Final countdown to inaugural online Toronto Arab Film Festival

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Jul 2020

The online film festival will take place between 24 and 26 July

TFF

The first Toronto Arab Film Festival (TAFF) will take place online between 24 and 26 July with films and panel discussions to be screened on Vimeo.

TAFF is the first festival of its kind in Toronto, focused on presenting and promoting pan-Arab films by Arab filmmakers from all over the world.

Backed by the the non-profit organisation Toronto Arab Film, the inaugural TAFF was scheduled to take place 23-26 April. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival was postponed and moved online.

This year the festival will hold two competitive segments: the Jury Award for Most Promising Filmmaker and the Audience Choice Award.

To watch the films, viewers should register on Eventbrite for access. To get free tickets to any screening, visit the film's web page and click on register button below the film. Each registration is only valid for a specific screening. To attend multiple screenings, viewers should register for each separately.

Anyone registered for a screening can vote for the audience choice award using the link in their email.

The brainchild of Toronto Arab Film organisation, TAFF aims to shed light on the works by Arab and/or Arab-Canadian filmmakers.

The festival is an extension of the already existing activities of Toronto Arab Film which over the last few years has held numerous events showcasing Arab cinema to Toronto audiences.

Last year, Toronto Arab Film launched its first Layali El-Cinema (The Nights of Cinema) initiative that screens Arab films. The inaugural event screened Meryam Joobeur's short film Brotherhood, a film shortlisted for the Best Live Action Short Film for the 2020 Oscars.

According to the organisers, Toronto Arab Film and TAFF aim "to encourage interconnectedness between Arab filmmakers in Toronto [and] support emerging talents through hosting networking events and running filmmaking workshops throughout the year." 


The brainchild of the Toronto Arab Film (TAF) organisation, the festival aims to shed light on the works by Arab and/or Arab-Canadian filmmakers.

The festival is an extension of the already existing activities of the TAF, which over the last few year has held numerous events showcasing Arab cinema to Toronto audiences.

Last year, the TAF launched their very first Layali El Cinema (The Nights Of Cinema), an initiative that screens Arab films. The film screened during the inaugural event was Meryam Joobeur's short titled Brotherhood, a film that is shortlisted for the Best Live Action Short Film for the 2020 Oscars. 

According to the organisers, the aim of TAF and the festival is "to encourage interconnectedness between Arab filmmakers in Toronto and foster filmmakers, which we endeavour to do through the Shabaka initiative, where we support emerging talents through hosting networking events and running filmmaking workshops throughout the year."

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