Steve Lareau

Steve Lareau

Film festival director in Toronto, Canada

About Steve

A Festival That Really Cares!

The Open World Toronto Film Festival provides an equal chance of winning for all entrants, regardless of size and budget. Entries are judged on Quality of Craft and Creativity. Our main goal is to help artists gain publicity, media exposure, and momentum, as well as pay Tribute to their Ingenuity.

At OWTFF we welcome filmmakers and artists from all walks of life. We also welcome productions from any countries and years.

The Open World Toronto Film Festival is a 3 days glamorous event with Red Carpets, Winners Award Acceptance Speech, Networking and Masterpiece Screenings.

OWTFF is also an online Film Festival: We will permanently showcase three Nominees of each category on our website. The Nominees will be announced 3 weeks before the Event and the Winners 2 weeks before the Event. For the Animations, Experimentals, Documentaries, Shorts, and Features we will showcase your trailer. For the Music Videos and Web Series, your full project.

Submissions are judged with HONESTY, INTEGRITY and an OPEN MIND.
The names attached to the project do not enhance the chances of being a success at the OWTFF, but Talent, Creativity and Dedication surely DO. Our judges panel are Skilled and Established Film Industry Professionals; Agents, Directors, Casting Directors and Producers.

Winners will receive a lot of exposure as we broadcast the list of Winners via Press Releases and mention them in Local/Worldwide Media Interviews. Also, by registering your work at the OWTFF, you will expand your online presence as we constantly post trailers and share about our new submissions on Facebook, Twitter and now on Instagram.

You can easily submit your project here on our website or via FilmFreeway. All Language film submissions are accepted but if the submission is anything other than the English Language, it must be subtitled.


Best Animation
Best Music Video
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Web Series
Best Short
Best Long Short (25 To 50 Min)
Best Feature Film (50 Min & More)
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay
Best Director
Best Sound And Music
Best Cinematography

All genres are accepted; Animation, Drama, Comedy, Adventure, Informative, Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Experimental and Romance. JUST SURPRISE US!

Awards & Prizes

The OWTFF likes to give out Awards!

We will send a certificate to all the Nominees and trophies will be given to the Winners of each category at the celebration event. Winners will receive free OWTFF VIP passes for themselves as well as their family/team. Winners that are not able to attend the event can send us their acceptance speech by video to be played on the Big Screen at the OWTFF and the Trophy will be shipped by courier.

Deadlines & Dates 2017
February 24, 2017 Earlybird Deadline - May 26, 2017 Regular Deadline - July 28, 2017 Late Deadline - September 29, 2017 Final Deadline - October 24, 2017 Extended Deadline - Event November 17, 18 & 19th 2017

Name: Steve Lareau

Lives in: Toronto, Canada


Occupation: Film Festival Director

Unique traits: A Festival That Really Cares!

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