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
  • Raey Ang

    Very communicative team, hosted at the heart of Toronto. Thank you for letting me part of the festival!

    May 2019
  • Martha McGrath

    Great festival and the festival's team were very supportive. Highly recommended!

    March 2019
  • Caitlin Smith

    Loved the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival. Communication was excellent with everyone involved. All of my questions were answered promptly. The Cartlon theater was charming and the audiences were very attentive and supportive.

    March 2019
  • Tom Gigliotti

    Very well organized and put together festival. Communication was top notch. Any concern I had met and addressed almost immediately. Warm welcome and hospitable all around!

    March 2019
  • Clear communication, solid and varied programming, and gracious, well-moderated Q&A sessions. Was a great honour to be featured here!

    March 2019