This is Toronto's Comedy Festival.
Be part of an incredible comedy community that has been gathering every March in Toronto for 18 years! Connect with other comedy creators and showcase your work to TOsketchfest's audience of comedy lovers from across North America.
TOSketchFest23 returns March 8-19, 2023 with LIVE, in person performances AND the return of our in person film festival!
TOsketchfest23 will feature a varied programme of short-form and live comedy events including: an in person screening of TOsketchfest Film Fest, in-person performances, and on-demand offerings.
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is committed to creating a safe, welcoming and anti-racist space where all people are treated with respect and dignity. We strive for an atmosphere of respectful creative exchange, and positive personal and professional growth. We will not accept submissions that contain racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or hateful language, imagery, or actions.
WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?
On FilmFreeway you can submit your filmed comedy shorts for the film festival presentation. Jurors will watch up to 10 minutes of every submission.
We are on the lookout for new digital sketch comedy shorts for a curated programme to be screened in front of a live audience, and then available on demand. We are looking for a wide variety of comedy shorts, musical comedy videos, animated shorts, web series spotlights - as long as the content was created after January 1, 2022.
We are happy to accept digital submissions from anywhere in the world!
LIVE Artist Submissions can be submitted through "Zone Festival" until November 30 at:
Do you have a show that's outside the box? Not sure if your work is a good fit? Reach out to us to discuss before completing your application with any questions or ideas. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
TOsketchfest offers creators access to a free/low-cost professional development/learning series, including hands-on workshops, panels and networking events with in-person and online options for comedy enthusiasts.
TOsketchfest Film Festival includes the Outstanding Comedy Short Award (for digital shorts/short films).
**APPLICATION DEADLINE** – Submissions must be completed November 30, 2022. Submissions will be juried by the Festival producers and an advisory panel of industry professionals. Artists will be notified of programming decisions by email in January 2023.
**APPLICATION FEE** – The processing fee for all applications is $25 (CAD and includes HST). The submission fee is non-refundable. If the application fee is a barrier to your submission please feel free to reach out to Ivan Hutomo, Digital Producer, at email@example.com for an access code.
**ACCESSIBILITY** – Closer to the Festival dates, all selected entrants will be required to provide accessibility information about their content, for uses such as sensory descriptions and captioning files.
TOSketchfest is committed to increasing accessibility at every level of the Festival. If you require any accommodations for this submission process or would like to discuss accessibility further, please reach out to Ivan Hutomo, Digital Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
**COPYRIGHT / INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY**
The work you submit to the Festival may not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity. By submitting an application to TOsketchfest you agree that you have paid and/or will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival.
This festival is rooted in the traditions of sketch comedy. The content you submit must be scripted, and it must be comedic. Ensemble work, solo work, music, animation, digital shorts... these are all eligible as long as they are scripted. We will not accept improv or stand-up sets. If you have content that is outside the box (i.e. podcast or other audio, panel shows, partially-scripted/interactive) please contact us by email before submitting and application (email@example.com)
We accept applications from new, emerging, and established troupes, but your TOsketchfest submission should not be your first piece of work. You must have some history of live or online performance or digital content creation. We are actively seeking work from creators from equity-deserving groups. If you require accommodations or assistance in order to complete your application, please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have any questions about submitting to TOsketchfest23, please feel free to reach out to Ivan Hutomo, Digital Producer, at email@example.com