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IFFSA 2019: A film festival to watch out for!

By BFFC Network Monday, May 06, 2019 12:11: AM

IFFSA Toronto is THE LARGEST SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA. In its 8th year now, the festival has become an international icon and the voice of South Asian cinema in Canada. The festival starts on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, and we are hoping to see you there!

This 12+ day extravaganza showcases a diverse, language independent, selection of the best feature films, featurette films, short films, documentaries and music films from around the world, on themes of South Asian cultures and identities. In the spirit of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world is one family”, a select number of foreign films are considered under the Beyond South Asia segment.


In addition, the festival also features gala dinners, red carpet premiers, concerts, lounge parties, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities with government representatives, business leaders, local organizations that support film development, film stars, producers, directors, members of the media and more.


Anup Singh, renowned filmmaker, says "As a film festival, every year our attempt is to surprise you, to take you on an adventure. This year we are attempting something more. We’re hoping to startle you."


The film festival this year boasts of a fantastic line-up, including Rohena Gera's Sir, which premiered in April 2019. The festival will also showcase Gurinder Chadha's Blinded By The Light, Ken Scott's The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, The Odds by Abhay Deol, among many other fantastic films. A master-class with Manoj Bajpayee will also be held, along with a master-class with Anup Singh. 


IFFSA Toronto 2019 will be held from May 9 to 20, 2019 in Ontario, Canada as part of South Asian Heritage Month celebrations. Various launch events and buzz activities have taken place during the month of April, 2019.


“The International Film Festival of South Asia represents the growing richness and diversity of Canada's film industry,” says Kim Donaldson, Vice-President, Ontario, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “We are pleased to be a sponsor of this world-class celebration of South Asian arts and culture.”


Exciting and glamorous events have been planned at various pristine and prestigious venues across GTA including cities of Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Milton, and Oakville.


Over the years, IFFSA Toronto has grown to become a festival of festivals and transformed into an institution with year around operations. Other IFFSA Toronto initiatives include IFFSA Vancouver, PIFF, BIFF, SAFF, IFFSA Social Impact and IFFSA YOUTHlens. We hope to see everyone there, as a proud media partner of IFFSA 2019!

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