Seven films supported by the Doha Film Institute (DFI) through its grants and co-financing programmes have been selected for the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) taking place between September 9-18, 2021.

Continuing to support and showcase Arab and international films to global audiences at leading film events, the selection at TIFF builds on the strong showing of DFI-supported films at the Cannes, Venice, Locarno and Sarajevo film festivals earlier this summer. 

Two films will mark their world premieres in the festival’s TIFF Docs and Discovery segments, three films from the Middle East screen in the Contemporary World Cinema category dedicated to international emerging directors, one film will feature in the festival’s Special Events category and one will have its world premiere in the Platform segment. 

Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute, said: “We are incredibly proud to be presenting new voices in Arab and world cinema to film lovers at one of the world’s largest publicly attended events. The selection includes compelling and innovative stories from the region and beyond and are moving portrayals that exist within a space of true artistic discovery and deep-felt humanity. 

The diverse range of DFI supported films selected for TIFF this year is a testament to our commitment to shed light on stories that transcend borders and present unique perspectives. We hope these films receive the acclaim and attention they deserve.”