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Siné Film Fest: Showcasing Filipino Talent in Toronto

Siné Film Fest

Siné Institute, in collaboration with ABS-CBN International, is set to launch the inaugural Siné Film Fest, a celebration of Filipino cinema, in Toronto, Canada. This two-day event, happening on April 13 and 14 at the esteemed Hotel X, aims to spotlight the rich storytelling prowess of Filipino filmmakers while commemorating the 75th year of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Canada.

Celebrating Filipino Storytelling

Siné Film Fest

Rosary Escaño, Vice President of Siné Institute, expressed the festival’s objective of bringing together communities to celebrate Filipino storytelling on a global platform. With the support of ABS-CBN International, the event seeks to not only engage the Filipino diaspora but also introduce Filipino narratives to a broader audience in Canada.

The collaboration with ABS-CBN International underscores the network’s commitment to promoting Filipino content worldwide. Ginny Ocampo, ABS-CBN International’s Head of Global Content, emphasized the alignment of Siné Film Fest with ABS-CBN’s mission of storytelling and its dedication to showcasing Filipino talent on the global stage.

Siné Film Fest will feature a meticulously curated lineup of 10 feature films and seven short films, including the critically acclaimed “Hello Love, Goodbye” by Cathy Garcia-Sampana. This selection aims to offer a diverse representation of Filipino cinema, including works by Filipino-Canadian filmmakers, such as “Kahel” and “Islands”, providing a platform for both established and emerging talents.

Empowering Future Filmmakers

Siné Film Fest

In addition to screenings, the festival will host educational workshops in collaboration with the Toronto Film School, aiming to inspire young Filipino-Canadians to explore careers in filmmaking and acting. The event’s inclusive approach extends to the Siné Challenge, a 48-hour filmmaking competition that has sparked enthusiasm among aspiring filmmakers.

As ABS-CBN International celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Filipino Channel (TFC), the partnership with Siné Institute signals a renewed commitment to supporting Filipino talent in the global entertainment industry. Ocampo affirmed ABS-CBN’s dedication to storytelling and ensuring that Filipino narratives continue to resonate with audiences worldwide.


Siné Film Fest represents a significant milestone in the promotion of Filipino cinema on the international stage. With a compelling lineup of films, educational initiatives, and industry partnerships, the festival not only celebrates the vibrancy of Filipino storytelling but also paves the way for future collaborations and opportunities in the global film industry.


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Written by Marjo Piedad

Traveler | Foodie | CONTENT EDITOR
📍Cebu, Philippines
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