history

MISAFF has a history of presenting award-winning and critically acclaimed titles as well as Canadian premiers. In 2012 we showcased the long form version of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's Oscar winning film SAVING FACE. In 2013, Mira Nair masterpiece THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST enjoyed a sold-out audience. We also made waves with the world premiere of the hit Pakistani film ZINDA BHAAG (RUN FOR YOUR LIFE) which went on to become Pakistan's entry into the Oscars and snagged the Best Picture award at MISAFF (recently released on iTunes USA). MISAFF14 winners included NOOR (best picture/ actor), MEET THE PATELS (audience choice award), SECRET TRIAL 5 (best documentary), TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR (honourable mention by the jury) and NOUS AVIONS (Time Flies- best short). Filmmaker and actor Rajat Kapoor presented his latest film ANKHON DEKHI on opening night and Ali Kazimi commemorated the 100 years of the Komagata Maru with his film presentation of critically acclaimed documentary CONTINUOUS JOURNEY. MISAFF15 opened with India's Oscar entry COURT and we screened Canada's top ten MONSOON as well as TIMBUKTU and closed with the Sundance winner UMRIKA.

Festival Director

Arshad Khan

Arshad Khan is a filmmaker, film festival programmer and film educator. He has worked in the film industry for fifteen years and has formed alliances with and advised several film festivals around the world.

Anya Mckenzie and Arshad Khan at MISAFF14

Photo Credit: Kirk Cooper

Founder of the Mosaic festival brand Arshad Mahmood and Asma Mahmood at Mosaic outdoor festival.

Photo Credit: Mosaic Festival

SABEEN MAHMUD AWARD OF COURAGE IN CINEMA

The Pakistani filmmaker and activist Sabeen Mahmud was killed in 2015 by two gunmen for hosting a talk at her gallery T2F in Karachi. With the permission of Sabeen's mother Mahenaz Mahmud, MISAFF15 decided to dedicate an award in her memory.  The winner will be announced at our awards ceremony on the closing night of the film festival by the MISAFF16 jury. 

Advisory Board

Festival Co-Director

Anya Mckenzie

Anya Mckenzie is an accomplished programmer and producer with more than 10 years of experience working in the cultural, film and media industries. Anya brings a global and diverse perspective to her work that stems from her family roots in the Caribbean, her work in international humanitarian aid and her studies in film. 

"MOSAIC is a unique festival that celebrates cultural richness of Canadians originating from South Asia. It pleases me to see the emphasis on youth programming and that this year's festival will showcase a South Asian Film Festival." Mayor Hazel McCallion August, 2013

Short Film Programmers

Sally Rylett

Saba Bokhari

Mariam Bokhari

FeaturE FILM Programmers

Arshad Khan

Anya Mckenzie

Shahla Khan

Photographers

Rebecca Tissdele-Macias

Jonny Tragic

Rakshan Mushtaq

Film Jury

 

Marketing Team

Irfan Haque -  Marketing lead

Jennifer Bragg - Social media lead

Jordan Kaufman - Transmedia consultant

Brandon Gibson-DeGroote - Prints manager

Gavin Seal - Prints manager

Volunteers

Under the competent leadership of Saniyya Patel we have a team of excellent and dedicated volunteers assisting us this year. 

Hospitality

Rahim Jetha

BOARD MEMBERS

Anita Aggrawal

Jay Kaufman

Viera Konenkova (chair)

Asma Mahmood

Chetan Mehta