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New Jersey Independent South Asian Cine Fest (NJISACF) is the first and only of its kind South Asian cine fest held in New Jersey, dedicated to independent films. The annual festival is produced by the Asian American Film and Theater Project, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization based in the USA, committed to the promotion, production and exhibition of film and theater works that reflect the diverse experiences of the South Asian diaspora across the globe.

Our Mission

Through NJISACF, our mission is to introduce our target audience in New Jersey-New York-Connecticut – about 250,000 South Asians as well as the mainstream American population in the New Jersey-New York-Connecticut area – to some of the alternative brilliant films that reflect the complex experiences of being a South Asian in the 21st century perhaps more truthfully than some of the big banner commercial films do. Along with this, NJISACF will also help to introduce and promote the South Asian independent filmmakers. NJISACF promises to be a major cultural event of New Jersey-New York, and has been hailed by the audience as a "pioneering event", a "gift to New Jersey and the South Asian community", and "one of the best things that happened to New Jersey".


After an overwhelming success and popularity as well as rave reviews in its first year (2007), the 2nd NJISACF will be held from 19 – 21 September 2008, at the Rutgers Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey. This three-day cine fest will showcase an outstanding array of more than 30 brilliant films by talented South Asian filmmakers from the USA, UK, Canada, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal and many other countries. These films will create a focused, lively environment for conversation, education and exploration of issues that face South Asia and the South Asian diaspora, as well as create a prolonged space where the pertinent social-political-cultural issues that form the core subject of these films can be discussed and understood. The screening of the acclaimed feature, short, documentary and animated films of all genres will be accompanied by filmmaker Q&A s, and panel discussions on various topics related to the craft and business of filmmaking. Jury and Audience Choice Prizes will be awarded for excellence in various categories.

Media Coverage and Publicity

At NJISACF, each of the participant films will reach out to the third largest concentration of South Asians in USA. This will also be an opportunity for the filmmakers to network with film industry professionals and filmmakers of South Asian descent, or those filmmakers who make films about South Asia and South Asians. NJISACF 2007 got wide coverage in the media. Not just that, we make sure our participants receive ample publicity also in form of news, updates and exclusive interviews of the filmmaker (and not just the year they participate, but in the following years too) through our newly launched monthly newsletter, Bioscope, which reaches everyone on our vast database.

Likewise, this year our goal is to ensure even greater media attention (both mainstream and South Asian), for both the festival as a whole and for individual films as well. Since this festival is dedicated only to films by or about South Asians all over the world, each film will get higher visibility here, than being in a crowd of films in any mainstream American international film festival.

Film Submission

NJISACF a festival by filmmakers, for filmmakers, and we believe the participation of brilliant and fresh films is the key element to its success. For submission guidelines and entry form, please click here. Submissions for NJISACF 2008 will be accepted only through May 30, 2008. For questions about submission, please e-mail to:

Invitation for Sponsorships, Partners and Volunteers

NJISACF is a cumulative effort by all our volunteers, partners and sponsors to bring the magic of the South Asian silver screen to us, and unite in the celebration of a common spirit. We welcome the support of each of you, as volunteers, sponsors or partners, to assist with funding, professional expertise or donations. We look forward to working with you! No matter what your background or experience is, you can contribute to the success of the event by being a volunteer.

If you are interested, please send an email to or call 732-310-0236.

To request a copy of the Sponsorship kit and learn more about the sponsorship opportunities, please send an email to

To be a partner of NJISACF 2008, please send an email to

Remember, every small gift matters.


For inquiries about Asian American Film and Theater Project, please e-mail /

Mailing Address:

Asian American Film and Theater Project,
P.O. Box 136, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, 08852
Tel: (732) 310-0236