Film Submissions

The Toronto Film Week accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.


The Toronto Film Week accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry, accept the 'guaranteed selection submissions', does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Toronto Film Week. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Toronto Film Week reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Toronto Film Week will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Toronto Film Week is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2016 Toronto Film Week and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Toronto Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Toronto Film Week is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Toronto Film Week, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Official Selection and Jury Awards

All screenings will take place at the Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2, Canada.
Download the full screening schedule. Read our press release.

2016 Festival trailer

Figurine (Canada) by Hans Olson

Karin leads a quiet life working at a truck wash and ushering part-time at the hockey arena. Her solitary routine is broken when she meets James, a truck driver seeking work closer to his children. As autumn approaches winter, Karin opens herself to the possibility of romance.
Duration: 01:19:00 - English spoken
Screening on September 17 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

Sanskriti (United States) by Melissa Balan

Titled from the ancient Sanskrit word for "culture", Sanskriti is a documentary filmed around the world, that captures the human experience in today's digital age. Following the lives of four young adults from China, Kenya, Finland, and the USA, the film chronicles the day-to-day experiences of Millennials coming of age in the digital era. Acting as a portrait of a generation, the film celebrates human progress, and encourages re-examination of our relationships with each other, and our iPhones.
Duration: 55:00 - English spoken
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

Dryad (France) by Thomas Vernay
The wind blows, noises of armor resound. A knight escorts a young woman athwart plains. The thunder begins to scold, clouds invade the landscape. The knight, worried, stares the castle on the horizon. The end is close.
Duration: 11:26 - no dialogues
Screening on September 13 at 2pm at the Fox theatre Toronto

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM (Canadian premiere)
Nation’s Legacy Of Severance (Israel) by Zohar Melinek

Nation’s Legacy of Severance (2014) is the film adaptation of the original 2010 choreography by artists Zohar Melinek and Mary St-Amand Williamson. The film addresses national and communal struggles of self-determination and displacement. The characters pass through states of dispossession and exile, isolation and madness in a politically unstable environment.
Duration: 47:15 - no dialogues
Screening on September 15 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM (North American premiere)
Sea With No Name (Finland) by Emilia Linnakoski

Desert. Sand blowing in eyes, back bent down, limps heavy of waiting. Wallpapers reflecting the light beams from cars outside on the streets. Hands reaching warmth under the blanket or resting on thermostat. When rejection and abandoning has beaten you repeatedly they sculpt themselves in human memory, all the way through your body. Landscape in Tuula`s eyes is silent, days resemble one another, then suddenly a song blossoms in this desert, like a flower waking up at night. In that song she reveals herself to us. What kind of a prison has she built with only one feel - fear of abandoning?
Duration: 36:30 - Finnish spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 15 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

When The River Stops Whispering (France) by Lucas Malbrun

It depicts the life of an old man who lives isolated on an artificial island made of flesh-like material in the middle of a great river. The island is in constant metamorphosis because the river takes away but also constantly floats material to the island. The old man finds himself in some sort of loop: He repeats the same gestures mechanically always trying to maintain his refuge by protecting it and adding some material. But one day the river stops to advance, the water becomes static. As a result, the old man sees his reflection on the smooth surface of the immobile river. Due to his encounter with his reflection the old man falls into the water. Surrounded by this element the limits of his body become less and less defined to the point where he becomes completely solved into the water.
Duration: 5:48
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST UNDERGROUND FILM (North American premiere)
Men From Montreal In November (Canada) by Pascal Robitaille, Matthew Wolkow

Two men sitting still near a window. Situated halfway between photography and cinema, Men from Montreal in November is a minimalistic homage to the meditative work of filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died in October 2015.
Duration: 6:00 - no dialogues
Screening on September 15 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST NEW FILMMAKER (Canadian premiere)
Rainbow Party (United Kingdom) by Eva Sigurdardottir

In a tale of twisted innocence, 14-year-old outcast Sofia is offered the chance to join the popular group at school, but doing so requires making serious sacrifices. Whoever said that teenage girls were pure and innocent?
Duration: 15:58 - Icelandic spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 17 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

Pigeons Shit Everywhere (Belgium) by Fred De Loof

Diego a rat. A rat that one have grafted pigeon wings to take off. But once in the air, he took the opportunity to drop its dung wherever he goes. Until he might not be able to fly anymore...
Duration: 24:00 - French spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

Like The Flow Of A River by Natalie Murao

A young girl struggles to communicate with her grandmother.
Duration: 6:24 - English/Japanese spoken
Screening on September 13 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS - Official selection
On The Horizon (Canada) by Pascal Payant
Pechorin (Russian Federation) by Roman Khrushch
Viloma...Discovery In Duality (Canada) by Arvind Narale
Dasein (India) by Shailik Bhaumik
In The Name Of Satan (Italy) by Emanuele Cerman
Today Maybe (Argentina) by Sergio Corach
Ashes (United Kingdom) by Alan Coulson
Ben And Ara (United States) by Nnegest Likke
Intersection (United States) by Tim French
Cesium And A Tokyo Girl (Japan) by Ryo Saitani
And The Rest Is History (Germany) by Niko Kühnel
Two Women And A Cow (Colombia) by Efrain Bahamon
Daria (Ireland) by Colin Downey
Radio Silence (United States) by Sean Brown
Distance (Canada) by Matti Mclean
Pop-Up (Australia) by Stuart Mcbratney
Buffalo (United States) by Michael McCallum
Human Resources (United States) by Keil Troisi
3 Young Millionaires (United Kingdom) by Ibrahim Majid
Mile End (United Kingdom) by Graham Higgins
Figurine (Canada) by Hans Olson
The Life And Death Of An Unhappily Married Man (United States) by Josh Hope
Another You (United States) by Chris Robert
The Other Kind (United States) by Rosalyn Rosen
Crypsis (United States) by Paul Anthony Rogers
Tanzil (India) by Mahua Chakraborty
The Return (United Kingdom) by Oliver Nias

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS - official selection
Sanskriti (United States) by Melissa Balan
Grado Mission (Italy) by Carlo Christian Spano
Gazelle - The Love Issue (Brazil) by Cesar Terranova
A Lifetime Poem (China) by Shiwei Kang
Kids Of Carnaval (Brazil) by Luiz Carlos Lucena
Road To Hope (United States) by Mike Wargo
Wonderful World 3d (Germany) by Kalle Max Hofmann
Free (Croatia) by Tomislav Zaja
Where The Hills Are Greener (France) by Oliver Dickinson
Romeo (United States) by Lorna Lowe
Airscare (Canada) by Exploits Exploration Corporation

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS - Official Selection
Homebreaker (Finland) by Marko Pekkanen
Stay (United States) by Brey Browne
Krakovski (France) by Alexandre Laudic
Nityakarma - A Daily Ritual (India) by Pradeep Sastry
Wander (United Kingdom) by Connor O'hara
Once It's Over (Mexico) by Jorge Hernández Pérez
The Last Request (United States) by Emanuele Secci
Hole (United Kingdom) by Mike Callaghan
Aestas (Canada) by Guillaume Comtois
Rei (Canada) by Gina Haraszti
Rainbow Party (United Kingdom) by Eva Sigurdardottir
Three Years (United States) by Dennis Trifonov
Dreamwalker (Australia) by Alex Xi Li
Orange (Turkey) by Hakan Ünal
Fragments (Italy) by Raffaello Sasson
The Host (New Zealand) by Tanya Marriott
A Bone To Pick With You (Canada) by Jonathon Audette
One Last Quickie For The Road (France) by Lise Vayssieres
Grieving Amy (United States) by Frank Munden
Debris (United States) by Nicole Jones-Dion
The Eve by Luca Machnich
Fish (United States) by Andrew Ruiz
The Song Plays On (United Kingdom) by Adam J Spinks
Ci: A Tedd Talkumentary (United States) by Martin Sweeney
Scariest Being On Earth (Canada) by Danny Bristol
Viking (United Kingdom) by Sam Callis, Ben Callis
The Punishment (France) by Hugues Willy Krebs
The Price (Italy) by Daniele Lince
Ironied (Canada) by Tyler Lionel Parr
Crocodile (United Kingdom) by Matt Harris-Freeth
Sold Out (United States) by Almudena Caminero
The End (France) by Francois Nolla, Hugo Hubert
Ez Out (United States) by Jacob Toarmina
Discovery (United States) by Lucas Veltrie
The Thief (Germany) by Kasimir Zierl
Desire by Ramon Mayol
The Story Of 90 Coins (China) by Michael Wong, Gao Xiaofei
Cadillac (Belgium) by Roque Pauline
Gu (Portugal) by Pedro Marnoto Pereira
All Raccoons Are Bandits (United States) by Brett Wagner
Dirty Laundry (United States) by Aaron Jay Rome
Valor's Dawn (Canada) by Reed Clare, Mike Donis
El Beso Del Astronauta (Spain) by Marius Conrotto Díaz
After A Dream (Germany) by Tobias Schmuecking
Underground (Israel) by Amit Ruderman, Adam Robson
Not Meant To Understand (United States) by Anjani Pandey
Like A Summer Sonata (Germany) by Natalie Macmahon
Getting Ready For A Lunch Date (Canada) by Patrick Hodgon
198 (United States) by Josh Lunden
The Last Post (United Kingdom) by Adam Preston
Fractured City (United Kingdom) by Sean Murray
The Annual (Canada) by Ivan Wanis Ruiz
The Keys To Our Mind (United Kingdom) by Shaun Sykes
Alpha Male (Canada) by Darik Maurice
Jack Is Pretty (United States) by Jarek Zabczynski
A Walk In The Park (United States) by J.B. Edwards
Put Down (United Kingdom) by Rick Limentani
Behind A Veil (Italy) by Niccolò Scavo
The Stepmother (China) by Liang Shuang
Opus Dei (United Kingdom) by George Najdzien
The Society Of Birdwatchers (Canada) by Morgan Ermter
Lil' Benny (United States) by Che Walker, Nathan Lee Bush
Round River (United States) by Xia Magnus
Ailia (United Arab Emirates) by Sameh Salem
Pigeons Shit Everywhere (Belgium) by Fred De Loof
First Encounter With Authority (Turkey) by Yavuz Özer
Trouble For A Smoke (Canada) by Matthew Tompkins
Miss Brill (United Kingdom) by Tyro Heath
La Liberacion De Alexis / The Discovery Of Santos (United States) by Ralph Isenberg, Executive Director, Joe De La Fuente
Magenta (Germany) by Max Körner
Rearview (Canada) by Jon Mann
Gone Fishin' (Canada) by Eli Speigel
Moral Compass (United States) by Kylie Garcelon
Tarsier (Canada) by Julian Filigno
Vessel (Canada) by Julian Filigno
The Queen (Belgium) by Hugo Teugels
Formol (Canada) by Mikaël Huot
The Rabbit Hole (United States) by Ed Pronley
Deeper Than A Crush (United States) by Pedro Escobar, Alexis Rajah
The Last Round (United Kingdom) by Danny Baldwin
Dryad (France) by Thomas Vernay
Twilight (Cuba) by Juan Pablo Daranas Molina

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS - official Selection
Montana Death Trains (United States) by Gene Bernofsky
Today I Acknowledge (Germany) by Jessica Hahner
Nuclear Hope (Canada, United States) by Colin Scheyen, Shane Smith
Street Blues (Germany) by Nikolas Migut
Julian (Switzerland) by Julia Furer
Alegria - A Humanitarian Expedition (India, Nepal) by Christoph Von Toggenburg
A Sub In The Brick City (United States) by Crystal Deniro Simmons
Beautiful Times (Poland) by Tomasz Wiśniewski
The World According To Michał (Poland) by Tomasz Wiśniewski
Freak The Language (United States) by Sam Hampton
Nepal Rises (Nepal) by Christopher Davis
Gayrouth (Lebanon) by Charbel Raad
Will Tomorrow Be Another Day? (Netherlands) by Linda Bannink, Anisleidy Martínez Fonseca
Above Us, The Sky (United Kingdom) by Lin Li
Makoshika (United States) by Jessica Jane Hart
The Youth Issue | My Girlfriend Is Vegan (Canada) by Fernando Guisa
Three Women (Spain) by Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
Detour (Canada) by Hanna Jovin
Canoes For Peru (Peru) by Kieran Hodges
Shahyad (Israel) by Alon Wohlfeiler Kahaty
Mengkebatu Sell His Camels (China) by Xiang Wang
When I Grow Up, I Want To Be Flamenco (France) by Jacques Thouvenot
#Inclusionmatters (Canada, United States) by Nadine Ottembrajt, Brandan Loney
Fragmented (Malaysia) by Eleanor Mackay
Ghosts Of The Joe Henry (Canada) by Dan Sokolowski
Home (Canada) by Anya Chirkova
I Was Born Yesterday (Iran, Islamic Republic Of) by Soudabeh Moradian
The First Kiss And Other Rites Of Passage Web Series - First Kiss (Canada) by Ava Karvonen, Nexi Alarcon, Megan Strachan
The First Kiss And Other Rites Of Passage Web Series - Losing Your Virginity (Canada) by Ava Karvonen, Nexi Alarcon, Megan Strachan
Extended Family (Switzerland) by Ramona Sonderegger
Rogue (United States) by Urvashi
Dina (United States) by Alan Jensen
The Limestone Players (Canada) by Paola Della Malva
Sea With No Name (Finland) by Emilia Linnakoski

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS - Official Selection
In The Dark (United States) by Tim Morgan
The Beach Boy (Singapore) by Hannes Rall
Employee Of The Day (Germany) by Alexander Isert, Christoph J Kellner
Don't Be Afraid Of Bears (United States) by Jill Johnston
Greta (And) The Chosen One (Canada) by Les Solis
Omelet (Finland) by Satu Hartikainen
Monsters Dot Com (United States) by Bruno Pieroni
The Dinner For Two (Puerto Rico) by Celina Garrido
The Valley Below (Switzerland) by Joel Hofmann
When The River Stops Whispering (France) by Lucas Malbrun
Grounded (United States) by Thomas De Maleingreau
Taking The Plunge (United States) by Thaddaeus Andreades, Nicholas Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult
Michi (Canada) by Kaho Yoshida
The Girl Who Stole The Night (Canada) by Gabriela Freitas
September Sketch Book (United States) by Ronnie Cramer
Inventing The Real (United States) by H. C. Turk
Soul Fish (Canada) by Michelle Tocher
Rabbit Blood (Turkey) by Yagmur Altan
Caravan Palace - Wonderland by Kevin Phung

UNDERGROUND FILMS - Official Selection
Perilous (United States) by Sam Trillo
The Corpse (India) by Don Palathara
Dumbbells (United States) by Chris Livingston
Symbiofaerietaxiplasm (Austria) by Georg Vogt, Christian Karst
Frisky (United States) by Claudia Pickering
Men From Montreal In November (Canada) by Pascal Robitaille, Matthew Wolkow
Alchemy (United States) by Brandon Polanco
Redemption (United States) by Urvashi
Private Waltz (United Kingdom) by Marina Waltz

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS - Official Selection
Waterdrop (China) by Ren Wang
The Walkers. A Report (Italy) by Cesare Saldicco
Los Títeres De Belial (Mexico) by Monge
Hades (Germany) by Kevin Kopacka
Light Angle Sieve (United States) by Timothy David Orme
Dissolved (Austria) by Stefanie Weberhofer
Mer Depré (United States) by Margaret Orr
Total Animal Iii (France) by Guerlotté Tristan
Interface (Taiwan) by Mel Hsieh
Words In The Rain (United States) by Kristin Cato
All Tru-Ish (United States) by Mina Mir
Anexperimentalviralvlog (Portugal) by Vasco Diogo
Nation’s Legacy Of Severance (Israel) by Zohar Melinek
I Am An Artist (Canada) by Anton Knight
Every-One (Austria) by Willi Dorner
Hold Empty (Australia) by Darik Janik
Penelope's Odyssey (United States) by Andrea Eis
Kaleidoscope (Germany) by Telemach Wiesinger
Spiral (United States) by Jamie Bell, Hazel Stoffel
Ridden by Nature (United States) by Kathi Von Koerber
Immiscible (United States) by Marcus Wei
Forgiveness (Lebanon) by Rima Irani
Adjusting (United States) by Susan Striepe
La Vie En Youtube (France) by Anna Zisman
Girl In The Mirror (Canada) by Deanna Armenti
Cannot Predict Now (United States) by Kimberly Burleigh
Haruan: The Snakehead (United Kingdom) by Razli Dalan
Drifting The Bann (United Kingdom) by Barbara Freeman
To And Fro/Circuit Dialogue/Default (United States) by Lou Watson
The Passive Evisceration Of The Blackened Soul (Austria) by James Quinn
The Calling (United Kingdom) by Chris Boyd
[Cthorsion Scrypt Fantomsens] (United Kingdom) by Chris Boyd

Pretty Dangerous by Dan Laera
Le Disque by Guillaume Vallée
Alpha Male by Darik Maurice
Quid by Marie-Noelle Moreau Robidas
Girl In The Mirror by Deanna Armenti
Home by Anya Chirkova
Rearview by Jon Mann
Pepper by Patrick Aubert
Permanence And Pledge by Tristan Surman
Ebrahim, Far In The Desert by Behzad Adib
Like The Flow Of A River by Natalie Murao
River & Oak by James Malekzadeh
Let Us End With It Too by Caisha Lea Thompson

The Toronto Film Week is divided in an online 'official selection' of films and the award winning films which will be screened during the annual Toronto Contemporary Cinema event at the Fox in Toronto.

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Film
cash award of 500 CAD

Best Short Film
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video