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
  • I enjoyed the Toronto shorts greatly. Thank you, Elizabeth Bishop, Caravan of Dreams.

    January 2023
  • Jody Xiong

    Amazing news! The Bloom short film directed by me for the Beijing Winter Paralympic Games, which won the Best Experimental at the 13th Toronto Indie Shorts. This film award affirms me and encourages me to move forward.

    January 2023
  • Our team at Fallen by Choice Productions Inc. based in Montreal, Canada is honored to be an award winner at this amazingly professional film festival. Our documentary "Boom, Ther Goes The Neighbourhood" was put together with a lot of love and hard work, just like this festival. Excellent experience!

    January 2023
  • Thank you so much for choosing my script Mail Order Bride as an AWARD WINNER!!!! I am so excited!!! I will be pinning the article in Toronto Film Magazine on my wall for inspiration to keep writing!!!

    January 2023
  • Sue Smith

    As locals to the Toronto area we were thrilled to be awarded Best Music Video at the Toronto Indie Shorts! Thank you for recognizing our film and bolstering our confidence to go back out there and make more art! A Big Thank You from the cast, crew and creators of You Come Calling.

    Sue Smith, Producer and Tessa Fleming, Director

    December 2022