The festival

Submissions now Open upcoming deadline Dec 23 2015

The 2016 COMMFFEST (Community Film Festival) will celebrate 11 years from September 22 to 30, screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where  memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.

COMMFFEST is dedicated to presenting a wide variety of local, national, and international works both long and short that can transform and shape our views of the world.

COMMFFEST mission statement:
To advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of the community. And to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

The 2016 COMMFFEST will harmonize the disciplines of film, music, art, theatre connecting the human experience to public exhibits with forums for dialogue about social issues and cultural exchanges.

The programming: The films are chosen by a jury of professionals from a globally solicited call for submissions. Once chosen, the programming is created to generate discussion around specific world events and themes, provoking dialogue and acceptance of others and their concerns.

The COMMFFEST AWARDS: Best Film and Honourable Mention are the two categories for the MADA (Making a Difference) Awards. The MADA goes to filmmakers whose work champions’ social good and community enrichment. Whether young or old, seasoned or just beginning, cinematic storytellers are welcomed into COMMFFEST with opportunities to engage and inspire audiences.


Behzad Sedghi

For me, COMMFFEST has been where my films have finally reached their maturity by connecting through the big screen with their audience. It is this connection that is essential for any artistic endeavour. As this may be the case with most other festivals, however, in my direct experience with COMMFFEST I clearly felt that each artist was given special attention, a chance to have a dialogue about their creation and ultimately was embraced in a celebration of their achievement. COMMFFEST founders and organizers are filled with the love of films and arts and clearly possess the vision and generosity to make this celebration happen every year. I look forward to being part of the next celebration either as an artist or a member of its community.   

Filmmaker Leslye Abbey writes;Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying

It was a thrill of a lifetime to come to the beautiful city of Toronto and be a part of the Commfest Film Festival.
Having Buffalo Nation: The Children Are Crying being awarded the MADA (Making A Difference Award) attests to the importance in acknowledging the suffering of America's indigenous people and the lack of knowledge thereof.

Your kindness to me and making me feel welcome was outstanding. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and to top it off the Sunday Brunch was delicious.

Filmmaker Claudia Adams

As a filmmaker, I have learned that all the effort, money, suffering, long hours, dedication and commitment in the world won't lead to success.  There is one more very essential piece of the puzzle.  The film festival.  A film, especially an independent film, isn't complete until it has found a festival that understands it and is passionate enough to include it as an Official Selection.  
I am so grateful and honored that a festival as impressive as COMMFFEST understood what my documentary, DRY-CLEAN ONLY, was trying to say.  

More about COMMFFEST

COMMFFEST attracts educators, artists, politicians, business leaders, socially conscious organizations and trendsetters.  

Local Educational engagement:
Over 600 Children from local schools Nelson Mandela Public School, Market Lane Public School, St Michael’s Catholic School, The Downtown Alternative School and afar now include the COMMFFEST festival experience as part of their annual curriculum.

COMMFFEST’S unique diversity invites the world to one local community event over 8 days in Toronto


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