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Join us on Thursday, October 6 to experience award winning independent films in a new way! Drinks, food, networking, prizes and more.

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2016 TIFA “Unlocking Independent Film” Event Program

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Dryad, Directed by Thomas Vernay, France
Girl + Ghost, Directed by Nik Wansbrough, Australia
Messiah, Directed by Mark Grabianowski, USA
Contingent, Directed by Phil Moniz, Canada

Irregulars, Directed by Fabio Palmieri, Italy
Taxidermy Is Goodbye, Directed by Vuk Dragojevic, Canada
Alex, Directed by Brian Inocencio & Nottapon Boonprakob Kai, USA

Voyeur, Directed by Matthew Read, Canada
The Silence, Directed by Cleo Tellier, Canada

Robot Koch & Delhia de France – Dark Waves, Directed by Sven D, USA
Itchy Thumbs, Directed by Aurelien Offner, Canada
Rashid Ajami – Night PrayerDirected by Adam Lyons, UK 
Brighter Every Day, Directed by Drew Gottlieb, USA
Reuben And The Dark – Bow And Arrow, Directed by Brock Mitchell, Canada
“Biters” 1975, Directed by Video Rahim, USA

Bear Me, Directed by Anna Matacz, Poland
Tiny Town, Directed by Howard Cook, USA
Confessions of a Breastimator, Directed by Jisu Kim, USA

Some Dark Place, Directed by Cecelia Condit, USA
The Art Of Losing, Directed by Michael A. Marino, Canada
Mannequin, Directed by Mehdi Nowroozi, Canada

Saudade, Directed by Howard el Gato Negro Mitchell, USA
North, Directed by Natasha Soto, USA

A Shared House, Directed by Joshua Lundberg, Australia
Made in Mosjoen, Directed by Aleksander L. Nordaas, Norway
Kowalski, Directed by Jason O’Mara, USA
Zero, Directed by David Victori, USA
Arthur, Directed by Alberto Meroni, Switzerland

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2016 Toronto Independent Film Awards (TIFA)

TIFA, the Toronto Independent Film Awards Inc. (formerly known as Toronto International Film and Video Awards Inc. TIFVA) is dedicated to awarding and showcasing the best independent films from around the world.

TIFA was started by independent filmmakers who understand the process of submitting to festivals and the challenges met when trying to get recognition for their work by professionals in the industry. That’s why TIFA offers so much – we want to support filmmakers and writers in any way we can!

TIFA’s core beliefs are the following – Accessibility, Equality and Diversity.

At TIFA we believe that everyone should be given equal opportunities to express their talents in film.  For this reason TIFA screens and awards films and screenplays from every country, in all genres, and a range of independent budgets.

To help level the playing field we accept feature films in four sub-categories based on the project’s budget so films are not competing against others made at higher budgets.  We also highlight categories that are often overlooked such as experimental films, web series, animations, music videos and children’s films.

TIFA is a strong supporter of diversity in filmmaking.  Everyone has a story to tell and promoting diversity in the industry can only make it better.  This year TIFA has received submissions from over 40 countries as we continue to expand our reach year after year.  Our nominee list from 2015 included submissions from 18 countries!  TIFA also believes in providing a platform for underrepresented groups in the industry to showcase their efforts through focused panels and events such as our women in filmmaking panel and various networking events.

A couple of fun TIFA promotional videos