Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) invites you to come celebrate the true diversity that brings Hollywood/ Bollywood/ Nollywood and International films and filmmakers to the beautiful city of Toronto. TINFF’s objective is to be a leading film festival in Toronto that celebrates diversity in our beautiful city. TINFF’s main focus is to advance creative, independent film direction through diversity, innovation, and uniqueness by capturing the series of movements and experiences in a single film. We encourage music and filmmakers across the globe to build an audience for their projects and work to diversify the film industry.

The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) is a year round award competition and live screening festival with an annual event in the beautiful city of Toronto. With this being our first years, each year in late October immediately after the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF, we will have our festival event and award night.

After Official Selected Films have been announced and notified, we will proceed to the next stage of the selection process, and subsequently, announce TINFF's Festival Finalists that will compete at the live festival event in Toronto. All Finalists will be announced on the TINFF's festival website and TINFF's Facebook page.

TINFF is a focus oriented music and film festival, with an awards night to recognize and encourage filmmakers by appreciating, promoting, challenge and develops an understanding of equality, social justice, non-discrimination, diversity, and multiculturalism.

Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes

Best Project and Audience Choice Award
InkTip publishing opportunity
Silverbird Film Distribution WA (Cinema Distribution Opportunity)
Filmone Distribution (Cinema Distribution Opportunity)
Evritfilms Distribution UK (Cinema Distribution Opportunity)

We award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. All official selection and finalist get LAURELS. Finalist will have an opportunity to contest again at a combination of audience and judges vote for a TROPHY at various categories and a DISTRIBUTION OFFER which is optional to you. Also, thanks to one of our sponsors, winners of the “Top Three Screenplays” will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

In addition, all entries are eligible for an award from the list below. A certificate suitable for mounting and display will be given to the winners of each category. Winners of our annual TINFF-Festival Gala will receive an engraved Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) Audience Favorite Trophy. The event will be held at The Toronto York Woods Theatres. Filmmakers will have access to festival Screenings, Red carpet Interviews, Awards Ceremony and Networking opportunities in Toronto, Canada.

Best Feature Film (Hollywood-USA)
Best Feature Film (Nollywood)
Best Feature Film (Bollywood)
Best Feature Film (International)
Best Feature Film Caribbean
Best Feature Film (Canada)
Best Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Trailer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Director
Best Producer
Best Web Series
Best Horror
Best Thriller/Action
Best Comedy
Best Animated film
Best Sci-Fi
Best Student film
Best Documentary
Best Editing
Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects
Best Original Music Score
Best in Show
Best Costume
Best Art Director

TINFF is proud to Announce InkTip as a sponsored partner for our screenplay awards Categories at the Festival this year in Toronto.
In Addition to Winning a Trophy, Winners from our Screen Play Categories will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.

Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

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Screenplay under 30 pages
Screenplay under 60 pages
Screenplay under 120 pages

Rules & Terms

Rules & Regulations:

• The competition is open to films from Canada, Nollywood, Bollywood, USA-Hollywood, and International entries. Please check individual categories and submit suitable categories to your project.

• Feature films are 30 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 30 minutes in length. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.

• All Entries with or without distribution deal are welcome.

• Films previously entered into and screened at our festival are eligible for one additional re-entry in subsequent years.

• Entries must be submitted for pre-screening through our online submission platform. If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords.

• Works in progress are accepted. We cannot promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to the final deadline.

• TINFF confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and /or at any other Festival event. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter of such material is used in Festival promotion. The Original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.

• You may submit multiple entries but must pay an entry fee for each.

• If the movie has nudity or sex. The movie should have a strong story line; however, we are strictly not accepting any movies about porn, animal cruelty.

• To submit a Film for Festival consideration, Applicants must complete the registration process at the online submission platform and pay the required fee by the deadlines. Submissions must be postmarked or an online submitted via submission platform. Submitted DVDs must contain one version only of the Film, in the original language of production, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.
• DVDs must be labeled in the following manner: Title. Production company name, phone number, and address. Director’s name. Length in minutes and submission platform tracking number.
• Where the applicant chooses to forward a DVD instead of an online screener, the Applicant is responsible for ensuring that the submitted DVD screener plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player. If TINFF is unable to view the DVD, TINFF is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant in order to obtain a replacement DVD.
• TINFF will not review multiple versions of a submitted Film. Only one version of the Film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, TINFF will view only the version that was received first.
• Note! DVD screeners will not be returned.
• All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. TINFF will not accept cash-on- delivery shipments or be responsible for duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Charges are to be billed to the sender. TINFF is not responsible for and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Shipping and customs charges are to be billed to the sender. Any shipping charges incurred by TINFF will be billed back to the Applicant.

12 Reviews

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    Felipe Jorge

    Sent in my DVD and flashdrive, it got sent back because it went unclaimed??? That means my movie was withdrawn automatically because nobody accepted my package.

    Pay to send in your movie, pay to travel to location, then pay to attend??? I understand to submit & travel but to pay to attend a festival that your movie was accepted in? No.

    I will overlook this festival in the future.

    September 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Sorry to hear that your package was sent back. The address you have is the corporate P.O.Box account for the Festival which is a Canada Post address. We have had several film submissions come to that address for films that were accepted via FedEx, UPS, and DHL and they come in from USA, Europe, and Even ASIA no problem.

    This is why we have requested several times for filmmakers to send us their tracking number and courier used. Almost all filmmakers who sent via courier emailed in their tracking number.

    While your film happens to be one of the films we offered a fee waiver code, meaning you did not pay a single fee for your film submission, we are happy to also offer you a free complimentary ticket to attend the festival, that way you will not be paying anything towards the festival except for your trip here.

    That said, we will be happy to resolve this as soon as possible if you can send us an email with the name of your film and we will work out something. Again kindly accept our sincere apology for this miscommunication and we are doing everything to ensure that all filmmakers have a pleasant time during the event.


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    Alessia Vegro

    Wonderful organization and a perfect communication are part of this amazing festival! I love to be part of this event... HUGE THANKS!!! See you in October!

    July 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, we are very pleased and we look forward to a pleasant festival & award this October 19-20 here in Toronto!

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    nina goedé

    Film by Nina Goedé, “my Mont dʼor” ( my golden Mountain)
    85 min. visual and sound poem , an auto-fiction , a poetic narration.
    an OperaBrut nyc-paris production.
    sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

    Mountains in human myth have been sites of transfigurations and epiphanies. They are places of revelations of higher truths, connectors from the mundane world to the eternal divine. The Koran calls them “pegs” – roots that hold the earth in place while stretching to the heavens. Mt. Sinai, Mt Hermon and the Mt. of Olives in the Judeo- Christian tradition were sites of theophanies – ascensions and the appearances of the Divine - while the classical pagan gods dwelled on Mount Olympus. Mountains are also objects of obsession: either to climb them or to paint them, as in Cézanneʼs Mount Sainte- Victoire series.
    Nina Goedéʼs film “my Mont dʼor” is all of these. It is both transcendent and obsessive. It is a whirling mass of imageries, engulfing the viewer, ascending to luminescent love and friendship and then descending into a dark vortex of pain. Her film stretches back to joyful youthful memories, set in the beauties of the Rhône Valley in France. The mountain presides over playful friends, frolicking together to create works of art, theatre, poetry, music and dance. Goedéʼs productions of Medea and Clytemnestra keened through the valley; drama celebrated life. She chronicles her creative processes. Yet life is not linear but a spiral that moves from past to present to future in waves of repetition. The film employs repeated images of rolling on grass, of spinning, of sitting in yellow fields washed by sunset, watching the mountain with her ever- present small dog. An old flowered dress acts as a metaphor for memories that decay yet resurrect. The past is a cloak on the present; the present constructs the future that conceals its dangerous mysteries. The past, present and the future contain demonic terrors intersected with Baudelaireʼs “perfumed paradise” of the Flowers of Evil. One cannot escape into oblivion or indifference. The film uses a cacophony of devices: sound, visual effects, repetition and a surrealistic stream of consciousness to create a steady rhythm of the chaos of meaning.
    It is a film of disjunctive continuity. It combines the casual with the apocalyptic. Sipping coffee with friends in a café juxtaposes with images of genocide, of refugees, Palestinians grieving over dead children, war, bombs, hate. This parallels our daily experiences perhaps watching gruesome images on TV while having breakfast. This obscene absurdity of our separation from time/space realities provides an urgent rhythm in her film. Using veils and khafias, Goedé challenges the viewer to enter into deeper realities. The material world is a portal to unseen, powerful forces. “Clouds are always seeking love” is a repeated mantra. This is a film about nothing and about everything. It obsesses over the mundane while transporting the captive viewer into the freedom of mystery and contradiction, love and beauty. Interjecting the hypnotic poetry of Baudelaire and Rilke throughout the film, Goedéʼs own poetic vision reveals her torture and rapture: “I am Medea, chained to this chair for 1000 years, waiting for peace.” Her film is a paradigm of our contemporary human condition, pleading for humanityʼs survival and that of our planet.
    ©jtaylorbasker 30 May 2017 ArtsPR International

    May 2017
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    Danielle Kronenberg

    Great festival with fantastic communication!! Thank you!

    April 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks a lot Danielle!

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    Maria Morgunova

    Thanks a lot for your support and help. Your Festival is a good way to become a part of the film industry.
    I'm very much appreciated.

    April 2017