Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) Is Now An ๐ˆ๐Œ๐ƒ๐› ๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  Annual Festivals That Celebrates Diversity Through Film.

TINFF invites you to come celebrate diversity that brings local and International films and filmmakers to the beautiful city of Toronto. TINFFโ€™s objective is to be a leading film festival in Toronto that celebrates diversity in our beautiful city. TINFFโ€™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. Each year, we have our festival event and award night to celebrate diversity through film. We welcome filmmakers from across the globe to Toronto.

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

Best Project and Audience Choice Award
InkTip publishing opportunity
True Sail Distribution (Cinema Deal) In Toronto

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 โ€œTop Three Screenplaysโ€ will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTipโ€™s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Producers have made more than 375 from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

โ€ข If accepted, your film could be screened either live, or in a digital format, or both. At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TINFF reserves the right to modify the delivery of its festival programming based on government rules and regulations related to the pandemic. At this time, our festival is planned as a hybrid event, with both digital and live screenings.

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 LGBT Feature Film - NEW
Best LGBT Short Film -NEW
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
Best Music - Non Visual (Audio Only Category) -- NEW
Best Reality Shows -- NEW
Best vBlog -- NEW
Best Gospel Video -- NEW
Best Female Filmmaker (Producer / Director) -- NEW


Audience Choice Award: (Online Voting Category, Films with the highest online fan vote wins)
Jury Award
Best of Show
Awards of Excellence
TINFFโ€™s Nollywood Special Jury Awards
TINFFโ€™s Bollywood Special Jury Awards
The True-Sail Award For Outstanding Black Film / Filmmaker
The True-Sail Award For Outstanding Minority Film / Filmmaker
Awards of Merit
Awards of Recognition

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 InkTipโ€™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.

{InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.}


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

Rules & Regulations:

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข All Entries with or without distribution deal are welcome.

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

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข You may submit multiple entries but must pay an entry fee for each.

โ€ข 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.

โ€ข 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.
โ€ข DVDs must be labeled in the following manner: Title. Production company name, phone number, and address. Directorโ€™s name. Length in minutes and submission platform tracking number.
โ€ข 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.
โ€ข 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.
โ€ข Note! DVD screeners will not be returned.
โ€ข 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.

Overall Rating
  • Angela Hilario

    TINFF gave us so many opportunities to network and give prestige to our film. Thank you for making this first-time filmmakers experience so worthwhile!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    We are glad you had a nice time at TINFF2022. We hope to see your next project and thanks for supporting TINFF ๐Ÿ™

  • Geoff Browne

    Thank you so much for accepting our short film Gboy and for the award. I must say this is a very nice festival, with passionate organizers. It is a festival that will continue to grow. I very much enjoyed it and had a great time with the other filmmakers.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your amazing support! It was great seeing you at the Awards and Gala.

  • Smart Edikan

    TINFF is worth the hype. And indeed a life changing experience.

    November 2022
  • I was pleasantly surprised when my film โ€œMothers and Daughters in-lawโ€ won best film- Nollywood! The festival was well organized, thorough and fun!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Appreciate your support!

  • Mina Soliman

    Best film festival .. we were honored to receive 2 awards for our short (allodynia) this year see you guys the next year โ€ฆ thanks for everything

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank You!