Create your legacy at CINEVERSE.

Cineverse welcomes fresh filmmakers, and celebrates the collective experience of enjoying cinema. Cineverse Toronto is a small-scale, indie film festival with annual screenings in the heart of downtown Toronto. Part of an alliance of indie festivals around the world, this is a great opportunity to get your work seen both in Canada and globally.

Official selections of our festival are screened each year at Supermarket, a trendy bar and event space in Kensington Market. Filmmakers are encouraged to join us at these events for Q&As, for an awards presentation, and an opportunity to mingle with an enthusiastic audience.

In addition to screening opportunities, films that are selected for Cineverse have the opportunity to win a variety of awards, accolades, distribution opportunities, and prizes (see below). Our awards are IMDb certified!

We welcome films from all over the world, and of all genres. We screen shorts, webseries, and features.

Come, grab a drink with friends, and check out the latest films from Toronto and across the globe. We pride ourselves on a diverse and open community who loves indie cinema of all kinds. When you submit to our festival you enter into a local filmmaking and film loving community.

Join us at Cineverse, submit your film, and get your work seen!

Films submitted to our festival are eligible for a variety of awards and prizes. Each award-winner receives a laurel, and those who attend our in-person screenings are presented with a certificate for their achievement. We also offer a variety of prizes - depending on the month - including local sponsorships for rental gear, products and subscriptions, as well as film distribution opportunities.

The awards you could win include:

BEST PICTURE (best overall)
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST FEATURE FILM
BEST CANADIAN FILM
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
BEST DIRECTOR
BEST WRITER (Film Competition)
BEST PERFORMANCE
BEST SCREENPLAY (Screenplay Competition)
JURY PRIZE

TERMS & CONDITIONS: The following is an explanation of the rules and regulations (“Rules & Regulations”) governing the submission of a film, trailer, feature, short, music video, web series, reality show pilot, demo reel, short animation, sizzle reel, documentary, short screenplay (hereafter called the “Project”) for consideration of the 2019 ‘The Film Club’ (hereinafter called the “Festival”). All information contained in this document shall herein supersede any prior information regarding submission to the Festival.

By agreeing to the Terms and Conditions found on this page, the person submitting the Project (hereafter called the “Applicant”) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the Project (hereafter called the “Project’s Owners”) whose consent is required to submit the Project to the Company, and has read and understood the submission rules and regulations set forth below:

Submissions: There will be many submissions, but only those selected will be shown. The submitter accepts that by submitting and paying the submission fee, their submission might not be selected.

Works submitted that do not meet criteria or fail to adhere to the guidelines, rules and regulations is not the responsibility of the Company or Festival. These submissions may be automatic disqualification and loss of submission fee. In order to be considered for the Festival, the Applicant must submit via FilmFreeway located at https://filmfreeway.com or on the Festival’s Home page. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is not submitted through this platform.

Selection: Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Company will attempt to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the Applicant of the Project’s acceptance status. The Company disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided on the submission form. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided on the submission form is correct throughout the entirety of the Festival selection period.

Full Ownership: It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to clear all content of the Project from any and all actual or potential legal claims or issues, including, without limitation, claims based upon theories or libel, defamation, slander, invasion of privacy, violation of rights or publicity, theft or trade secrets, breach of confidence, breach of confidential relationship, and breach of expressed or implied contract (“Third Party Claim(s)”). The Company expressly disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any unauthorized inclusion of any trademarked content or materials within or relating to submitted Project, including any content materials that are or may become the basis for any Third Party Claims based upon any of the foregoing legal theories or others. The Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project that is or may become the subject of any Third Party Claims. In the event that any Third Party Claim(s) shall be asserted by any person or entity, Applicant shall fully indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Festival, and each of their representatives and affiliates from any liability in connection therewith and from any fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that any of them may incur in connection therewith.

Submission content: All of the above types of content will be considered for screening. We will consider content of all types so long as the content is not purely pornographic in nature. Media containing hate speech, homophobia, transphobia and other un-artistically motivated discriminatory content will be immediately disqualified. Nudity, violence, vulgar language and the sorts will be screened to determine if artistic and within the scope of the Festival, at the Festival’s sole discretion. We encourage all types of art and do not wish to discourage any Project, within reason.

Advertising: By submitting the project the applicant agrees that the festival may award them a category winner and thus the festival may show the project or extracts of the project in Festival related advertising both online and print. The applicant needs to be aware that by submitting the project they transfer all the necessary rights to the festival so that the festival has all legal rights to may show the project or extracts of the project for all such purposes. The promotion may include online and social media campaigns like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and Youtube campaigns as well as print campaigns like poster advertisement or print media campaigns.

Festival Rights: Company and Festival expressly deny and are not responsible for any promises of offers for distribution. This is merely an avenue or channel for Applicant to submit Project for exposure and viewing pleasure of audiences. The Company is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project, any information relating to the manner in which the Project is, will be, or was reviewed; any views that the Company or any reviewers of the Project may hold concerning the Project; any reasons why the Project, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s review, consideration and/or selection process regarding the Project specifically or submissions generally beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations.

Dates: Festival, Company and its affiliates reserve the sole and exclusive right to change the dates and times of viewing of Officially Selected Projects or dates of Festival. Applicant acknowledges and accepts Company, Festival and its affiliates have no control over natural disasters, acts of nature, and circumstances of emergency that might cause change in dates and times. Good faith efforts will be given by Company, Festival and its affiliates to inform Applicant of any date or time changes in advance, if possible.

Disqualification: Company reserves the sole and exclusive right to choose which works will be shown, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected. Company reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any Project with a submission form that is considered to be delinquent due to the non-payment of any or all submission fees.

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  • Fuzzie Die Studios None

    The festival was very organized and the coordinator was kind and you could tell they put a lot into putting this together. The screening wasn't too long luckily, and we enjoyed networking with filmmakers afterwards.

    July 2022
  • Such a wonderful local festival to be part of! Aaron is such a wonderful programmer and hostess. The venue was nearly sold out with tons of local Toronto filmmakers. Would recommend submitting here in a heartbeat!

    July 2022
  • A nicely-run festival with fair fees and a cool website. Thank you, Team Legacy—Toronto!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for this kind review! So happy you had a positive experience - and thank you for sharing your work with us. :) - Festival Team

  • Jean-Pierre Marchant

    Great festival which put a lot of effort into doing an in-person screening this year!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Aw, thanks Jean-Pierre! We put a lot of love into this year's screening, and it was so great to have our filmmakers there in-person as well. <3 - Festival Team

  • Sammy Kistell

    Thank you for selecting my short script 'Dandelion Wishes' . I am pleased with the great communication and being a part of Legacy film festival.

    July 2021
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    Response from festival:

    It is our pleasure to have selected your film! Thank you so much for your kind words and lovely review. :) - Festival Team