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.
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.
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.
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
FeaturE FILM Programmers
Irfan Haque - Marketing lead
Jennifer Bragg - Social media lead
Jordan Kaufman - Transmedia consultant
Brandon Gibson-DeGroote - Prints manager
Gavin Seal - Prints manager
Under the competent leadership of Saniyya Patel we have a team of excellent and dedicated volunteers assisting us this year.
Viera Konenkova (chair)