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FALL EDITION: September 29, 2021 - Under normal circumstances we screen the Best Film Finalists per edition. Unfortunately, Toronto currently has revolving regulations regarding indoor events including screenings that were changed too close to our live event date. And so our September 29 live screening event has been cancelled.

QUARANTINE CATEGORY GENRES for EACH REMAINING 2021 EDITION:
FALL 2021 - Sci-Fi / Fantasy /Supernatural
​WINTER 2021 - Action / Suspense / Thriller

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COUCHFF is an IMDb-eligible quarterly event committed to highlighting and showcasing the very best films from around the globe. We welcome filmmakers to submit to our Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Editions.

***WE ONLY SCREEN THE BEST FILM FINALISTS FOR EACH EDITION*** Semi-Finalists are eligible for awards but are NOT screened.

Films so good we can't get off the couch!

We are ready to see films - great films that would knock our socks off.

We are ready to see some talent - exquisite talent that would make us laugh, make us cry, scare us or make us think.

We are ready to give awards - IMDb-eligible awards that recognizes the best in many categories. This means that any nominations and awards you receive through our festival can be linked/added to your IMDb profile!

******OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS******
Alternative Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards)
FilmFreeway.com/AltFF

Minute Madness Toronto (60-seconds films only!)
FilmFreeway.com/MinuteMadnessTO

6ix Screams International Horror Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards and horror films only!)
FilmFreeway.com/6ixScreams

300 Seconds Short Film Festival (IMDb-eligible awards and 5 minutes and under only!)
FilmFreeway.com/300SecSFF

ONLY ONE WILL BE CROWNED BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL PER EDITION

Each of our submission categories will receive awards in the BEST of each genre (animation, comedy, drama, experimental, fantasy, horror, mystery, period piece, romance, science fiction, suspense, thriller and others that may not fit in these.)

Award-winning filmmakers will be posted on our Filmmaker Spotlight series on Instagram beginning on April 12, 2021.

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All films submitted will be watched and judged by our committee of industry professionals.

NOT SELECTED - We thank you for submitting but your film was not selected at this time.
SEMI-FINALIST - Your film is eligible for a host of awards and will undergo a private jury screening. *You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
FINALIST - Your film scored among the top films, is eligible for awards and will be screened at our live event. *You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
HONORABLE MENTION (BEST FILM NOMINEES ONLY) - Your film has won an award and a PDF certificate and personalized laurel will be emailed to you. *You can list this as an IMDb win.
AWARD WINNER - Your film has won an award and a PDF certificate and personalized laurel will be emailed to you. *You can list this as an IMDb win.

The Couch Film Festival (CouchFF) is a quarterly event celebrating great films from around the globe. Editions are held in September (FALL EDITION), December (WINTER EDITION), March (SPRING EDITION) and June (SUMMER EDITION).
Each edition screens the Finalists at a live event held at The Burroughes Building, Toronto.
CouchFF accepts films 120 minutes in length and under in narrative, experimental, documentary and animation styles.
CouchFF accepts the following genres: animation, comedy, drama, experimental, fantasy, horror, mystery, period piece, romance, science fiction, suspense, thriller and others that may not fit in these categories.
All entries must have an online screener via the FilmFreeway platform, Vimeo or YouTube.
All entries must be in English or have English subtitles.
All Semi-Finalists are eligible for awards but will not be screened at our live event. You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
All Finalists are guaranteed to be screened at our live event **not applicable to 2020-21 dates if prohibited by COVID regulations** and are also eligible for awards. You can list this as an IMDb nomination.
A Winners' List will be posted on our website. You can list this as an IMDb win.
CouchFF does not pay screening fees for chosen films.
CouchFF submission fees are non-refundable. In the event of a withdrawal by the filmmaker, you may contact us to discuss your options at couchff@asianonamission.com.

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  • Kenya Cagle

    This is a fun festival. They great laurels that are both unique and specific to the award. We enjoyed this event and will bring more films here.

    September 2021
  • Excellent festival!
    Thank you so much for the selection and for the award!

    September 2021
  • We are Very happy to have been part of this Amazing Festival, thanks for selecting award winner for our short film Mricha

    August 2021
  • Argenis Herrera Sánchez

    Totalmente recomendado para los cineastas independientes!

    August 2021
  • Dan Edwards

    We enjoyed our having "Pretty Metal" be part of the Couch Film Festival. The communication was great and they did a fantastic job promoting our film on social media. I will be sending another film their way and would love to attend in person if able as it sounds like a lot of fun.

    August 2021