October 18-26, 2012 - 9 Nights Of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

2012 Festival

About Us for Fans

“One of Toronto’s Must-See Events!”
– Toronto.Com



Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. Now in its 8th year, the critically acclaimed annual event, screens thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world, and a number of Toronto After Dark titles can also be found amongst the Official Selections of the Sundance, South By South-West (SXSW), Tribeca, and Cannes film festivals.  On a local level, the festival has grown to become a signature event in Canada’s largest city, enjoying an annual attendance of over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans and 100-plus members of press and industry. In a poll of local filmgoers, Toronto After Dark was also voted Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City. For its next edition, Toronto After Dark runs nine thrilling nights, October 17-25, 2013 and will screen another collection of outstanding new feature films and shorts.  Beyond film screenings, attendees can also look forward to lively Q&A’s with visiting filmmaker guests, the ever-popular Zombie Appreciation Night where fans who dress up get a discount on tickets, Pub After Dark, the popular nightly after-screening social event where fans get to mingle with filmmakers over drinks, and also The Darkcade, a showcase of outstanding, independently made horror, sci-fi, action and cult video games.  We look forward to seeing you After Dark at our next Festival!


Toronto After Dark Film Festival’s main goal is to theatrically showcase new, innovative, independent and international horror, sci-fi, action and cult films in front of local audiences that would otherwise rarely get the chance to see these movies on the Big Screen. A secondary goal of the festival is to host events around our screenings that allow festivalgoers and filmmakers to socialize in an accessible and relaxed setting.  Our audiences are typically ecstatic with the results we deliver, and you can read what filmmakers have to say about us here.


To get a good idea of what Toronto After Dark is all about, we suggest you take a look at our 2012 sizzle trailer, featuring clips from a number of the thrilling films playing at this year’s festival:


And also check out the short video below, which features interviews with audience members attending our 2009 festival, describing the Toronto After Dark experience and Opening Gala Night, in their own words:

One Correction to a Line Spoken in the Video: Toronto After Dark screens short films from around the world (and not just Canada) as well as features.


And be sure to also check out this fun zombie-themed Mini-Documentary shot by a local event site, MyCityLives, at our 2011 festival, which including filmmaker and staff interviews, and scenes from our popular annual Zombie Appreciation Night (where our festival offers discount screening tickets to those dressed up for the Toronto Zombie Walk):


Toronto After Dark is a proud member of the prestigious North American Fantastic Film Alliance (NAFFA) which recognizes only the top six world-class genre film festivals out of over 50 on the continent. Our widely respected sister festivals in the alliance include Austin’s Fantastic Fest, Montreal’s Fantasia,  Los Angeles’ ScreamFest while in Europe, via NAFFA’s counterpart organization we are affiliated with Spain’s prestigious Sitges fantastic film festival, and London, England’s premier genre cinema event FrightFest. Programming of a film by a NAFFA festival is seen as a badge of quality. Many short and feature films which screen at Toronto After Dark are also amongst the selections of other world-class film events including the Sundance, Cannes, SXSW and Tribeca Film Festivals. Due to its high profile, Toronto After Dark is also one of only a handful of genre film festivals in the world that is covered by the leading film industry trade press outlets Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.


Year round, Toronto After Dark Film Festival, also promotes the city’s vibrant horror, cult and alternative film scene to close to 20,000 followers on email, facebook and twitter. The festival also regularly co-presents the genre films of Toronto’s highly regarded HOT DOCS, REEL ASIAN and WORLDWIDE SHORTS Film Festivals to name a few. 


Every year Toronto After Dark Film Festival takes full advantage of being based in Canada’s largest city and biggest media centre, setting new records for the outstanding coverage we generate for the films that screen with us. Over the past eight years Toronto After Dark Film Festival and its screenings have received over 1,000 features, previews and reviews in more than 200 media outlets across Television, Print, Radio and the Web including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Ain’t It Cool News, Bloody-Disgusting, Twitch Film, Coming Soon.Net, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Filmmaker Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, SPACE Channel, City TV and dozens more, many of which are also official supporters of the festival.

But don’t take our word for it, read the rave reviews our festival has received from press at all levels here. Or check out the record-breaking 500-plus reviews and features our festival generated for our most recent line-up of films here. Filmmakers also benefit from our extensive online network, of fans receiving updates from our Email Newsletter, Facebook Group, Facebook Page and Twitter Feeds. 


As well as championing independent genre films at our festival, during the rest of the year Toronto After Dark promotes new genre films released by distributors in the city.  Some of the high profile film companies we have teamed up with on releases include: Alliance, Anchor Bay, Dimension, E1, Fox, IFC, Lionsgate, Magnolia, Maple, Mongrel, Sony, Starz, Universal, Weinstein and Warner Brothers. We are especially proud of the success stories we have had with independently-produced films premiering at our festival going on to receive theatrical and video releases with major distributors.


Our Call For Entries has now ended for 2012. But if you are interested in submitting to our 2013 festival you can sign up to be notified about our next call for entries here.


Toronto After Dark also brings thousands of film fans together during the festival to meet up outside of our screenings.  We co-present the annual Toronto Zombie Walk which takes place during the festival, and host packed nightly social events including our popular gala parties and pub social nights.


We regret that Festival Screenings are Restricted to Adults, Aged 18+ , After-Screening Parties and Pub Social Events are Restricted to Adults, Aged 19+,  due to Ontario Provincial Law. The Toronto Zombie Walk is an all-ages event.


To get Toronto After Dark’s festival updates, plus updates on on thrilling cinematic events in the city, be sure to sign up for our Email News Updates here,  our Facebook Updates here,  and Twitter Updates here.

Your Passport to Thrills!

Whether you are a filmmaker or a film fan, we hope you can join us at the next Toronto After Dark Film Festival in October 17-25, 2013 for Nine Nights of Cinematic Mayhem.  See You After Dark!
- Team After Dark

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