Years running: 45 (since 1976)

Toronto International Film Festival

International film festival in Toronto.


The principal objective of the Toronto International Film Festival is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of cinema. Festival mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in every part of the world. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality. Preference is given to premieres. The Festival also promotes contacts
between industry professionals to assist in the development of the Canadian motion picture industry.


  • People's Choice Award - the main award,
  • People's Choice Best Documentary,
  • People's Choice Best Midnight Madness film,
  • Best Canadian Feature,
  • Best Canadian First Feature,
  • Best Canadian Short Film,
  • FIPRESCI's Special Presentation Winner,
  • FIPRESCI's Discovery Section Winner.


  • Film have been completed after September 1, 2018; 
  • Features — of 60 minutes or longer; shorts — of 49 minutes or less.
  • TIFF prefers that all short and feature films presented are, at minimum, North American premieres.  

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  1. Complete the registration process at Withoutabox
  2. pay the required fee
  3. provide to TIFF a DVD screener (for Feature Films) or online screener via Withoutabox (for Short Films) for review by TIFF programming staff. 

TIFF recommends that Applicants sending submissions from outside of Canada include three copies of a commercial invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following information:

  • Sender’s name, address and telephone number
  • Recipient’s address
  • Title of film and format
  • Length of film Fair market value (standard is CAD $20)
  • Country of manufacture
  • Declaration “Goods on loan for Festival purposes only. No commercial value. Nonpornographic.”
  • Sender’s signature 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

The Director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival - Piers Handling. 

A distinctive feature of the festival - absence of professional jury. The decision shall take the audience of the festival.





Official website



Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto ON M5V 3X5

Phone: 1-888-599-8433
Fax: 416-967-9477


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 26, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    May 31, 2019
  • Late Deadline
    June 14, 2019
  • Notifications
    August 23, 2019
  • Event dates
    5 — 15 September 2019
Categories & Fees

Features: minimum 50 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — C$100
  • Regular Deadline — C$135
  • Late Deadline — C$160

Features: minimum 50 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — C$100
  • Regular Deadline — C$135
  • Late Deadline — C$160

Shorts: maximum 49 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — C$65
  • Regular Deadline — C$95
  • Late Deadline — C$105
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