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. The heart of the festival will be our quality and scope of extraordinary film programming.

Over the last seven 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: 2018 Oscar Nominees "Watu Wote - All of Us" (Germany ) and "The Eleven O'Clock" ( Australia ).

The 2019 Oscar nominee ‘Weekends’ directed by Trevor Jimenez was awarded Best Animation at the 2018 Toronto Shorts International Film Festival.

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 premiere 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. Toronto Shorts is a where films from a wide spectrum intersect. Animations, documentaries, comedies, narrative, genre, and graduation short films from some of the finest film schools. Just relax and enjoy the thrill.

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 NOT have previously screened in Toronto.
Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2018
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.
Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us a still image.
You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay 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.

For the first time, we are accepting feature film submissions for the 2019 festival. Entries are open to both narrative and documentary films by Canadian filmmakers. All genres are accepted with running time over 45 minutes. FEATURE FILMS MUST BE TORONTO PREMIERES.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Orizabal

    A unique festival in Toronto. The TISFF gives great appreciation to the hard work of independent filmmakers around the world. The venue has great space. It's great to see a mixture of low-budget work and films featuring celebrities.

    It has been a tremendous honour to feature my work at this festival.

    March 2018
  • Eileen Kearney

    The communication with Julie was excellent! She was always just an email away to help with any questions I had. I would definitely recommend this Festival to filmmakers. I was not able to attend in person. but I was overjoyed to be awarded Best Comedy! I will submit new projects and hope to attend in the future. Thank you Julie!

    March 2018