On August 15 a major fire gutted the festival's office. Fortunately, many items needed to host SAFO 99 have been salvaged or replaced. Unfortunately, a number of items have been lost including all of our entrant notification letters regarding this year's Offficial Competition. We are sorry to say that at this stage, we are not able to notify rejected entrants. We sincerely apologize for this, but in order to get back on track towards the preparation of SAFO 99, it is necessary that some steps be eliminated. If you are unsure about the status of your film, check the Competition page on our website. If you're still not convinced, feel free to give us a call or email us. Finally, the festival phone and fax lines are working normally again.

We thank everyone for their concern and patience, and especially thank the various ASIFA groups and individuals, and festivals, who swiftly came to our aid. It is deeply moving and satisfying to know that we belong to such a caring and unselfish community.

Chris Robinson
Executive Director

ps. Back up your files!