Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival

TINFF // Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival

5th edition

Sep 18 - Sep 19, 2021
Toronto, Canada

Open Call Jun 21, 2020 - May 24, 2021  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Foreign, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, , Realism, Reality, Religious, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) Is Now An

Festival website http://www.tinff.net

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Best Actor Best Actress Best Animated film Best Art Director Best Cinematography Best Comedy Best Costume Best Director Best Documentary Best Editing Best Feature Film (African + Gallywood) Best Feature Film (Bollywood) Best Feature Film (Canada) Best Feature Film (Hollywood-USA / Canada/ International ) Best Feature Film (International) Best Feature Film (Nollywood) Best Feature Film Caribbean Best Female Filmmaker (Producer / Director) Best Gospel Video Best Horror Best Movie Poster Best Music - Non Visual (Audio Only Category) Best Music Video Best Original Music Score Best Photography Best Producer Best Reality Shows Best Sci-Fi Best Short Film (Any category) Best Student film Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Trailer Best vBlog Best Visual Effects Best Web Series First Feature Screenplay under 120 pages Screenplay under 30 pages Screenplay under 60 pages
Class Founded: 2016
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Jun 21, 2020

Early bird deadline: Nov 30, 2020
Regular deadline: Jan 31, 2021
Late deadline: May 24, 2021

Notification date: May 31, 2021

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Fees Fees range from 10.00 to 35.00 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: TROPHY at various categories and a DISTRIBUTION OFFER which is optional to you
Festival sections
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Animated film
Best Art Director
Best Cinematography
Best Comedy
Best Costume
Best Director
Best Documentary
Best Editing
Best Feature Film (African Gallywood)
All movie from Africa or made by an African outside Africa.
Best Feature Film (Bollywood)
Best Feature Film (Canada)
Best Feature Film (Hollywood-USA / Canada/ International )
Best Feature Film (International)
Best Feature Film (Nollywood)
Nollywood Films And All movies from Africa or made by Africans regardless of geographical region qualifies for this category.
Best Feature Film Caribbean
Best Female Filmmaker (Producer / Director)
Best Gospel Video
Best Horror
Best LGBT Feature Film
Celebrating Diversity Through Film is our festival theme. Diversity will not be complete without our LGBT friends. Indeed, the LGBT culture plays an important role in our community and this is why we welcome all films from LGBT filmmaking community that tells a unique story to submit their films and join the TINFF's family. While this category is made specifically for LGBT filmmakers, you are highly welcome to submit your projects to other categories to help increase your chances of winning an award.
Best LGBT Short Film
Celebrating Diversity Through Film is our festival theme. Diversity will not be complete without our LGBT friends. Indeed, the LGBT culture plays an important role in our community and this is why we welcome all films from LGBT filmmaking community that tells a unique story to submit their films and join the TINFF's family. While this category is made specifically for LGBT filmmakers, you are highly welcome to submit your projects to other categories to help increase your chances of winning an award.
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Movie Poster
Best Music - Non Visual (Audio Only Category)
Best Music - Non Visual (Audio Only Category). THis category is for music artist who do not have a music video for their song but would like to compete with the possibility of winning an award. This category is different and separated from the Best Music Video Category and is judged separately.
Best Music Video
Best Original Music Score
Best Photography
Best Producer
Best Reality Shows
Best Sci-Fi
Best Short Film (Any category)
Best Student film
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Television Series
Best Trailer
Best vBlog
Best Visual Effects
Best Web Series
First Feature
Screenplay under 120 pages
Screenplay under 30 pages
Screenplay under 60 pages
Specials Talent Campus, Workshops, Panels
General rules Rules & Regulations:


• The competition is open to films from Canada, Nollywood, Bollywood, USA-Hollywood, and International entries. Please check individual categories and submit suitable categories to your project.

• Feature films are 30 minutes in length or longer. Short films are under 30 minutes in length. All non-English speaking films must be presented in their original version with English subtitles.

• All Entries with or without distribution deal are welcome.

• Films previously entered into and screened at our festival are eligible for one additional re-entry in subsequent years.

• Entries must be submitted for pre-screening through our online submission platform. If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords.

• Works in progress are accepted. We cannot promise that we will be able to watch re-edited submissions. Please only submit works in progress if submitting close to the final deadline.

• TINFF confirms that the festival has the permission to exhibit your film(s) during the festival and /or at any other Festival event. Submission of a work implies that the Festival can employ moving image excerpts and reproduce stills of exhibition promotion. Credit will be given to any filmmaker or screenwriter of such material is used in Festival promotion. The Original copyright holder retains all rights to their work.

• You may submit multiple entries but must pay an entry fee for each.

• If the movie has nudity or sex. The movie should have a strong story line; however, we are strictly not accepting any movies about porn, animal cruelty.

• To submit a Film for Festival consideration, Applicants must complete the registration process at the online submission platform and pay the required fee by the deadlines. Submissions must be postmarked or an online submitted via submission platform. Submitted DVDs must contain one version only of the Film, in the original language of production, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.
• DVDs must be labeled in the following manner: Title. Production company name, phone number, and address. Director’s name. Length in minutes and submission platform tracking number.
• Where the applicant chooses to forward a DVD instead of an online screener, the Applicant is responsible for ensuring that the submitted DVD screener plays in its entirety on an industry-standard DVD player. If TINFF is unable to view the DVD, TINFF is under no obligation, to contact the Applicant in order to obtain a replacement DVD.
• TINFF will not review multiple versions of a submitted Film. Only one version of the Film may be submitted. If multiple versions are submitted, TINFF will view only the version that was received first.
• Note! DVD screeners will not be returned.
• All Films must be sent by way of prepaid shipping. TINFF will not accept cash-on- delivery shipments or be responsible for duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Charges are to be billed to the sender. TINFF is not responsible for and will not accept shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Shipping and customs charges are to be billed to the sender. Any shipping charges incurred by TINFF will be billed back to the Applicant.