40th Annual

Toronto International Film Festival

September 10, 2015 to September 20, 2015


International Shorts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in Canadian Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Regular Deadline
May 1, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00
Late Deadline
May 29, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 85.00 80.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately August 15, 2015

Shorts: maximum 49 minutes

Projects completed after September 1, 2013

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

Projects must be a premiere in North America

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
REGION 0    
REGION 1    

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Photo of the Director - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> One-Sheet Art - Posters

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

1st Place

Category Rules


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 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will be held from September 10 to 20, 2015.

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS (49 minutes and under):
Submissions due (must be uploaded by): May 1, 2015
Late Submissions: The Festival will accept late submissions of Canadian Feature Films between May 1 and May 29, 2015. An increased entry fee will apply. If your film is not ready for screening by May 29th, you must contact the Film Selection Committee immediately.

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

International Shorts:
Submitted before May 1, 2015: $55.00 CAD
Submitted after May 1, 2015, before May 29, 2015: $85.00 CAD


(1) Films that do not meet the eligibility requirements for any of the below categories should not be submitted and will not be considered by TIFF.
(2) For the purpose of the below categories, “Canadian” films are Films that were directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and list Canada as one of the countries of production. All other Films are considered “International” films.
(3) Submission categories:

Category Eligibility requirements
International Documentary Features International documentary feature films with runtimes of 50 minutes or longer.
International Shorts International films with runtimes of 49 minutes or less.

(4) The Festival is organized into a series of programmes, which are subject to change from year to year but might include, for example: Midnight Madness, City to City, Gala Presentations, etc. TIFF may slot selected films into programmes at its sole and absolute discretion. If the Applicant wishes the Film to be considered for inclusion in the Midnight Madness or the City to City programmes (more information about these programs is available at http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmprogramming/programmes), the Applicant should indicate this in the available spot on the Withoutabox registration form.
(5) TIFF prefers that all short and feature films presented are, at minimum, North American premieres. We will accept submissions that have already premiered in North America, but the film’s premiere status will be taken into consideration when final programming decisions are made.
(6) A Film will not be eligible for consideration and should not be submitted if:
a. the Film was completed prior to September 1, 2014; or
b. the Film was previously submitted to TIFF for Festival consideration.
(7) All Feature Films must be submitted as DVD screeners (as described below). All Short Films must be submitted online via Withoutabox as described below. All selected Films must be available to screen in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) format by August 21, 2015. TIFF may, but is not required to, permit films within the Wavelengths and Cinematheque programmes to be screened in the following alternative formats: (i) 35 mm or (ii) HDCAM. No format exceptions will be made for the Short Cuts programme.

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 format); screen watermarks 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.
(7) TIFF is under no obligation to contact the submitting party and/or refund the submission fee should the applicant not have adhered to rules, set out in Terms and Conditions I and IV.
Shipping Instructions for DVD Screeners
(8) All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. TIFF will not accept collect/cash-on- delivery shipments.
(9) 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.
(10) 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.
(11) 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.

(12) 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.

The person who has completed this entry form has READ and AGREES TO ABIDE BY all regulations and statements provided with this form and in our Terms and Conditions which can be found at

For more Festival information, refer to the official website at this link: http://tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/festival-submissions

If you have any questions, please 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
Email: submissions@tiff.net