Let’s celebrate the cinema that gives us an opportunity to
expand our lives. BMO International Film Festival of South Asia Toronto, the largest
South Asian film festival in North America, is back!
BMO IFFSA Toronto 2021 will be hosted online from August 12th to 22nd. The IFFSA Virtual Home
and Virtual Theatre are now live! You can start exploring the detailed schedule and booking your FREE
PASSES for 100+ exciting films and 50+ engaging events at www.iffsatoronto.com to fill your calendar
with 11 days of continuous excitement!
With its main theme “The Home and The World”, this year’s festival is celebrating the
centenary of Satyajit Ray, one of India’s most celebrated and influential filmmakers, a
trailblazing storyteller, and a true global icon of cinema.
In the words of IFFSA Ambassador Anup Singh, “Ray’s films aim to transform, and
there’s a resplendent affirmation of our earthly life in his work. By celebrating Ray, we
celebrate what is best in us.”
This celebration will be anchored by screenings of some of Ray’s finest masterpieces.
The festival will open with Ghare Bhaire (The Home and the World), and will also be
screening Charulata, Nayak (The Hero), and Jalsaghar (The Music Room). Alongside these great works, this year’s lineup of films will include many contemporary masterpieces as well. The festival’s closing films are the globally celebrated Chronicle of Space (Sthalpuran) and Pebbles (Koozhangal). Over the course of 11 days the festival will shine a spotlight on many more critically acclaimed films such as Fire In the
Mountains, The Shepherdess And The Seven Songs, Chauthi Koot, Fire, and Funny Boy. These films have earned laurels from the upper echelon of global film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Rotterdam, and Berlin, and are now available for IFFSA patrons to view from the comfort of their own home.
IFFSA films and events have all been carefully curated by it’s programming team, and
will come together through 11 kaleidoscopic festival themes including The Feminine
Mystique which highlights stories on femininity, Love is Love is Love which focuses on
sharing the stories of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, Frame of Mind which
features films touching on mental health, and Pain of Prejudice which is dedicated to
highlighting experiences with racism and discrimination through cinematic expression.
The other themes are Love, Lament & Rebellion, Contemporary Voices, Many Cinemas
of South Asia, Many Musics of South Asian Cinema, Canadian Panorama, and The
Bright Lights of Cinema.
In addition to film screenings, the festival will be hosting a wide array of celebrity
filmmakers to participate in engaging panels, intimate discussions, and insightful
masterclasses & workshops. Festival attendees will have the chance to hear and learn
from icons like Shabana Azmi, Sharmila Tagore, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Goutam
Ghose, Kumar Shahani, Deepa Mehta, Anup Singh, Abhay Deol, DIvya Dutta, Richie
Mehta, Shama Zaidi, Shantanu Moitra, Hamza Haq, and many more.
To view the full festival schedule, get FREE PASSES, and partake in the festival visit