and thrilled to be curating an evening in celebration of the 2 rivers festivals’ 10th anniversary. We are looking for stories spotlighting our intricate and complex relationship with nature and the environments that surround us.
How does where we are from shape our artistic expression?
What roles does the environment play in storytelling?
How does a lack of environmental/community impact the stories we tell?

In true indie night fashion, we leave our theme open for your interpretation (it’s one of the things we look forward to the most)

We accept any and all kinds of digital short-form media: Short narrative, short-form doc, Micro-doc, music videos, Digital Visual art, Trailer, Teaser, Dance video, spoken word visual poem. Anything under 15 minutes in length.

Indie Night focuses on amplifying new voices, celebrating hidden gems and putting together lines up that inspire our Audiences and Creative Communities alike. We do not require the premier status of any kind. We also encourage “older” short films to submit.
We hope you see this as an opportunity to dust off your short-form content that might otherwise continue to go unseen.
That being said, we also welcome emerging and entry-level filmmakers/storytellers to apply.

Indie Night's mandate is "nothing about us without us". Toronto Indie Night is dedicated to creating a platform, showcasing diverse stories that properly reflect the world we live in. We strive to have equality at all our events.

Waivers are available. Please contact us at TOindienight@gmail.com and let us know a bit more about your project, and how your team and/or stories align with our mandate and criteria.

This festival is open to anyone, however, priority will be given to local filmmakers (we welcome you to define your scenes local).

We look forward to hearing from you

About our partners:

The 2 Rivers Festival
“The annual 2Rivers Festival is a forum to showcase and celebrate our two beautiful rivers and to engage our whole community in imagining how each one of us can become a vital participant in the regeneration of our river ecosystems.
We are pleased to again partner with a variety of community organizations throughout May and June to celebrate our cherished rivers, the Speed and the Eramosa. With 24 public events including music, indigenous river knowledge, hidden streams, art, rowing, yoga, river creatures, hikes, bikes and trees, and now a Digtal Media Showcase. You are sure to find a variety of experiences that you and your family will enjoy.”

About Path Forward and their “The River” Collaborative Documentary which will be premiering at our event on June 5th.

“The River” is a workshop based community engagement project funded by Ontario
Presents in partnership with the Fergus Grand Theatre and Path Forward Productions. Our team of professional artists will guide local workshop participants through a series of workshops that will examine and unlock the power of storytelling in our everyday lives. The final elements may be curated into a final video composition. Our focus is on process and we will not know more about the final result until the creative process is complete. We can not wait to share what we have discovered and explored with you.

** Please note that if you submitted for our Winter 2020 event, your submission is being automatically included in this event. We encourage you to reach out to us, we love hearing from filmmakers as to how they feel their content fits our theme. However, your submission will be re-evaluated either way. Thank you for joining us in sharing our stories

There are none.

Indie Night is a showcase and not an award ceremony. We encourage all content creators and storytellers to submit all forms of content (not just narrative short films). Due to the eclectic variety of content we often screen, we do not have awards. This industry is competitive enough.

- Must be submitted by Key creative who is 18 or older. (Should another member of the cast/crew wish to submit, please include a letter of approval from whoever owns the content.)

- Content must be around the PG13 rating (this is a family event)

- It should be under 15 minutes.

- We do not have a cut off date for when the film has to be made. Please consider submitting older content that might otherwise go unseen.

- This Festival will be happening digitally.

- We will not screen anything that is explorative or negatively impacts marginalized communities.

- Priority will be given to local filmmakers.

- By submitting, you grant Toronto Indie Night and Shannon T. McNally permission to screen the film and use any posters/stills for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Cherian

    Toronto Indie Night was the first festival I attended as a competitor, and though my film was only selected as a semi-finalist I had a blast at the event.

    It was awesome meeting other local creatives, seeing their work and learning from everybody.

    Shannon, the festival organizer, is super friendly and has been the only festival head to give me feedback on my filmmaking.

    I'm definitely submitting my next film to Indie Night! Even if I don't get in, I know I'll learn a lot.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ryan! We loved having you join us. Can't wait to see your next film!