The Toronto Film Week is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.

The Toronto Film Week will run during, but independent from the Toronto International Film Festival.
The event was created by independent filmmakers, for independent filmmakers, with the sole purpose to showcase and screen new and upcoming talent.

The TFW focuses on the unconventional, the unusual, the underground, the intuitive, the innovative, the minimalistic and the true artists of our time. Based in Toronto (Canada) the festival aims to screen douzens of feature and short films.

All screenings will take place at
(The) Fox Theatre, 2234 Queen St E in Toronto.

The Toronto Film Week is a true arthouse festival in every sense. Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.

During our first year we were only able to screen the award winning films. For the upcoming edition we've secured more screening time which will allow us to screen all selected films.

Awards & Prizes

The 2017 selection will be announced on August 21, 2017.

The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Film
cash award of 500 USD

Best Short Film
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

Rules & Terms

The Toronto Film Week accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry, accept the 'guaranteed selection submissions', does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen BluRay and DVD.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Toronto Film Week. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Toronto Film Week reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Toronto Film Week will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Toronto Film Week is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Toronto Film Week and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Toronto Film Week. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Toronto Film Week is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Toronto Film Week, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

6 Reviews

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    Mark Aylward

    A film I produced was selected but only winners were screened. I am proud to have been selected, but the festival is somewhat misleading. They indicated that only winners would be screened live, that the festival is divided in 2, an online component and live screening for winners. Essentially we were listed online (Yes) but that was it, there was no online screening or forum to watch films online.... Perhaps I read too much into the "online component"...

    March 2017
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    Sean Murray

    This festival like many others is just a money spinner with no feedback given or the courtesy of even sending a festival laurel. Very bad value

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Sean,

    Thank you for taking the time to review our event.
    However, your comments aren't really accurate which makes me believe that our mails ended up in your spam folder.
    We also mailed you about this review, but we didn't get any feedback from you.
    You can check with FilmFreeway, at the time of the notification date all accepted filmmakers received an automatic mail through FilmFreeway informing them about the selection. In this mail we've also added links to the laurels and asked you several questions about your film (premiere status, etc.). We never received any reply from you.

    Toronto Film Week

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    Stefanie Weberhofer

    I think it the submission fee is too high and there is only a public screening for the winners... I think that's not such a good deal.

    November 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Stefanie, by selecting more films than we can screen we want to express our respect to and recognize those filmmakers that take risks by creating the more difficult type of cinema. In the end however we only have so much screening time available and we need to make terrible choices. Perhaps you don't need the recognition anymore, but most filmmakers do. Being a filmmaker myself I know that having your film screened is where it's all about, but when I have to choose between a rejection or a recognition, the decision is easy.

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    luiz carlos lucena

    It´s good, for the first year

    October 2016
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    Frank Munden

    I am happy my film was chosen for the festival.

    October 2016