Toronto Polish Film Festival showcases new media arts and films with a Polish focus. This year, we are celebrating our 14th edition of the festival. The films screened at the Toronto Polish Film Festival represent significant and recent contributions of Polish filmmakers to world cinema, as well as international filmmakers which films contain Polish theme. The main mission of the Toronto Polish Film Festival is to promote Polish Cinema and encourage greater understanding and communication among different cultures in Toronto and all of Canada.

Feature Fictional Film- over 60 min
Fictional Short Film - under 30 minutes
Documentary Film- over 45 min
Documentary Short Film - under 30 minutes
People’s Choice Award- all feature films

This a Polish film festival. We are accepting films that:
- are shot in Poland, or
- directed by a Polish filmmaker, or
- have a significant representation of Polish artists, or
- are related to a Polish matter, or
- are related to Toronto or Canada and the immigration.

All films should have some connection or relationship with Poland and/or Polish cinematography; be it the film crew, the topic, or the artists involved. Additionally, the festival encourages Toronto and Canada based artists with Polish heritage to apply.

Films with non-English dialogue have to include English subtitles.
Work must have been completed in 2022 or 2023.

In 2023 Toronto Polish Film Festival is looking for:
- returning / past artists
- female cinema/ films made by women
- films dedicate to or about Polish artists (documentaries, feature, short films)
- LGBTQ film makers are welcome
- young and emerging film directors below age of 30

EKRAN Toronto Polish Film Festival
3879B Bloor St West
Toronto ON M9B 0B7, Canada
Phone: 647.836.9130
Web site:

This competition is open to Canada, Poland and International entries. Maximum film age is 24 months. No repeat entries. In addition to on-line screeners entrants must send two Blu Ray discs or DCP and Blue Ray or DVD as a back-up, if the make the final round of judging. Send Blu Ray in reusable containers or bubble wrap envelopes. Note: Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes or oversized boxes when sending entries, as they can cause serious damage to Blu Ray discs and, subsequently, to video equipment. Entries that we receive that have been damaged or otherwise compromised in this way may be rejected from entry. If a work is selected for public screening entrants are contractually obligated to provide an exhibition copy suitable for screening and cannot withdraw their film from the festival. Entry must be a North American or Canadian Premiere and must not be available to view in full on the internet! Please note we do not pay screening fees. Only finalists are notified in advance that their work has been selected to be part of the Festival.

Submit an On-Line Screener for pre-screening (Vimeo). If chosen for final judging a high quality region free Blu Ray disc or DCP must be sent for Festival screening. Be sure to include your FilmFreeway tracking I.D. number on it.

LIABILITY: Filmmaker shall indemnify and hold Toronto Polish Film Festival harmless 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 in connection with the Film involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and/or loss of or damage to the screening videos submitted. In particular, Filmmaker expressly warrants it has obtained all necessary copyright clearances for original works of authorship used in the Film. All rights must be cleared.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT: Submission of an entry gives the festival permission to have accepted work exhibited, photographed, locally telecast, and reproduced either in part or whole, for exhibition, educational or publicity purposes. Filmmakers can request in writing that their material not be used for such purposes six months after the Festival has concluded.

Funding for the TORONTO POLISH FILM FESTIVAL has been made possible in part by the Polish Filmmakers Association, Toronto Polish Film Institute, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Arts Council; and many others.

EKRAN reserves the right to change the amount of the award, split it or minimize it, based on jury consideration.

EKRAN’s programming team is available to assist should you have any questions. Please email for support.

Overall Rating
  • Connor Kujawinski

    Absolutely wonderful festival! Had the pleasure of having my short film screened at the festival and it was an incredible experience. The atmosphere of the festival was very welcoming and kind. Got to meet some of the team behind the organization of the festival and they were very generous and dedicated to their work! They were also without a doubt the best communication I've had with a festival, too. Would love to join again next year!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Dear Connor,

    Thank you so much for your kind words about the film festival. As the festival director, it means a lot to hear such positive feedback from filmmakers like yourself.

    We were thrilled to have your film included in this year's lineup and your participation helped make the festival a success. Your talent and dedication to your craft is truly inspiring, and it was an honor to showcase your work to our audience.

    We hope that you will continue to support our festival in the future and that our paths will cross again soon. Thank you once again for your support and encouragement.

    Best regards,

    Marta Pozniakowski

  • Mark Kozlowski

    Unfortunately I wasn't able to fly over to Toronto for this festival but it did look fabulous on Instagram. I was very fortunate to have my short film 'Life Before Life' screen before a wonderful feature film Mr Jones (Obywatel Jones) directed by Agnieszka Holland. I had lots of interaction with the team and they were very supportive throughout the process. Looking forward to being part of it again.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Mark,

    Thank you so much for your kind words about the film festival. I hope you will be able to visit us one day with your new film.

    Best regards,

    Marta Pozniakowski

  • I was hugely honoured to have my film The Last Witness screened at the festival. Thanks to all at the festival for their support.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Piotr,

    We were honoured as well to have your film included in the festival.

    We hope that you will continue to support our festival in the future and that our paths will cross again soon. Thank you once again for your support and encouragement.

    Best regards,

    Marta Pozniakowski

  • I enjoyed the films that I went to go see!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Monika,

    Thank you so much for your kind words!