INSOMNIAC FILM FESTIVAL presents a selection of the year’s most creative films from Toronto’s distinct youth film community.

Organized and founded by a team of young programmers, INSOMNIAC aims to celebrate works emerging from the lives and experiences of young Toronto filmmakers. We curate films that blur the lines between age, genre and budget, reminding us of the creativity behind intelligent and powerful low-budget filmmaking.

Works in progress are certainly accepted for submission - just let us know where the film is at and what's left to do! ALSO pssssssst - the waiver code is INSOM4000! And it’s all yours to use! If you have any further questions/concerns, just send us an email or give us a call! We love to talk!

INSOMNIAC FILM FESTIVAL liberates our audience!!!

- Audience Choice: BEST FILM
(You'll get a sweet sponsored Awards Package!)

- Audience Choice: BEST PERFORMANCE
(You'll also get a sweet sponsored Awards Package!!!)

INSOMNIAC FILM FESTIVAL is a celebration of youth talent in Toronto and the surrounding areas, but when we say YOUTH we mean that in SPIRIT - not in AGE! As such, we have no hard cut off for filmmaker age. Similarly, we have no hard cut off for duration of film. Make your film as long as it needs to be! Don't let us stop you!

We also certainly encourage genre & genre-bending films; comedies; music videos; commercials; web-based content; vlogs; video art; experimental works; etc, etc, etc. We love all movies and are excited to see yours!

Overall Rating
  • Sharon Isaac

    Extremely impressed with Insomniac for showing my first short film. Communication was first rate between the promoter of Insomniac and myself. Through the showing of my film at the festival, I received another message of interest in marketing the film. Kudos to Insomniac for screening it !

    August 2019
  • Nick White

    Had a really great time at Insomniac. Very friendly and helpful team with excellent communication, a very nice and diverse program of films, and the venue and whole operation were top notch. I thank them for having me and my film and look forward to attending again the future.

    July 2019
  • Great little selection of short movies! Happy to have been a part of the showcase!

    July 2019