WIFT Toronto Showcase

Our annual WIFT Toronto Showcase highlights the creativity, talent, and diversity of our community. The 12th annual WIFT Toronto Showcase will take place virtually on May 4, 2021.

The submission deadline for the 2021 Showcase has now passed. Thanks to everyone who submitted a project for consideration. Selected projects will be announced in April.

Each spring, we host a special screening of short works by our members: film (documentary, fictions, animation, experimental), and TV & web series episodes. 

The following prizes will be awarded at the 2021 WIFT Toronto Showcase:

  • Best of Showcase (Cash prize of $2,000 courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto) - Previous winners: Lisa Rideout (One Leg In, One Leg Out) Lina Roessler (Mustard Seed), Christina Ienna (Handmade Film), Ashleigh Rains & Geordie Sabbagh (Tomorrow's Shadow), Maya Annik Bedward (The Foreigner), Courtney Bainbridge & Slater Jewell-Kemker (Still)
  • Best Writing (Formerly, Best Screenplay; Cash prize of $2,000 courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto) - Previous winners: Sarah Quan & Sarah Simone Margoland), Karen Chapman & Danardo Jones (Lessons Injustice), Kaveh Mohebbi & Reem Morsi (The Door), Rebecca Hales (Dissecting Gwen), Kathleen Hepburn (Benjamin), Renuka Jeyapalan (Arranged)
  • Best Directing (New in 2020; Cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of the Foundation for WIFT Toronto) - Previous winners: Karen Chapman (Measure)
  • Audience Choice (Cash prize of $1,000 courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto) - Previous winners: Emily Diana Ruth (I Can't Even), Chrisann Hessing & Tanya Hoshi (Turning Tables), Reem Morsi (The Door), Karen Chapman (Walk Good), Maya Annik Bedward (The Foreigner), Renuka Jeyapalan (Arranged), Matthew de Pilippis & Elisia Mirabelli (Let Me Down Easy)

Best of Showcase, Best Writing and Best Directing are determined by the jury.


The 2020 WIFT Toronto Showcase Selected Projects Are:

Unidentified Woman | Fiction

Submitted by Katrina Saville, writer/director/producer

May Flowers | Fiction

Submitted by Connie Wang, actor/producer

A Piece of Me | Documentary

Submitted by Sara Elgamal, director

Measure | Fiction (Best Directing Award)

Submitted by Karen Chapman, writer/director

YYZ | Documentary

Submitted by Fonna Seidu, producer

One Leg In One Leg Out | Documentary (Best of Showcase Award)

Submitted by Lauren Grant, producer

The Onyx Butterfly | Documentary

Submitted by Yasmin Evering-Kerr, writer/director

I Can't Even | Fiction (Audience Choice Award)

Submitted by Emily Diana Ruth, writer/director

Margoland | Fiction (Best Writing Award)

Submitted by Sarah Quan, producer

Selection Process

All submissions were screened and selected by a volunteer committee of WIFT Toronto members: Kierston Drier, Mary Goldman, Shazia Javed, Josclyn Johnson, Chanel Klein, Robina Lord Stafford, Monica Mwangi, Tasneem Nanji, Angie Power, Naiyelli Romero, Tamara Stone, and Liz Taylor.

2020 Showcase Program

Click here to see the 2020 Showcase Program.


This is a great way to give back and champion women content creators in your community. Participating jurors will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the 2021 WIFT Toronto Showcase in May.

Jury members will be required to:

  • Screen all submitted projects and provide feedback;
  • Attend the jury deliberation meeting on March 10 (evening); and,
  • Provide programming notes for at least one selected project.

Our 2021 call for jury members is now closed.

Email the following to by January 15, 2021:

  • Your CV and/or Resume;
  • Your Professional Bio (150 words max); and,
  • A brief statement as to why you are interested in being on the 2021 jury (minimum 150 words).

Selected participants will be notified the week of January 25.

Please note: Committee members will be required to hold active WIFT Toronto memberships, valid until the date of the event on May 4, 2021.

2021 call for submissions is now closed.


Early bird: January 8, 2020 ($20 +HST)

Regular: January 29, 2020 ($30 +HST)


Members can submit up to TWO projects. Run time of each project must not exceed 24 minutes (credits included).

  • Documentary
  • Fiction/Narrative
  • Animation
  • Experimental
  • Television series (episode)
  • Web series (episode)


Submissions must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Only WIFT Toronto members with up-to-date membership are eligible to submit work for consideration. You may become a member at the time of the application. Membership must be active on May 4, 2021.
  • The submitting member must hold one of the following key creative positions on the project*: Writer, Director, Producer, Editor or Cinematographer/DOP
  • Submitting member must be at minimum age 18.
  • Submitting member must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Work must not exceed a run time of 24 minutes, including credits.
  • Work must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
  • Non-English media with dialogue/commentary must be subtitled or dubbed.
  • Work must be fully complete. Works-in-progress are not eligible.
  • Member can submit a maximum of TWO separate projects for consideration (only ONE may be selected for the Showcase). However, separate submission forms must be completed per project.

*Upon acceptance, successful applicants must provide permission from the project’s producer (or owner) to be screened.

Please note that the decisions of the Selection Committee are final.