Show us your best in the world of Genre cinema.

New to the Toronto indie scene, HYBRID GENRE loves genre cinema and aims to recognize and celebrate filmmakers who have poured their heart, passion, and incredible skill into their projects. We are a festival that selects and screens a range of genres, from science fiction to animation, from horror to historical, and all the brilliance that lies in-between. Part of an alliance of indie festivals around the world, this is a great opportunity to get your work seen both in Canada and globally.

Official selections of our festival are screened each year at trendy event spaces in downtown Toronto. Filmmakers are encouraged to join us at these events for Q&As, an awards presentation, and an opportunity to mingle with an enthusiastic audience.

In addition to screening opportunities, films that are selected for HYBRID GENRE have the opportunity to win a variety of awards, accolades, distribution opportunities, and prizes (see below). Our awards are IMDb certified!

We welcome films from all over the world, and of all genres. We screen shorts, webseries, and features. We also have a SCREENPLAY COMPETITION, expertly curated by industry professionals.

Submit your film to HYBRID GENRE and join an amazing community of genre-bending filmmakers and film-lovers.

Films submitted to our festival are eligible for a variety of awards and prizes. Each award-winner receives a laurel, and those who attend our in-person screenings are presented with a certificate for their achievement. We also offer a variety of prizes - depending on the month - including local sponsorships for rental gear, products and subscriptions, as well as film distribution opportunities.

We're an award-laden festival with awards including:

Best Short
Best Feature

Best of Content:
Production Design

Best of style:
Drama Film
Thriller Film
Horror Film
Period Piece
War Film
Fantasy Film
Sci-Fi Film

Meilleur Film Français
Best Indigenous Film
Best Canadian Film
Best of Horror Showcase

HYBRID GENRE CANADA – Terms and conditions:

Please note: The following points are just a summary of the most important points from our terms and conditions and not legally valid. To see our full and legally valid terms and conditions please refer to our website:


1.) You own all the necessary rights of your submission project and your project was created by yourself.

2.) You can submit as many projects as you would like to while you have to pay a fee for each submission. These fees are not refundable.

3.) Your submission must not violate any laws of any country.

4.) Submissions begin being accepted on Jan 07, 2019.

5.) Your project must be submitted via FilmFreeway

6.) Festival of Time film festival may use your project or extraction of your projects to promote the festival in print and digital formats as well as create a monetised viewable collection ‘best in show’ or within a genre collection screener. This collection is mainly used for VIP members of the public. If the project is shown in this collection you have no entitlement to any remuneration as a result of the revenues associated with this collection.

See our website for the full Terms and Conditions.

Overall Rating
  • Tim Millette

    It was an honor that HybridGenre enjoyed my simple fairy tale Cascadia and even put it on their Red List. Although I was not able to attend the 2021 festival, I will enjoy the shindig in 2022. I know it will be great because the organizers were most gracious and Toronto is a happening town!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Tim,

    Fantastic work on getting on the Red List! Thanks an a achievement for sure - have an amazing year of writing and we hope to see you in September.

    HG Canada

  • I loved getting a Hybrid Genre award for "Best Feature Script" since my Sub-Arctic "Winter Bird" straddles several definitions.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    We're happy your award was such a great fit! And we loved getting to read your script - thank you for sharing. :)

  • Delighted you loved Mathias, thank you!!

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU for sharing your work with us! :) - Hybrid Genre

  • Manu Gallego

    Thanks Johnatan for always being there to help, for your interest and kindness. Festival del tiempo is the festival that has treated me best: close and warm. In addition there are no festivals or there are few festivals whose main theme is time and history. Super interesting. Thank you for promoting my short film in Canada and Australia. What a pitty to live so far and not be able to attend the festival! Best wishes for Film festival of Time! Thanks Johnathan!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for this kind and glowing review! We're so glad you had a positive experience with our festival, and we were so happy to be able to share your film with our audiences. - TFFT

  • Eric de Gispert Koper

    e are very proud to have been part of this special festival. Although we could not attend, we felt very well treated and the communication was incredible. Festivals like this help to make visible present problems and to fight for the preservation of cultures. This, today, is very necessary.
    Thank you for the opportunity to project our documentary. We hope that this festival will continue for many years!
    Our best wishes!!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    We were proud to have you be a part of our festival, too! Thank you for the review, and for sharing your work with us. Best wishes to you as well! - TFFT