Inaugurated as a grassroots non-profit film festival in 2012, the ICFF has, in 6 years, grown to the the largest Italian film festival outside of Italy. Each year, ICFF is proud to present an inspiring showcase of the best new Italian and international cinema.

The ICFF takes place every June during Ontario’s “Italian Heritage Month” and is presented in more Canadian cities each year, including Toronto, Vaughan. Niagara, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City.

Using the power of the moving image to both entertain and educate, ICFF defies conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing both the Italian and global communities. All ICFF films are subtitled in English (or French in the Province of Quebec) as most are in Italian or other foreign languages.

Every year the festival presents an international collection of feature films, documentaries and shorts, including premieres, advance screenings and independent films. Screenings are supplemented by guest appearances by filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other expert speakers and complemented by Q&A sessions.

The 9th Annual ICFF awards are:

People’s Choice Award – The best feature film chosen by the audience will be announced on the last day of the festival.

Critics’ Award – The best feature film as selected by a jury composed by members from the Toronto Film Critics Association.

ICFF Best Short Film Award – The jury of Canadian experts will vote and select one short film that provides exciting and engaging storytelling to receive this award as well as CAD $1,000.

Special Award – For the feature film that best promotes the Italian-Canadian social and cultural values.

- Feature Film – competitive section for feature films
- Short Film 10’ – competitive section for short films up to 10 minutes long
- Documentary – non-competitive section for documentaries

Feature length films must run for at least 60′ and documentaries can be in any duration and if they are under 10 minutes, they fall in the short film competitive section.

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NOTE: Deadline - April 10, 2019

- All submitted films must be made in Italy, or made by Italians, or have Italian content.
- Feature films, documentaries of minimum 60-120 minutes and short films of max. 10min as well as children's programming that are made in Italy, made by Italians or that have Italian content.
- All films must be Canadian premieres.
- Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in Canada will NOT be considered.
- Films that are available to purchase on online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
- Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).
- All submitted films should have been completed earlier than January 1st 2017.
- The ICFF short films can be of max. 10 minutes (shown before a feature film and eligible for the Best Short Film Award).

Overall Rating
  • Riccardo Roan

    What a superb festival! Congratulations to all the team behind this wonderful festival - highly recommend submitting here!

    July 2019
  • A new standard in Film Festival administration and quality. Truly outstanding!

    June 2019