The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival combines a passion for motorcycles and storytelling. The festival screens documentary and narrative films from around the world that feature motorcycles and motorcycle culture. The festival spans two days and four screenings with an opportunity to grow the schedule if needed. As such we have space for a variety of films, both short and long. The festival is open to submissions from any country.

By submitting your film, we promise to watch it fully and give it a fair chance for inclusion in the festival. If your film is selected for screening at the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival, here’s what you can expect from us:
- Screening of your film in a theatre with high quality video and audio. More information on the venue can be found online at our website torontomotofilmfest.com
- Extensive promotion of your film via our website, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube channel as well as printed media.
- We will undertake a marketing campaign to garner press coverage of our festival and your film.
- If you’re in Toronto during the festival, there may be an opportunity to participate in Q&A or meet and greet sessions with the audience and attend the opening night party.
- We will treat you like a member of our extended family; with care and respect.

If you have any questions, please contact us at torontomotofilmfest@gmail.com

We look forward to your submission.

-- The Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival team.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given in the following categories:
- Best Short Film
- Best Feature Film
- People’s Choice

We may expand the prizes to split out narrative, documentary and experimental films depending not the number of submissions received.

When you submit your film, you will choose which category you wish to classify it under. Award titles and prizes are subject to change. You are responsible for any fees associated with shipping and handling of the awards and prizes to you.

Rules & Terms

1. Films must feature motorcycles or motorcycle culture as a key component or theme.
2. Films must be in English or contain English subtitles.
3. Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway or via direct link from Vimeo or YouTube.
4. You certify that you hold all necessary rights to this film and that you cleared all rights and licenses, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, royalty and credits, before submitting it to the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival. You agree to indemnify Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred. You also certify that this film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.
5. You will not hold Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival harmless for damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival and assume all legal responsibilities therein.
6. Submissions are reviewed by the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival programming team. The applicants whose film(s) have been selected for inclusion in the film festival will be notified by August 4, 2017 via email.
7. If your film is selected, you authorize Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival to screen your film and will provide an exhibition copy in a required format. You also grant the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival permission to use stills and excerpts from your film for promotional purposes.
8. Submissions may not be withdrawn once they have been accepted and you have confirmed, except at the discretion of the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.
Award winners will be selected by a panel of judges chosen by the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.

5 Reviews

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    Nick Nummerdor

    An amazingly well run festival that really connects with the filmmakers and promotes the hell out of your film even if its a short! A pleasure to have screened in 2017.

    November 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nick for the review. We were super excited to screen Hill Climb and can't wait to see you next film.

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    Michelle Carpenter

    Thank you so much Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival for your fabulous hospitality. Your film festival was in a beautiful venue, it had engaging programming and I was very impressed with your organization, communication and professionalism. I am very honored to have Klocked: Women with Horsepower programmed in your festival. I had a super time meeting you all and I wish you all the best in the future!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the review Michelle. It was fantastic to have you join us at the Festival and speak to our audience about your film. We all loved it and can't wait to see what you're up to next.

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    Matthew Sanders

    Great job overall. Excellent communications and the whole
    Thing was very professionally done. Great communications and very welcoming host. Would like to see more
    Categories and also the possibility of a limit to how old
    Some of the films are. (like 1-2 years). Some
    Of the films were released and screened at festivals years ago.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Matt, thank you for the kind words. We'd love to expand our award categories but need more content, especially in the narrative genre which was practically non-existant at this year's festival. Come on filmmakers!

    As for the age of the films, we agree. Our preference is to screen the newest and the best which means that we curate from the submissions. While the vast majority of the films were from 2016 and 2017 some were a couple of years older but had to be shown especially since this was our inaugural festival and have never been seen before by the Toronto audience.

    It was a pleasure to work with you Matt, a privilege to screen Trail Master and have you join us at the 2017 TMFF. The feedback from the audience and our Judging Panel was incredibly positive - they loved your film. We'd be honoured to screen your work again in the future.

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    Ned Thanhouser

    Can't say enough positive feedback about this inaugural motorcycle film festival. Well planned, great venues, engaged audience, and highly communicative Caius Tenche, festival director, kept us informed throughout the pre- and post-festival activities. If you've got a motorcycle themed film, this is a great venue to screen it to an enthusiastic audience in Toronto!

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Ned for the wonderful review. It was our pleasure to have you join us in Toronto and I'm looking forward to working with you again.

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    Dream Racer

    We were really pleased to be part of such a professional film festival. The communication before, during, and after the event has been excellent and timely, and the promotion has been very professional. Dream Racer won a double award for Best Feature Film and People's Choice, but regardless, it is a festival that will give film makers some great media exposure. We would highly recommend film makers to submit their firms for the 2018 edition.

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind review. We're honoured to have had the privilege to screen Dream Racer and share it with the audience in Toronto and can't wait for your next adventure!