The Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF), now in its fifth year, is at once a grassroots organization and a gem of the Toronto cinema scene.
Six years ago, a group of activists had been screening films at the local and late Brunswick theatre, to much success. Once the Brunswick closed, the idea of a weeklong festival was born.
"A group of us decided to continue [with] the concept of the Brunswick screenings but do it as a film festival," explains Andrew Hugill, founding member of the TPFF organizing committee. A year later, 60 years after the Nakba, the very first Toronto Palestine Film Festival opened at the Bloor Cinema to a sold out audience.