Please Note: All Films and Documentaries MUST be a Premiere! In the least an Ontario, Canada Premiere. A full Canada or North America premiere is Preferred.

We are an IMDb eligible festival. This means Filmmakers will be able to post their Nominations and Wins on their IMDb Profiles.

The Toronto Beaches Film Festival (TBFF) is a unique, flip-flop friendly film festival that takes place smack dab in the famous "Beaches" community in Toronto, Canada.

Think warm summer nights, cool music, cookouts, lazy sunny days and maybe films under the stars. Now that's a great way to spend a weekend...

The little brother festival to the long running ReelHeART International Film and Screenplay Film Festival, The Toronto Beaches Film Festival has proved that the Beaches Community craves film culture and we only deliver the Best in FILM GENRES that fit our "vibe".

TBFF takes place in the neighborhood of flip-flops, ice cream, patios, sporty attire and a beautiful and lively beach front community on the steps of Lake Ontario.

If you have a film or documentary in any of the categories below, we think we have the audience for you. Please Note ALL FILMS and DOCS MUST BE a Premiere of some kind. Check out the large array of categories below:

3rd World Issues
Activism against Big Companies, Big Brother and the Government
Beach Culture
Beach Towns
Environment Friendly
Ethical and Green Living
Family Issues
Oil in Oceans
Route 66
Saving our Beaches
Scenic Travelogues
Social Justice
Surf Music
Urban Sustainability
Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly
Water Conservation
Water Animals
Water Fowl
Water Sports

If your film or documentary has a "beach related" theme, even better! And that theme can be literal or figurative.

Feature films, Short films, Feature docs and Short docs. And vintage beach like stuff your parents took on that old 8mm camera on summer vacation.

Films *May* Be Awarded in The Following Core Categories

Short Film (Narrative)
Feature Film (Narrative)
Short Documentary
Feature Documentary
Vintage Beach
Kid Friendly

Films *May* Be Awarded in The Following ‘Sub’ Categories below:

Best Activism Film
Best Adventure/Extreme Adventure Film
Best Animal Friendly Film
Best Beach Film
Best Cinematography
Best Conservation Film
Best Drone Film
Best Eco-Friendly/Green Film
Best Kid-Friendly Film
Best Off The Grid Film
Best Marine Life Film
Best Surf Film
Best Sustainability Film (Natural Resources)
Best Travel Film
Honorable Mention
TBFF Spirit Award



2. We love to view films online. If you have a screening link. Great! Send us the private link and the access password.

2a. If your film is NOT online. You must mail in your TWO Preview DVD's after you've made a payment online. (DVDs that arrive without payment will be thrown out)

3. You must fill out customs forms to say "Not For Re-Sale. For Cultural Purposes ONLY"

4. You must promote your film or documentary

5. You must submit a film or documentary that meets our Genres or Themes either figuratively or literally

Toronto Beaches Film Festival (TBFF) is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Toronto Beaches Film Fest from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Anthony Gentile

    Had a wonderful time with the online presentation of this festival. TBFF did a great job during the pandemic to still get filmmakers together to celebrate the art of film making. We had people from all over the world and I'm sure I would have never been able to meet or connect if it wasn't for their online forum. I will definitely submit here again. Thank you TBFF!

    October 2020
  • Beka Economopoulos

    TBFF made a seamless pivot to a virtual festival this year, and their highly competent and lovely team pulled it off well! The tech for screening and accessing films was well designed and functional, communication was good, and the filmmaker Q&As over zoom were well moderated and produced. As a virtual gathering our friends and family from all over were able to join. Thanks TBFF, you did it!

    September 2020
  • Mae Mougin

    Loved this Festival even virtually. The Team at Toronto Beaches Film Festival were awesome. The communication before WATERPROOF's online screening and the Q&A after was terrific. It was an honor to be involved and to receive the "Activism" award in the Zoom online ceremony. Was almost as good as being there. The 2020 Spirit award was given to Johnny Ryan and his Father John Ryan, "Lifeguards for Life" Thank you for all your posts on Instagram and Facebook. I hope we can all be with you next year.

    September 2020
  • Tara-Lee Novak

    The Toronto Beaches Film Festival did a great job transitioning the film festival to an online gathering. It was easy to create a profile, view films and connect with filmmakers via zoom panels. A community spirit was fostered through all communication with staff from social media to zoom chats. Thanks for all your hard work.

    September 2020
  • steve haining

    Honoured to have been involved in TBFF this year! Surf culture and anything water based has been part of my life since I was a child and so this festival really clicks with me as a person!
    The communication before during and after the festival has been great from the TBFF team and I will definitely be submitting films to them in the future.

    September 2020