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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 26, 27 and 28, 2018. The Toronto Arthouse Film Festival is powered by FilmFreeway..



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.

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.

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 No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.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.

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.


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

September 13, 2017 (7-9PM)

Batfish Soup (United States) by Amanda Bonaiuto

Wacky relatives give way to mounting tensions with broken dolls, boiling stew and a bang.
Animated Short Film
Duration: 00:04:30

Tethered (Canada) by Nicholas Staples

Gavin and Kelly work from home. A look into frustration, emotional abuse, and the dynamics of a common-law relationship in a province notable for it's industry of artificial connections.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:07:32

Trio (Canada) by John Graham

Trio is a compilation of 3 otherworldly visions performed by 3 dancers entitled Sense, Attention and Inflection. Trio explores 3 metaphorical characters who intersect in stories told through gestures, body and sound.
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:03:20

BoooM (Peru)

Using a combination of High Frame Rate (HFR) Stereo 3D with 2D animation compositing, BoooM represents the internal psychological struggle of a South American male mestizo as he seeks to make sense out of the conflictive cultural mix from which he and many more, come from.
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:02:50

Requires Review (Sweden) by Joshua Belinfante

Björn Lindqvist is the world’s best town planner. He isn’t changing the world, he's trying to improve it.
Narrative Short Film, Documentary Short Film
Duration: 00:06:20

Sideways (Canada) by Aniruddha Pande

A modern classical narrative music video following the events of an office employee on a holiday, hoping to fabricate his own love life.
Music Video
Duration: 00:04:18

Gorilla (France) by Tibo Pinsard

Hollywood, 1952. Henry Corso performs a costumed gorilla on horror movies and adventure movies. For Jungle Jenna, he must terrorize the leading actress lost in a fake jungle. But scaring the woman he desires is going to be particularly tricky for the gorilla man.
Best Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:14:05

Hootchu (Korea, Republic of) by Jung Hyun Kim

Allergies are irritating. It keeps everything from being done. There are many ways to solve it but none of them is ‘the’ solution. The stress builds up, and the tension grows. Eyes watery, head spinning, but then there is "the perfect solution."
Best Animated Short Film

You are not the strongest (Spain) by Emilio Yebra

A hunter is searching for a new trophy for his collection
Animated Short Film
Duration: 00:01:00

ID (Poland) by Filip Zaluska

V / O is a solo project of Wojtek Urbanski, a music producer and co-founder of project "Rysy" . The distinctive style define the rough and strong rhythm combined with strong emotions in a layer of melody.
Music Video
Duration: 00:02:09

Tangled Bodies (Brazil) by Frederico Evaristo

It is a performance that talks about people connections.
Music Video
Duration: 00:06:34

The Stranger (Spain) by Enrique Medrano

Pedro is an Puerto rican Immigrant that lives in Madrid. Apparently, his live is quiet normal. He spends his days between staying at home and working; between talking walks with Ana, his wife, and having dinners with friends. Nobody suspects that behind the image of a loving husband and a devoted librarian, he walks the streets of Madrid at night, looking for some helpless victim -specially lonely women- to stab them to death. This is his real life, and all of this continue its course normally until one day, he and Ana decide to have a child. This decision affects his double life deeply. In his night walks, his potential victims no longer appear on the streets, and when there is one he acts awkwardly, letting her to escape. In this situation, it is inevitable that his thirst for blood grow further, immersing Pedro in an agony and despair too unbearable for him.
Best Narrative Feature Film
Duration: 01:06:00

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 (4-6PM)

Pizza Face (United States) by Justin Ulloa, Jamie Dwyer

A self-absorbed pizza waitress unleashes devastating horror after downloading a sinister mobile app.
Animated Short Film
Duration: 00:10:00

Migraot (Israel) by Tal Kantor, Yali Herbet

The film presents a painful moment of encounter between two beings who come from two different worlds. they are both affected by each other's doing and therefore they realize that they both dependent on each other.
Animated Short Film
Duration: 00:01:00

Smashing Dandelions (United States) by Marta Finkelstein

'Smashing Dandelions' is an experimental animation created with sand on glass, paint on glass, plasticine, Jack Kerouac & Jazz.
Animated Short Film, Experimental Film
Duration: 00:00:53

Instrument (Italy) by Pamela Maddaleno

Under the gaze of a curious man, two hands move towards one another relentlessly. Mysterious dance or obsessive search? The sky knows the answer.
Music Video
Duration: 00:03:21

Ships in Distress in a Datastorm (Belgium) by Jeroen Cluckers

A datamoshed remix of Peter Monamy's painting 'Ships in Distress in a Storm', turning the original work into a new abstract compressionist video painting.
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:01:00

Closet Witch - Funeral Regrets (United Kingdom)

Music Video
Duration: 00:02:55

The Kübler-Ross Model (Philippines) by Aya Ng

This experimental music video illustrates of the concept of the perfect number nine. Artist Aya Ng creates self-portraits drawn frame by frame using a continuous line drawing technique, each one symbolizing a number that forms a nine code.
Animated Short Film, Experimental Film, Music Video
Duration: 00:03:33

Paper Chase (United States) by Ryan Betschart

A music video for the glitch-hop horrorcore group blackhandpatv. A digital collision; a burst of data aggression. Scan lines for the future.
Music Video
Duration: 00:01:48

Perception (Canada) by Bryce Mercier

Brian Wice, an outgoing senior Hamiltonian, is a master handyman and musical genius, and a great inspiration. After contracting an eye disease leaving him with 10% of his vision. He doesn’t let his disability affect his day to day left, it just changes his perception.
Best Documentary Short Film
Duration: 00:05:37

The First Yugoslavian Cosmonaut (Netherlands) by Rene Nuijens

The short film ‘The First Yugoslavian Cosmonaut’ was made for the 51st anniversary of human space flight. On 12 April 1961, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-­68) yelled ‘Off we go!’ as he was blasted off from a dusty steppe in Kazakhstan to become the first human in space. This historical event made a Belgrade boy start dreaming of becoming Yugoslavian Cosmonaut #1... And now it’s time to visit Yuri Gagarin Boulevard in Novi Belgrade, Serbia to pay tribute. Let’s all lay flowers.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:03:29

[molk] (Canada) by Terence Chotard, Raphaël J. Dostie

Alone in the depths of a concrete labyrinth, a man patrols the empty alleys of an abandoned underground parking.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:12:15

Snapped (Ireland) by Phillip Connolly

A photograph tells the story of many emotions. Through the eyes of darkness lays a lens full of evil desires, twists and turns laying Jordan's heart murmur on the line. Through the snapping of photographs we come to understand Jordan's emotional drained soul. Her sanity is tested as Seth's presence dooms her to hell. The world of sound to the ear drums, the swiping of red across the mind. Two becomes one, death becomes fear, tension driven and ruled with emotion Jordan'c eventually comes face to face worth her biggest challenge, herself. Intertwined with audio, Snapped lives on the brain, creating a world of unique choices.
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:04:30

Fix His Wagon (Canada) by Jake Burgess

The story of a couple's relationship and how the inclusion of a best friend destroys it.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:08:15

The Roof Over Their Heads (United Kingdom) by Will Hooper

A surreal short, regarding the inner workings and relationships of a family and the space of the home.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:03:00

In Through the Night (United States) by Josiah Cuneo

By recalling a childhood story, a world of daydreams and longing unfold against a quiet backdrop of the quotidian.
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:04:21

This Is Home (Canada) by Var Bhalla

This is not just a story about devastation. It’s not a story about tragedy, oil, or the environment. This is a story about how a husband and wife immigrated from India to Northern Alberta to start a new life. It’s a story about the different people that came to call Fort McMurray home and how 30 years after the filmmaker was born there, his home-town almost burned to the ground. From the ashes of one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, this documentary explores the restoration of hope in a community that faced tragedy and devastation. Var Bhalla (narrator and guiding character) returns to his hometown after ‘the Beast’ ravaged the city. The repercussions of the fire introduces viewers to the characters in the story and the life-changing effects it had on them. The story focuses on the immigration of the Bhalla family before shifting to the relationship between the filmmaker and his brother as they reflect on life growing up in the isolated north and connect with members in the community. This documentary aims to strip away the dramatization of the mainstream media and connect viewers to the raw human experience of finding the strength to rebuild after chaos.
Best Documentary Feature Film
Duration: 00:51:32

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 (4-6 PM)

CopyCat Club - Ganz Berlin (Italy) by Riccardo Torresi

A two minute journey in a distopic reality where Berlin is seen in the light of its constant changing. Oniric beasts and tentacles run through the city leaving no trace of what's left behind, melting things in an undistinguished pink blob. Conceived as a music video for Copycat Club's "Ganz Berlin", this animation pushed the lyrics to the limit, giving shape to a disturbing and gloomy scenario.
Music Video
Duration: 00:02:35

Handmade Film (Canada) by Christina Ienna

Handmade film is a rarely practiced craft in today's film industry. Lindsay McIntyre spends three days making the film emulsion she shoots on than develops herself.
Documentary Short Film
Duration: 00:04:51

Skinny Days - Alright Right Now (Poland) by Mats Udd

The story of five people in an abandoned factory in Poland. When an old man suddenly enters nothing will ever be the same. This psychotic and gross video is the collaboration between a Swedish director, the Norwegian band Skinny Days and a Polish film crew. This is the band Skinny Days first single but even though their music is far away from horror, not even the bands from the Norwegian black metal scene made ​​videos like this.
Best Music Video
Duration: 00:03:01

Tian and Mimi's Summer (Taiwan) by Eva Chen

In a summer of marble sodas, Tian meets Mimi. One day, Mimi disappears. Can Tian find her?
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:04:26

The Grace Chapters (Germany) by Lene Vollhardt

Grace Kelly lingers in the stairway of the cinema. Men appear, lining up in a row in front of her, like a tribunal at a trial on an unknown indictment. Confronting her equally with offers and allegations, her state is increasingly marked by a state of cryptic waiting. Riddled by the hints she is given, her perception starts to undergo transformation, resonating with the space she is in, rather than with the men that keep appearing in front of her. Does the hallway of the cinema speak to her, or are those the theatre ghosts? Expelled from the screen, will she find her way to empowerment, or will she be forever locked in the transition space between projection and being real?
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:18:50

Fuck Steve (United Kingdom) by Charlie Goodall

A film that explores insecurity through the character Steve.
Experimental Film 00:05:30

Andy Wooff's Birthday (United Kingdom) by William Bentley

Andy Wooff wakes up everyday stuck in a cycle. Rest, get money, shoot up heroin and repeat. Today is his Birthday. As Andy goes throughout his Birthday his history is leering over his shoulder, constantly reminding him of his family and what could have been.
Documentary Short Film
Duration: 00:07:14

The 3rd Woman (France) by Benjamin Nicolas

If you look at yourself too much, you loose yourself.
Best Experimental Film
Duration: 00:01:53

Old Sault - Sail Home (Canada) by Richard Clifford

Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of a harsh Canadian winter, we share the internalised struggles of the creative self. Showcasing the constant battle between putting your creative self "out there" and shutting down your creative ideas before they get to see the light of day. This is represented by the twin characters in our latest video for Old Sault's "Sail Home"
Music Video
Duration: 00:05:45

The Smell of Oak (Canada) by Mark Datuin

A woman in denial has difficulty recalling the events of a violent assault.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:02:55

Tears in Rain (Belgium) by Jeroen Cluckers

A visual poem, trying to capture the poetics of a cinematic rain shower into the structure of its images. 'Tears in Rain' combines the techniques of datamoshing and slitscanning, injecting noise into the images of the 1982 science fiction classic ‘Blade Runner’, so that they mutate into a new visual poem.
Experimental Film
Duration: 00:02:17

Rat (United Kingdom) by Eray Ismailov

The everyday routine of a man shifts by a quiet interaction with an unexpected house guest - a rat, which existence, he realises, mirrors his own.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:13:16

(Blue Heart Emoji) (Canada) by Stu Marks

A young woman seeks out a final physical connection with her deceased brother.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:09:46

Antica (Canada) by Vasili Manikas

An aging labourer loses control of his warehouse.
Narrative Short Film
Duration: 00:11:15

Sherry (United States) by Eliane Lima

Sherry is an experimental documentary film which witnesses the private life of Robert, a 75 years old gentleman from Orange County. Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry.
Documentary Short Film
Duration: 00:23:38


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