If your film is accepted, you have a chance of winning $500 in prize money. Scroll down for more information on our festival awards.
The TO Festival of Films is a year-round short film festival.
We promote each new selection of films in our e-newsletter, on Facebook and Twitter – a potential growing audience.
If your film is selected, we require your film to play in our festival for a minimum of three months starting from the first day of each quarterly online festival.
Your film will remain online in our festival archives after its initial ‘screening’ unless you ask us to remove it due to an agreement you have elsewhere.
The winners from each quarterly online festival will advance and be screened at our live film festival to be held in Toronto ON, Canada.
We’re not looking for any particular ‘type’ of film. Above all, we want to program great short films.
However, there are some guidelines you need to follow.
Your film must:
– be no less than 3 min and no more than 8 min in length.
– fit one of the following genres: drama, comedy, experimental, animation, sci-fi, horror, music video or documentary
TO Film currently presents these awards three times a year leading to our live film festival at the end of the year.
$2500 in cash & prizes, certificates for best picture, best performance by a lead actor, and best screenplay. (Winners will advance to our once a year live film festival)
Prizes & Awards for our live festival:
$15,000 in cash & prizes, trophies and certificates for all categories with the chance to have your film optioned to be produced as a feature film, funded by the Toronto Film Industry.
Some films may also be selected to participate in our sister festival the LA Film Industry Festival of Films (LAFIFF)
We watch every single film we receive. All entries are screened by a TO Film selection committee led by the director of TO Film Festival of Films.
Yes but remember your film will be shown online if we accept it. Make sure this doesn't’t conflict with any other festivals your film is accepted to.
You must think very carefully about all the possible rights involved in your film: music, title, story, copyright, life rights, trademarks, logos, etc.
By submitting your film to the TFIFF, you’re indicating that you own and/or have acquired the rights in your film and have cleared copyright, trademarks, and logos of other parties and where needed obtained their authorization. It further indicates that you accept full responsibility for any legal outcomes that may arise from the exhibition of your film on the TO Film website and that you waive any moral rights you have in and to the film, as such rights now or hereafter exist, by legislative enactment, or otherwise.
Under the Copyright Act, you have (i) the right to have your name associated with your film (the “authorship right”), (ii) the right to restrain any modification of your film (the “integrity right”), and (iii) the right to restrain any use of your film in association with a particular product, service, cause or institution (the “right of association”), all of which together are known as “moral rights.”
.When do you put out a call for films?
As a general guide (though this is subject to change) we usually put out a call for films during the following months each year:
1. January call with March deadline
2. April call with June deadline
3. July call with September deadline
4. September call with December deadline