Toronto Vanguard

February 14, 2018


November 2018

Join us at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema where we are delighted to be hosting our first festival at this historic century-old venue, located in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood and famous as the home of international documentaries year round. We’re excited to welcome filmmakers from around to world to screen their movies as part of our festival at this vibrant community cinema.


We focus on narratives highlighting:

  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Trans
  • Race
  • Class
  • Religion
  • and more

All filmmakers are welcome, whether black, white, brown, pink, gay, straight, non-binary, abled, differently abled, female, identifying as female, male, extraterrestrial or anything else.


Vanguard Leader Award: $1000
Feature Film Categories, Screenwriter & Vision Awards: $500
Shorts and Music Video Categories Awards: $300


  • Several days of festival programming at classic Toronto venues
  • Screenings of the best “out of the box” cinema & shorts
  • A varied film program expressing non-traditional stories, voices, and viewpoints
  • Prizes & award ceremonies
  • Afterparties
  • Networking sessions
  • Panel discussions

The Toronto Vanguard Film Fest Schedule

8 November 2018
8 - 11 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers, Toronto

9 November 2018
Time TBC
Awards Ceremony and Mix & Mingle Event
Venue TBC

10 November 2018
1 - 3 pm
Industry panel - How indie filmmakers are leading the way
Venue TBC