October 20-27, 2011 - 8 Nights Of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

Festival Updates

Visit the 2012 Festival Website for Complete Details on our next event, which runs Oct 18-26, 2012!

For complete details on the 7th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, including our Call For Entries please visit the new 2012 festival website now live here.

2011 Fest Wraps Up with Record Crowds and Reviews, Big Win for FATHER’S DAY!

NOVEMBER 4, 2011: That’s A Wrap!  Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2011 wrapped up 8 thrilling nights of new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult movies last week blazing new cinematic trails and setting new records!


Attendance at Toronto After Dark hit a new high, with over 10,000 enthusiastic fans participating in this year’s festival which ran Oct 20-27 at a new venue, the Toronto Underground Cinema.

Highlights of Toronto After Dark’s 6th Annual Edition, included the sell-out opening gala screening of MONSTER BRAWL, featuring a rousing on-stage intro from wrestlemania icon Jimmy Hart and the towering figure of Robert Maillet (SHERLOCK HOMES, 300), the ever-popular Toronto Zombie Walk which resulted in hordes of the walking dead taking over the cinema as part of the fest’s Zombie Appreciation Night, fan-favourite actors Michael Biehn (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS) and Milo Ventimiglia (HEROES) in attendance for a sell-out screening of their latest movie, the dark post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller THE DIVIDE, a record Three World Premieres including fan favourite cult-action movie FATHER’S DAY, and a spooktacular ending to the fest with the Closing Gala presentation of the acclaimed new supernatural film, THE INNKEEPERS featuring a riveting post-screening Q&A with acclaimed independent horror filmmaker Ti West (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL). 


In the festival awards stakes, the big winner at Toronto After Dark 2011,  was the cult action film FATHER’S DAY from Winnipeg-based film collective Astron-6 which won the festival’s top prize, the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film, GOLD. Xavier Gens’ dark apocalyptic sci-fi movie THE DIVIDE won the SILVER, while zombie fans will be delighted to hear that the undead buddy comedy DEADHEADS won the BRONZE. In the specialty categories, fans gave suburban horror THE WOMAN a number of key awards including BEST DIRECTOR (Lucky McKee), BEST ACTOR (Sean Bridgers) and BEST ACTRESS (Pollyanna McIntosh).  The other major winner was British mountain-set thriller, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE which took home three awards including BEST ACTION FILM.

Best Canadian Short GOLD went to cult horror musical sensation THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM while the GOLD for International Short went to another cult hit, NURSERY CRIMES. Visit our 2011 Festival Awards Page for the complete lowdown on all the awards given out this year including our festival’s Fan Choice Awards, where our fans declared feature film winners for different genres, technical achievement, acting and some fun categories we asked them to vote on this year including Best Kills and Best Villain!


A bonus treat for fans this year was the record number of filmmakers in attendance. Over 50 short and feature filmmakers took to the stage to introduce their works, host lively post-screening Q&A’s, and join fans at our packed nightly social events. We have put together a single page at our festival website with links to our 2011 festival photo albums on facebook, conveniently sorted by date and film, for fans to easily view and tag anyone they recognize.

We also encourage fans to check out a fun, 4 minute ‘behind the scenes’ documentary,  video on Toronto After Dark 2011 shot and edited by My City Lives, featuring festival and venue staff, filmmakers and plenty of zombies at the link.

Festival audience goers were also treated to another series of twisted and funny festival bumpers from acclaimed local short filmmaker, Chris Nash, this year in honour of our 6th Anniversary, featuring the 6 Lessons of Toronto After Dark (Stay tuned as these will be added to our festival Youtube Channel soon!).


Toronto After Dark 2011 also generated a record-breaking over 350 published reviews for our 18 selected feature titles this year, and over 100 reviews for our shorts! The unprecedented coverage of Toronto After Dark from the global film press community underlined the festival’s growing position as one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema, and top places for genre filmmakers to showcase their new works on the international stage. And it’s not just great publicity we delivered for the filmmakers: the exciting news is that a number are already in distribution talks as a direct result of their successful screenings at Toronto After Dark!  “It’s definitely been our biggest and most successful event by far. We look forward to trying to top it next year!” says Festival Director, Adam Lopez. 


We are also delighted to announce today that following our hugely successful event this year, Toronto After Dark returns next year with an added extra day!  The 7th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival will run for a record nine thrilling nights, Thurs, Oct 18 - Friday October 26, 2012. Be sure to put the dates in your schedule as you won’t want to miss the cinematic mayhem we plan to unleash upon the city next year!  You can also now RSVP at the Official 2012 Event Page at Facebook and invite your friends!

Festival Flashback: Toronto After Dark’s 60 Second Festival Trailer, A Sizzle Reel of some of the most thrilling shots from our 2011 Lineup:


Team After Dark is already hard at work on planning for Toronto After Dark 2012 - but to make our festival the best it can be, we’d like your feedback! Please take a few minutes now to complete our audience feedback survey here, and help us improve our event for next year. As part of the survey, you can also enter to win one of 5 awesome DVD/BLU-RAY prize packs from Anchor Bay Entertainment! So Enter to win by Mon, Nov 28, 5pm here. We’d really appreciate it!


For updates on our 2012 festival, as well as our monthly newsletter on Toronto’s horror and cult film event scene, we recommend fans subscribe to our Festival Newsletter, join our Facebook Group, Like our Fan Page, and Follow us on Twitter @TADFilmFest .


If you are a filmmaker and interested in entering a film into our next festival, please add your name to our 2012 Call for Entries Filmmaker Contact List here, so that we can email you when our next Call for Entries goes live, early in 2012.


Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the filmmakers, fans, volunteers, supporters, partners and sponsors of Toronto After Dark 2011, especially Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, SPACE, Rue Morgue for helping make our 6th year such a successful and record-breaking event.

We look forward to thrilling you all again in 2012!  Until next year, from all of us at the festival,

- See You After Dark!

Toronto After Dark 2011 Now On! Check our Schedule Page for Film Info, Box Office Page for Tix!

The wait is over!  The 6th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, showcasing 18 Amazing New Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult movies and over 25 astounding shorts, is finally here! We run from Thurs,Oct 20 through to Thurs, Oct 27 for 8 thrilling nights at the city’s Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina Avenue just north of Queen St!


1. CHECK OUR SCHEDULE PAGE: There you can Browse through our indepth Film Profile Pages all listed conveniently by screening date to see which films you are interested in seeing. You can also download our Schedule At a Glance in one convenient PDF document here. If you prefer to pick films based on TRAILERS, check them all out on our 2011 YouTube Playlist here.

2. GO TO OUR BOX OFFICE PAGE TO BUY TICKETS: Here you can find out the different purchase options for buying tickets to films. As screenings do sell out, we recommend fans buy in advance as much as possible - which you can do online or in person - up until the day before any screening, OR BUY AT THE DOOR: Same Day Tickets are available at the screening venue, the Toronto Underground Cinema, 186 Spadina, from 5pm every weekday night or from 12.30pm (Saturday & Sunday).

3. TELL YOUR FRIENDS! We’re really excited about the films - and the filmmakers - we’re bringing to town, and we really want to give them the biggest and best audience we can over 8 nights and you can help! . At the link, a collection of hints and tips for spreading the word on these fantastic new films premiering at Toronto After Dark 2011!

We look forward to thrilling you with 8 nights of Cinematic Mayhem!


A Couple of Video Clips To Get You In The Mood for Toronto After Dark

1. Our 60 Second Festival Trailer, A Sizzle Reel of some of the most thrilling shots from our Lineup:

2. Offsite at the Space Channel Website, Click Here and Here to see two short awesome videos featuring the highlights of Toronto After Dark 2011!

See You After Dark!

Final 10 Films include Ti West’s INNKEEPERS! Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN! Two WORLD Premieres and More!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is THRILLED to officially announce its FINAL WAVE of exciting new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, and Cult feature film selections that will screen at the festival’s 6th Annual Event this October 20-27, 2011, all having minimum Toronto Premieres, and in some cases World Premieres!


The final lineup includes a number of hugely buzzed genre movies including the Closing Gala Film, the scary supernatural tale and festival circuit hit, THE INNKEEPERS, from acclaimed horror filmmaker Ti West (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL)!  Fans will be also be delighted to hear that Toronto After Dark has programmed the Sundance sensation THE WOMAN, an outrageous new horror film from Lucky McKee (MAY), about a suburban family that decides to ‘domesticate’ a woman found living in the wild!

The festival is also thrilled to announced two WORLD Premieres, which added to a title announced last month, FATHER’S DAY, brings the total number of world debuts at Toronto After Dark 2011 to a record three! First off, the World Premiere of WAR OF THE DEAD, a thrilling new war movie with an undead twist, will delight both zombie and action movie fans with its masses of undead hordes terrifying a group of soldiers trying to complete a secret mission during World War II.  While fans of dark and edgy superhero films like KICK-ASS will go nuts when they get to be the first in the world to catch sight of VS which sees a despicable super-villain (James Remar best known as DEXTER’s dad) forcing a group of young costumed crusaders, including Lucas Till (Havok from X-MEN FIRST CLASS) into playing a series of impossible-to-win games where the penalty for losing is… death!

Vampire lovers should sink their fangs into MIDNIGHT SON, a dark and gritty look at a young man’s descent into the world of drinking blood, while dark sci-fi fans should check out THE CORRIDOR, an award-winning new film about a disturbing energy force discovered in a remote forest by a group of friends on their winter vacation, and the dark implications it has for them all!

Those looking for more light-hearted fare should check out the Canadian Premiere of MANBORG, an hysterically lofi but fun homage to cult sci-fi action films of the 80s like ROBOCOP and the THE TERMINATOR. Meanwhile festival circuit hit crowd-pleaser SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE adds healthy doses of black comedy to its serial killer horror, and features a wonderful, eclectic cast that includes cult film icons Karen Black and ROCKY HORROR’s Barry Bostwick!

Finally, for pure adrenaline-rush seekers, Toronto After Dark has booked the supernatural horror film ABSENTIA, possibly the most chilling new horror film of the year, and the award-winning new mountain climbing dark thriller, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE, which has drawn favourable comparisons to another thrilling and chilling film from Britain, that wowed fans a few years ago, THE DESCENT!

SEE THE EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW AT THE SPACE CHANNEL WEBSITE: A few days ago, Toronto After Dark gave an exclusive sneak preview on TV of the final ten titles for The SPACE Channel. The 4-minute segment, which includes lots of fun clips from all the films has now been posted online at SPACE’s official website, and fans can watch it here.  SPACE has also posted a bonus video introducing Toronto After Dark here.

OUR FIRST WAVE OF 8 TITLES: Included Opening Gala Film MONSTER BRAWL, Japanese anime REDLINE, and the World Premiere of cult revenge thriller FATHER’S DAY. For details on all 8 titles, click here.

WATCH ALL THE TRAILERS AT YOUTUBE: We’ve added all the trailers that are currently available for our lineup at our YouTube Playlist for Toronto After Dark 2011 here.   We’ll be adding two more trailers, for our World Premieres, WAR OF THE DEAD and VS, later this week. Unfortunately there is no trailer for THE INNKEEPERS at this time.

PASSES NOW ON SALE: Fans wanting to see a bunch of movies at Toronto After Dark this Oct 20-27, 2011, are encouraged to snap up one of the ever-popular All-Access Passes, which are already on sale. The passes give a huge discount on buying individual tickets, and are already over (updated) 70% sold out. For more info on the many benefits of the All-Access Pass or to grab one now, click here.

PLANNING ON ATTENDING? RSVP AT THE 2011 FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE! And invite your friends to join in the cinematic fun!

FOR BREAKING FESTIVAL UPDATES: we also recommend fans subscribe to our Festival Newsletter, join our Facebook Group, Like our Fan Page, and Follow us on Twitter @TADFilmFest

We look forward to thrilling you at the movies next month!


First Titles Announced: MONSTER BRAWL Gala! FATHER’S DAY Premiere! Japanese Thrill-Ride REDLINE!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is THRILLED to announce its first wave of exciting new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, and Cult feature film selections that will screen at the festival’s 6th Annual Event this October 20-27, 2011!


The initial lineup includes a number of highly anticipated genre movies including the Opening Gala Film MONSTER BRAWL, a crowd-pleasing horror action comedy about an outrageous sporting event that sees fan favourites duelling it out to see who is the greatest monster of all! Fans will also be delighted to hear that Troma Entertainment’s FATHER’s DAY, the much-awaited cult exploitation film, about a group of misfits trying to hunt down a twisted serial killer, will hold its WORLD PREMIERE at the festival!

Zombie fans can look forward to the stirring EXIT HUMANITY with blends stunning live action and animated sequences to recount the tale of a soldier coping with a deadly zombie outbreak following the American Civil War, as well as the hysterical DEADHEADS a zombie buddy comedy about two undead fellows on a madcap roadtrip adventure!  A double dose of apocalyptic sci-fi is on this year’s festival menu. First up, THE DIVIDE sees co-stars Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia dueling it out as survivors trapped in the basement of a New York building, the day the world ends. Meanwhile on the International Space Station, the absolutely stunning film LOVE has an astronaut coming to terms with an apocalyptic event on earth and features a fantastic original score composed by the band ANGELS & AIRWAVES.

Two very unique movies wrap up this year’s first wave of feature announcements. REDLINE is a must-see thrill ride of pulsating Japanese animation, seven years in the making, set in the distant future on a planet where an insanely deadly race takes place. Finally, THE THEATRE BIZARRE is an unmissable new anthology film featuring seven twisted horror tales incorporating the talents of numerous cult horror icons including Tom Savini and Udo Kier. 


For a quick visual overview of our first wave of films, check out our new festival trailer, which packs tons of sizzling shots from our first eight films into one exciting minute! We hope you enjoy watching it, and if you do, please share it with friends:

To see the individual Feature Film Trailers of films screening at our festival, all on one page, please check out our new YouTube Playlist for Toronto After Dark 2011 Trailers here.


SEP. 29 UPDATE: Passes now 70% Sold Out! Fans wanting to see a bunch of movies at Toronto After Dark this Oct 20-27, 2011, are encouraged to snap up one of the always popular All-Access Passes, which give a huge discount on seeing the whole festival and are already on advance sale.  Individual screening tickets to all the films will be available at the end of September, when the full lineup of 18 new feature films, the short films, and festival schedule is announced. 


Stay tuned for more news about this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival:  8 Nights of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies including details of our nightly festival social events, attending filmmaker guests, and exclusive tie-in with the annual Toronto Zombie Walk which runs as part of our festival this year, on Saturday, October 22! For complete details, and the latest updates on the fest, please bookmark our Home Page, and regularly check back at our site. For breaking updates we also recommend fans subscribe to our Festival Newsletter, join Toronto After Dark’s Facebook Group, Like our Fan Page, and Follow us on Twitter! If you are planning on attending any of this year’s Toronto After Dark screenings, be sure to also RSVP at the Official 2011 Facebook Event page and invite your friends to join in the cinematic fun! 


Despite our festival’s high profile, Toronto After Dark does not receive any government funding or donations from big corporations, and we remain very much a fan-driven festival that relies every year on our fans to get the word out and support us. Do you write about film for a media outlet or film site? Sign up for Press Accreditation and Press Updates here.  Interested in Volunteering? Sign up to our Volunteer List here. Interested in advertising or sponsoring an amazing event in Toronto attended by 10,000 film fanatics? Sign up to be contacted about promotional opportunities here.  We appreciate all of your support!

We look forward to thrilling you After Dark this October!

Save over $100 on Tickets at Toronto After Dark 2011, Buy a Pass Now! (Oct 7 Update: 75% Sold Out)

Our 2011 Festival ALL-ACCESS PASS, Toronto After Dark’s most popular option for fans wanting to see a bunch of movies at the festival this Oct 20-27, and save huge on individual ticket prices, is now on sale! Only 250 Available This Year. OCT. 7 UPDATE: Passes now 75% Sold Out!   To buy yours now, CLICK HERE!

First Selected Films to be Announced at Fan Expo & The Festival of Fear, this Aug 25-28!

We’ll be announcing our first programmed wave of 8 amazing new feature films exclusively at Fan Expo and The Festival of Fear, which takes place this Aug 25-28 at Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre!  See trailers, find out about the films, and ask any questions you want to Team After Dark at our Booth (#1520) on the convention floor! For tickets and info on Fan Expo, Canada’s biggest fan event, whose guests of honour this year include Robert Englund, John Waters and William Shatner, please click here.  Hope to see you there!

Toronto After Dark’s 2011 Call for Submissions Ends with over 700 Film Entries!

Our 2011 call for entries has now ended and we would like to thank the (updated) over 700 filmmakers from around the world who chose to submit their works for programming consideration by Toronto After Dark this year. If you are waiting to see your status update change on the withoutabox submission system, please be patient as due to the large volume, it is taking additional time to update all records. Rest assured our little worker droids in the programming department will be spending the next few weeks reviewing every single one of our entries before we make our final selection for screening at this year’s 6th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival.  Filmmakers please note these key 2011 dates:  JULY 29: Extended Submission Deadline, Exclusive to Withoutabox. AUG 5: Screener Delivery Deadline, (updated) AUG 24: Receipt Confirmation email from Toronto After Dark. AUG 25: Half Features Decision and Announcement. SEPT.18: Remaining features and all shorts decision date. For more information on our submission process or to sign up to be contacted about our 2012 Call for Entries, please visit our updated submissions info page here.

Exciting New Venue for Toronto After Dark! Now Set to Thrill fans at the Toronto Underground Cinema!

Due to extensive renovations, expected to last into the Fall, taking place at Toronto After Dark’s usual main venue, we are relocating our Oct 20-27, 2011 film festival to an exciting new location, the Toronto Underground Cinema. We’re thrilled to be working with The Underground, centrally located at 186 Spadina Ave, just North of Queen Street, as it’s a terrific fit for our fans with the many cult and thrilling film events that take place there every month! Fans can find out more about our festival’s move and our new venue on this page at our site here.

Toronto After Dark Returns to Halloween Season for 2011!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is excited to announce the dates of our 6th Annual Edition. For 2011, in response to overwhelming fan demand, the city’s premier festival of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema returns to Halloween Season for the first time in three years. The next Toronto After Dark delivers 8 more thrilling nights of cinematic mayhem OCTOBER 20-27, 2011.  Fans attending previous years’  festivals have been the first to see such awesome new genre films as THE LAST EXORCISM, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, DEAD SNOW, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA, BLACK DYNAMITE and ROBOGEISHA to name a few! Who knows what we’ll be premiering first for fans in the city in 2011?  Be sure to block our OCT 20-27 in your schedules as you won’t want to miss it! 

If you’re planning on attending, feel free to RSVP at the just-created Official Facebook Event page here for Toronto After Dark 2011, and invite your friends!  And if you haven’t already, be sure to also sign up for our e-newsletter here to get notifications about the 2011 festival.  We look forward to seeing you After Dark!

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