TIFF Next Wave is the heartbeat of year-round programming for young audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF Next Wave celebrates the power in young people seeing themselves and their communities represented on screen. The annual TIFF Next Wave Film Festival returns April 14–16, 2023, bringing young audiences and creators together to explore new voices and perspectives in cinema. The Festival is curated by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee, a group of 12 teen film enthusiasts from across the Greater Toronto Area.

As the Festival celebrates its twelfth edition, TIFF Next Wave is excited to welcome audiences back in theatres, promising a jam-packed weekend of brand new movies from around the world, amazing guests and Q&A sessions, industry workshops and talks at the Young Creators Co-Lab, and the ever-epic kick off at Battle of the Scores. To learn more about TIFF Next Wave, visit: 𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗳.𝗻𝗲𝘁/𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁𝘄𝗮𝘃𝗲.

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is supported by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto.

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the Young Creators Showcase, a shorts programme featuring films made by young and emerging filmmakers from across Canada. From animation to fiction to documentary, this programme highlights a dynamic mix of voices, visions, and methods of storytelling. The Young Creators Showcase celebrates the next generation of Canadian filmmaking talent, showcasing bold new ways youth are engaging in film to create honest, intersectional stories about their experiences.

Submissions for the Young Creators Showcase close on Monday, January 23, 2023. There is no submission fee. To submit a film, please complete the registration process and provide an online screener via FilmFreeway for review. For information on how to upload and submit your film via FilmFreeway, please visit: filmfreeway.com/help/category/3969/projects-and-video-uploads.

Selected films will screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, April 14–16, 2023.

All filmmakers who meet the below criteria will be notified of a decision by February 27, 2023. TIFF will contact filmmakers using the contact information provided in the FilmFreeway registration form. Filmmakers are responsible for providing correct and functional contact information. TIFF is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact filmmakers using the contact information provided.


• Submissions are open to Canadian creators, aged 14–26 at the time the film was made.
• Submissions are open to films that were completed in 2022 or 2023.
• Films must be no longer than 18 minutes in length including credits.
• All non-English language films must be submitted with English subtitles.
• All genres and types of filmmaking are welcome, including but not limited to: fiction, animation, experimental, music video and documentary.

• If selected, filmmakers will be asked to provide the required materials, including but not limited to: film stills, film synopsis, and biography of the filmmaker.
• All selected filmmakers will be asked to deliver a Theatrical Screening Copy of the film. Selected filmmakers will receive a Technical and Delivery Guidelines document with information on how to best deliver the Theatrical Screening Copy.
• All selected filmmakers will be invited to attend the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival and participate in a post-screening Q&A session. Filmmakers will be responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit: tiff.net.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, Visa, and BVLGARI, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto.