The Sikh Foundation is readying the roll out the red carpet for the inaugural Sikh International Film
Festival at the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 18 and 19, 2013 in downtown Toronto.
The Festival will shine a spotlight on uniquely Sikh stories and Sikh storytellers, with a special
focus on documentaries, features and short films that celebrate the rich heritage and cultural
contributions of Sikhs around the world.
SIFFT was founded to support and encourage the production and promotion of films based on
the wealth of Sikh stories and perspectives, share them with mainstream and industry
audiences, and create opportunities for and provide resources to the next generation of Sikh-Canadian filmmakers.
The growing Sikh community in the Greater Toronto Area provides an eager audience base
for the SIFFT, while Toronto's well deserved reputation as a film city allows for the cultivation
of a broader audience of film fans, promoting cultural understanding and appreciation among
film buffs from across the GTA.
The Sikh International Film Festival Toronto is destined to become Canada's premier celebration
of Sikh stories, and will serve as an incubator and launching pad for the next generation of Sikh
The SIFFT weekend will include an Opening Night Gala, a full day of themed film programs,
a free town hall style panel discussion, and an invitation-only closing night industry
reception where filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers can interact with industry veterans .