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  • Brutally honest feedback on your film (its strengths and weaknesses whenever you request it)
  • Free video on the secrets of Crowdfunding Your Film in just 90 days.
  • Learn To Network With Distributors, producers, and exec producers
  • Bonus material for submitters on Effortlessly Navigating Any Film Festival

indiefilmTO FEST

FEB // 2018

Get 50% Off Any Submission

"Top tier festivals receive so many submissions today that the odds have become lottery-like."

Yes, festivals are a good money maker for some but is it worth it for most filmmakers?

I’m about to say something controversial as a festival programmer / founder. Your intuition is right. It’s not worth it... For the most part. I’ll explain.

The people who get accepted into the big festivals are so rarely the little guy/girl, and it's basically a circle jerk of only those who have a big name or star attached getting in.

You hate that, and I hate that.

Your recognition should be SOLELY based on how good your work is, but to be honest, generally it's not. Politics, hidden agendas, and nepotism is rampant in this industry.

You hate that, and I hate that.

PLUS, when you get accepted and even when you win an award you're thinking "is all there is!?" You’re in the same place you were last year and, asides from some moments of recognition, it’s nowhere near the level of success (especially not monetarily!) that you thought it would be.

Again, I hate that too.

That’s why I started thinking “What would the ideal film festival for indie filmmakers look like?” And I’m not talking about “indie” as in a $10 million Woody Allen film.

I’m talking about “indie” as in “I've exhausted my personal network and everyone I know’s already donated all they can to my next passion project, and now I’m homeless and alone and the Sun is a black hole of false hopes and misery.”

So together with just a couple other indie filmmakers, we decided to solve all the problems we humanly could that plague “traditional festivals” (ie. pretty much every film festival that exists just to squeeze more money from you and dangle that carrot of fame in front of your starving artist’s face).

indiefilmTO was built for filmmakers, by filmmakers, with an entrepreneurial twist from the startup world, and indiefilmTO Festival is no exception.

We don't discriminate in genre, in length, in budget, or in anything asides from "How good is your god damn film!?"

Wouldn't it be great to see your name in the paper along with the words "two thumbs up"? We're inviting local film reviewers to watch and review your film.

And even if they don't choose your film, I'll personally tell you the strategies I used to get my film reviewed locally and talked about internationally. Just come up and ask me.

Get your film reviewed.

Direct and BRUTAL feedback.

The lack of communication is one of my hugest gripes about festivals i.e. the generic rejection letter and the lack of personal relationship between the programmer and filmmaker. Not with us.

If you get rejected, you can email us and we'll tell you exactly why so that you can at least improve on your next film. I'm not promising a detailed essay, but you'll get a general gist straight from a festival programmer of why it's not being accepted here or elsewhere too.

Toronto will soon be the Silicon Valley of film. It's already one of the indie film capitals just because of TIFF, but once you're here you'll see why.

PS: If you follow our emails then you'll know how we infuse the startup culture with filmmaking.


February 2018

The film screenings themselves are just 30% of what we want to accomplish for you. We have a saying at indiefilmTO that we care more about the filmmaker than the films. But here's a look any how!

Previous years.

This year it's you.



Day 2 - Just learn

Day 1 - Have fun, learn, and watch

Agenda for the Festival

12:00 PM Get to know the place with ice breakers and VR films

13:30 PM Opening Keynote: Speaker TBA

15:30 PM Lunch break

16:00 PM Keynote on "Earning A Living As An Indie Filmmaker": Curt Jaimungal

18:00 PM Break

19:00 PM Networking with distributors, producers, and exec producers

20:00 PM Short film screening

13:30 PM Keynote on "What Do I Do With My Film After A Festival?": Speaker TBA

15:30 PM Experimental and VR film showcase

16:00 PM Panel on "Web Series, Television, and The Future Of Film": Panelists TBA

18:00 PM Break

19:00 PM Speed dating for filmmakers (match you with who you need to complete your next project)

20:00 PM Feature Film Screening

10:00 PM Secret surprise



Entry to all keynotes if accepted, plus

everything below

shorts, features, VR,  experimental

Submit to indiefilmTO Festival early to increase your chances of getting in.

shorts, features, VR, experimental

Entry to all keynotes if accepted, plus

everything below

You can buy Early Bird tickets here, exclusively from FilmFreeway

And now, the extra goodies you get

"We recently completed a short film “La Maisonette”, which we submitted to the indiefilmTO film fest. To be honest, the whole process was fantastic. From the application to the ongoing communication touch points along the way. We enjoyed the process so much (yes, actually enjoyed it – who knew?!) that we wanted to get to know the team and work with them."

Sorren Isler, La Maisonette

Most film festivals just give Laurels, and even we're guilty of that in years past. No more! If your film is good, you deserve to be rewarded. That's my philosophy.

This is something that we only give out as a bonus to our Pitch Your Film course, but it's yours free when you submit as a congratulations and a thank you, for taking a risk creating great films for the world.

(covers US, UK, and Canada)

You'll get a never before seen bonus video from me personally on How To Effortlessly Navigate A Film Festival, including avoiding common mistakes.

(you'll get this regardless of if you're selected or not)


a film festival*


bonus eBook*


*to be delivered in April 2018 directly to your email.

"I really appreciated the direct emails from indiefilmTO when judging status information was running late and then having the option to receive the feedback on our projects regardless if we were accepted or not. That information is very valuable, especially for someone who is a first time filmmaker submitting to festivals and not being 100% familiar with how everything works or what others are looking for.

I've read articles and done some research of course, but hearing from people directly involved with judging and programming is extremely beneficial."

Brittany Angley, "The Leftovers"

What types of films do you select?

What should I do with my film after the festival?

Questions You Ask A Lot

We used to give out waivers but now we ban filmmakers from our festival if they ask for a waiver.

Why so harsh? Because simply asking for a waiver is taking value. We want to see that you have added value.

That's why we only un-ban someone after they've demonstrated that they've added value to the indie filmmaking community in some way.

Our programmers look to check off these three criteria: 

  1. Innovative (is it different?)
  2. Engaging (is it captivating?)
  3. Insightful (is it thought provoking?)

Actually, you can look below. Keep in mind that is an old Festival reel, and it wasn't meant for anyone other than the TAC to see.

I know you're a non-profit, but can I get a waiver?

Who are you Curt?

Good question! Any question about me is a good question.

I could give you a long description here but I'd rather you read about me and indiefilmTO here.

While I'm the face of the company, it's actually a team effort. And more recently, a community effort.

All of our selected filmmakers will get access to industry panels / workshops on this very topic.

It won't just apply to our festival, it will apply to any.

The worst thing you could do is lose the momentum that your film generated. You want to ride that buzz train and we'll show you how.

Plus, you'll get a bonus eBook of all distributors in US, UK, and Canada. (see below for more details)

Perfect. We're all about great indie films.

Regardless of genre. Regardless of budget.

Got a film you're proud of?

Besides, statistically speaking, your chances are better the earlier you submit.