Toronto Short celebrates the very best of international short filmmaking, every March at the Carlton Cinema in downtown Toronto.

Toronto Short shows over 100 short films every year, as part of a week of screenings, premieres and networking events. Short filmmakers and film fans are invited to showcase their achievements, learn from fellow filmmakers, and build contacts for future collaborations.

Thanks very much to Dead Fly Media for our wonderful banner image! It shows the team from Life and the Art of Lying (director: Emily Schooley), winners of Best LGBT Short 2018.

Awards are given in the following categories:
Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Documentary Short
Best LGBT Short
Best Horror Short
Best Sci-Fi Short
Best Short Short
Best Animated Short
Best Music Video

The Toronto Short Film Festival is open to short films from any country which are under 50 minutes in length.

The Toronto Short Film Festival accepts only digital submissions and we screen at the Carlton Cinema in downtown Toronto every March.

Overall Rating
  • Daniel Hackborn

    Very fun, well-organized festival!!! Nice to see fresh content from Toronto filmmakers and beyond. Will definitely submit again :)

    March 2019
  • Very nice experience on this festival. They keep informed and spread the event on the web. I was also very happy for be selected and for the public screening of my video!
    Very happy!

    March 2019
  • Thank you, Steve and Claire. It was great to see so many different types of stories -- and alternative viewpoints on life -- in the films you selected. Thank you!

    March 2019
  • Another amazing Toronto Short Film Festival! We've screened films here two years now and the experience just keeps getting better! From the high-quality networking in the Filmmaker's Lounge with filmmakers from Toronto and around the world, to the joy of seeing our work on the Carlton Cinema's beautiful big screen, to the welcoming hospitality and energy of the organizers, we loved every minute of it. Thank you for the memories!

    March 2019

    We were honoured to receive an Audience Award and we are incredibly grateful to Steve and Claire for their communications with us throughout the process. Although we were unable to attend in person we were made to feel part of the festival. It's been a lovely experience.

    March 2019