The Ontario International Film Festival is an annual event that takes place every October in Toronto. It's a festival that gives independent filmmakers from different cultures and backgrounds, the opportunity to get known, learn and get acquainted with the industry to better integrate easily.

Any filmmaker from any culture in Canada or around the world, who is struggling to have an opportunity to work in the film industry, ONIFF will help them to create their own films, and engage them within the global film industry.


1- Best International Feature Film.
2- Best Canadian Feature Film.
3- Best International Short Film.
4- Best Canadian Short Film.
5- Best International Documentary.
6- Best Canadian Documentary.
7- Best International Director.
8- Best Canadian Director.
9- Best International Screenwriting.
10- Best Canadian Screenwriting.
11- Best International Actor/ Actress.
12- Best Canadian Actor/ Actress.
13- Best International Second Actor/ Actress.
14- Best Canadian Second Actor/ Actress.
15- Best International music scoring.
16- Best Canadian music scoring.
17- Best International film sound.
18- Best Canadian film sound.
19- Best International Editing.
20- Best Canadian Editing.
21- Best International DOP.
22- Best Canadian DOP.
23- Best International Student Project.
24- Best Canadian Student Project.

International film rules:

1- Non English films must have English subtitles.
2- Upload an official poster.
3- Synopsis.
4- You grant the right for posting the film trailer.
5- Upload your film on FilmFreeway.
6- Nonrefundable fees.
7- Films made before 2019 not accepted.

Canadian Film Rules:
1- french movies must have English subtitles.
2- Upload your poster.
3- Synopsis.
4- You grant the right for posting the film trailer.
5- Upload your film on FilmFreeway.
6- Nonrefundable fees.
7- Films made before 2019 not accepted.

General rules:

I hereby agree that I have secured all the necessary rights for the picture and sound of the film above. The display, screening, and production will not infringe on any contractual rights including but not limited to music, images, and content. I grant the Ontario International Film Festival (ONIFF) the right to use and license my film for promotional use without restriction in terms of location.
I confirm that I am the creator/author, owner/co-owner, distributor, or otherwise authorized representative of the film and am submitting with the intent for the film to be used in commercial settings in connection with its online screening. I am committing my film to be screened online with any entity the ONIFF has entered into a licensing agreement with and will not remove the film without the consent of the ONIFF.

I grant permission to feature, advertise, display, and compile my film, in whole or part. I also grant the ONIFF and its licensees, subject to the terms of the licensing agreement entered by ONIFF, the right to broadcast, or authorize other third parties the right to broadcast, portions of the film on local media outlets for promotional purposes.
I grant the ONIFF the right to use my name, image, and biographical materials of any individual associated with the film. I hereby protect, defend, and exclude the ONIFF, its directors, members, employees, consultants, and agents from and against all claims, complaints, cause of action, liabilities, losses, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of or in connection with claims and/or third-party claims based upon the film.

I am submitting my film to the ONIFF for the purposes described above. This includes any breach of warranties or agreements stemming from proceedings of any kind against the ONIFF arising from or connected to transactional activity, (e.g., distribution, promotion, licensing, contemplated by this agreement). I understand and agree to these terms as evidenced by my signature below. This form supersedes all prior negotiations and agreements, oral or written. This agreement shall be governed in accordance with the provincial and federal copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law.

Overall Rating
  • Big thank you to selected our film JUST LIKE WATER 💙 Warm greetings from Greece 🇬🇷

    August 2022
  • Carol Mullins

    Fantastic festival! Great communication and networking opportunities!

    November 2021
  • Moira Simpson

    It was an honour to be in your festival. Immense thanks for selecting our documentary, The Least We Can Do. We appreciate all your support.

    November 2021
  • Teresa Picciano

    Great service and programming. Thank You for selecting my film Mate & Date. Rewarding opportunity.

    November 2021
  • We would like to express our deep gratitude to the organizers and members of the jury of the film festival! Everything was organized at the highest level !! Great professional team! And of course, we didn't expect to receive 4 awards for our film Mother of Apostles at all! We are very happy and proud to was the part of your prestige festival!

    November 2021