The Filmi South Asian Film Festival emerged 24 years ago, addressing the stark absence of South Asian representation in the North American Film industry. Its inception in 1999 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre marked the beginning of a remarkable journey through the festival circuit, garnering acclaim from the global film community. Over the years, Filmi has evolved into an annual event, steadfast in its commitment to introducing audiences to films produced beyond India and Bollywood. The festival’s vision is clear: promote, discover, and celebrate cinematic achievements by talented South Asian filmmakers while emphasizing works with South Asian themes and artists that resonate with a broader audience. As Filmi celebrates its 21st year, the 2-day festival at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto stands as a testament to the enduring success and ongoing support for this vital cinematic movement. Applauding those who have championed the cause, Filmi looks forward to many more years of bringing diverse and compelling narratives to the forefront.