Last year marked the inaugural TORONTO NXT FILM FEST. Our mission is to showcase new, innovation, and unique visions in independent cinema. Discovering new voices.

The festival will showcase independent filmmakers making their Toronto premieres; and a section dedicated to discovering the brightest emerging voices in storytelling. Competitive sections for feature-length fiction films; a diverse selection of documentary films from around the world; selected to showcase break-out global talent.

We are inspired by Toronto, a city of abundant creativity, it stands as the largest media market in Canada, and boasts the world-renowned Royal Ontario Museum, the massive Art Gallery of Ontario, the Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Films need to be Toronto Premieres.

The Toronto NXT FILM FEST accepts films of any genres in the following categories:
Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature (all over 45 minutes, including credits)
Short Films please submit instead to Toronto International Short Film Festival

Submission eligibility and format
– All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2015.
– We require at least a Toronto premiere for any film
– Works-in-progress are accepted

Films must be submitted through a online screener.

If the film is selected for the Festival, for all materials sent to and returned from NXT FILM FEST c/o theatre venue must be paid by the submitting party. We not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. We will not absorb any fees incurred in customs. All charges must be pre-paid.

For customs purposes, give a value of no more than US$10 and label: ‘for cultural purposes only’, 'no commercial value'.

Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping DCP or Blu-ray to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

A selected DCP or Blu-ray must be received at our host theatre no later than 17 days prior to its scheduled screening date. We aspire to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. We assume that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival screening copy.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of NXT FILM FEST. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, We reserve the right to make changes at any time for any reason. NXT FILM FEST will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection, and no film may be screened outside the festival venue during the Festival and before its official presentation without the approval of NXT FILM FEST.