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04 Dec, 2017
VISAFF was a great success with Opening Gala being the most talked about event. In collaboration with Women Economic Forum, VISAFF honored Bollywood Actress Huma Qureshi and 9 Canadian Women Leaders with the “Women of the Decade Award” in their recognised field.
In attendance, the fest had the Global Chairperson Dr. Harbeen Arora attend all the way from New Delhi, India to present these prestigious awards alongside with many prominent personalities and dignitaries from Metro Vancouver. To name a few: Honorable Marvin Hunt, Honorable Kerry Lynne Findlay, Honorable Jagrup Brar, City of Surrey Councillor Vera Lefranc, City of Coquitlam Councillor Bonita Zarillo, Mr. Stockwell Day, Mr. & Mrs. Dave & Rani Mann, Mr. Vivek Savkur and others
It had over 25 features films, documentaries, short movies, panels, industry talks, practice pitch sessions for filmmakers, cocktails parties, pre-receptions for movies and closing night ceremony. We awarded 4 out of the 5 awards to Canadian Filmmakers and very proud to see an amazing group of young artists coming forward and promoting South Asian content and themes.
Producer/ Creative Director: Mannu Sandhu
Board of Directors:
Panzy Sandhu – Chair
Raj Arneja- Vice Chair
Farah Hasan- Treasurer
Vijay Saini-Board Member
Sowjanya Namala-Secretary
Manu Chopra-Board Member
 Jury Members:  Bim Narine; Manu Chopra
 Advisory Board:
 Jamshed Mistry
Vivek Savkur
Dr. Babra Rana
Abubakar Khan
Women of the Decade Awards were presented to:
Dianne Watts -Iconic Leader of the Decade in Public Service
Manjit Gill -Women of the Decade Community Leader
Jas Janda-Wiseman - Women of the Decade in Creating a Better World for All
Hon. Maryam Monsef - Women   of the Decade in Public Life
Senator Mobina Jaffer - Women of the Decade in Public Life & Social Change
Shahnaz Rahman -Women of the Decade in Community Leadership & Social Change
Dr. Babra Rana - Women of the Decade in Community Leadership & Social Innovation
Raj Arneja- Women   of the Decade in Entrepreneurship & Empowerment
Taslim Samji- Women of the Decade in Arts & Leadership
Huma Qureshi- Women of the Decade in Film & Entertainment
Film Festival Awards were presented to:
Best feature film – Abu The Documentary by Arshad Khan
Best Documentary – Maple by Jasleen Kaur
Best International Short film – Kheer by Surya Balakrishnan
Best North American Short film – Help Wanted by Jacquile Kambo
Best audience choice feature- Welcome to Surrey by Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera.
Photos: Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, Facebook, Aziz Ladha Photography