Toronto Shorts International Film Festival is the largest short film festival in Canada. Toronto Shorts provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world, held annually in the heart of Toronto.

We feel that short-form cinema and its creators should have their own premier film festival in Toronto deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators.

Toronto Shorts is where films from all genres intersect. The heart of the festival is the quality and scope of extraordinary film programming which consists of a wide spectrum of categories from high to low budget films under 45 minutes.

Over the past nine years, the festival has become a career stepping stone, establishing a tradition of discovering and promoting filmmakers who have gone on to be Academy Awards Nominees, including :

2021 Oscar Nominee 'The Present' by Farah Nabulsi
2019 Oscar Nominee ‘Weekends’ by Trevor Jimenez
2018 Oscar Nominees 'Watu Wote - All of Us' (Germany) and 'The Eleven O'Clock' (Australia)

Past participants also include films from Alan Ritchson, Olympia Dukakis. Billy Bob Thornton, John Stamos, Salma Hayek, Tyrese Gibson, and Tom DeLonge.

Toronto stands as the largest media market in Canada, it boasts the world-renowned Royal Ontario Museum, the massive Art Gallery of Ontario, the Soulpepper Theatre Company, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and now a premier international short film festival.

In order to showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world, we created the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival.

Best of Fest
Best International
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Music Video
Best Web Series
Audience Award

If any award category does not meet the standard deemed award worthy by the judges, it’s possible there will be no award given in that category.

Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
Films must be submitted via online screener.
Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.
You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the entry fee for each film.

Film selection for the festival will be made by the screening committee.
All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.

Overall Rating
  • Kiki Tsakalakis

    Thank you for the opportunity to be part of the 2020 film festival, and in the company some impressive filmmakers. Some great films in a variety of genres, all perfectly accessible and easy to stream. Next time hope to be there in person.

    December 2020
  • I likeв the festival and the festival team for the communication!

    November 2020
  • Simon Longmore

    I was totally blown away by the quality of films in this festival. Every film was like watching a big budget film, in short form. Was very thankful to be selected into this festival. Was one of the top ones we had been selected for. I really feel this festival is worth it. It was top shelf!!!

    November 2020
  • Rosie Goodwin

    really enjoyed this festival and was super organised, especially as a newly online festival. All the films were super! Thank you for having us.

    November 2020
  • Joshua Wick

    Very grateful for the opportunity to participate in Toronto Shorts. They do an excellent job of communicating and making filmmakers feel valued. So glad they decided to move forward with an online festival in the face of the COVID crisis. I'm really looking forward to submitting another film when the in-person experience is back in full swing!

    November 2020