About The OWTFF

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, "New" Award Winners Gala (Dinner + Live Music & Award Acceptance Speech), "New" Virtual Reality Exhibit, Networking, Industry Talk/Conferences and All Winners Masterpiece Screening + Q&A.

OWTFF is also an online Film Festival: We will permanently showcase three Nominees of each category on our website. The Nominees & "New" Official Selections (Local Support & VR) will be announced 5 weeks before the Event and the Winners 3 weeks before the Event. For the Animations, Experimentals, Documentaries, Shorts, and Features we will showcase your trailer. For the Music Videos and Web Series, your full project.

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 online presence as we constantly post trailers and share about our new submissions on Facebook, Twitter and Now 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 Gala as for The Nominees and the "New" Official Selection (Local Support & VR) a certificate. Winners will also receive free OWTFF VIP passes for themselves as well as 2 Extra for their family/team. Winners that are not able to attend the event can send us their acceptance speech by 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 will be shipped by regular courier and the OWTFF is not responsible for any shipping delays. (Extra charge will apply if insurances, tracking or express shipping is requested.)

I understand that the OWTFF accepts online and download link submissions only.

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 film.

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, copy, and/or information from the submission for promotional purposes.

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

I understand that I have the right to register a project previously submitted and did not win.

Overall Rating
  • Bradley Hawkins

    OWTFF is a first-class film festival in every capacity. I especially appreciated that the fest met all of their own self-imposed posting dates on their social media platforms, and then provided tremendous graphics for all nominees and winners, as well as tons of great photos from the fest on their social media platforms. OWTFF also ran a first-rate live screening and treated our award-winning Best Supporting Actor that attended the fest (Karl Holtz for FILLING IN) like Hollywood royalty.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your very kind words Bradley :-)
    It was a great honor for us to receive and meet Karl, what a very nice guy. Hope to see you next Edition, you guys will always be welcome.

  • Rocky LionProduction

    Highly recommended Film Festival! Our film "Wedding at the Great Wall" won the prestigious "Best Story and Screenplay" Award. Myself and the team flew from China to accept the prize and all we can say is wow! Very well organized, great welcoming and Sabine and Steve went out of their ways to make our trip to Toronto enjoyable. The excellence and prestige of the OWTFF is way beyong our expectations and we really hope to make it there again next year. Thank you so much for this great experience and for this opportunity.

    December 2016

    It was a fantastic experience to attend the OWTFF 2016! Reversed Destiny had an award of the Best Long Short 2016. Moreover I received their much love and respect for making this film. President Sabine said about Reversed Destiny on the stage that "It'll make you little bit cry, it will depending on how sensible you are. Maybe I am." Her speech made me cry! I never forget this attendance to this film festival from Japan. Thank you so much for President Sabine, Director Steve, Wonderful Host Jay Harmony, and all of the OWTFF Team!

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    It was very nice welcoming you and your team here in Canada Hideki. You guys have so much class and your acceptance speech was very touching! "Reversed Destiny" is such a Masterpiece and we're wishing you all the best in the Festival circuit with it. Hopefully we'll be able to meet again in a near future and maybe visit your beautiful country ;)

  • Vu Hoang

    I received a Best Director award for one my short films, but unfortunately I could not make the event. However, Steve had great communication and even allowed us to play a behind the scenes of our short film to make up for us not being able to do the Q&A. From the pictures and the response I received for my film, I feel like I really missed out and I would definitely would want to be there next time!

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your kind words Vu and you will always be welcome at OWTFF in the future. The "bts" was a great addition to our programing 2016 and we're very happy that you've suggested it. Keep up your excellent work and congratulation again for your Award!

  • Ori Dagan

    This was an amazing experience. The festival we will run and very supportive of artist. Truly a great festival and experience.

    December 2016
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Leonardo! We really loved welcoming you at the OWTFF this year and we're looking forward your future projects. Keep up your great work!