Founded in 2015, the Syria Film Festival in Toronto (SYFF) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization with a mission to bring Syrian cinema and culture to Toronto.


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SYFF’s vision is to showcase the aspirations and convey the struggles of Syrians. Our mission is to build bridges, inspire conversations and engage the audience in thoughtful debates on social justice, human rights and global citizenship. We strive to support young talents in film and arts and enrich Toronto’s vibrant multicultural identity.

Syria is the home of ancient civilizations. Its capital, Damascus, is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Today, Syria is the center of the largest humanitarian crisis in recent history.

Syrian artists, intellectuals, and filmmakers lived under suffocating censorship for over four decades. After the Syrian uprising began over four years ago, Syrian artists began to find spaces to practise their art. Today, they play a vital role in telling the harrowing and oftentimes untold tales of the Syrian crisis.

Our annual non-profit film festival run by dedicated volunteers aims to give a voice to the brave filmmakers. They often risk their lives and sometimes even the lives of those they love to capture important footage and document stories that would otherwise never reach the public.

Syria Film Festival (SYFF) is a registered non-profit organization in Ontario, Canada. The festival’s debut was in November 2015 with 3 screenings at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall

 Photography: Ed Hanley

Photography: Ed Hanley