We like our films short, sweet and silent!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) screens silent short films, across the Toronto subway system, to over one million daily commuters from September 7 - 17, 2012, concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Canadian and international filmmakers, video artists and animators are invited to submit 1-minute silent films that are of interest to an urban audience at www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com/submit.

Submit for free until May 31st. As of June 1st a $20 fee will apply. Final submission deadline: July 15, 2012.

TUFF awards thousand of dollars in cash and prizes annually.

This year is no exception with over $10,000 in cash and prizes already committed to the festival. You could win one of these great prizes. Submit your film today!


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Local Partners

*ANNOUNCING the Canadian Urbanism Award, sponsored by Spacing Magazine. Includes a 1-year subscription to Spacing Magazine and a Spacing prize pack worth $150 plus promotion of the winning film through Spacing blogs and social media networks (priceless!). -- http://spacing.ca/

*Witz Education returns for a second year with two $2,000 credits that can be applied to Witz technology courses. Witz Education remains the unchallenged leader in state-of-the-art training and education as the first Apple Authorized Training Centre in Canada to be awarded Apple's prestigious Gold Level designation. -- http://www.witzeducation.com/

*Women in Film and Television Toronto is another returning partner. WIFT-T will award a one-year membership and a $1200 programming pass to a female director. WIFT-T supports women in screen-based media by providing high quality programming, mentoring, networking and industry events that recognize the talents and potential of women. -- http://wift.com/

* A longtime TUFF supporter, The DRAKE Hotel sponsors a private launch reception and screening at The Underground and provides two night's accommodation for a lucky filmmaker. (Total value: $4000). The DRAKE Hotel is located in the heart of the Queen West arts scene and is a winner of Fodor's 100 Hotel Award 2011. -- http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/

* For the fourth year in a row, the City of Toronto sponsors the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Toronto Filmmakers, a $2,500 cash prize that goes to a Toronto-themed film.

Guest judge for the 6th annual Toronto Urban Film Festival is acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal ("Payback", "Manufactured Landscapes" "Let It Come Down: The Live of Paul Bowles"). Ms Baichwal will be awarding the top three films of the festival as well as the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Toronto Filmmakers.

Deadline: July 15, 2011
Free Submission: Before May 31, 2012
Paid Submission: $20 CAD. After June 1, 2012


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