Welcome to the bi-monthly and annual IMDb qualifying Toronto Indie Shorts!

We are dedicated to Canadian and international short films of all genres. Toronto International Indie Shorts was founded by a group of film scholars, filmmakers, film critics and film graduates from the 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 to collaborate further with other filmmakers and our festival online.

Our annual festival is in July of each year. The winners of the bi-monthly festival are nominated to become an official selection and a finalist for our annual competition. The finalists of the annual are further promoted and screened through Toronto Indie Shorts.

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
  • Heartfelt thanks for nominating me for Best Actor in Still Hunting. The Toronto Indie Shorts fest really knows how to streamline the submission process so the filmmakers can sit back and wait for the good news. Keep up the great work! --John Henry Richardson

    November 2022
  • Youri LĂ©tourneau-Langlois

    Thank you for choosing my film!! The festival is great for exposure.

    November 2022
  • David Davidson

    I was happy to be selected and elated when when I became a nominee. One of the festival’s to look for to have your work recognized.

    November 2022
  • Sally Champlin

    I'm honored to win Best Screenplay in your Indie Shorts festival with my screenplay, THE ANGEL, a story that was inspired by the William Blake poem, The Angel. Thank you for recognizing the delicacy and gentleness of my story. We have so many unsung heroes in this world and the wonderful "Sir Merlin" is one. I'm so very grateful for your award.

    Most sincerely,
    Sally Champlin, Author

    November 2022
  • Tomoyoshi SUGIURA

    I enjoyed this festival. Next year I will win.

    September 2022