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Toronto After Dark

Horror, Sci-fi, Action and Cult Film Festival.

About

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. 

As well as the screenings, festivalgoers also look forward to the lively Q&A's with filmmakers, as well as Pub After Dark, our popular nightly social event where fans get to hang out with the filmmakers! In a poll of local filmgoers, Toronto After Dark was also voted Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City.

Festival offers:

  • EXTENSIVE PROMOTION
  • A WELL-ATTENDED SCREENING
  • MASSIVE PRESS COVERAGE
  • EXPOSURE BEYOND OUR FESTIVAL
  • HELP WITH DISTRIBUTION

"Toronto After Dark is a fabulous launching pad for independent genre film" - John Landis, Director/Writer/Producer (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE BLUES BROTHERS).

Awards

  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - FOR BEST OVERALL FILM (Features and Shorts): The Best Feature and Best Short Films as determined by a poll of all festival-goers at screenings. Over 3,000 votes are typically cast every year, with Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards given to films in each category.
  • FAN AWARDS FOR SPECIALTY CATEGORY WINNERS (Features): Determined by a poll of over 200 Festival Pass Buyers, filmmakers can win in such fun categories as Best Kill, Scariest Film, and Most Original Film as well as genre specific categories including Best Sci-Fi, Best Action and Best Horror Film.

Rules

  • International and independent thrilling genre cinema including short and feature films in the genres of Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Action, Animation, Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Cult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Dark Comedy, Experimental, Music Video and Documentary.
  • Films completed after January 1st, 2014.
  • Completed Films, Works-in-Progress and Rough Cuts all acceptable for submission.
  • Run time of between 1 and 29 minutes (shorts) and of 60 minutes or longer (features).

Feature films eligibility:

  • Screening at the festival would be the film’s theatrical Toronto Premiere (only applies to feature films)
  • Should not be available for public viewing in Canada prior to September 2016 on any of these platforms: TV/broadcast/cable/satellite, Home Video/DVD/Blu-Ray, Video On Demand / Subscription Streaming Service or any other viewable platform in Canada or Ontario (only applies to feature films). 

Toronto After Dark only accepts online screeners (no mail-in discs) submitted via these film festival submission platforms: Film Freeway and Withoutabox (WAB).

Subtitles: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

Canada
Toronto

Official website

torontoafterdark.com/2015

Contacts

Address:

Toronto After Dark Film Festival
3219 Yonge Street, Suite 346
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3S1
CANADA

Email: info@torontoafterdark.com

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    May 31, 2016
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 17, 2016
  • Regular Deadline
    June 30, 2016
  • Late Deadline
    July 15, 2016
  • Final Extended Deadline
    July 29, 2016
  • Notifications
    September 30, 2016
  • Event dates
    13 — 21 October 2016
Categories & Fees

Run time of 60 minutes or longer.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $55
  • Regular Deadline — $65
  • Late Deadline — $75
  • Final Extended Deadline — $85

Run time of between 1 and 29 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $39
  • Regular Deadline — $49
  • Late Deadline — $59
  • Final Extended Deadline — $69
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