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

Festival Updates

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!

MASSIVE SCREENINGS! MICHAEL BIEHN IN ATTENDANCE!

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). 

AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED, FATHER’S DAY THE BIG WINNER!

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!

PLENTY OF FUN MEMORIES!

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!).

RECORD-BREAKING COVERAGE FOR OUR 2011 FILMS!

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. 

2012 DATES ANNOUNCED, FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO 9 DAYS!

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:

WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK! ENTER OUR ONLINE SURVEY BY MON, NOV 28, 5PM AND WIN!

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!

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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 .

ATTENTION FILMMMAKERS! 2012 CALL FOR ENTRIES COMING SOON!

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.

THANK YOU FROM TEAM AFTER DARK!

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!

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