The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) is the fastest growing innovative mobile film festival in North America encouraging filmmakers to share their stories shot on smartphones and tablets. Smartphones and tablets are considered one of the most affordable devices to be experimented by amateur and professional filmmakers. With an innovative technology in hand, it sometimes requires minimum training and/or field experience to shoot, but still opens up a whole new way of filmmaking with limitless potential.

As the largest smartphone film festival in Canada, TSFF is celebrating its 7th edition.

Best Canadian Film (Canadian Films are eligible)
Best International Film (Non-Canadian Films are eligible)
Best Emerging Film (GTA-based Emerging Artists with max. 3 short films are eligible)
Best Women in Film (GTA-based Women Filmmakers are eligible)
Audience Choice (All films are eligible)

NOTE: Applicants must choose eligible award categories when submitting. Award Titles and Prizes are subject to change. TSFF is not responsible for any fees related to monetary transactions and/or shipping and handling for Award Prizes. Applicants are fully responsible for paying these fees when receipt.

7th Annual Edition: June 7-10, 2018

TSFF Pre-Launch Event - Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Venue: George Brown College (230 Richmond St. E., 2nd FL, Toronto)
Time: 7:30 pm

TSFF Screenings - Friday, June 8th to Sunday, June 10th, 2018
Venue: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave., Toronto)
Time: Fri & Sat @ 7:30 pm | Sun. @ 4:30pm & 7:30 pm

The Smartphone FIlm Kabaret with KinoTO (48-Hour Film Challenge)
Venue: George Brown College (230 Richmond St. E., 2nd FL, Toronto)
Duration: Thursday, June 7th @ 10 pm EST to Saturday, June 9th @ 9:59 pm EST

**ATTENTION ALL FILMMAKERS**
PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING. ONLY FILMS SHOT ON SMARTPHONES/TABLETS WILL BE REVIEWED. NO OTHER FILMING DEVICES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: By submitting your film (“Film”) to Toronto Smartphone Film Festival ("TSFF"), you accept and agree that you grant TSFF a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, screen, broadcast, and distribute the Film, as well as the unrestricted use of the Film for any purpose, without compensation to the provider of the Film.

TSFF 2018 Call for Submissions

DEADLINES
No Fee: Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Early-Bird ($10): Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Regular ($15): Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Late ($20): Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Pre-Production:

a. Genre: No restrictions.
b. Length: 10 minutes or less (with credits).
c. Language: English Subtitle is a must if Films contain spoken language(s) other than English.

2. Production:

a. Footage: Must be shot on smartphone(s) and/or tablet(s) ONLY. Animation and graphically produced Films must be created on smartphones/tablets using its app(s).
NOTE: DSLR, Handycam Camcorders, Point-and-Shoot Cameras, GoPro and other similar devices ARE NOT PERMITTED.
b. Audio: An external recording equipment may be used if necessary.
c. 2-Part Raw Footage Proof (your Film will be disqualified if not submitted):
i. One 30-second raw footage (or more if requested) used in the final cut of the Film, ***uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer***.
ii. Behind-The-Scene (BTS) Photos/Videos of various scenes used in your Film.

3. Post-Production:

a. Editing: No restrictions on editing software (does not need to be edited on smartphones/tablets).
b. Archival Footage (if used in the final cut): Permitted as an aid to developing a story and does not need to be shot on smartphones/tablets as long as its copyrights are cleared before submitting. However, archival footages are not permitted for the full duration of the Film even if they were fully shot on smartphones/tablets.
c. Copyrights: All copyright material(s) used in the final cut must be cleared by the Applicant before submitting. Any issue(s) that may arise due to infringement of copyrights is the Applicant’s sole responsibility. TSFF, Sponsors and its members are not responsible for any infringement of copyrights.
NOTE: All submissions are reviewed by TSFF's programming team and award winners are selected by the jury panel assigned by TSFF. Any Films viewable by the public (via YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Website and et cetera) will automatically be disqualified. However, Films participating in other film festivals will not be restricted.

TSFF's Official Selections will be notified and programmed to screen on one of three festival days and be given an opportunity to air on OMNI 2 (CH. 14) via Arirang Korea TV (our media sponsor). Finalists give TSFF the non-exclusive rights without payment to use, screen, broadcast, publish, distribute on all possible media platforms and for promotional purposes indefinitely. Films, filmmakers and actors from Quebec are excluded from submissions due to laws set by the Province of Quebec.

Final Deadline: Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Final Notification: Monday, April 30, 2018 (Date is subject to change).

AWARDS
Best Canadian Film (Canadian Films are eligible)
Best International Film (Non-Canadian Films are eligible)
Best Emerging Film (GTA-based Emerging Artists with max. 3 short films are eligible)
Best Women in Film (GTA-based Women Filmmakers are eligible)
TSFF Audience Choice (All Films are eligible)

NOTE: Applicants must choose eligible award categories when submitting. Award Titles and Prizes are subject to change. TSFF is not responsible for any fees related to monetary transactions and/or shipping and handling of Award Prizes. Applicants are fully responsible for paying these fees when receipt.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

1. Film (Submit via FilmFreeway)
2. Submission Form (Complete & Submit via FilmFreeway)
3. Short Biography of Director (Submit via FilmFreeway)
4. Synopsis of Film - max. 200 words (Submit via FilmFreeway)
5. 2-Part Raw Footage Proof (See Rules & Regulations and Submission Procedures)
6. Submissions Period & Fees: No Fee; Early-Bird ($10); Regular ($15); Late ($20)

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

1. All Films submitted under these Terms must be submitted in accordance with the procedures herein. TSFF may, but is not required to, disqualify or reject any Film that is not submitted in this way.

2. To submit a Film for Festival consideration, the Applicant must:

a. Submit via FilmFreeway: Visit https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TorontoSmartphoneFilmFestival

NOTE: Always label 'Title of Film, Name of Director and Country of Production' on all files submitted to TSFF (including e-mail inquiries).

b. Pay the required fee as outlined.

c. To Submit 'Raw Footage Proofs' and 'BTS Videos/Photos', the Applicant must:

Go to: www.wetransfer.com --> Add Files --> Send files to tsff.programming2@gmail.com in Friend’s email Box --> Type in your personal email --> Subject Title: Raw Footage Proof & BTS and in Message Box: Title of Film, Name of Director, Duration, Country of Production, Name of Smartphone/Tablet - Click Transfer

3. Applicants must test their files and/or links thoroughly before submitting. If TSFF is unable to view the Film, TSFF will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant in order to obtain a replacement.

4. TSFF will not review multiple versions of a submitted Film. Only one version of the Film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, TSFF will view only the version that was received first.

5. TSFF is under no obligation to contact the Applicant or to refund the submission fee should the Applicant not have adhered to rules, set out in Terms and Conditions.

d. TSFF does not confirm receipt of submissions. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the submission procedure is complete and that the screener has been received by TSFF.

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  • Narelle Nash

    Thanks for including my film 'The Actor' in your official selection. While I wasn't able to attend, I was pleased with the communication and updates leading up to and including the event and was told by an attendee that it was organised and professional. Would submit again, thanks.

    September 2018
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    Response from festival:

    So glad that you had such a great experience and that you got that kind of feedback. We appreciate everyone who submits and our selections. It means a lot to get your feedback.

  • Nick Koscik

    I was a participant in this year's TSFF and I had a fantastic time. This was the first year of their 48 Hour Film Challenge, too. Very thankful for the opportunity!

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    You did a fantastic job. Thank you for making the 48 Hour Challenge such a success.

  • Thanks for the excellent communication about the submission process and the invitation to come for the festival, I really wished I coud come,
    Best ! Romain Claris

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    There's always next year. We encourage our filmmakers to come any time.

  • Joel Caetano

    Great movie festival!
    Thanks for accepting my movie!
    It was an honor to participate.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    We're happy to hear you had such a great time. Thanks for having such a great film.

  • Great festival with a very good communication 👍🏻

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the great review. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself with our festival.