Join us and celebrate the premier year of the Toronto International Music Video Festival!

The Toronto International Music Video Festival (TIMVF) is bringing musicians and film professionals together annually in a collaborative environment. In its inaugural year, TIMVF will be a 1-day event providing the opportunity for filmmakers & artists to have their music videos screened to the public.

We're looking to increase the appreciation of the art of music video and foster networking opportunities between the creatives making them — furthering the development of the art industry in Toronto.

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
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).

Sponsored prizes will be awarded on the night, depending on the award.

Eligibility: The Toronto Music Video Festival is open to all music videos released after January 2021, with a runtime of less than 10 minutes. Only the official music videos or videos authorized by the music label or artist will be accepted. The festival is open to Canadian and international entries.

Submission: All entries must be submitted online through Film Freeway 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.

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, 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, and performances. The festival organizers will not be liable for any copyright infringement or unauthorized use of intellectual property.

Public screening: The selected entries may be screened publicly during the festival, either online or in-person, depending on the format and location. The festival organizers will obtain the necessary permissions and licenses for public screening, if applicable.

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.

Disqualification: The Toronto Music Video Festival organizers reserve the right to disqualify any entry that violates the rules or standards of the festival, or contains 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.