The 2022 COMMFFEST will celebrate 17 years from September 15-21 2022 screening in movie theatres exhibition spaces, and ONLINE presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken amongst an eclectic population.
New this season will be our screenplay competitions supervised by our Resident 30 year filmmaker writer director and producer Vladimir Bondarenko An instructor at Toronto Film school,

COMMFFEST is a film festival that presents a broad range of local and international films representing current affairs and relevant issues that affect our society. COMMFFEST provides opportunities for emerging filmmakers, artists, musicians and global community stakeholders to express themselves freely and to connect with audiences on a more personal level. This unique blend of film, filmmakers and audiences creates a dynamic atmosphere to provoke thought and stimulate further understanding and exploration of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that can foster change – starting with the communities in which we live.

FILMS OF ANY GENRES ACCEPTED; independently produced films. Included in that mix are childrens issues, poverty, human rights LGBTQ, women's rights, third world struggles,

The last 17 years Commffest has built a valuable platform for introducing new and emerging filmmakers as well as bring together communities and not for profit organizations with government officials in panel discussions to tackle pertinent issues often resulting in more funding and support for these groups. Commffest is a cultural platform that strives to educate and create a hospitality environment where filmmakers and attendees can mix and mingle over food, drink and entertainment.

COMMFFEST now has a streaming service that pays filmmakers who wish to upload any previous or current films. It is a shared revenue module. There is no sign up fee.

here is the link to sign up
https://xerb.tv/signup/partner?code=COMMFFEST
or visit https://xerb.tv/channel/commffest

Since showcasing her films with Commffest, Eleanor Mc Grath’s films have not only received world wide recognition but acquisition in the broadcast market.

TESTIMONY , Eleanor Mc Grath’s
As an independent film-maker, you work often for a year or possibly years to direct, edit, produce a film and then comes the waiting game to be selected by a film festival.

COMMFFEST is more than a community film festival in Toronto; it is an art festival with a world perspective and I am most fortunate to have been part of the 2015 film festival programming with my documentary, "Forgotten". COMMFFEST's vision is to share stories that demonstrate the strength, struggles and beauty of humankind while providing a strong platform for independent film makers to showcase their perspective and vision of our world today and into the future. We need festivals like COMMFFEST who step away from the mainstream and champion works where the viewpoint is critical, enlightened or visionary in their approach to conflicts or issues that prevail throughout Toronto, Canada, North American and worldwide.

Behzad Sedghi Filmmaker
For me, COMMFFEST has been where my films have finally reached their maturity by connecting through the big screen with their audience. It is this connection that is essential for any artistic endeavour. As this may be the case with most other festivals, however, in my direct experience with COMMFFEST I clearly felt that each artist was given special attention, a chance to have a dialogue about their creation and ultimately was embraced in a celebration of their achievement. COMMFFEST founders and organizers are filled with the love of films and arts and clearly possess the vision and generosity to make this celebration happen every year. I look forward to being part of the next celebration either as an artist or a member of its community.

COMMFFEST mission statement:
To advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of the community and to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

The programming: The films are chosen by a jury of professionals from a globally solicited call for submissions. Once chosen, the programming is created to generate discussion around specific world events and themes, provoking dialogue and acceptance of others and their concerns.

More about COMMFFEST
COMMFFEST attracts educators, artists, politicians, business leaders, socially conscious organizations and trendsetters.

Local Educational engagement:
Over 4000 Children from local schools across the GTA that now include the COMMFFEST festival experience as part of their annual curriculum.
COMMFFEST’S unique diversity invites the world to one local community event over several days in Toronto

Commffest has partnered with the Antigua & Barbuda Film festival which will be held in November 2021 on the exotic Island of Antigua that will foster cross cultural relationships between filmmaker and audiences. All films submitted will be eligible for this festival.

The COMMFFEST AWARDS: Best Film, screenplays and Honourable Mention are the two categories for the MADA (Making a Difference) Awards. The MADA goes to filmmakers whose work champions’ social good and community enrichment. Whether young or old, seasoned or just beginning, cinematic storytellers are welcomed into COMMFFEST with opportunities to engage and inspire audiences.

All submissions are required to release the information of previous screenings.
In competition:

For Local Filmmakers:
Are expected to promote their films and attend their screenings

All local filmmakers are expected to promote their films and attend their screenings.
all other filmmakers are required to promote through social media.

Films can not be screened during the same time frame as another festival within that area.

ALL FILMMAKERS SHOULD PROMOTE THEIR FILM TO FRIENDS, SPECIAL CONTACTS LISTS OR EMAILS TO ENSURE A HIGHER TURN OUT.

Festival submissions DVDs, Bluray or online screeners. We accept movie files. MP4's
We do not return items without a self addressed return envelope or package

o Title
o Production Company
o Company Address
o Telephone Number
o Director’s Name
o Length in Minutes
o Film Freeway Tracking Number

Please make available your films downloadable from film freeway video platform once acceptance has been announced along with your trailer and jpeg images.

for those using Fedex DHL PUROLATER or any other mail system be sure to mark "non commercial use and a value of under $10.00 dollars.
Please avoid Fedex ground.

ONLY ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED! ALL OTHER METHODS OF PAYMENT MAY DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR SUBMISSION!
Terms

COMMFFEST COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless COMMFFEST COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

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  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of Commffest Global Community Film Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
  • Karina Sturm

    Great festival with very kind hosts and good communication!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you
    Sandie

  • Alana DeJoseph

    Thank you Commffest Global Community Film Festival Team for including our film on the Peace Corps! What a well-managed and thoughtful film festival! You are truly building a Global Community!

    November 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you. It was a pleasure working with you Alana.

  • Balbeer Bahi

    Hello Sandie and the Commffest team! Thank you so much for including us in your fabulous, extremely important and very diverse festival. May you have many more which are so welcoming and encouraging, especially towards us first-time filmmakers hoping to reflect our communities. Cheers!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much

  • mark pearce

    Wow. What a wonderful film festival! The Commffest organisers were very friendly and efficient to make our screening of 'Pilliga Rising' go smooth and succinct. The Q&A was an intelligent conversation that brought warmth to my heart, hearing how much this festival cares about humanity's future. Thanks team Commffest - keep up the awesome work! I would recommend filmmakers submit their film if they've created any genre of film that tells a story of community (Common Unity). You'll be looked after as this team of professionals know how to run live and virtual festivals that speak to the world about people, place and issues that really matter. 'Festival of the Year' in our books. From Australia :-)

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much!!