Created to encourage content creators from unique backgrounds to share their stories, International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo will promote the work of diverse (thought, race, gender, age, religion, physical ability and sexual orientation) filmmakers and recognize them for their achievements in film.

On the other hand, coronavirus and the challenges and devastating changes it has caused made it clear that the future of art might be in the hands of animations and computer generated services. In the past few months, many art projects have been either cancelled or halted and postponed but animation and digital companies were able to keep going despite the Coronavirus pandemic, and they have managed to survive through their use of CGI technologies instead of using traditional methods. The festival was founded with the goal of becoming a place to introduce the best of recent national and international animated art projects. The festival is framed by a range of different activities surrounding the art and industry of animation.

• Best Short Film
• Best Short Film on Diversity
• Best Female Short Director
• Best Male Short Director
• Best First Time Short Director
• Best Short Actress
• Best Short Actor
• Best Short Producer
• Best Micro Short
• Best Unproduced Short Script
• Best Produced Short Script
• Best Music Video
• Best Horror Short Film
• Best Student Short
• Best Documentary Short
• Best Covid Film
• Best Experimental Short
• Best Women Empowerment Short Film
• Best Web Series/Tv Pilot
• Best Visual Effects (all categories)
• Best Sound Design (all categories)
• Best Music (all categories)
• Best Feature Film
• Best Feature Film on Diversity
• Best Feature Screenplay
• Best Un-produced Feature Screenplay
• Best Feature Female Director
• Best Feature Male Director
• Best Cinematography in Feature Film
• Best Actress in Feature Film
• Best Actor in Feature Film
• Best Editing in Feature Film
• Best Animated Film Feature
• Best Animated Short
• Best Animated Film on Diversity
• Best Hand Made Generated Graphic
• Best Combination of Animation and Live Action
• Best Computer Generated Graphic
• Best Animation TV/Web Series
• Best Animation Experimental
• Best Documentary Animation
• Best Student Animation
• Best Kid's Animation
• Best Commercial Animation
• Best Original Score in Animation
• Best Character Design in Animation
• All Categories for Short
• All Categories for Feature

The selected and awarded art projects will receive a laurel and a certificate.

The selected and awarded movies promotional material will be announced in our social media pages.

The entrant/submitter hereby certifies that he possesses the right(s) and all of the proper clearances to submit the art piece, including, but not limited to image rights, talent releases, soundtrack, and/or source music releases; and assumes all responsibility for their material. Toronto Independent Animation Festival accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any movie submitted to the festival.

All decisions made by the judge(s) are considered final and incontestable.

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

Multiple entries are allowed. Any entry will be considered eligible in the next edition only if the art project was not selected in the previous edition.

Submissions in languages other than English must be subtitled in English.

We accept art projects released after 2015.

We consider short films to have a maximum duration of 30 minutes

The selected and awarded art projects will receive a laurel and a certificate.

The selected and awarded projects will be announced and viewable in our site and in our social media pages.

Overall Rating
  • Ivan knyazev

    Thank you it is a valuable experience for us!

    September 2022
  • Jule Körperich

    Thank you so much for having our film The way to a man's heart at your festival!!! I hope we can meet one day in real!

    September 2022
  • Mario Côté

    Very happy to have been selected for this festival. Experimental document on Odalisca dance by choreographer Louise Bedard.

    September 2022
  • Yen-Shuo Lu

    Thanks for nominated our animation "Miss Rabbit", it is a great honor.

    August 2022
  • Rich Allen

    I am so very honored to be an award winner in this film. I only wish I could visit Tokyo where some of the worlds greatest films come from and furthermore network my films and career. A very high quality film festival, thank you so much!

    August 2022