Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is a grassroots charitable organization dedicated to sharing quality outdoor cinema with Toronto communities in parks across the city. TOPS' annual summer festival is headlined by its signature project, Christie Pits Film Festival (CPFF), and has included venues such as Fort York, Corktown Common, and Bell Manor Park.

Voted by Toronto's NOW Magazine as Best Outdoor Film Screening Event, 2019. Summer 2023 was TOPS' largest festival season yet, welcoming over 24,000 community members to screenings all summer long.

Each summer's programme includes a combination of popular and critically-acclaimed international films that draw large audiences, carefully paired with local and Canadian short and feature films. This allows us to showcase excellent Canadian artworks, and give independent filmmakers large and welcoming audiences. Note that this organization pays screening fees to all films selected.

In preparation for Summer 2024, TOPS is holding an open call for submissions from Canadian filmmakers through February 2, 2024 (regular deadline). Please note that this call is geared to selections for all TOPS event venues in outdoor spaces within Toronto.

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• The 2024 programme will present a selection of feature films from around the world (including Canada) paired with a shorts programme of Canadian works. All film genres and styles will be considered, though EXCLUSIVELY CANADIAN FILMS MAY BE SUBMITTED.
• In 2024, films will be curated to fit a "workplace" theme. This theme may be interpreted broadly, but only films that are in some way related to this theme will be considered for this year's programme.
• Submissions MUST BE CANADIAN FILMS by independent filmmakers. Films from other countries will not be considered.
• Both Canadian short films and feature length films will be considered. The festival does not screen mid-length films.
• Short films must be no longer than 20 minutes.
• Feature films must be at least 60 minutes, and should not exceed 120 minutes.
• Films may be fictional, documentary, animated, live-action or experimental in style or nature.
• Films will be selected on the basis of overall quality, fit to annual theme, fit to series audience, and representation of a broad set of filmmaking voices.
• Films are screened outdoors to people of all ages, and therefore all films must feature content suitable for a general audience. Please do not submit films that are excessively mature or violent, as they will not be selected.
• Films need not be recent. They may have already been screened theatrically or online. If screened previously at other festivals, please indicate that in your submission. Premiere status is irrelevant to TOPS.
• Rough cuts are acceptable provided that the final version will be ready no later than May 20, 2024.
• Once invited, filmmakers will be required to submit their films as a high-resolution digital file for the purpose of exhibition.

The filmmakers of all selected works will be paid a screening fee (following CARFAC & IMAA guidelines), and will be invited to speak to the audience before the screening.

TOPS welcomes submissions from all filmmakers and is dedicated to showcasing stories deriving from all experiences. TOPS encourages submissions from members of equity-deserving groups, including but not limited to, filmmakers self-identifying as LGBTQ+, Indigenous, POC, women, persons with disabilities, and recent graduates.

If you feel you have a barrier to entry, please be in touch so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Entry fees may be waived for equity-deserving artists who contact by January 12. Please note that emails will not be responded to between December 23 and January 9, please be patient for a response.

Please note that HST is included in TOPS' admission fees. HST # 815672589 RT0001

Overall Rating
  • Anita Abbasi

    Can’t say enough good things about TOPS, their communication, the audience they bring forth and their attention to artists. Highly recommend.

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    It was such a pleasure to share your original, personal, and Toronto-set (!) film with our audience, Anita!