The Summer Edition 2020 of Couch Film Festival will be an online-only event due to COVID-19 restrictions still in place in Toronto, Canada.


-RESPECT social distancing and quarantine restrictions imposed by your local government and health organizations
-Must be completed from March 1, 2020 onward.
-1-5 minutes in length
-SUBJECT - must be related to QUARANTINE

Please respect local quarantine and social distancing laws!

COUCHFF is an IMDb-eligible quarterly event committed to highlighting and showcasing the very best films from around the globe. We welcome filmmakers to submit to our Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Editions.

***Due to the State of Emergency Order in the Province of Ontario in an effort to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, our SPRING EDITION screening on March 31st has been cancelled. We will continue to release the award-winners list on March 31 via our website and Facebook page!***

***WE ONLY SCREEN THE BEST FILM FINALISTS FOR EACH EDITION*** Semi-Finalists are eligible for awards but are NOT screened.


Films so good we can't get off the couch!

We are ready to see films - great films that would knock our socks off.

We are ready to see some talent - exquisite talent that would make us laugh, make us cry, scare us or make us think.

We are ready to give awards - IMDb-eligible awards that recognize the best in many categories. This means that any nominations and awards you receive through our festival can be linked/added to your IMDb profile!
We are ready to screen the best of these films at the 401 Richmond Building in Toronto - and yes, THE SCREENING ROOM HAS A COUCH!

Continental Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards)

Alternative Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards)

Minute Madness Toronto (60-seconds films only!)

6ix Screams International Horror Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards and horror films only!)

300 Seconds Short Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards and 5 minutes and under only!)


Each of our submission categories will receive awards in the BEST of each genre (animation, comedy, drama, experimental, fantasy, horror, mystery, period piece, romance, science fiction, suspense, thriller and others that may not fit in these.)


All films submitted will be watched and judged by our committee of industry professionals.

NOT SELECTED - We thank you for submitting but your film was not selected at this time.
SEMI-FINALIST - Your film is eligible for a host of awards and will undergo a private jury screening. *You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
FINALIST - Your film scored among the top films, is eligible for awards and will be screened at our live event. *You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
AWARD WINNER - Your film has won an award and a PDF certificate and personalized laurel will be emailed to you. *You can list this as an IMDb win.

The Couch Film Festival (CouchFF) is a quarterly event celebrating great films from around the globe. Editions are held in September (FALL EDITION), December (WINTER EDITION), March (SPRING EDITION) and June (SUMMER EDITION).
Each edition screens the Finalists at a live event held at The Burroughes Building, Toronto.
CouchFF accepts films 120 minutes in length and under in narrative, experimental, documentary and animation styles.
CouchFF accepts the following genres: animation, comedy, drama, experimental, fantasy, horror, mystery, period piece, romance, science fiction, suspense, thriller and others that may not fit in these categories.
All entries must have an online screener via the FilmFreeway platform, Vimeo or YouTube.
All entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
All Semi-Finalists are eligible for awards but will not be screened at our live event. You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
All Finalists are guaranteed to be screened at our live event and are also eligible for awards. You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
A Winners' List will be posted on our website. You can list this as an IMDb win.
CouchFF does not pay screening fees for chosen films.
CouchFF submission fees are non-refundable. In the event of a withdrawal by the filmmaker, you may contact us to discuss your options at

Overall Rating
  • James O' Sullivan

    Terrific festival. Honored to be shortlisted as Best Director.

    May 2020
  • Michele Drake Haddad

    Couch Film Festival gives artistic creators a wonderful opportunity to expose their crafts, receive positive acknowledgment, and celebrate the industry of filmmaking that is a collaborative effort. Film is forever. Thank you Couch Film Festival for your sincere dedication to the art of film!

    April 2020
  • Konstantinos Pagiatis

    Thank you for chosing my film "Mirror" as the winner of "Best Cast" in the "1:00 to 5:00 Minutes" category.

    April 2020
  • Derrick Johnson

    I want to thank the Couch Film Festival for excepting and supporting my work. It truly is a fantastic festival that actively promotes the works of independent filmmakers. I highly recommend them to others in our community.

    April 2020
  • Great communication, especially during the current pandemic. I highly recommend this film festival to any filmmaker.

    April 2020