FESTIVAL ORIGIN & MAIN GOALS

The festival was founded by current Festival Director Adam Lopez in October 2006 as a way of showcasing the kinds of thrilling movies he loved to watch at other film festivals around the world, but rarely seemed to play in Toronto.

Toronto After Dark’s Three Main Goals are to:

1) Theatrically showcase new, innovative, independent, local and international genre cinema, including horror, sci-fi, action, thrilling and cult films, both short and feature length, in front of local audiences that would otherwise rarely get the chance to see these movies on the Big Screen.

2) Host events around our screenings that allow festivalgoers and filmmakers to interact in an accessible and relaxed setting. 

3) Assist filmmakers by generating great publicity and word of mouth for their films at our event that ultimately leads to greater interest in and distribution of their films.

A THRILLING SUCCESS STORY FOR MOVIE FANS & FILMMAKERS

Beyond film screenings, over 10,000 attendees a year look forward to lively Q&A sessions with visiting filmmaker guests, the popular Zombie Themed Night, and Pub After Dark, the festival’s nightly after-screening social event, where fans get to mingle with filmmakers and other guests. 

The festival also benefits from a year round following with its popular movie giveaway contests and updates going out each month to over 75,000 followers subscribing to either the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or E-Mail newsfeeds.

Each year the festival reviews around 1,000 film submissions, both features and shorts in competition for just 50 screening slots, making the festival one of the most competed for film events in the year. Selected filmmakers enjoy the huge profile of our event to boost their success.

Film trailers of our selected films posted on our YouTube Channel have achieved over 10 million views combined.

Toronto After Dark has been voted Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City by local filmgoers, and One of the Best Genre Film Festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine. 

FESTIVAL SIZZLE TRAILER

To get a good idea of what Toronto After Dark is all about, we suggest you take a look at our 13th Edition Sizzle Trailer, featuring clips from a number of the thrilling films that played at the festival:

BEHIND THE SCENES MINI-DOCUMENTARY

For a behind the scenes look at Toronto After Dark, be sure to check out a fun zombie-themed Mini-Documentary covering our 6th Edition which includes filmmaker and staff interviews, and scenes from our popular annual Zombie Night:

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WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AFTER DARK

Whether you are a filmmaker or film fan, film press or industry member , sponsor, advertiser or partner, we hope you can join us for Nine Nights of Thrills & Chills at the next Toronto After Dark Film Festival!

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