October 17-25, 2013 - 9 Nights Of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult cinema. Each October, in the run-up to Halloween, the critically acclaimed event, screens about 50 new feature films and shorts over nine exciting nights in front of over 10,000 attendees,  including over 100 members of Press and Industry in Canada’s largest city.  This year’s 9th Annual festival runs Oct 15-23, 2015 at the Scotiabank Theatre at 259 Richmond Street West, in the heart of downtown Toronto.  Beyond film screenings, attendees can also look forward to lively Q&A’s with visiting filmmaker guests the ever-popular Zombie Night where fans dress up as the undead, and Pub After Dark, the festival’s nightly after-screening social event where fans get to mingle with the filmmakers. We Hope to See You After Dark this October!


NOW RUNNING THROUGH TO JULY 31: Call For Film Entries! Submit Your Film via our Call for Entries Page
NOW AVAILABLE, IN LIMITED SUPPLY:  Festival ALL-ACCESS Passes Now On Sale! Enjoy Priority Entry to all 20 Screenings and over $100 in savings on tickets!
EARLY TO MID-SEPT: First Ten Feature Film Titles Announced! (Get a Sneak Preview Sep 3-6, at Fan Expo Canada)
EARLY OCT: Final Wave of 9 Feature Film Titles and Collection of Shorts Announced!
EARLY OCT: Complete Festival Schedule and Tickets Available Online Here and In Person at Scotiabank Theatre. Most screenings will be at 7pm and 9.30pm nightly, Individual Tickets will be priced $13 Regular or $11 Each with Multipack Discount (Buy two or more films).
OCT 15-23: Festival Running in Downtown Toronto! All Screenings Restricted Adults 18+ take place at Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. West, all After Screening Pub After Dark Socials Restricted 19+ take place at The Office Pub, 117 John Street.


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Toronto After Dark Film Festival’s main goal is to theatrically showcase new, innovative, independent,  international and domestic 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 2014 sizzle trailer, featuring clips from a number of the thrilling films that are playing at the 2014 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 over 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.


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.

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 16-24, 2014 for Nine Nights of Cinematic Mayhem.  See You After Dark!
- Team After Dark

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