Toronto Independent Film Festival -- Sept 7 - 16, 2017

Festival 2017

A Celebration of Indie Filmmaking at the Carlton Cinema in Downtown Toronto

One of North America’s Top Festivals for Micro and No-budget films

The Toronto Indie is Toronto’s own film festival for truly independent films, and a headline event for micro-budget and no-budget films in North America. The Toronto Indie offers a fantastic opportunity for undiscovered filmmakers to showcase their achievements, in a space where all the key players of the film industry have gathered.

Screenings at the Carlton Cinema

We’ll screen over 80 features and shorts over 10 days at the Carlton Cinema, one of Toronto’s favorite indie film venues .
Toronto Indie uses the strength of Toronto’s sizable independent filmmaking community to put on a fantastic festival. It’s an indie film festival by and for indie filmmakers.

Sell Your Film at North America’s Biggest Film Industry Gathering

The entire film industry in gathered in Toronto in September, which makes the Toronto Independent Film Festival the perfect place to screen your project to sales agents, distributors, and investors. Numerous To Indie projects have been picked up for distribution on the back of their screening at our festival, and our festival team will work with you to help with any deals.
Note that Toronto Indie, aka the Toronto Independent Film Festival, is a separate festival from the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs at the same time.


Submit your film to the Toronto Independent Film Festival
Toronto Indie presents the best of low-budget filmmaking from around the world, and mixes it up with relevant industry discussions and targeted social networking events.

Submit your film to the 2017 Toronto Independent Film Festival via Withoutabox or Film Freeway.


The Toronto Independent Film Festival accepts Submissions from any country.

Early Submissions Period -- October 29, 2016 to Jan 13, 2017
Early Submissions Deadline -- January 13
Regular Submissions Period -- Jan 14 to April 14
Regular Submissions Deadline -- April 14
Late Submissions Period -- April 15 to July 7
Late Submissions Deadline -- July 7
All filmmakers will be notified before August 10

Festival Categories
The Toronto Independent Film Festival is open to international films in one of the following categories:
Feature Film (budget over $250k USD)
Micro-budget Feature (budget under $250k USD)
No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k USD)
Documentary Feature
Female Director Feature
LGBT film
Short Film
Short Documentary
Animated Short
Experimental Short
Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Short Short (under 5 minutes)
Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:
Feature Screenplay
Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay

Entry Fees
All entries must be shipped prepaid, fees are in $ USD

Fees for feature films are $75 early, $80 regular, $85 late.
Fees for short films are $45 early, $50 regular, $55 late.
Music videos & short shorts are $30 early, $35 regular, $40 late

Fees for feature scripts are $45 early, $50 regular, $55 late.

Please send any related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos

All submissions must be received electronically, we do not accept DVD's in the post.

  • Festival Dates

    Sept 7-16

  • Notification Date

    Aug 10

  • Late Deadline

    July 7

  • Regular Deadline

    April 14


The Toronto Independent Film Festival has been running since 2010
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Steve Veal

Festival Manager
Steve has been the To Indie festival manager since its inception. Steve is a journalist and a member of the Toronto Film Festivals Association.
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George Shewchuk

Artistic Director
George is our artistic director and responsible for those amazing festivals posters you’ve seen all over town.
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Penny Williams

Festival Admin
Penny handles the website and online communications.
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T.O. Indie Volunteers

Volunteer team
Our volunteers are invaluable for making the festival a success. If you’d like to be part of the T.O. Indie team, drop us a line on

T.O. Indie filmmakers

Here's some snaps from our previous festivals.