About Us

Diaspora Film Festival

Diaspora Film Festival (DFF) provides Toronto audiences with an opportunity to experience the cultural mosaic of the present world through the medium of cinema.

“Diaspora” refers to the dispersion and migration of a people from their homeland and the communities they form in new lands.

The DFF explores themes of migration, immigration, and cultural diversity by showcasing works of both established and emerging filmmakers. The festival pays special attention to independent Canadian filmmakers from ethnic minorities.

The DFF is a charitable not-for-profit organization founded in 2000 to foster understanding and discussion among different cultures. By giving voice to “Others” we hope to help diminish stereotypes and prejudice and promote dialogue over conflict.

Founding Director

Shahram Tabe


Paul de Silva

Board of Directors
  • Chair: Paul de Silva
  • Carl Bruntland
  • Arsinee Khanjian
  • Caroline Kirshner
Advisory Board
  • Karin Achtelstetter
  • Laura Bisaillon
  • Aisha Jamal

Chair, Selection Committee: Paul de Silva
Selection Committee: Aisha Jamal, Laura Bissaillon, Mariana Osuna Perez, Dawit Assier, Samiramis Kia
Sponsorship: Samiramis Kia
Art Design:  Ali Kamran
Outreach: Nilou Afshar
Web Design: Faisal Anwar (DigitalDip Studio)
Public Relation: Caroline Kirshner
Film Traffic: Neeky Dalir