About The OWTFF 5th Anniversary

Open World Toronto Film Festival provides an equal chance of winning for all entrants, regardless of size and budget. Entries are judged on Quality of Craft and Creativity. Our main goal is to help artists gain publicity, media exposure, and momentum, as well as pay Tribute to their Ingenuity.

At OWTFF we welcome filmmakers and artists from all walks of life. We also welcome productions from any countries and years.

The Open World Toronto Film Festival is a 4 days Glamorous event with Red Carpets, Award Winners Gala (Snacks & Refreshments + Live Performance & Award Acceptance Speech), After Party, Networking Events, Industry Talk/Conferences and All Winners Masterpiece Screening + Q&A.

The OWTFF online Presence: We make a unique nice looking promotional page/info for each Nominee/Winner/Special Presentation (with specifications, trailer, credits, poster & links) which are permanently showcased & promoted on our website. The Nominees & Official Selections/Special Presentation (Local Support & VR) are announced about 8 weeks before the Annual Event and the Winners 6 weeks before the Annual Event.

Submissions are judged with HONESTY, INTEGRITY and an OPEN MIND.

The names attached to the project do not enhance the chances of being a success at the OWTFF, but Talent, Creativity and Dedication surely DO. Our judges panel are Skilled and Established Film Industry Professionals, Agents, Directors, Casting Directors and Producers.

Winners will receive a lot of exposure as we broadcast the list of Winners via Press Releases and mention them in Local/Worldwide Media Interviews. Also, by registering your work at the OWTFF, you will expand your social media presence as we constantly (all year long) post trailers and share information about our new submissions on Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram. @OWTFF

All Language film submissions are accepted but if the submission is anything other than the English Language, it must be subtitled.

All genres are very welcome to submit at the OWTFF; Animation, Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Action, Informative, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Experimental and Romance. JUST SURPRISE US!

The OWTFF likes to give out Awards!

The Winners of each category will be Awarded a Trophy at the Annual Gala and also receive Guaranty Free OWTFF VIP Access for themselves and their Family/Team. The recipient that are not able to attend the event can send us their acceptance speech via video to be played on the Big Screen at the OWTFF.

Rules For Submissions.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree:

I have read, understated, and fully comply with all submission eligibility information, Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions of Entry, and Entry Eligibility requirements.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this submission are true.
This film or video is not subject to any litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.

I understand that multiple entries are allowed and each may be entered in multiple categories. Each additional judging category is an additional fee.

I am duly authorized to submit this film to the festival.

I understand that all Decisions by judges, programmers and organizers will be final and NO REFUND of entry fee will be permitted.

I understand that if I Win and do not attend the OWTFF Awards in person, the trophy can be shipped by the courier of my own choice and at my own expenses and the OWTFF is not responsible for any shipping delays (insurances, tracking number or express shipping are at my own discretion).

I understand that the OWTFF only accepts downloadable digital version for screening.

I understand that all film submissions in a language other than English must be subtitled.

I hold Open World Toronto Film Festival harmless from any damage to the print(s) or media materials(s) en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the project.

I hold Open World Toronto Film Festival its owners, management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from my entry.

I certify that I have full rights to the use of the music in the entered work.

I give permission to Open World Toronto Film Festival to use stills, titles, posters, trailers and/or information from the submission for promotional purposes.

I give permission to Open World Toronto Festival Film Festival to screen the project at the Event for which it was submitted.

I understand that the rules & criteria of submissions can be subject to change without notice.

Overall Rating
  • What an absolutely great experience we had with OWTFF! The team supported and nurtured us throughout each level of their process––they truly are a festival that cares. Screening our film went very smoothly as well. We are so honored to have been selected and so fortunate to have submitted to OWTFF. We highly recommend this festival and will definitely submit future projects. Thanks, Sabine, Steve, Mark, et.al., for all you do!

    November 2019
  • Brandon Katcher

    This is one of the best festivals we have attended. The organizers truly cared about every film showcased, and everyone involved shared the same passion. We felt like part of a community in Toronto. Thank you for the opportunity!

    November 2018
  • It was a good experience to be there.

    November 2018
  • Great fun, highly recommended! Real filmmakers interested in real films -- get involved.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind words Adam ;)

  • A great film festival held in Toronto. Promotion of the event & films was great as was communication with the filmmakers. An exciting film festival to take part in.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Pennan and keep on rising up!