TIFF and Instagram Team Up for Digital Shorts Festival

TIFF and Instagram Team Up for Digital Shorts Festival
While it doesn't quite have the viral potential of Vine, Instagram is proving to be the more highbrow choice for online video connoisseurs. Just take a look at Radiohead's weekly video series — the medium is perfect for extremely short-form filmmaking. Up next, the Toronto International Film Festival is getting in on the action.

For their new TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, the organization has invited users from around the globe to submit a short film that is 60 seconds or less in length.

To enter, simply upload your film to Instagram with the hashtag #TIFFxInstagram, then complete the submission form here. Submissions will be accepted until July 20.

A panel of judges including Selma director Ava Duvernay, director Xavier Dolan, music video director Nabil Elderkin and animator Rachel Ryle will select 30 finalists, whose work will be displayed on a TIFF Instagram page and the organization's website from August 8 to 17.

Then, on August 18, awards will be announced. There will be a fan choice award (handed to the video with the most Instagram likes) and a judge's choice award.

In a statement, TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling said, "Our collaboration with Instagram is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the work of filmmakers from all over the world and discover up-and-coming talent through the world's largest creative digital community, showcased by the world's largest public film festival."

For more information on the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, go here.