Welcome to Toronto Indie Shorts!

We are dedicated to Canadian and international short films of all genres. Toronto Indie Shorts has a bi-monthly and annual structure. Toronto International Indie Shorts was founded as Newmarket Festival of north Toronto by a group of film scholars and film graduates from York University of Toronto. The festival was created in the beautiful town of Newmarket where many stars such as Jim Carrey were born.

The mission of Toronto Indie Shorts is to celebrate the independent motion picture and literary arts by providing a platform for Canadian and international short filmmakers and writers to have their short film projects recognized, promoted, screened and awarded online.

The members of the jury are film scholars, filmmakers, film critics and distributors from Toronto. The members of the jury for each edition will also be selected from previous award winning artists. We would like to involve artists further to collaborate with other filmmakers and our festival online. We hope to be able to go ahead with our live screening event and award cermeony for March 2022 in Toronto.

Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Director
Best Script
Best Producer
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Science Fiction
Best Web Series/TV Pilot
Best Music Video
Best Experimental
Best Student Film
Best Art Photography
Best Composer/Best Musician
Best Indie Short

The festival has the right to use headshots, images, stills, poster and all promotional material from filmmakers and film projects.
Films must have been completed in the past 5 years.
The films can be from anywhere in the world.
Non English films must be subtitled in English.
We accept all genres.

Overall Rating
  • Susan Brannigan-Rampp

    As a writer, I thank Toronto Indie Shorts, for giving a forum to review and promote independent work. I am humbled my screenplay, Marilyn in the Mirror, was an Official Selection.

    September 2021
  • Zachary Conlu

    As a first time film maker it is an honor to be selected for this festival and an even bigger honor to have won an award! Communication was quick and smooth this is an awesome festival.

    September 2021
  • An extremely worthy festival to a part of. Great exposure for indie film makers. And winning comes to us humbly.

    September 2021
  • Orion Monroe

    A great experience! It was fantastic to be selected for this festival! It was the first festival we ever submitted to and the festival made us feel positive about learning the process. The fee structure was fine and the value seemed to be on par with similar festivals. Communication was fast!

    September 2021
  • Ben McHugh

    Privilege to be selected in Toronto Indie Shorts! Thank you for the recognition. Awesome festival!!!

    August 2021