NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for 2020

The CFF is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Film-loving audiences come to enjoy a diverse selection of 100% Canadian film screenings (feature & shorts), and filmmakers flock to the CFF’s various industry events to take advantage of essential networking and learning opportunities.

Held annually in downtown Toronto the CFF showcases short and feature films and also includes opening and closing galas, an amazing Industry Series, parties and other networking opportunities.

The CFF is a recognized festival by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Films participating in the CFF are halfway to being eligible for a Canadian Screen Award.

The Canadian Film Fest offers awards for:
Best Feature
Best Short
People's Pick for Best Flick
Reel Canadian Indie Award sponsored by William F. White International
And other jury prizes

CFF Screenwriting Contest - Cash & development prize to first place!

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
- FILMS BY CANADIANS
- 100% of the films we show are TORONTO PREMIERES (so no problem if you've screened elsewhere in Canada or internationally)
- If you've already screened in Toronto or have it available online, we will not show your movie, even if it stars that delightful Ryan Reynolds
- We screen and are looking for ALL GENRES as long as there is a narrative, a story to follow. We're looking for great stories!

ENTRY FEES
- $20 for shorts and $35 for features for regular deadline
- $30 for shorts and $45 for features for extended deadline
- Entry fees are non refundable.
- We charge in AMERICAN DOLLARS only because that is what Filmfreeway is set up for. Filmfreeway is a Canadian company. WE DON'T UNDERSTAND either so please don't write us grumpy emails.
- We do not give waivers except to high school students. Everyone pays and all our programming is done from our submissions

RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Films must be Toronto premieres. Toronto screenings whether private or at school will disqualify your film.

2. Short films must not exceed 25 minutes in length— including credits.

3. Feature films must be at least 70 minutes in length.

4. All non-English language films must have English subtitles.

5. Films must be available for Festival screening in DCP format. Should you be chosen you'll receive this info in detail.

6. Submissions may not be withdrawn from the Festival once they have been accepted and you have confirmed, except at the sole discretion of the Festival.

7. All selected films may be excerpted for publicity purposes.

8. A separate entry form and additional entry fee must be submitted for each film.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • ravi steve

    This is easily my fav Canadian Festival. The film selection is always fantastic and the panels are genuinely informative. The programmers have figured out how to create an environment that brings filmmakers together with a positive and supportive energy to celebrate each other's work. I wish all festivals were this good.

    July 2019
  • CFF is just the best. The biggest film festival in Toronto that actually celebrates Canadian filmmakers - where the Canadian film community gathers for beers, hugs, great panels and great films. Festival organizers - Bern, Ashleigh and Warren are the loveliest people in the business.

    April 2019
  • Spencer Ryerson

    Had a great time at CFF this year in the shorts programme! The quality of the programming was consistently high quality and Bern and Ashleigh accommodated my crew and I with any questions we had.

    April 2019
  • Shuttlecock Film

    We travelled from Vancouver for the Toronto premiere of our film and had a great time! This is a lively festival, with interesting programming ,and really friendly staff.

    April 2019
  • Francis Luta

    CFF has done a great job with its film line up, industry events as well as communication with the filmmakers. A special thank you to Bern and Ashleigh for being so accommodating all throughout the process of my first acceptance into the festival. It's an honour to have been a part of the 2019 lineup.

    April 2019