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Submit your film to the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival
The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival accepts all forms and genres: short films, medium length films, feature films, drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, ...


All selected filmmakers will receive The Tarkovski Grant, a film festival submission fee waiver package with an average value of about $250. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed. The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers, by promoting existing films, no matter the genre, style or length. The Tarkovski Grant is supported by film festivals from all over the world. Find out more here:


All selected films are also automatically in the running for Producer's Night. Producer's Night is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened to a private group of elite Hollywood producers. For many directors, it could mean their ticket to the mainstream. The exclusive screening presented by Cinematory, Tarkovski, and Hollywood producer Bhavani Rao, member of the PGA, will show the best of independent cinema from the past year's film festivals at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood. The only way to be considered for this by being selected at one of the partner film festivals. Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is a proud partner film festival of Producer's Night. More information:

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In an added effort to support new and emerging filmmakers, the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival will offer a free year of access to Videomaker's digital magazine to all filmmakers submitting their work to the 2021 edition. Videomaker Magazine is dedicated to video production, features tips and tricks for shooting and editing, buyer's guides for equipment, and editorial content on the industry of film. More information:


On you can buy original art, paintings, work on paper, sculptures, limited edition prints and photography. Work by established and emerging artists from around the world. All hand picked by our curator. One of the most quirky art collections available online with worldwide shipping. Showcasing contemporary artworks by artists like Nobuyoshi Araki, Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey Obey, David Hockney, Alex Claude, Kaws, Arne Quinze, Jan De Cock, Jone Hopper, Judyta Krawczyk, Bengt Lindström, Conor Masterson, Per Kirkeby, Emma Wildfang, Francis Bacon, Hans Hartung, Frederic Belaubre, Herman Brood, Kris Dewitte, Kun Fang, Luc Tuymans, Ravi Zupa, Shila Oringer, Shinkichi Tajiri, Thomas Pramhas and Wivina Ockier, to name a few. Officially selected filmmakers will be entitled to a 500€ discount on their next buy (with a minimum value of 1000€) or a 30% discount on any buy. Check out the collection:



Each edition, the festival will give out awards in the following categories: 

Best Narrative Feature Film Best Narrative Feature Film 
Best Documentary Feature Film 
Best Animated Feature Film 
Best Narrative Short Film 
Best Documentary Short Film 
Best Animated Short Film 
Best Experimental Film 
Best Music Video


The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival accept all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry, accept the 'guaranteed selection submissions', does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen MP4 files.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Toronto Arthouse Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

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