TORONTO AFTER DARK: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival

Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival

7 Annual October 18, 2012 to October 26, 2012
OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES •
Feature Films
INTRODUCTION TO TORONTO AFTER DARK’S FEATURE FILM PROGRAM

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is a critically acclaimed week-long showcase of thrilling international cinema held annually in Toronto, Canada. The festival is a premier celebration of new HORROR, SCI-FI, FANTASY, ANIMATION, ACTION, CULT & THRILLING feature-length and short films from around the world, and is attended by over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans, press and industry every year.
FEATURES AFTER DARK is a key component of our festival: our collection of exciting new feature-length films that screen in front of packed, enthusiastic audiences!
WHAT FEATURE FILMMAKERS & PRESS SAY ABOUT US
“Toronto After Dark is a fabulous launching pad for independent genre film” – John Landis, Director/Writer/Producer (AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, BLUES BROTHERS, SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE)
“Great films and a great time, Toronto After Dark is a can’t miss event!” – AIN’T IT COOL NEWS
“Toronto After Dark is a great celebration of films, filmmakers and fans. With sold-out crowds, it’s one of the best events to attend!” – Ti West, Director/Writer/Actor (THE INNKEEPERS, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, V/H/S, ABC’S OF DEATH)
“An amazing atmosphere and great energy! The fans at Toronto After Dark are the best.” – Eli Roth, Producer/Actor/Writer (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE LAST EXORCISM, CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL, GRINDHOUSE)
“Toronto After Dark is a really cool event, run by a dedicated group of hardcore fans, that celebrate genre cinema.” – BLOODY-DISGUSTING
“Toronto After Dark is truly dedicated to independent film!” – Lloyd Kaufman Director/Producer/Actor (TOXIC AVENGER, TROMEO & JULIET, POULTRYGEIST, FATHER’S DAY)
“My film was in many festivals, but Toronto After Dark by far and away had the most enthusiastic crowds!” – Scott Sanders, Director/Writer (BLACK DYNAMITE)
Short Films
INTRODUCTION TO TORONTO AFTER DARK’S SHORT FILM PROGRAM

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is a critically acclaimed week-long showcase of thrilling international cinema held annually in Toronto, Canada. The festival is a premier celebration of new HORROR, SCI-FI, FANTASY, ANIMATION, ACTION, CULT & THRILLING feature-length and short films from around the world, and is attended by over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans, press and industry every year.
SHORTS AFTER DARK is our popular collection of exciting new short-films that screen at the festival in front of large and excited crowds!
WHAT SHORT FILMMAKERS & PRESS SAY ABOUT US
“Toronto After Dark is an epicenter for genre fans across the globe.” – MOVIE MAKER
“Well organized, friendly, and relaxed, you can’t go wrong with this festival.” – FANGORIA
“A very strong film program, mighty cool!” – TWITCH FILM
“I couldn’t have asked for a better response from people who share my obsession with all things fantastical. The people responsible for Toronto After Dark have given me nothing but positive support and assistance with my short film.” -Steven Kostanski, Short Filmmaker (LAZER GHOSTS 2)
“The programming is fantastic and innovative, designed for genre aficionados by genre aficionados.” – RUE MORGUE
“An amazing festival!” – SPACE CHANNEL
“I signed my distribution agreement last week. I got the offer from a distributor who saw my short film at the festival!” – John Reed, Short Filmmaker (FUDDLEBE)
“Pack your bags for the Great White North! The movies at Toronto After Dark sets them apart from similar festivals.” – DREAD CENTRAL
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
ABOUT TORONTO AFTER DARK
Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. Entering its 7th Year in 2012, the critically acclaimed annual event spotlights thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world. Last year’s festival was attended by a record over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans and over 100 members of press and industry, resulting in an unprecedented over 450 published reviews for its film selections including coverage for the first time from the Hollywood Trade Press, and a number of distribution deals for filmmakers. In a poll of local filmgoers, Toronto After Dark was also voted Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City.
Following last year’s record-breaking success, for its next edition, Toronto After Dark expands its main festival to a record nine thrilling nights, October 18-26, 2012. This year also marks the return of Toronto After Dark to its historic home, the now beautifully restored Bloor Cinema, Toronto’s legendary hundred-year old movie theatre, revered by visiting filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright. We look forward to your entry and participation in this year’s exciting 7th Annual Toronto After Dark: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival!
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We’re looking for independent and international feature-length and short films from around the world, in the following main genre groups:
– Horror, Supernatural
– Sci-Fi, Fantasy
– Animation
– Crime, Action, Thriller, Suspense
– Cult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Experimental
– Documentary (with a genre connection)
– Music Videos (with a genre connection)
WANT MORE INFO ON TORONTO AFTER DARK?
You can find out more about our film festival, and see videos, images, reviews and more filmmaker testimonials at the Official Festival Website here:
http://www.torontoafterdark.com
PLEASE E-MAIL US QUESTIONS, ANYTIME:
submissions@torontoafterdark.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
WHAT WE OFFER FILMMAKERS
“The people responsible for Toronto After Dark have given me nothing but positive support and assistance with my film.” – Steven Kostanski, Short Filmmaker
If your submitted film is selected for screening at the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, here is what you can expect from us:
– EXCELLENT PRESENTATION: Toronto After Dark takes pride in screening all films with the very best projection and sound equipment available.
– EXTENSIVE PROMOTION of your film as part of our massive two month festival marketing campaign that involves print, cinema, web, social media and street marketing. We also create excellent film profile pages on our festival website to showcase each film to the general public in the best possible light.
– A WELL-ATTENDED SCREENING: Our festival has become world-famous for its packed, enthusiastic audiences, with typically over 400 fans in attendance at every screening. These fans create fantastic word of mouth for the films they see.
– MASSIVE PRESS COVERAGE: Very few festivals in the world come close to Toronto After Dark when it comes to generating publicity for independent genre films, both feature films and shorts. Given our status as one of the world’s top genre film festivals, over 100 press and industry members cover our event annually including the Hollywood trade press and most importantly we encourage them to cover our short films too.
Outlets Toronto After Dark and its film selections have been featured in include: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Ain’t It Cool News, Bloody-Disgusting, Twitch Film, Coming Soon.Net, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Filmmaker Magazine, and the SPACE Channel. Last year we were delighted to set a new record for editorial coverage, with over 350 published feature film reviews and over 100 published short film reviews at the festival.
– EXPOSURE BEYOND OUR FESTIVAL: We like to tell filmmakers, that at Toronto After Dark your film is not just programmed, it is adopted. You can rest assured, if selected that our experienced festival team will do all that it can to make sure that your film’s journey to finding the perfect audience wider than just our festival. is a successful one!
– HELP WITH DISTRIBUTION: Most recently Hollywood has also been taking notice of our festival with trade press coverage. Toronto After Dark has a number of high profile contacts that we can share with you if you are selected by our event, and seeking distribution domestically or internationally. A number of our official selections have gone on to find distribution deals following the buzz surrounding their screenings at Toronto After Dark.
ALL SUBMITTING FILMMAKERS CAN EXPECT
– A FAIR AND FULL PRE-SCREENING of your film: we don’t pre-guarantee a program slot to any filmmaker, regardless of their relationship with the festival. Our programming department watches every single film that it is submitted, before making our final selections.
– A HONEST AND FAIR CHANCE AT WINNING ONE OF SEVERAL AWARDS: Instead of festival juries which often have internal biases, Toronto After Dark as a fan-driven event prefers to let our fans choose ALL the winners of our awards. We have two broad categories of awards that are handed out by fans:
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.
PLEASE E-MAIL US QUESTIONS, ANYTIME:
submissions@torontoafterdark.com
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUBMISSION!
– Team After Dark
ORGANIZERS
Adam Lopez (Festival Director) ; Adam Lopez (Festival Director) ; Peter Kuplowsky (Senior Programmer) ; Steven Landry (Programming Manager)
GENERAL RULES
ANY QUESTIONS?
PLEASE E-MAIL OUR SUBMISSIONS DEPARTMENT AT ANYTIME:
WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ENTRY!
– Team After Dark

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