IFFSA TALENT FUND

South Asians have been a part of the Canadian story for over 120 years, but are vastly under represented in cinematic media. With 2 million+ South Asians living in Canada, it is time they have a platform to help bring forward their stories more accurately and fairly, and share their compelling experiences with Canadians. IFFSA has launched IFFSA Talent Fund to support the development, promotion and celebration of South Asian Canadian talent and cinematic arts with a long-term strategy of building South Asian Canadian narrative through cinema.

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BMO IFFSA TORONTO

BMO IFFSA Toronto is a pioneer organization devoted to the development, promotion and celebration of South Asian cinematic arts and talent. IFFSA is a year-round platform with various subfestivals and initiatives, which culminate in the BMO IFFSA Toronto Fortnight each May as a part of South Asian Heritage Month celebrations. In its 10th year now, the festival has become an international icon and the voice of South Asian cinema in Canada.This extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent selection of the best films from Canada and around the world, on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. In addition, the festival also features gala dinners, red carpet premiers, concerts, lounge parties, exhibitions, seminars, discussions, workshops, pitching sessions and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more.

250+ FILMS | 16+ LANGUAGES | 80+ EVENTS | 20+ FESTIVAL DAYS | NATIONAL PLATFORM

THE LARGEST SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA

BMO IFFSA MISSION

BMO IFFSA Toronto is devoted to the development, promotion and celebration of South Asian cinematic arts and talent. 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. IFFSA is dedicated to presenting cinema that is intriguing and soulful, and committed to act as a catalyst for creation that offers transformational experience. It strives to recognize new and original voices throughout Canada and channel the excitement of cinema into our local communities. Festival has showcased hundreds of award-winning films while playing host to internationally acclaimed filmmakers, industry professionals, and press from around the globe. The vision and mission of IFFSA Toronto is guided by an advisory board composed of respected political, business, arts, community and media leaders, and globally celebrated filmmakers.

DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION AND CELEBRATION OF SOUTH ASIAN CINEMA AND TALENT