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Toronto International Film Festival

39 Annual: September 04, 2014 to September 14, 2014

  Canadian Documentary Features | Longs Métrages Documentaire Canadien

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Press Kit
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May 2, 2014
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00

May 30, 2014
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 150.00 145.00

Approximately 11-Aug-2014

Features: minimum 50 minutes

Projects completed after 01-Sep-2013

Projects must originate from Canada

Projects must be a premiere in North America

Projects may have distribution

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This category is a competition.

Award for Best Canadian Feature Film
This prize is shared with other categories.

People's Choice Award
This prize is shared with other categories.

People's Choice Award for Documentary
All feature length documentary films are eligible to win the People's Choice Award for Documentary.
This prize is shared with other categories.

People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness
All films selected for the Midnight Madness programme are eligible to win the People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations
The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Special Presentations is awarded to a film within the Special Presentations programme.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Terms & Conditions 2014

One of the principal objectives of the Toronto International Film Festival® is to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of Canadian cinema. Our mandate is to present the most outstanding films produced in the country. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality. The Festival also promotes contacts among industry professionals to assist in the development of the Canadian motion picture industry.

The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival will be held from September 4 to 14, 2014.

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will include, but will not be limited to, the following programmes: Gala Presentations, Special Presentations, Masters, Short Cuts Canada, Contemporary World Cinema, Visions, Discovery, TIFF Docs, Midnight Madness, City to City, International Shorts and TIFF Kids.

Selected films will be placed in the appropriate programme by the Festival Organizing Committee in consultation with the filmmaker.

Submissions due (must be postmarked by): May 2, 2014
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of Canadian Documentary Feature Films between May 2 and May 30, 2014. An increased entry fee will apply. If your film is not ready for screening by May 30th, you must contact the Canadian Film Selection Committee immediately.

NOTE: Programmers will view only one version of a submitted film.

Canadian Documentary Features / Longs Métrages Canadien:
Submitted before May 2, 2014: $50.00 CAD
Submitted after May 2, 2014, before May 30, 2014: $150.00 CAD

Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements listed below should not be submitted and will not be considered by TIFF:

i. All selected Films must be available to screen in DCP (D-Cinema) by August 15, 2014. TIFF may, but is not required to, permit certain selected films to be screened in the following alternative formats: (i) 35 mm or (ii) HDCAM. By selecting HDCAM or 35mm as an exhibition format, this may restrict venue possibilities for your screening. Additional detail regarding these screening formats will be provided to selected Films upon invitation. TIFF does not screen work in any other format.

ii. Not have been previously screened commercially in Canada (exceptions may be made for French and non-English-language films which have played without English subtitles) nor available on the Internet prior to September 15, 2014 (exceptions may be made for Canadian short films previously posted online).

iii. Be in their original language with English subtitles, if the original language is other than English.

iv. Have been completed after September 1, 2013.

v. Films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will not be reconsidered for the 2014 programme.

vi. TIFF expects all Films that it presents at the Festival to be, at minimum, North American premieres, but reserves the right to present films that are not.


Submission Procedure

(1) All Films submitted under these Terms must be submitted in accordance with the procedure outlined herein. TIFF may, but is not required to, disqualify or reject any Film that is not submitted in this way.

(2) To submit a film for Festival consideration, an Applicant must: (a) complete the registration process at Withoutabox and pay the required fee as outlined in article V.2 below and (b) provide to TIFF a DVD screener (for Feature Films) or online screener via Withoutabox (for Short Films) for review by TIFF programming staff. TIFF does not accept submissions in any other manner or format, including: content burned to Read/Write (RW) discs, Blu-ray discs or trailers.

(3) Submitted DVDs must:
a. contain one version only of the Film, in the original language of production, with English subtitles if the original language is not English;
b. be formatted in MPEG-2 video for Region 1/North America or Region 0/no region (i.e. the DVD is authored as a video DVD and not burned as a data disc containing Quicktime or other similar file formats); screen burn-ins are acceptable;
c. be labeled with the following:
(i) title, (ii) production company name, phone number and address, (iii) director’s name, (iv) length in minutes, and (v) Withoutabox tracking number;
d. be shipped in accordance with the shipping instructions set out below in sections 8 through 12.

(4) Applicants should test their DVDs thoroughly before submitting them. The Applicant has sole responsibility for ensuring that the submitted DVD screener plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player. If TIFF is unable to view the DVD, TIFF will attempt, but is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant in order to obtain a replacement DVD.

(5) TIFF will not review multiple versions of a submitted Film. Only one version of the Film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, TIFF will view only the version that was received first.

(6) DVD screeners will not be returned.

Shipping Instructions for DVD Screeners

(7) All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. TIFF will not accept collect shipments.

(8) The Festival is not responsible for and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Applicants should clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges are to be billed to the sender. Any shipping charges incurred by TIFF will be billed back to the Applicant.

(9) Films should not be shipped in excessive packaging or with any materials other than those requested by TIFF. There is no programming value for DVD submissions arriving in unusual or unorthodox containers.

(10) TIFF is not responsible and bears no liability with respect to clearance of shipments through Canadian customs. However, TIFF recommends that Applicants sending submissions from outside of Canada take the following steps to increase the chance of successful review by Canadian customs:
a. Include three copies of a commercial invoice (declaration of contents) containing the following information:
i. Sender’s name, address and telephone number
ii. Recipient’s address
iii. Title of film and format
iv. Length of film
v. Fair market value (standard is CAD $20)
vi. Country of manufacture
vii. Declaration “Goods on loan for Festival purposes only. No commercial value. Non-pornographic.”
viii. Sender’s signature
b. The commercial invoice should be included with the courier waybill. Applicants shipping via international post should affix a customs declaration label to the outside of the package.
c. TIFF prefers Purolator, where available.

(11) TIFF does not confirm receipt of shipment, and is not responsible for lost or misdirected packages. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the submission procedure is complete, and that the DVD screener has been received by TIFF.

(1) TIFF will consider for inclusion in the Festival all eligible films that have been submitted by the above deadline and in accordance with these Terms. TIFF reserves the right to consider for inclusion in the Festival, and include in the Festival, films received at any time and through any means, channel or process, including means, channels or processes other than those outlined in these Terms. Nothing in these Terms or otherwise requires TIFF to select for Festival inclusion any of the Films submitted through the process outlined in these Terms.

(2) All selection decisions are at the sole and absolute discretion of TIFF, and are final and unreviewable. TIFF is not required to provide any feedback, comments or reasons, or any other information, regarding the selection or non-selection of any submitted Film or the process by which Films are or have been selected. TIFF is not responsible or liable for its selection decisions; for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding the Film that are or may be obtained from the Applicant or anyone else; for any communications by any representative of TIFF relating to the Film or the Festival selection process; for the manner in which the Film shall be, is or was considered and reviewed; or for any failure on the part of the Festival to provide the Applicant or anyone else with information concerning TIFF’s consideration and/or review of the Film.

(3) TIFF will notify by August 11, 2014 all Applicants who have been selected to participate in the Festival. All Applicants who are not selected to participate in the Festival will be contacted by email on or around August 15, 2014. TIFF will contact Applicants using the contact information provided in the Withoutabox registration form. Applicants are responsible for providing correct and functional contact information. TIFF is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact Applicants using the contact information provided.

NOTE: To be considered Canadian, films must be a Canadian production or co-production and be directed by a Canadian citizen or Canadian resident. Only films directed by Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible for Canadian film prizes.

The scheduling of films is determined by the Festival. The International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) permits up to five screenings of invited films at the Toronto International Film Festival, including both public and press & industry screenings. The Festival assumes your consent to up to five screenings unless we receive a written petition otherwise. The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the Festival.

The Festival expects that the filmmaker and any other guests attending with the film will be present for, at minimum, the first two public screenings of the film for both the introduction and question & answer session.

NOTE: All film screenings have an introduction and question & answer session, with the exception of those at Roy Thomson Hall, which only have an introduction.

The Festival will insure the integrity of the exhibition copy from the time of delivery to the Festival to the time the exhibition copy is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss of or damage to an exhibition copy, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification of such loss or damage prior to October 19, 2012. The Festival's obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the damaged components thereof.


(1) By submitting the film to TIFF, the Applicant and Film Owners (the “Submitting Parties”) hereby warrant and represent that: (i) the Film is wholly original and is not copied from and does not include any other work that is the subject of copyright or other protection, unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting Parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses, and other authorizations or waivers of any kind necessary for the inclusion or reproduction of any person, character, location, thing, trade-mark, sound recording, musical composition or other work in the film; (ii) the Film does not defame any person or violate the common law or statutory rights, including, without limitation, the rights of privacy and publicity or any other right of any person; (iii) the Film is not the subject of litigation; (iv) there are no agreements, nor will there be any agreements made subsequent to the date of this Film submission that would or could have the effect of impairing the Submitting Parties’ ability to provide the Film as contemplated herein, or otherwise conflict with any provision of these Terms; and (v) the Submitting Parties have the full right, power and authority to submit the Film to TIFF for Festival consideration, and to grant all of the rights granted hereunder and in the Withoutabox registration form, and there is no obligation or disability which would in any way impair, restrict or impede the Submitting Parties from fully performing all obligations pursuant to the submission and these Terms.

(2) The Submitting Parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless TIFF, its licensees, successors and assigns, and its and their members, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, associates and affiliates (each, a “Releasee”), from any claim, suit, action or other proceeding brought against a Releasee and from any losses, costs, or damages, including the Releasee’s full legal fees and costs, which it may have suffered or incurred or may suffer or incur, directly or indirectly based on, in connection with, or arising from the use and exhibition of the Film submitted by the Applicant or the breach or alleged breach of any representation, warranty or other agreement made by the Applicant in these Terms, or in the Applicant’s Withoutabox registration form.

(3) TIFF takes all reasonable anti-piracy precautions. While in TIFF’s possession, all Films are securely stored and regularly inventoried. Access to Films is limited to TIFF staff who require access in order to screen and consider submissions. No duplication and loaning of Films is permitted. By submitting a Film to TIFF, the Submitting Parties hereby release the Releasees from any and all liability in the event of theft, unauthorized access or copying, or any breach of copyright of the submitted Film while it is in TIFF’s possession.

(1) TIFF reserves the right to rule, in its sole discretion, on cases and situations not foreseen by these Terms.

The person who has completed this entry form has READ and AGREES TO ABIDE BY all regulations and statements provided with this form.

For more Festival information, refer to the official website at or contact Film Submissions at:

Toronto International Film Festival
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3X5
Telephone: 416-599-8433/1-888-599-8433
Fax: 416-967-9477