August 14-21, 2009 - 8 Nights Of New Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

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2009 Fest Wraps Up with Record Crowds, Rave Reviews, and a big win for Nazi Zombie film DEAD SNOW!

AUGUST 28: Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2009 wrapped up eight thrilling nights of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema last week, blazing new cinematic trails and setting new records! A new high of over 9,000 enthusiastic fans attended the festival which ran Aug 14-21 at the legendary Bloor Cinema, over double the size of our event of just three years ago! Highlights of the 4th Annual Festival included jam-packed screenings of Nazi zombie movie DEAD SNOW, the creepy anthology TRICK ‘R TREAT and the cult action flick BLACK DYNAMITE, which won Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively in our Audience Choice Awards.  The festival also hosted its first ever World Premiere, STRIGOI, an offbeat Romanian vampire comedy that was awarded by the fest Gold in the Best Independent Feature Film category. Silver and Bronze honours went to the darkly hilarious undead buddy movie THE REVENANT and the shocking zombie baby flick GRACE respectively. Visit our Festival Awards Page for the complete lowdown on all the awards given out by fans and the festival this year including winners in our Short Film categories.

But it wasn’t just about the movies! Over 20 attending filmmakers came on stage to introduce their films or host lively Q&As with the fans including acclaimed young actor Noah Segan (BRICK, DEADGIRL) and SFX maestro Kerry Pryor (LOST BOYS, THE ABYSS, BUBBA HO-TEP). The fest also enjoyed packed nightly social events, and record rave reviews from fans and critics alike for the films selected this year, and of course plenty of dressed up zombies for our ever-popular Zombie Appreciation Night!
For pictures from the festival check out our Facebook Fan Page here and click on the Photos Tab, while for video clips including exclusive behind the scenes interviews with attending filmmakers visit our Youtube Channel here.


We would like to say a big thank you to all our filmmakers, fans, volunteers, supporters and sponsors, especially Anchor Bay Entertainment, SPACE, Rue Morgue, Eye Weekly and Onestop for helping make 2009 such a successful and record-breaking year for Toronto After Dark. Be sure to join us next year for eight more thrilling nights of cinematic mayhem, when the festival turns 5 Years OId! Our dates are already booked, so be sure to mark them down: August 13-20, 2010 (and for those that are checking, that’s the perfectly spooky FRIDAY the 13th we start next year!) If you are a filmmaker stay tuned as our 2010 Call for Film Entries will begin in the New Year. Subscribe to our our newsletter here to get updates. 

Until next year, from all of us at the festival,
See You After Dark!

UPDATED, MAY 28, 2010: For complete information on the 2010 festival, including film submission and ticket information, please visit the new Festival Website, now live here.

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