Come and celebrate the second year of the Toronto International Music Video Festival (TIMVF)!

TIMVF continues to bring musicians and film professionals together in a collaborative environment annually. In its second year, TIMVF will be a multi-day event offering filmmakers and artists the chance to showcase their music videos to the public.

Our goal is to enhance the appreciation of music video art and facilitate networking among creatives, contributing to the growth of Toronto's art industry.

This year, TIMVF is thrilled to announce the addition of exciting new showcases, such as the Canadian Showcase, Micro-Budget Showcase, and Music Documentary Showcase, complementing our returning Official Selection Showcase and Award Nominated Screening.

Additionally, we're excited to offer more social mixers and panels featuring industry professionals, creating even more opportunities for networking and learning in the music video space.

Every award winner will be provided a physical trophy engraved with their awarded title at Toronto International Music Video Festival.

Award Categories:

Best Music Video
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Editor
Best Colour Grading
Best Performance by an Artist
Best Narrative
Best Experimental
Best Virtual / VFX Production
Best Live Performance Video
Best Lyrics Video/Visualizer
Best Micro-Budget Music Video
Best Production Design

Audience Favourite Award (Music Videos selected to screen for any category will automatically be submitted to this award. Winners will be chosen by audience vote).

All music video submissions will be automatically considered for the Canadian Showcase, Micro-Budget Showcase and Official Selection Showcase.

Music Documentaries will be considered for showcase at this year's Toronto International Music Video Festival.

Sponsored prizes will be awarded at the Award Ceremony, depending on the award category.

Eligibility: The Toronto Music Video Festival is open to all music videos and/or documentaries released after January 2022. Music Videos must have a runtime of less than 10 minutes. Music Documentaries must have a runtime between 30 minutes and 2.5 hours. Only the official music videos, films or videos authorized by the music label or artist will be accepted. The festival is open to Canadian and international entries. Previous entries from prior years are not eligible for submission.

Submission: All entries must be submitted online through FilmFreeway by the respected deadlines. Each entry must include the title, artist, director, and producer/production company, as well as a brief synopsis of the video. All submissions, in addition to being considered for awards, will also be considered for inclusion in the Official Selection Showcase, Micro-Budget Showcase, and Canadian Showcase categories.

Categories: The Toronto Music Video Festival will have multiple categories, such as Best Music Video, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editor, Best Colour Grading, Best Performance by an Artist, Best Narrative, Best Experimental, Best Production Design, Best Virtual / VFX Production, Best Live Performance Video, Best Lyrics Video/Visualizer, Best Micro-Budget Music Video, Music Documentary and Audience Favourite Award. The organizers reserve the right to add or remove categories and prizes based on the number and quality of entries.

Judging: The entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals and music video experts based on their creativity, originality, production value, and relevance to the music. The judges' decisions will be final.

Awards: The winners in each category will receive a trophy or certificate and recognition on the festival's website and social media channels. The festival may also offer monetary prizes or other incentives to the winners, depending on the sponsorship and funding.

Copyright: The entrants must own or have the legal rights to use all the elements in their music videos, including the music, lyrics, images, performances, and any other copyrighted material. By submitting a music video to the Toronto Music Video Festival, the entrant confirms that they have obtained all necessary permissions and licenses for the use of copyrighted material in their video, including but not limited to music rights, image rights, and performance rights. The festival organizers will not be liable for any copyright infringement or unauthorized use of intellectual property in the submitted videos.

Screening Rights: The selected entries may be screened publicly during the festival, either online or in-person, depending on the format and location. By submitting a project to the Toronto Music Video Festival, the entrant acknowledges and agrees that, if selected, the festival has the right to publicly screen the submitted video during the festival, as well as in related promotional activities. This includes, but is not limited to, screenings at festival events, online streaming on the festival's website or affiliated platforms, and promotional use in festival trailers or highlight reels. The entrant further agrees that the festival may use excerpts or stills from the submitted video for promotional purposes, with proper credit to the creators. The entrant retains all other rights to the submitted video not explicitly granted herein.

Promotion: The Toronto Music Video Festival may use excerpts or screenshots from the entries for promotional purposes, such as trailers, teasers, or highlights, with due credit to the creators. The entrants may also use the festival logo or name to promote their participation or recognition.

Refunds: Once the submission deadline has passed, no refunds will be issued for any submissions, regardless of the circumstances. This policy applies to all entries, including those that may be disqualified for any reason after the deadline has passed.

Disqualification: The Toronto Music Video Festival organizers reserve the right to disqualify any entry, at their discretion, that they deem to violate the standards or spirit of the festival, or to contain offensive or discriminatory content. The entrants will be notified of any disqualification and the reasons for it.

Liability: The entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Toronto Music Video Festival organizers, sponsors, judges, and partners from any claims, damages, or losses arising from their participation in the festival or the use of their music videos. The festival organizers will not be liable for any technical or logistical issues that may affect the submission, judging, or screening process.

Overall Rating
  • Pleasure to showcase my music video "KIANA - wait on me", certainly exceeded expectations for a first year event. Can't wait to see the next edition!

    February 2024
  • Bryan Paccagnella

    Really glad this festival exists. We were selected and had a great time. Looking forward to submitting again when we’ve got something good.

    January 2024
  • Roman Buchatsky

    Amazing and super professional Festival. The projects submitted were really good, the event itself in a high quality and serious.
    Thanks to the Festival team for investing your heart in it.
    See you next year for sure

    January 2024