The mission of the Toronto Independent Film Festival is to screen the best of low-budget independent film from around the world. The Toronto Indie is a celebration of talented filmmakers working on shoestring budgets.

The Toronto Indie runs every September and offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements in a space where all the key players of the film industry have gathered.

Film Awards:
Feature Film (budget over $250k USD)
Micro-budget Feature (budget under $250k USD)
No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k USD)
Documentary Feature
Female Director Feature
LGBT film
Short Film
Short Documentary
Animated Short
Experimental Short
Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Short Short (under 5 minutes)
Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:
Feature Screenplay
Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay

All films and genres made with indepdenent spirit and low budgets

Overall Rating
  • Emma Catalfamo

    I was honored to have my short "Kindling" screen at TOIFF 2019. The event was great, communication from the festival was very good, and the organizers were very hospitable! Would go again!

    September 2019
  • I can’t say enough good about this festival. It was a huge honor that our film Give + Take was screened at this prestigious event. I would recommend all filmmakers to enter. Everything about TOIFF was pitch perfect and a very special Thank you to Steve who is one of the most cordial host anywhere.

    September 2019
  • Peter Sacco

    Was overjoyed to have my film The First & Last Time selected. Steve Veale is an awesome organizer and great gentleman!

    September 2019
  • Another year I was able to make the trip from the States to attend the festival. We screened to a packed and receptive house. Organizer Steve Veale is always there to make filmmakers feel welcome and the volunteers are great! A good place to mingle with other filmmakers. Always a must attend for me if I can make the trip!

    September 2019
  • Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend, but I have attended the Toronto Short Film Festival, produced by the same great organization in the past. As with TSFF, the communication was great and the Carlton Theater venue superb. I will be applying again!

    October 2018