Do you have a personal vision? Are you a true independent filmmaker? Do you hate making compromises? 

The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival welcomes filmmakers who explore and develop new filmmaking conventions in their quest to realise their visions effectively on a limited budget. 


The festival is dedicated to showcasing innovative and exciting work by risk-taking filmmakers from around the world. Aesthetically and thematically varied, these films mark the arrival of exciting new directing talents. All screenings will take place at the Fox Theatre, located in Toronto on October 19-22, 2021.

The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is an IMDB eligible film festival. This means that all selections and awards can be added to your IMDB film listing. 

The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival was featured in Hollywood North Magazine, Now Toronto, Daily Hive, Oye!, La Provincia, Civilnodrustvo, Cinema Italiano, IndiefilmTO, ToDoCanada, Cinema Clock, Curve Magazine, Screen Slate, ScreenWorks, Tribuna do Ceara, New Cinema School, and was named as one of Top 10 events (next to the Toronto International Film Festival, which was simultaneous) by BlogTO.


The selected films will compete for the following awards:

Best Narrative Feature Film 

Best Narrative Short Film 
Best Documentary Feature Film 
Best Documentary Short Film 

Best Animated Feature Film 
Best Animated Short Film 
Best Experimental Film

Best Music Video

Best Canada Based Filmmaker

Best Toronto Based Filmmaker

Previous editions

Find out more about the previous editions of the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival: