The main goal of Toronto World International Film Festival is to present the most exciting and inspiring new works on film being made today.
And equally, to promote an understanding and appreciation of the world through moving pictures.
The Toronto World International Film Festival is the premiere venue for non-fiction film in the Canada.
Toronto International Independent Film Festival offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry.
The festival is planing to draw an audience of 4,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe.
The festival is planing to hosts over 200 visiting artists, to present an average of 100 non-fiction films, and offers a variety of exciting events throughout town.
In addition to screenings, the Toronto World International Film Festival is a five-day industry event that includes panels, master classes, workshops.
The World International Film Festival is a global industry event held throughout the year in about 20 world’s cities and countries. It will bring new films and audiences together in locales that are international centers of the arts, creating a meeting place for filmmakers and movie fans.
Welcome to the World International Film Festival!
The film submissions can be made from Filmfreeway from the following links and locations of our World International Film Festival network:
New York International Film Festival:
Los AngelesInternational Film Festival:
Toronto World International Film Festival:
London International Film Festival:
Amsterdam World International Film Festival:
Berlin World International Film Festival
Hong Kong World International Film Festival:
Singapore World International Film Festival:
Brisbane World International Film Festival
World International Film Festival funding film production
Finding funding for all aspects of film production can be very difficult even for famous and well connected filmmakers. These problems are felt even harder by small, independent productions who often struggle with a lack of budget for many aspects of filming, producing and dispensing a film to audiences. At the World International Film Festival there are multiple sectors available online all year - which can help independent individuals or organisations working in film access funding designed for the various different aspects of making a movie.
Of course without the production of the film itself this would not be necessary so an investor's sector has been established at the World International Film Festival. The goal of this is to help navigate the first obstacle of getting a film made which is finding the initial funding to hire and rent everything needing to create a movie. Film festivals such as this are about giving talented individuals exposure and recognition for their work. The investors sector will help these creative people connect with others who share their passion for their work who have the ability to finance interesting projects that are yet to be made.
Searching for financing to make a film can be extraordinarily difficult but with the goal of increasing contact between filmmakers and investors the sector is hoping to make it much easier. The ‘Marketing sector’ has been set up so that directors and other independent film enthusiasts can obtain funds that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them in order to advertise for their film to increase its exposure. The aim of festivals is to help new talent emerging in the world of cinema, but without proper marketing this is extremely difficult and the goal of this sector is to find small films an avenue to send their work into the world with a much wider audience.
The third sector which is also available online all throughout the year - focuses on ‘Film Distribution’ and helps to create a more comprehensive network of connections between the festival’s creative filmmakers and those with the money to finance their distribution. Like marketing it is vital that small films can receive money to distribute their product effectively so that it may reach and connect with a greater number of people. Doing this will help everyone involved: from the filmmaker who can go on to receive more recognition for their work to the distributer who gets to expand their network of filmmakers and this could be a great resources for filmmakers to increase the stature of their work.
Awards & Prizes
- Best Film
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best UK Feature
- Best Documentary Feature
- Discovery Award
- Best Short
- Best UK Short
- Best Music Video
Rules & Terms
1. Submission Deadlines
2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted EITHER via online screener if the size is less then 5GB or by DCP. The tracking number, film title, film category and running time must be clearly labeled on the DCP. Please avoid stickers on the cover. Submitted copies will not be returned.
3. Submission Eligibility
- There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
4. Premiere Status
- There is no Premiere policy for any feature or short films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.
5. Submission Fee
All submissions for Toronto International Independent Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DVDs and additional materials sent to and returned from Toronto International Independent Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Toronto International Independent Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Toronto International Independent Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in USA customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Toronto International Independent Film Festival will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.
Submission packages from outside the USA must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.
7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production
Toronto International Independent Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st January, 2017 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive an online Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.
9. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the Toronto International Independent Film Festival, as well as a back-up Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labeled on the DCP and Blu-ray.
Blu-ray will be used as back-up only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.
A selected DCP must be received at Toronto International Independent Film Festival no later than 30 days prior to its scheduled screening date.
Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Toronto International Independent Film Festival aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. Toronto International Independent Film Festival assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP.
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Toronto International Independent Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, USA reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.
11. Festival Awards
Jury prizes for Feature Films: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Discovery Awards, Best Film.
Jury prizes for Short Films: Best Short, Best Short.
If shortlisted for a Jury prize, additional preview copies of the film must be provided or authorised by the submitting party if requested by Toronto International Independent Film Festival.