It’s that time of year again! Toronto’s favourite comedy festival is gearing up for its 18th year, and that means we’re on the lookout for the best scripted comedy from across North America and beyond. Submissions are now open until November 30, 2022. This is your one stop shop for all things TOsketchfest submissions!
TOSketchFest23 will take place in-person March 8 – 19, 2023 with live presentations of sketch comedy work and the TOsketchfest Film Festival. This may or may not include online broadcasts of live in-person shows.
The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival is programmed through a combination of curation (i.e. we ask a troupe/performer to be part of the festival) and jurying (i.e. a stand-out troupe or artist selected from the juried submissions process). This year live festival submissions will be collected via Zone, and film festival submissions will be collected via FilmFreeway.
For the first time, we will use ZONE Festival, a Canadian online festival and event database program, to collect LIVE festival submissions for in person performances March 8-19, 2023. Please note acceptance into past festivals does not guarantee a slot in future festivals.
Submit Live Festival Application:
This button will take you to the Zone festival submission form.
How To Use Zone Guide:
This button will take you to a PDF called “How To Apply To The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival 2023 Using Zone Festival”.
TOSKETCHFEST FILM FEST
This year, TOsketchfest is accepting submissions for comedy short and digital work using FilmFreeway.com for the in person screening of the TOsketchfest Film Festival on March 8, 2023 with an option for on demand digital screenings March 8-19, 2023. Please note acceptance into past festivals does not guarantee a slot in future festivals.
Submit Film Festival Application:
This button will take you to the TOsketchfest Festival Page on FilmFreeway.
How To Use FilmFreeway Guide:
This button will take you to a PDF called “How To Apply To The TOsketchfest Film Fest 2023 Using Film Freeway”.
As you apply to TOsketchfest23, you might be asking yourself “how is TOsketchfest programmed?” or “what are they looking for this year?”. We are happy to share our programming principles to help answer some of your questions! Click here for all the details.
Do you want to apply for the live festival, but will not have a reel available before November 30? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for alternative options.
Do you want to apply for the film festival, but will not have you project completed before November 30? Please reach out to email@example.com for alternative options.
If cost is a barrier to completing your application, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for an access code for Zone Festival and FilmFreeway.
Still have questions? We welcome all questions! Reach out to Damien Nelson for live submission or Zone Festival questions, and Ivan Hutomo for film festival or FilmFreeway submission questions.
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