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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 Toronto Arthouse Film 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, located in Toronto on September 13, 14 and 15, 2017. The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is powered by FilmFreeway..

FILM SUBMISSION

SUBMIT A FILM

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, ... Go to our Filmfreeway listing to enter your film.

SUBMISSIONS
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. However, TV, theatrical, online video, other festival, or other distribution outlets that run concurrently or in the same month of the festival may not be eligible for screening. 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 BluRay and DVD.

EXHIBITION & SCREENING
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 No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.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 2016 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.

LOSS OR DAMAGE
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.

ENTRY LIABILITY
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.

OFFICIAL SELECTION

2016
offical selection

All screenings will take place on September 13, 14 and 15, 2017 at the Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2, Canada.

Award Categories

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 Underground Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video

Download the full screening schedule. Read our press release.

2016 FESTIVAL TRAILER



BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM 2016 (North American premiere)

Ursa Minor (Greece) By Elissavet Chronopoulou

In a cheap by-the-hour hotel, a man is being arrested while a woman, unconscious, is being transported to the hospital. On his way to the police station, in the patrol car, the man is recalling the last few months, from the day he first met the woman until the dramatic end of their relationship, a few minutes ago. In the meantime the effort of two people to love each other.
Duration: 01:26:00 - Greek spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 13 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM 2016 (North American premiere)

Sick (Croatia) By Hrvoje Mabic

At the age of 16 Ana was locked up in a psychiatric hospital by her parents who arranged the treatment for curing her homosexuality with the hospital director. After enduring five years of heavy traumas at the hospital, Ana is now free but on the verge of suicide and with almost no trust in people around her. Everyone she ever loved have rejected and abandoned her. Still, she longs for a girl who would accept her and wouldn't think of her as insane because of her PTSD condition. She finds all that in Martina, her new love whom she plans the wedding with. However, Martina's huge patience and devotion wanes with time as she finds Ana obsessed with her past. Her only reason for living is revenge on everyone who caused her pain and suffering, and not the relationship and life they're sharing together. Will Ana manage to overcome the hell she went through and devote herself to the life with Martina? Or will she end up abandoned and alone again? 'Sick' is a film about love, betrayal, revenge and forgiveness
Duration: 01:34:24 - Croation spoken, English subtitled
Screening on September 13 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM 2016 (Toronto premiere)

Little Block Of Cement With Dishevelled Hair Containing The Sea (Spain) By Jorge Lopez Navarrete


A dog and a mare embark upon a voyage together. With every step they take, the differences between them become inevitably clearer, and yet the profound mutual knowledge they develop over time shows the potential to suddenly produce a luminous moment between the two.
Duration: 15:32 - No dialogues
Screening on September 13 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM 2016

Vacant (Australia) By Elle Marsh

car park so great it should have it's own postcode. This film explores the beauty & emptiness of Australia's largest car park. In broader terms it explores what urban sprawl & transport means for sustainable living and its implications on a city's cultural identity. Soundscape & images recorded on location at Melbourne's International Airport car park.
Duraction: 4:08
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTARY FILM 2016 (Canadian premiere)

A Noodle In The Rain (United States) By Minki Hong

In a rainy day, I just want something warm or hot. So I boil the water to eat a Korean instant ramen.
Duration: 7:09
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 2016 (Toronto premiere)

Imagining Time (Australia) By Jelena Sinik

Adapted from the poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T. S. Eliot, Imagining Time is designed in a split-screen format. The animation combines notions of the disruption of the everyday; magical realism and surrealism with the themes of isolation, introversion and passivity from the poem.
Duration: 1:56 - English spoken
Screening on September 13 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM 2016 (North American premiere)

Plethora (Germany) By Annique Delphine

PLETHORA is an experimental film exploring female sensuality, beauty, and desire versus the powerlessness women can feel when faced with societal expectations of gender roles and relationships formed by patriarchal systems.
Duration: 3:22 - no dialogues
Screening on September 15 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

TORONTO NEW VISION AWARD 2016 (Toronto premiere)

Squame (Canada) By Nicolas Brault

Squame explores the body's sensitive envelope, the skin. The ephemeral animated desquamations, created with the help of sugar casts, evoke fragile landscapes in a world at the edge of abstraction. Somewhere between archeological artifacts and macroscopic observations, the friable frontiers of these human bodies elude our gaze.
Duration: 4:06
Screening on September 15 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST ART DIRECTION AWARD 2016

Kachi Kachi (United States) By Jory Lee Cordy

After Lucy returns home from rehab, she finds Charlie doing his best to save the relationship, but she's already made plans to burn it down.
Duration: 11:11 - English spoken
Screening on September 15 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 2016 (Canadian premiere)

Uncanny Valley (Argentina) By Federico Heller

In the slums of the future, VR junkies satisfy their violent impulses in online entertainment. An expert player discovers that the line between games and reality is starting to fade away.
Duration: 8:52 - English spoken
Screening on September 13 at 2pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST CHARACTER DESIGN 2016


Husky 'I'm Not Coming Back' (United Kingdom) By Wayne Mccauslin


'I'm not coming back' is a music video which focuses primarily on two characters, a man and his dog as they escape the city and drive through surreal landscapes, bumpy terrains and mystical forests. The Film was produced over the summer of 2015 in Berlin, and was hand crafted using puppets and miniature sets then finalised with compositing the 3D characters.
Duration: 3:23
Screening on September 17 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST MUSIC VIDEO 2016 (North American premiere)

Yes Sir Noceur - Voodoo (Australia) By Tom Adam

Duration: 3:49
Screening on September 13 at 2pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST TECNHO MUSIC VIDEO 2016 (Toronto premiere)

The Boudoir (Canada) By David Latreille

Duration: 2:22
Screening on September 17 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST UNDERGROUND MUSIC VIDEO 2016 (Canadian premiere)

The House (Indonesia) By Bona Palma

Duration: 3:52
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Theatre Toronto

BEST ANIMATED MUSIC VIDEO 2016

Your Gay Thoughts - To Disappear (Japan) By Densuke28

Duration: 3:23
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST ROCK MUSIC VIDEO 2016

Wolves (United Kingdom) By Richard Davis

Duration: 3:17
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC VIDEO 2016

Soil (United States) By Abbey Sacks

Duration: 4:19
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST NO-BUDGET MUSIC VIDEO 2016 (North American premiere)

Bat Smeared Face (United States) By Carla Forte

Duration: 4:13
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

BEST CRAZY MUSIC VIDEO 2016

Icecream (Russian Federation) By Sviatoslav Kozlov, Marina Lukanina

Duration: 3:11
Screening on September 15 at 4pm at the Fox Toronto

NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS - official selection 2016

Clarisse Or Something About Us (Brazil) By Petrus Cariry
Meyouhimher (Netherlands) By Kaj Driessen
La Citta Senza Notte (United Kingdom) By Alessandra Pescetta
Demning/Dam (Norway) By Paul Tunge
Escapes (Spain) By Mercedes Gaspar
Birds Of Neptune (United States) By Steven Richter
Midori In Hawaii (United States) By John Hill
Sin & Illy Still Alive (Germany) By Maria Hengge
Journey To The Mother (Russian Federation) By Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov
World To Come (Canada) By Trevor Mowchun, Daniel Eskin
Winter (United States) By Firas Aladai
Life Of Significant Soil (United States) By Michael Irish
My Enemies (Canada) By Stephane Gehami
Sweet Girls (Switzerland) By Jean-Paul Cardinaux, Xavier Ruiz
Ursa Minor (Greece) By Elissavet Chronopoulou
Public Intimacy (Brazil) By Luciana Canton

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS - official selection 2016

All That You Need, A Story About Music (Belgium) By Kriss Munsya
April Zero One (France) By Marie Cavailles
A Road To Home (United States) By Cal Skaggs
Adina Howard 20: A Story Of Sexual Liberation (United States) By Gezus Zaire
If I Were A Filmmaker (Spain) By Mark John Ostrowski
Aurelia (France) By Katia Viscogliosi & Francis Magnenot
Sick (Croatia) By Hrvoje Mabic
I Remember When I Die (Sweden) By Maria Back

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS - official selection 2016

The Rooster (Russian Federation) By Alexey Nuzhny
Kachi Kachi (United States) By Jory Lee Cordy
Through The Eyes Of The Beetle (Brazil) By Mickael Couturier, Myrza Muniz
It's Snowing (Italy) By Lu Pulici
Dream Number 1 (Egypt) By Amr Wishahy
Hikikomori (Belgium) By Dimitri Baronheid, Olivier Lambrechts
The Cricket And The Ant (Germany) By Julia Ritschel
Grounded (United Kingdom) By Will Hooper, Jack Snelling
Reunion (France) By Kasper Checinski
Sun Valley (United States) By Sasha Gransjean
Uncanny Valley (Argentina) By Federico Heller
Little Block Of Cement With Dishevelled Hair Containing The Sea (Spain) By Jorge Lopez Navarrete
Plateau (Singapore) By Png Hui Min

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS - official selection 2016

Brothers (Poland) By Szymon Jan Sinoff
A Noodle In The Rain (United States) By Minki Hong
Wake Up (United States) By Erin Babbin, Michael Sullivan
Their Own Lives (Switzerland) By Manuel Gubeli
The Cardboard Artist (United States) By Matthew Kaundart
A Lizard Under The Skin (Belgium, Spain) By Maud Neve
Fundir (Chile, United States) By Allison Cekala
Joseph Samuel Jacques Julien (Canada) By David N. Bernatchez
The Nude (United States) By Brian Zahm
Vacant (Australia) By Elle Marsh
Love Bite: Laurie Lipton And Her Disturbing Black & White Drawings (Canada, United Kingdom, United States) By James Scott
The Precariousness Of The Vertical (Belgium) By Rebecca Fruitman

ANIMATED SHORT FILMS - official selection 2016

Plena Stellarum (United States) By Matthew Wade
It's Time (United Kingdom) By Giada Strinati, Valentina Delmiglio
Husky 'I'm Not Coming Back' (United Kingdom) By Wayne Mccauslin
Imagining Time (Australia) By Jelena Sinik
Narcissus (United States) By Santiago Echeverry
Each Day Is A Blessing (Australia) By Craig Nelson
Fantasy On Sarabanda (Iceland) By Guobjorg Hlin Guomundsdottir
Daybreak Internal: Death, Birth (Sweden) By Knut Hybinette

EXPERIMENTAL FILMS - official selection 2016

Mid The Din (Canada) By Lonnie Nadler
Imago Ep.1: Orientation (Greece) By Dani Joss
Workshop For Peace (Estonia) By Gabriel Dettre
The End Of Everything As You Knew It. A Guide. (Luxembourg) By Christian Neuman
Cloud Of Skin (Ireland) By Maximilian Le Cain
Loss (United States) By Dawn Kim
Squame (Canada) By Nicolas Brault
A Hero's Journey (Brazil) By Livia Pasqual
Self (United Kingdom) By Slawomir Milewski
Marianne And The Water Veil (United States) By Natasa Prosenc Stearns
Los Titeres De Belial (Mexico) By Monge
The River (Taiwan) By Ya-Ting Hsu, Geoffrey Hughes
Plethora (Germany) By Annique Delphine
Fear (Ethiopia) By Gebriel Balcha
One Floor Above Sing Until Someone Swims With Dolphins. (Russian Federation) By Vik Laschenov
I Remember When I Die (Sweden) By Maria Back

MUSIC VIDEOS - official selection 2016

The Boudoir (Canada) By David Latreille
Born From Pain "Dance With The Devil" (Italy) By Inti Carboni
Icecream (Russian Federation) By Sviatoslav Kozlov, Marina Lukanina
Bat Smeared Face (United States) By Carla Forte
Hell (New Zealand) By Natasha Cantwell
Apeshit Bananarang (United States) By Benjamin Allen And Ricardo Quinones
Yes Sir Noceur - Voodoo (Australia) By Tom Adam
Care (Germany) By Mickael Le Goff
Imaginary Pilot (Russian Federation) By Alexey Tomilov
Mirror (United Kingdom) By Bartosz Dzidowski
Mokoi - Eden (Russian Federation) By Anton Osipov, Olga Osipova
Spawned Seeds (United States) By Sara Zalek, Eugene Sun Park
Heat (Canada) By Neely Goniodsky
Montreal Nintendo Orkerstar - Evil (Canada) By Guillaume Vallee
Gurumelos (Spain) By Antonio Anton
Waelder - In (Germany) By Johannes Plank
Le Port Du Masque Est De Rigueur (Canada) By Larissa Corriveau
Invisible Things - Home.Is.The.Sun (United States) By John Marc Bimonte
Soil (United States) By Abbey Sacks
Smashing Pumpkins - Drum & Fife (United States) By Jimmy Ahlander
The Fib (Poland) By Filip Zaluska
Galactica (Mexico) By Camilla Uboldi
Wolves (United Kingdom) By Richard Davis
Rush (France) By Aurelia Mengin
Johannes Moser Plays Dvorak (Netherlands) By Zoe D'amaro, Marco Della Coletta
Wild Rumpus (United States) By Lauren Santorio
27 (United States) By Leila Jarman, Mike Leisz
River Of Blood (United States) By Leila Jarman, Mike Leisz
The Night Blues Footsteps Into The Dark (Mexico) By Daniel Cabrera
Who Killed Bruce Lee - Born Addicted (Lebanon) By Chadi Younes
Can You Decide (Italy) By Lu Pulici
The Ballad Of Ninfa (United States) By Martin Del Carpio, Bill Stratford
Your Gay Thoughts - To Disappear (Japan) By Densuke28
Please Tell Rosie - Alle Farben Feat. Younotus (Germany) By Marc Rissmann
Staring At The Lines (France) By Felicien Colmet-Daage, Ludovic Versace
The House (Indonesia) By Bona Palma
Moving Southwark (United Kingdom) By Jevan Chowdhury
Sykoya - "Closer" (United Kingdom) By Katarzyna Sawicka

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