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South Asian Filmmakers Fund Launches

12 May 2020

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South Asian Filmmakers Fund Launches

A Seattle fund aiming to fill a gap in financing for South Asian filmmakers is launching Monday. The Tasveer Film Fund will bestow $5,000, in a first for that community, to South Asian shorts filmmakers to tell their stories, according to the organizers.

Rita Meher, executive director of Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, and Pulkit Datta, artistic director, said they had been discussing such a fund before the coronavirus crisis began.

“After a lot of discussion — the COVID crisis has heavily impacted the film industry, many are out of work and funding [has] pulled out — we decided this is the best time,” Datta said. “If it helps one filmmaker, we should do it.”

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