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.

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
  • Robert Henno

    I was already very happy to hear that my two documentaries "In the realm of the little owl" and "Once upon a time - The savannah" had been selected by the TBFF. I was even more so when I learned that the second was a AWARD WINNER. Thank you very much to the team for their kindness and their way of communicating with us.

    November 2018
  • Thank you !!
    From the cast and crew of Calm In Chaos .

    September 2018
  • Luke Cameron

    What a fantastic festival. Lots of early communication and what looks to be a fantastic team on the ground- their social media push before the festival was top notch and we were included in the entire process. Although we were unable to attend, it looked like a great festival and the feedback and award were amazing! Keep it up TBFF!

    September 2018
  • Päivi Kapiainen-Heiskanen

    Thank you TBFF for selection The Reindeer belong to the Wind to your festival. Communication was most friendly and details were given thought. Unfortunately I could not participate this year but maybe some other time. All the best!

    September 2017
  • Phil Audibert

    Borderline hostile emails that shouted confusing directions and over-the-top demands...I dunno. I won't bother submitting next year.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Dear Phil
    Your 1st response to our email was nice: but then went downhill from there...

    "Thanks for choosing my documentary, "300 Tires and an Old Sofa," for your film festival. It is a Canada premiere."

    Subsequent emails from you, because you didn't understand what we were asking from a 'technical perspective' and the time we needed to tests all the film, you became borderline hostile and 'confused with directions'

    From you: I have no idea how to enable "Auto Start" if it's something other than clicking on the "Play" button. You'll have to figure that one out.

    A Filmmaker cannot get accepted at a film festival and then deny that film festival the ability to download your screener. How did you expect it to get screened to an audience...?

    We need time to test films. We cannot wait until a few days before festival launch to test a film.

    You got confused thinking we were asking for your password to Vimeo. You didn't understand other films screened in the same block.

    We think in the end, you may have not realized our emails were GROUP EMAILS and that may have led to some of your confusion. We needed to speak to ALL Accepted Filmmakers with the SAME instructions in the SAME email.

    So we apologize for that.

    If you still think your review was fair and just, please leave it as is.

    We appreciate your time and your film on getting trash out of our waters and great youth Volunteers who get that dirty job done.

    Team TBFF