* Given the more favourable Covid condition in Ontario, we hope to have this year's physical event soon; we are now working to find a time; more info will come soon.

IMDb qualifier's Toronto Independent Festival of CIFT was established in Toronto in 2015. In the short span of time, it became a well-recognized international festival in Toronto with more than 10000 patrons each year, and it is now after Tiff it is the most successful local festival that is held each year at TIFF Bell Light Box, the house of Toronto International Film Festival (Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, opened the past two editions of the festival; in the past years, Globe and Mail and CBC, two prominent news outlet in Canada covered the festival).

The seventh edition of the festival has both a monthly and a yearly structure for film competition; on the first of every month, our jury selects the winners of each monthly category through private screenings. In the case they get selected by the programming team of the yearly event, the winners of each month may be then considered for the yearly competition. If this happens, they will be shown and compete with other films-winners at the yearly event.

Best international narrative Short
Best Canadian narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Covid 19 Film
Best Student Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Actor in Short
Best Actress in Short
Best Directing in Short
Best Script in Short
Best Unproduced Script in Short
Best Canadian Feature Film
Best Canadian Documentary
Best International Feature Film
Best Human Right's Film
Best Directing in Feature Film
Best Actor in Feature Film
Best Actress in Feature Film
Best Long Feature Script
Best Unproduced Long Feature Script
Best Female Director
Best Social Justice Film
Best LGBT'S Film
Best Environmentalist Film
Best Women's issue Film
Best Culinary Film
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Horror
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Web Series/ Tv Pilot

A) Eligibility Requirements

1. Films completed on or after Jan 1, 2015 are eligible for consideration
2. Films previously submitted to the Cyrus International Film Festival of Toronto are NOT eligible for consideration.
3. Feature-length films that are available for public online viewing are not eligible.
4. Films shown at private screenings not open to the public (for crew, investors, etc.) are eligible.
5. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted.
6. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry to the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

B) Submission Guidelines

1. Feature-length films must be submitted via online screener hosted by Vimeo, on DVD or on Blu-ray disc.
2. Only complete entries (including fee payment and screener) will be considered.
3. Entrants are permitted to submit works-in-progress (i.e., without final color correction or sound mixing), but please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted. Subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
4. To qualify for student entry fee rates, entrant must include proof of student status at the time of production (copy of student ID, transcript, etc.)
5. All films selected for Cyrus Film Festival will be screened on Bluray/DCP unless otherwise arranged by the submitting filmmaker and programming team.

C) Shipping

The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted. All international entries must be sent “free domicile” to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper.

D) Judging & Selection

Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Cyrus International Film Festival programming committee. If a film is selected, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email. The Festival does not provide feedback or screening notes to entries that are not selected.

All competitive film categories are judged during the Festival.

F) Entry Fees

Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, registration notification, consideration by the programming department, and notification of the results. These fees may be paid by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or American Express).

Overall Rating
  • Sybil Jatta

    We are so humbled and honored to have been selected into your amazing film festival event! Our award-winning documentary feature film "AKWAABA The Awakening", is in God's hands touching the hearts 💕 of the world. Continued peace, prosperity, blessings and good health.

    November 2021
  • Allyson Glenn

    Thank you Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift for selecting my film "Above the Deluge" to be a part of this prestigious film festival. I am grateful for the support, not only for my first film but also in my home country - Canada. This meant a lot!

    November 2021
  • being a finalist with the toronto independent film festival of cift was amazing we may not have won but thanks to you guys we are able to move forward and we will be submitting more films with you guys soon :)

    November 2021
  • Alex Bogomolov None

    Thank you so much for the great experience. Communication was great. I'm truly honored to get the award.

    November 2021
  • Emilio Sioli

    It ha been a honor for the "Chiù Funk mo'" crew to be selected and get an award! We will bring this experience in our heart!

    November 2021