The Canadian Diversity Film Festival is the premiere festival to celebrate diversity in Toronto, Canada. Our event will take place in Downtown Toronto, on July 25th-26th, 2020.

The Canadian Diversity Film Festival is a hallmark event that celebrates our incredible diversity. Our aim is to bring diverse communities together to embrace our differences and discover our shared experiences. It is a focus through which filmmakers promote, challenge, and develop an understanding of equality, social justice, non-discrimination, diversity, and multiculturalism.

We accept all genres of films from all over the world. We create an opportunity for filmmakers to get their films judged and let them compete with other filmmakers. We perform a comprehensive evaluation process and select only high-quality films.

We only award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability.

All official selection will screen at the event and winners will be chosen at the event.

Winners receive laurel, trophy, and complimentary travel certificate for 3 nights (USA) OR 5 nights (Mexico).

Rules & Terms:
- All films must have been made in or after 2017.
- Entries must be in English or subtitled in English.
- Work in progress is accepted.
- Multiple entries are allowed for each filmmaker.
- Our entries do not compete against each other.
- Entree fees are non-refundable.
- Short films must be under 30 minutes and features should be 40 mins and over.
- Each film has to be submitted to at least one genre, then they qualify for additional categories. Films entered in multiple categories may win multiple awards.
- Online screeners and posters must be uploaded to FilmFreeway’s site.
- CDFF does not download your film or make it available online.
- Student films need to upload their ID on the submission page.

Overall Rating
  • Joseph L Harrison

    I'm so delighted and honored that our screenplay feature, "Pieces Of The Heart", has been selected to be a part of the Canadian Diversity Film Festival. This is hands-down one of the most inspiring festivals. Being in a festival that is focused on writers, I am looking forward to participating in the future as I continue to write inspiring stories and connect with those who involved in the craft of storytelling and the art of film making.

    I also look forward to the upcoming results of the next selection round.

    Joseph Harrison

    August 2019
  • Excellent Festival to be part of... Thank you for the Official Selection! It's be a rewarding experience to have participated and happy that I did!

    August 2019
  • Russell Emanuel

    Great festival run by wonderful people! We had a blast there, thank you!

    August 2019
  • Mandy Vicsai

    Loved this festival! Coming from overseas I started off feeling a bit daunted. I was welcomed by everyone as though I was an old friend. The films were truly diverse and inspiring. Highly recommend this festival!

    August 2019
  • Jenny Gabrielle

    I was honored to be selected by the Canadian Diversity Film Festival. They are an amazing team and it has been an amazing experience. I am deeply grateful.

    August 2019