Do you have a personal vision? Are you a true independent filmmaker? Do you hate making compromises?
The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival welcomes filmmakers who explore and develop new filmmaking conventions in their quest to realise their visions effectively on a limited budget.
The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing innovative and exciting work by risk-taking filmmakers from around the world. Aesthetically and thematically varied, these films mark the arrival of exciting new directing talents.

All screenings will take place at the Fox, located in Toronto on September 26-28, 2018.

The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is an IMDB eligible film festival. This means that all selections and awards can be added to your IMDB film listing.

The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival was featured in Hollywood North Magazine, Now Toronto, Daily Hive, Oye!, La Provincia, Civilnodrustvo, Cinema Italiano, IndiefilmTO, ToDoCanada, Cinema Clock, Curve Magazine, Screen Slate, ScreenWorks, Tribuna do Ceara, New Cinema School, and was named as one of Top 10 events (next to the Toronto International Film Festival, which was simultaneous) by BlogTO.

Check out our 2017 festival trailer: https://vimeo.com/232612796

Awards & Prizes

Award Categories
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

Rules & Terms

SUBMISSIONS
The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry, accept the 'guaranteed selection submissions', does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Toronto Arthouse Film Festival 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. If chosen as an official selection, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the 2016 Toronto Arthouse Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

ENTRY LIABILITY
The filmmaker holds the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

SCREENING FEE
The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

WAIVER REQUESTS
Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

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    Tibo Pinsard

    I couldn't attend, but was very glad to have my short film Gorilla selected and awarded at the festival. Serious and valuable festival, I recommend!

    October 2017
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    Var Bhalla

    I was awarded Best Documentary Feature Film for "This Is Home"! Very happy that it was screened in Toronto at the iconic Fox Theatre. TAFF is a true festival that gives indie filmmakers a voice! Looking forward to submitting my work again in the future. Thanks again for the opportunity!

    September 2017
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    Nicolas Brault

    One of the best overall experience. A lot of energy from the team to build a great community of filmmaker around this event. Une superbe expérience et une très belle réponse des jurys et du public face à mon travail. Un grand Merci !

    November 2016
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    Experimental Film Society

    Got an email from them saying "Congratulations, your film has been officially selected by the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival." Then there was the most absurd line ever followed: {Please, note: the "Official selection" status doesn’t mean that your film will be screened at the festival. It means that you are now eligible for the nomination and you can use the festival logo on your poster. Only the award-winning films will be screened at the festival.} Complete scam! We wish we could get our submission fee back! "AVOID" this festival by all means!

    September 2016