Toronto Shorts International Film Festival


Years running: 10 (since 2013)

Toronto Shorts International Film Festival

International short film festival.


Toronto Shorts Fest provides a showcase for the best short-form cinema and its creators in the world. We feel that short form cinema and its creators should have their own premier film festival in Toronto deserving similar recognition given to the feature film and its creators. The heart of the festival will be our quality and scope of extraordinary film programming.
In order to showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world, we created the Toronto International Short Film Festival. Toronto Shorts Fest is a where films from a wide spectrum intersect. Animations, documentaries, comedies, narrative, genre, and graduation short films from some of the finest film schools. Just relax and enjoy the thrill.


  • Best International Film
  • Best Drama
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Animation
  • Best Experimental
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Canadian Film


  • Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2020
  • All non-English films must have English sub-titles. 
    Films must be submitted via online screener. 
  • Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the festival.

  • You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay entry fee for each film.


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Colin Mercer




Official Website


317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5T 1G4



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    May 02, 2021
  • Extended Deadline
    June 18, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 30, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    August 27, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    September 24, 2021
  • Notifications
    October 08, 2021
  • Event Dates
    10 — 14 November 2021
Categories & Fees

Open to filmmakers based outside of Canada. All genres are accepted with total running time under 45 minutes

  • Extended Deadline — $39
  • Earlybird Deadline — $49
  • Regular Deadline — $59
  • Late Deadline — $69
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