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
  • Brigitte Drodtloff

    amazing film festival & a fantastic team!

    September 2021
  • So honored to have received the Festival Director Award from this festival!!!! Everyone was really kind and it was a great selection of films to stream online.

    September 2020
  • Brittany Delgaty

    Great experience and amazing team behind this festival! Obviously with the challenges of the pandemic, this didn’t exactly go as planned but the organizers did an amazing job putting together a virtual festival.

    September 2020
  • Aaron Rothermund

    “The First Step” premiered at the Toronto Independent Film Festival, and it was a fantastic honour. We got to watch a lot of great films, and meet other new filmmakers.

    September 2020
  • Ann Ewan

    Thanks for letting "Transfer" premiere at your film festival. The transition to online was handled well and any problems I ran into were quickly resolved by Penny. I spent a wonderful weekend binge-watching all the shorts and six of the features. The quality of the films was very high. Great to see so many impressive independent filmmakers out there!

    September 2020