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 now considered one of the least expensive film equipment to be experimented by amateur and professional filmmakers. With an innovative technology in hand, it often requires minimum training and/or field experience to shoot, but its existence opens up a whole new way of film making with limitless potential.

As the largest smartphone film festival in Canada, TSFF provide aspiring filmmakers an international platform to showcase their ideas and talents. TSFF 2017 is celebrating its 6th edition in continuation of receiving more than 600 films from at least 50 countries around the world in the first 5 years of TSFF celebration.

Awards & Prizes

Best Canadian Film (All Canadian Films are eligible)
Best International Film (All Non-Canadian Films are eligible)
Best Emerging Film (All GTA-based Emerging Artists with max. 3 short films including TSFF submissions are eligible)
Best Women in Film (All 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 online transfer fees and/or shipping and handling fees of Award Prizes. Applicants are fully responsible in paying these fees.

Rules & Terms

**ATTENTION ALL FILMMAKERS**
PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES BEFORE SUBMITTING. ONLY FILMS SHOT ON SMARTPHONES/TABLETS WILL BE REVIEWED.

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.

6th Annual Edition: June 15-17, 2017

TSFF 2017 Call for Submissions

DEADLINES

Early-Bird ($10): Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Regular ($15): Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Late ($20): Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

A. Pre-Production:

- Genre: No restrictions.
- Length: 10 minutes or less (including credits).
- Language: Must have English Subtitles in Films containing spoken language(s) other than English.

B. Production:

- Film Footage: Must be shot on smartphone(s) and/or tablet(s). 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.
- Audio: External recording device(s) may be used if necessary.
- Raw Footage Proof: Must submit 30-second raw footage (no photos, video only) actually used in the final cut of the film, uncut and unedited for the full duration of 30 seconds or longer to be accepted.

C. Post-Production:

- Editing: All editing software are accepted (does not need to be edited on smartphones/tablets).
- Archival Footage (if used in the final cut): Archival footage are permitted for use as an aid to develop a story and does not need to be shot on smartphones/tablets, as long as its copyrights are cleared before submitting. However, archival footage will not be permitted for the full duration of the film if shot on devices other than smartphones/tablets.
- Copyright: 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 and its members are not responsible for any infringement of copyrights.

NOTE: All submissions are reviewed by TSFF's programming team and the award winners are selected by jury members assigned by TSFF. Any films that are viewable in public via YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Website and et cetera are automatically disqualified. However, Films participating in all other film festivals will not be of an issue. Official selections will be notified and programmed to screen on one of three festival days and be given an opportunity to broadcast on OMNI 2 (CH. 14) via Arirang Korea. Finalists give Toronto Smartphone Film Festival the non-exclusive rights without payment to screen, broadcast, publish, distribute on all possible media platforms and use it for promotional purposes indefinitely. Films, filmmakers and actors from Quebec are excluded from submissions due to laws set in the province of Quebec.

Final Deadline: Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Result Notification: Sunday, April 30, 2017 (Date is subject to change).

AWARDS

Best Canadian Film (All Canadian Films are eligible)
Best International Film (All Non-Canadian Films are eligible)
Best Emerging Film (All GTA-based Emerging Artists with max. 3 short films including TSFF submissions are eligible)
Best Women in Film (All 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 online transfer fees and/or shipping and handling fees of Award Prizes. Applicants are fully responsible in paying these fees.

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

1. Final 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. Raw Footage Proof (See Rules & Regulations)
6. Submission Fees: Early-Bird ($10); Regular ($15); Late ($20)

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

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

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

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

NOTE: Title of Film, Name of Director, Duration, Country of Production, Name of Smartphone/Tablet must be printed clearly and consistently on all submitted materials (i.e. Submission Form & Raw Footage Proof).

2. To Submit a Raw Footage Proof, the Applicant must:

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

3. Pay the required fee as outlined:

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. TSFF is under no obligation to contact the Applicant and/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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    Bae rin oh

    Beautiful film festival for all.

    July 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Hristina Belousova

    Being unable to attend the festival it is hard to review all different aspects of the festival.But there is a wish to tell that the festival very in detail informed on each step. Very much a lot of work has been made in social networks.
    I would recomend the festival to any independent filmaker.Your participation at a festival - will be noticeable for you .
    Nice work,guys
    All the best
    Team "Dante Rustav Films"

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Jimmy Nsubuga

    Brilliant festival, well done to the organisers.

    June 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the wonderful review.
    We are glad you enjoyed the festival.
    Hope to see more of your smartphone/tab films in the future!