October 17-24, 2008 - 8 Nights Of Thrilling New Movies!

Festival Updates

2009 Festival Dates, Call for Entries Announced!

Toronto After Dark is thrilled to announce both our Festival Dates (Aug. 14-21, 2009) and Call for Film Entries for our next annual edition. For complete details, please visit the recently launched 2009 Festival Website

2008 Festival Wraps Up with Record Attendance, Delighted Filmmakers and Rave Reviews!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2008 wrapped up eight thrilling nights of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema last week, setting new records. Over 8,500 enthusiastic fans attended the festival which ran Oct 17-24, a huge 30% jump on the previous year, and double the size of the event that started just two years ago! Highlights of the 3rd Annual Festival included sell-out screenings of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, TOKYO GORE POLICE and I SELL THE DEAD a record over 30 attending filmmakers on stage to introduce their films including Larry Fessenden (LAST WINTER) and Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM), packed nightly social events, rave reviews for the films programmed, and of course the ever-popular Zombie Walk! Countless film sites, big and small, covered our 2008 fest, but one local Toronto blog, had easily the most comprehensive fan coverage, with reviews, photos and video clips from every single screening of the fest. To relive our 2008 event, through the eyes of a fan, check out the links on this page at the awesome MOVIE MOXIE blog!


We would like to say a big thank you to all our filmmakers, fans, supporters and sponsors, especially Anchor Bay Entertainment, Zip.ca, SPACE and Rue Morgue for helping make 2008 such a successful and record-breaking year for Toronto After Dark.  Stay tuned for a February update with our 2009 festival dates and Call for Film Entries. Until next year, from all of us at the festival,
See You After Dark!

2008 Award Winners Announced, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN the Big Winner!

Toronto After Dark is thrilled to announce the Award Winners of its recently wrapped 2008 Festival. Over 3,500 votes were cast for the Audience Award for Best Feature Film and the Gold (1st Place) winner is Swedish vampire film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, with Silver (2nd Place) going to cult sci-fi horror musical REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, and Bronze (3rd Place) awarded by fans to Thai supernatural anthology movie 4BIA (PHOBIA)

Awards were also handed out for Best Independent Feature Film, where the big winner was the grave-robber comedy I SELL THE DEAD, and in the short film categories, where winners included the hysterical Christmas tree exploitation film TREEVENGE.  For the complete run-down of awards and winners, click here.

Toronto After Dark Film Fest 2008 Now Running! Press Raving About Our Film Lineup!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival, 16 New Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult Movies is finally here! Join us over eight incredible nights this Oct. 17-24 at Toronto’s legendary Bloor Cinema for what critics are billing a must-see film event in the city.  Click on the links to watch and read what they’re saying about our festival at CITY TV News, SPACE Channel, Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, Eye Weekly, Globe & Mail and Fangoria to name a few! You can also see Toronto After Dark featured in print in this month’s Rue Morgue and Inside Entertainment magazines! To find out more about the awesome films screening each day and watch trailers visit the festival schedule here or to browse films by genre visit film lineup page here. You can buy tickets from $12 at the door of the Bloor Cinema from one hour before screenings, or in advance at the box office here. Please note: our Festival VIP Passes and advance tickets to two films, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA have now sold out, so we recommend fans buy in advance where possible. See you after dark at the movies!

Final Lineup of Films Announced! Includes I SELL THE DEAD starring Ron Perlman & Dominic Monaghan!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to announce its final lineup of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films that will have their Toronto Theatrical Premieres at the festival this October 17-24. The final eight features revealed today include a number of exciting coups for the festival including the North American Premiere of the much-anticipated new undead comedy I SELL THE DEAD starring Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) and Dominic Monaghan (LORD OF THE RINGS).

While the box office smash hit from Thailand 4BIA (PHOBIA) should delight fans looking for a good scare, those seeking laughs should check out the wealth of comedic talent on show in the new vampire office comedy NETHERBEAST INCORPORATED starring Darrell Hammond (SNL), Jason Mewes (CLERKS) and Dave Foley (KIDS IN THE HALL).  Another terrific discovery for the fest is the International Premiere of SOUTH OF HEAVEN a hyper-stylized acclaimed new crime noir film that has been compared to early Coen Brothers and David Lynch.

Sci-Fi action fans will be over the moon with the Canadian Premiere of the star-sudded dark future-set MUTANT CHRONICLES starring Thomas Jane (THE MIST), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), Devon Aoki (SIN CITY) and John Malkovich. Also announced today is the Canadian Premiere of the Sundance Film Fest late night hit DONKEY PUNCH, found footage shocker HOME MOVIE, and 80s style zombiefest KEVIN TENNEY’S BRAIN DEAD which will be a treat for fans as the finale of the Toronto Zombie Walk!  Plus some outstanding new short films from around the world will screen at Toronto After Dark, and let’s not forget a crop of kick-ass new shorts from Canadians which will be opening acts for the features!

The complete Toronto After Dark 2008 festival schedule, including all 16 feature films and collections of shorts, is now online. Fans can also take a closer look at all the films grouped by theme and watch trailers here, and buy advance tickets and passes at the box office here. Finally, we’ve also put together an another exciting new Preview Trailer for the festival featuring cuts from all the new films just announced today! Click on the video below to get a thrilling 60-second taste of what’s to come this October when we’ll See You After Dark:

Toronto After Dark 2008 First Films Announced! Repo, Tokyo Gore Police, Red and More!

In its first wave of film titles revealed for 2008, Toronto After Dark Film Festival is proud to announce a selection of eight outstanding new horror, sci-fi, action and cult feature films that will have their Toronto Theatrical Premieres at the festival this October 17-24.  The initial lineup includes a number of critically acclaimed and award-winning films from around the world including the much-anticipated new sci-fi horror musical REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA, Sundance selection revenge thriller RED based on Jack Ketchum’s novel, cult horror action movie TOKYO GORE POLICE, celebrated vampire feature LET THE RIGHT ONE IN which won Best Picture at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton’s dark and twisted modern fairytale, IDIOTS & ANGELS.

Rounding out the initial title list are MirageMan, an award-winning action-packed crowd-pleaser from Chile, the wickedly fun undead horror film Trailer Park of Terror, and the multiple award-winning cult comedy Who is KK Downey? For a closer look at the films, and links to individual film trailers, click here. To see our brand-new Festival Preview Trailer featuring scenes from the first eight announced feature titles click on the video below:

Join us at our Brand New Facebook Group!

If you use the social site facebook you can now join over 2,000 fans of our film festival at the all-new Toronto After Dark Film Festival Facebook Group. Membership benefits include monthly updates on Toronto’s thrilling cinema event scene plus exclusive contest giveaways to some of the hottest screenings in town!  So what are you waiting for? Sign up today here.

Toronto After Dark Joins the Fantastic Festival Alliance!

We are thrilled to announce that Toronto After Dark Film Festival has become a fully accredited member of the prestigious North American Fantastic Festival Alliance.  NAFFA is comprised of professional North American festivals dedicated to presenting the best new independent and international fantasy, science fiction, horror, animation, exploitation, experimental and cult movies with a dedication to quality and respect for the filmmaker’s work.  Only six other film festivals have been given the NAFFA seal of approval, so this is huge honour for Toronto After Dark, only its third year. 

Toronto After Dark’s 2008 Call for Submissions Ends with a Record Over 700 Film Entries!

Our 2008 call for entries has now ended and we would like to thank the hundreds of filmmakers from around the world who chose to submit their works to our festival.  We received another record amount of entries this year, a staggering over 700 films! If you are waiting to see your status update change on the withoutabox submission system, please be patient as due to the record volume, it is taking additional time to update all records. Our little worker droids in the programming department will be spending the next few weeks reviewing every single one of our entries before we make our final selection for screening at this year’s 3rd Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. All filmmakers will be notified of our selection decision by August 31. 

Toronto After Dark 2007 Wraps with Record Attendance and Wins Runner-Up, Best Film Fest in the City!



A big thank you to all the fans, filmmakers and supporters who helped make the Second Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, 7 Amazing Nights of New Horror & Fantasy Cinema, Oct. 19-25, 2007, such a huge success! Our 2007 event exploded with over 6,500 fans coming out over seven nights, a more than 50% jump on our first year.  Watch the slideshow featuring all the most memorable scenes from the festival here.


Toronto After Dark 2007 also broke records for our media coverage this year. The festival and our incredible lineup of films and events were featured in more than 100 media outlets across Television, Print, Radio and the Web including Ain’t It Cool News, Bloody-Disgusting, CHUD, CityTV, Exclaim, Fangoria, Filmmaker Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Inside Entertainment, Joblo.com, MTV, NOW, Rue Morgue Magazine, Showcase, Space Channel, Toronto Star, Twitch and dozens more!  Read what the critics have to say about us here.


UPDATE (Feb’08): Toronto After Dark has been voted Runner-up, Best Film Festival in the City by Filmgoers at Toronto’s leading news, arts, and events blog, BlogTO.


If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the slideshow here featuring all the most memorable moments of our 2007 festival and the collection of video clips here.


Join us in Toronto in October 2008 for more cinematic mayhem! To get the latest updates and film announcements from Toronto After Dark Film Festival, be sure to subscribe to the festival newsletter here.

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