SACF South Asian Cinema in UK





About us

Since January, 2000, SACF has been successfully promoting a positive film culture. We at SACF have done this by showcasing the wonderful cinema from South-Asia. The films from South-Asia not only have unique exotic qualities but also prove to be great case studies of very interesting success stories of people from the sub-continent who made it big in the world of Films.

What is SACF?

South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF) is a not-for- profit film organisation open to people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.

SACF was set up by Indian Film Historian, critic and former BBC Broadcast Journalist Lalit Mohan Joshi and Cultural Historian and Community Worker Kusum Pant Joshi in January 2000 with support from Indian film archivist P.K. Nair and British film critic Derek Malcolm. It has an active group of committed volunteers and is supported by the Indian High Commission, British Film Institute (BFI), a network of film lovers and students and teachers of cinema


SACF has been playing a unique role by:

  • Projecting and highlighting meaningful cinema from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka & Nepal)
  • Developing a positive film culture among diverse audiences
  • Linking cinema with society, politics and local communities in creative ways
  • Providing a discussion forum for filmmakers/film audiences
  • Researching/ documenting South Asian film history/ heritage especially in UK
  • Developing web resources to reach out to a wider audience
  • Building South Asian film resources and archival material.




  • Holds an annual thematic Film Festival to bring together film audiences from various backgrounds and communities to view and discuss significant films linked to a specific theme. This has helped develop a positive film culture and capacity for film appreciation
  • Organises special events to pay tribute to notable filmmakers to enable audiences to see their films, interrelate with them and realise the power of the film medium
  • Publishes a thematic journal South Asian Cinema(SAC) where leading film critics and film academics critically analyse and comment on the works of filmmakers, scriptwriters, lyricists, actors and music composers. Subscribers of SAC include film lovers, media students and universities from all over the world
  • Organises Film Workshops and discussions on current issues and cinema
  • HoldsDada Saheb Phalke Memorial lecture on cinema.

Special Achievements

Film Events & Festivals:

  • 2013/2014 – SACF is managing a project titled: A Hidden Heritage with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to highlight Indo-British Film Collaboration in UK (1930-1951).
  • 2013 – Filmmaker/ Music Director Vishal Bhardwaj Honoured with Excellence in Cinema
  • 2012 – Filmmaker Shyam Bengal Honoured with Excellence in Cinema at the BFI. SACF also organised Dada Saheb Phalke Lecture by Shyam Benegal on Independent Indian Cinema at the Nehru Centre.
  • 2011 – SACF was awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant to run a project to highlight the life and work in UK of film legend Niranjan Pal. SACF produced/published a book containing the autobiography of Niranjan Pal and a documentary on him.
  • 2010 – Filmmaker, Lyricist, Screen writer Gulzar Honoured with Excellence in Cinema. Phalke Memorial Lecture by Raza Ali Abidi at the Nehru Centre.
  • 2010 – Festival of Gulzar Films
  • 2009 – Filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli Honoured with Excellence in Cinema Award at the Nehru Centre. Phalke Memorial Lecture by Dr Gautam Sachdev in The University of Westminster.
  • 2009 – Festival of Girish Kasaravalli Films
  • 2008 – Filmmaker Saeed Akhtar Mirza Honoured with Excellence in Cinema Award at the Nehru Centre. Phalke Memorial Lecture by Saeed A. Mirza in The University of Westminster.
  • 2008 – Festival of Saeed Akhtar Mirza Films
  • 2007 - Cinema of Independence Festival (2007)
  • Screenings of SACF documentary Beyond Partition (2006)
  • Honouring Adoor Gopalakrishnan & a Retrospective of his films (2006) in the Nehru Centre.
  • Partition Films Festival (2005)
  • Honouring M.S. Sathyu (2004). Phalke Memorial Lecture by MS Sathyu at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan.
  • First Dada Saheb Phalke Memorial Lecture by veteran film archivist, PK Nair (2003)

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