget Sound. The festival’s 2019 season will spotlight Indian films, but also will feature movies from around the region, including Tibet, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and diasporas in the U.S. and Canada. Now in its 14 year, TSAFF is the largest South Asian film festival in the U.S. The series runs through Oct. 6th. Find a full schedule and tickets for films, galas, and special events at TSAFF’s website.

Port Townsend’s influence on the world of filmmaking isn’t limited to the Film Festival.
Jesse Alk moved to Port Townsend in the fourth grade and graduated from Port Townsend High School in 1992, and Sept. 29 marked the Washington state premiere of his first film, “Pariah Dog.”

Monday marked the autumnal equinox, which means our daylight hours are starting to take a nosedive. But never fear, the film festivals are here to carry us through the dreary season. This week brings three excellent options. The Tasveer South Asian Film Festival — one of the largest in the world — brings more than 60 films in all genres, with a strong showing across themes of women’s rights and LGTBQ issues.

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