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Where: Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St W) & Online

When: February 13-18, 2023

Previous Events:

Toronto Animation Industry Conference

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

BACK IN PERSON at Hot Docs Cinema! Three+ cartoony-packed days celebrating over 100 animated films and their creators. Book some time off to watch some incredible shorts in person, or online.

Feast on weird, beautiful and awe inspiring cartoons from around the world, all from the comfort Hot Docs' best seats, or your own couch! It starts ONLINE Monday Feb 13th - 15th with a nightly animated feature, and then switches to In-Person Feb 16th-18th at Hot Docs Cinema. See ya there buddy!

Mon, Feb 13th

Tue, Feb 14th

Wed, Feb 15th

Thu, Feb 16th

Fri, Feb 17th

Sat, Feb 18th

Tue, Mar 19th

Festival Highlights


Puss in Boots: The Last Wish with Director Januel Mercado & TAAFI Opening Ceremonies

6:30PM - 7:53PM


The Amazing Maurice (Feature 7)

11:20AM - 12:53PM


Unicorn Wars (Feature 8)

10:00PM - 11:30PM


Eyeballs in the Darkness (Feature 2: Online only)

8:30PM - 10:16PM


Interface (Feature 3: Online only)

8:30PM - 10:11PM


Unicorn Boy (Feature 5)

6:30PM - 8:01PM


Mars Express (Toronto Premiere)

8:00PM - 9:25PM

In-Person General Pass

In-Person to ALL Hot Docs Screenings, Online Shorts & Online Features


13 x Screenings

100 + Films

Access to ALL Features

*DOES include access to the Thursday Night*

In-Person Student Pass

In-Person Access to ALL Hot Docs Screenings, Online Shorts & Online Features


13 x Screenings

100 + Films

Access to ALL Features

*excludes Opening Mixer Thursday*

Online Access

Online Access to all our Shorts Screenings, and Features

$35 General, $25 Student

7 x Shorts Screenings

100 + Films

Online Features

*DOES NOT include access to anything in-person*

Single Ticket

To Both Shorts or Feature Screenings


*There are no single tickets to some features*


2023 Kaj Pindal Award Recipient - Sam Chou

TAAFI is proud to announce that the Animated Person Of The Year award will henceforth be known at the Kaj Pindal award. The Kaj Pindal award winner for 2023 is Director Sam Chou!

Kaj Pindal (1927-2019) was an instrumental force in Canadian animation through his work with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and it is our pleasure to rename the award in his honour.

Past recipients include Kaj Pindal (Peep), Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts), Marv Newland (Bambi vs Godzilla), Dean DeBlois (Dir. How to Train Your Dragon), Blair Kitchen (The Possum), Domee Shi (Turning Red) and Gerald Potterton (Heavy Metal).

Join us Saturday February 18th at 5:45pm for the full awards show in person at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema with Sam Chou himself to receive the award!


Sponsor TAAFI Events and get your name out there!

Are you a leader in animation production here in Canada? Working on some amazing projects you'd like to recruit for? Help support this peppy festival by becoming a sponsor! Lots of perks, braggin' rights and have your logo on a bunch of screenings and events. We 💖 our Sponsors!! Contact sponsorship@taafi.com 👈


We want U 4 STAAFI!

Want to volunteer at this year’s festival as a STAAFI? Well, things are kinda weird, but we'll need a boatload of punctual in person volunteers and savvy Discord users to help out. Got some spare time on February 16-18th? Fill out this exciting amazing FORM! Thanks a bunch friend😍!


TAAFI is a non-profit volunteer organization, supported by many of the leading animation studios and industry organizations throughout the year as well as at each of the events. Without them we couldn't bring our programs to you, our audience.

Diversity Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor




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