CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) is an annual event that celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean and African heritage who practice their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide. The event takes place each year in September and is now offering viewership online and in-person experiences.

2023 will mark the 18th edition of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival and we can’t wait to welcome our audiences back in person across the Greater Toronto Area and online!

Please note the festival will take place in September 2023 and the exact dates are still to be announced.

Best Feature Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Film
Best Short Documentary
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Cinematography
Caribbean Spirit Award
Impact Award
Innovation Award

All lengths and genres from Caribbean filmmakers accepted.

CaribbeanTales seeks works made by filmmakers from Caribbean backgrounds and/or that celebrate and explore Caribbean themes, and themes of interest and relevance to people from the Caribbean Diaspora.

Preview copy must be sent through secure online storage via the entry form

The participant must pay print shipping costs to Toronto. The festival will pay the cost of shipping exhibition prints back to the participant. Please do not send preview or screening copies by courier, as these may incur customs and duties charges. CaribbeanTales will not cover these charges, and will refuse the package.

Please have your marketing materials ready. We do a significant amount of marketing for the festival and without proper imagery it is difficult to promote films.
Please provide a HIGH RES POSTER image for your film (at least 800x1200px minimum 150dpi).
Include 2 STILL SHOTS from your film

Please have your Electronic Press Kit (EPK) ready for submission in the form.

Films in foreign languages must be subtitled in English.

All film submissions must be completed online.

All preview copies will be added to CT’s archives for consideration in our year-round international programming, unless filmmaker indicates in writing that they do not wish it so.

Overall Rating
  • Was really honoured to have 'When I Was A Younger' screen and Caribbean Tales. It's a fantastic festival, which has a programme of fantastic films all shown in a lovely cinema in downtown Toronto. We were lucky enough to attend the festival from the UK and it's an experience I won't forget in a hurry. Big shout out to Francis Anne, Caroline and the team. Will definitely submit again.

    April 2023
  • Janet Marrett

    Awesome international festival that really seeks to promote selected filmmakers via live screenings, online and via the press. Thanks for including our film ASUNDER in the official 2022 selection.

    November 2022
  • Dewayne Force

    The carbbeanTales International film festival has been a wonderful opportunity, I’m grateful for the experience. All round it’s been amazing.

    November 2022
  • Chris Strikes

    Best festival experience I've ever had even though it was virtual because of the pandemic (so imagine if it were in person). CTFF brought a lot of publicity to my film BECOMING A QUEEN, setting up a ton of interviews with newspapers, TV channels and radio stations. They have been incredible and really treated my film with the utmost care. Shout out to Courtney, Indira, Frances-Anne and the entire team, this is definitely a festival filmmakers need to submit to!

    October 2021
  • The ideal festival for Pan African Narrative content.
    Great Organisation Team and Production Crew.
    We felt at home
    Well done!!!

    October 2021