Indie Night focuses on amplifying new voices, celebrating hidden gems by 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.

This event's theme: "WHERE AER YOU FROM" exploring the themes of displacement, Third Culture Kids, Cross Culture Kids, Migrants and anything who feel like the questions "so where you do you come from" is always too complicated to explain.

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 and let us know a bit about your project, and how your team and/or stories align with our mandate and Theme.

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

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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
  • Conni McKenzie

    I so excited to have my film "Set Me Free" screen at this event's first online screening! The whole process was really seamless, and I loved being able to participate in a Q&A for the film and be able to share my process while creating the work. It was such an honor to have my film shown along side some really great films. Oh, and Shannon is also incredible - can't forget that :)

    June 2021
  • Courtney Deelen

    We were thrilled to have our film "The Last of Ian Campbell" screen at TO Indie Night's first on-line event. The entire experience was phenomenal from start to finish. Clear communication and a welcoming, inclusive environment were the cherry on top of a fantastic selection of films. We can wait to submit again!!!

    June 2021
  • Liz Whitmere

    A very adept pivot from in-person to online, and a very welcoming and inclusive festival atmosphere! Loved being a part of this with Up To Here. Doing a Q&A with live questions popping up on screen was incredible.

    June 2021
  • A really cool festival! thank you for including my film! The festival's instagram was really good at advertising and promoting the festival, it felt very official and cool to be a part of something like that, everyone seemed to have a good experience!

    June 2021
  • Zoë FitzPatrick

    Was delighted to have my film selected to screen at Toronto Indie Night for its Canadian premiere. Although faced with the issue of moving online, Shannon and the team adapted fantastically to the challenges and pulled off a very enjoyable event! They communicated really well coming up to the day and on the evening itself and promoted a very diverse range of indie shorts.
    Would definitely recommend and was honoured to be included!

    June 2021