Toronto Youth Shorts is Ontario's largest youth-based film festival that offers young filmmakers from the region a chance to showcase their work to a captive audience, learn from one another, and engage experienced working professionals.
The festival is supported by many industry and community organizations. NOW Magazine calls it "a festival with an intriguing mandate and a sense of genuine discovery."
Founded in 2009, Toronto Youth Shorts is a unique platform that exclusively screens media content created by local young talent from Southern Ontario. What started as a single screen has evolved into a multi-event festival featuring the best films by the industry's bright future stars. Like the city that hosts the festival, the programming repertoire highlights many voices of different backgrounds, providing a true reflection of diversity.
Participating films and artists gain industry credential and exposure in many ways, including television airtime and online media coverage. A jury panel made up of industry professionals provides feedback on the festival selection and determines the annual awards. Buyers attend the festival and many films have been acquired for distribution, a rare opportunity for youth-based festivals.
TORONTO YOUTH SHORTS IS ACCEPTING WORK FOR ITS 14th SEASON
Screen-based work that is 20 minutes or less created by Ontario born or based residents aged 30 and under are eligible to submit to the festival. The event will take place in the Fall of 2023. Selected films are considered for juried awards and prizes.
Juried Awards include:
Achievement in Directing: Fiction
Achievement in Directing: Nonfiction
Achievement in Animation
Cultural Relevancy Award
Youth Emerging Artist Award
PLEASE NOTE: We much prefer you upload your film directly to FilmFreeway instead of linking to Vimeo or YouTube.
The following conditions must be met for your film to be eligible:
-Films must be submitted by the director or producer.
-The DIRECTOR must be aged 30 or under on Sept 1, 2023
-The DIRECTOR must be born in, residing in, attending school in or will return to school in the Province of Ontario in Canada.
-We prefer for all films to be hardcoded with English subtitles.
-Films must be no longer than 20 minutes. In fact, the shorter, the better.
-All genres accepted.
-No works in progress. Incomplete films are not eligible.
For full festival rules and submission guidelines, please visit www.torontoyouthshorts.ca