Since 2015, the Toronto Short Film Festival has showcased hundreds of short filmmakers to sold-out Toronto cinema audiences.

The festival is a hub for local filmmakers to celebrate their premieres, thank their cast and crew, and meet their fans. International filmmakers travel to Toronto to represent their films to a genre-savvy Toronto audience, and film fans of all kinds pack into sold-out screenings to enjoy the very best of short form.

Toronto Short screens over 100 short films every year, making it the biggest short festival in Toronto, and every film is selected from FilmFreeway submissions.

Toronto Short alumni have gone on to enjoy frequent screenings on the wider festival circuit, garnered numerous awards for their work, and gone on to bigger projects with collaborators found at the the festival.

Join us for Toronto Short's 8th year!

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.

Overall Rating
  • Winning "Best Drama Short" at Toronto Short Film Festival ("Agnes") made a huge difference to our career trajectories. Such a respected festival but what was particularly lovely for us as emerging filmmakers was the way in which we were treated - even in the early stages as just entrants - all the way through to afterward, with hospitality and encouragement. We've been busy making award winners since, in part I believe because of this win and accompanying kind encouragement

    December 2021
  • Stan Papulkas

    I really enjoyed communicating with the organizers. Very professional and passionate about promoting creativity in film arts. Keep up the great work Toronto Short Film Festival!

    May 2021
  • Maki and Mark Rankin

    We really enjoyed having our film, Namidagawa shown as part of the 2021 festival! Great festival, great people and some amazing films that we had the privilege of being included with. Can't wait for next year!

    April 2021
  • Dorothea Braemer

    It was nice to experience how carefully the online screening was put together. Through Eventbrite the screening quality was good and I was glad to see my short film paired with a very diverse array of films. Communication was good. I had the impression that the people who do this really love short films. I will certainly submit again!

    April 2021
  • Daniel Hackborn

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

    March 2019