Finally the app will have use for things other than your selfies and food pics.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has joined forces with Instagram to create the TIFFXINSTAGRAM Shorts Festival, and their team of judges will be choosing 30 shorts to be featured on TIFF’s website and Instagram channel August 8-17.  The festival is inviting filmmakers form all over the world to upload their original 60-second-or-less short using Instagram video.


Since 60-second videos became a thing on Instagram, the platform has become more enticing for filmmakers wanting to showcase their work. The acclaimed panel of judges include Ava Duvernay, Xavier Dolan, Illustrator and Animator Rachel Ryle, and Director and Photographer Nabil Elderkin. They will be selecting 30 finalists and a judges’ award from all submissions. A fan favorite prize is also up for grabs for the most likes on Instagram. There are no guidelines as to what genre or style of content is encouraged, except that on the TIFF website, they state the shorts must be the original work of an aspiring or established filmmaker.

The last date to submit your entries is July 20, all submissions must be shared on Instagram with the hashtag #TIFFXINSTAGRAM.