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The Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival was honored with the ‘Most Innovative Small Business of 2017” award at the Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum Oct. 5. Seen are: Nisha Bhatt (l), festival coordinator; Jitin Hingorani, founder and festival director; and Ambica Dev, artistic director. “This is a testament to our strong DFW community,” said the Indian American founder. (Amrit Kirpalani photo)

The Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival, created by New York- and Dallas-based arts and entertainment company Jingo Media, was honored at the Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum with the ‘Most Innovative Small Business of 2017’ award Oct. 5.

The film festival was created three years ago to promote the perspectives and voices of the South Asian community through cinema.

“We are truly honored and humbled to receive this award from Governor Greg Abbott,” said Jitin Hingorani, founder and festival director. “This is a testament to our strong DFW community, who has embraced our film festival with open arms and fills out theaters to capacity year-after-year.”

Hingorani added that though India is known for its Bollywood films, they wanted to create an appreciation for the “smaller, independent gems that may never see the light of day, if it were not for festivals like ours.”

Organized and hosted by the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce-Dallas/Fort Worth, the Governor’s Small Business Forum also recognized three other north Texas small businesses in different categories: TechStar Group, B12 Consulting and NectarOM. 

“We had a lot of nominees this year for the ‘Most Innovative Business’ Award,” said Neel Gonuguntla, president of the U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce-Dallas/Fort Worth. “But DFW SAFF has built a truly innovative business model that leads to community integration through the universally-loved art form of cinema.”

The fourth annual Dallas/Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival will take place from Feb. 8 to 11, 2018. It will showcase more than 20 shorts, documentaries and feature films from South Asia.

In addition to international and Texas premieres, the festival will also host workshops, networking events and a VIP red carpet reception for its invited filmmakers and actors from all over the world.

For more information and the festival line-up, visit www.dfwsaff.com

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