BMO IFFSA Toronto is the largest South Asian film festival in North America, and a pioneer institute advancing the development, promotion and celebration of South Asian cinematic arts in Canada. IFFSA is a year-round platform with various sub-festivals and initiatives, which culminates in BMO IFFSA Toronto Fortnight each year. In its 12th year now, the festival has become an international icon and the voice of South Asian cinema in Canada.
Festival showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best films from around the world, on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. A select number of foreign films are considered under Beyond South Asia segment.
In addition, the festival also features grand gala celebrations, red carpet showcases, musical performances, audience interactions, forums, panel discussions, workshops, masterclasses, and various networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, artists, producers, directors, members of the media and more.
Both celebrated and emerging creatives, film stars and film professionals attend the festival. The highly festive and interactive atmosphere of the festival brings artists and audiences together in a very engaging way. The festival programming creates a balance of tone and form, and aims to create an entertaining buzz while simultaneously starting a conversation with the audience.
IFFSA Toronto 2023 will be a 11-day long cinematic extravaganza taking place at multiple pristine and prestigious venues across the Greater Toronto Area from Oct 12 to 22, 2023.
VISION & MISSION
IFFSA Toronto is a pioneer institution advancing the development, promotion, and celebration of South Asian cinematic arts in Canada, and is making an immense cultural, social and economic impact through its various year round activities.
It is dedicated to presenting cinema that is intriguing, poetic, soulful and intellectual, and committed to act as a catalyst for creation that offers transformational experience. It strives to recognize new and original voices throughout the world and channel the excitement of cinema into our local communities.
IFFSA aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the South Asian experience by offering unique insights and new perspectives through the medium of film. Festival has showcased hundreds of award-winning films while playing host to filmmakers, actors, industry professionals, and press from around the globe.
The vision and mission of IFFSA Toronto is guided by an advisory board composed of highly respected cinema, arts, media, political, and business leaders.