Call for submissions for Toronto Urban Film Festival

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns September 7 – 17, 2012 to digital platform screens across the Toronto subway system with over 60 silent, 1-minute short films. Films screen at 10 minute intervals throughout the day and non-stop at special “Film Zones” at three key downtown subway stations. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals” (2010), TUFF takes place concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and reaches over 1 million daily commuters.

Spacing is also happy to announce that we are the sponsor of the Canadian Urbanism Award at TUFF. The winning entry includes a 1-year subscription to Spacing and a Spacing prize pack worth $150 plus promotion of the winning film through Spacing blogs and social media networks (priceless!).

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Payback, Manufactured Landscapes, Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles) will be this year’s TUFF Guest Judge. She joins a distinguished list that has included Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney and Jeremy Podeswa.

Baichwal will choose the top three films of the festival as well as the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers presented by the City of Toronto.

The 2012 “call for submissions” is currently open to Canadian and international filmmakers, video artists and animators. The festival accepts all genres of silent, 1-minute film, video and animation that are of interest to an urban audience. Early-bird deadline is May 31st. Final submission deadline is July 15, 2012. Films can be submitted online through the TUFF website for more details. You can also follow TUFF on Facebook and on Twitter.

Deadline: July 15, 2011
Paid Submission: $20 CAD. After June 1, 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

  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


TUFF is co-produced by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop.