Toronto Int'l Spring of Horror and Fantasy (TISH) was created to give people of Toronto access to quality genre films throughout the year.

Our aim is to showcase the best genre films from around the World from new filmmakers and seasoned veterans. Our focus is on new voices and we prefer creativity over big budgets. In addition to having short films in front of features, we also aim to start most screenings with a genre appropriate music video to set the mood.

In addition to screenings, we also have other fun activities such as nightly socials and a scream queen or king competition.

Our screenings are held at the Carlton Cinema in downtown Toronto on April 5-7, 2019.

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Music Video

Best Direction
Best Script
Best Performance
Best Effects
Most Outrageous

Additional specialty prizes may be given at the awards ceremony.
All award winners get a Crazed TISH Cleaver the Beaver Bobblehead(!) Statue.

We accept short films (<45 min), feature films (45 min<) and music videos that would play well alongside genre films.

We are open to all horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. Other films that would fit a genre festival (such as bloody black comedies, mysteries or dark experimental films) are also cordially welcome.

All films must either be in English or have English subtitles. Music videos may be in any language.

You must own all rights and have appropriate music clearances to the film(s) you're submitting. And by submitting a film, you grant Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival permission to exhibit the film at the festival.

If the film is accepted, the filmmaker will consent to us using a trailer (preferred) or alternatively a short clip of his/her film as well as a poster or images from the film for promotional purposes of the festival.

Works-in-progress will be considered, as long as they are going to be completed prior to the Festival.

We will accept both online screeners via FilmFreeway as well as DVD copies. All submission fees need to be paid via FilmFreeway before the DVD entries are considered. The fees are all non-refundable.

DVD entries should be sent to:

Spring Of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival
Att: Jon Lewis
800 Lansdowne Avenue, Unit 604
Toronto, ON, M6H 4K3

We will make our announcements at the latest on March 9th, 2019.

If accepted, we will need a good quality digital download (ProRes 422 or h.264) or a BluRay copy (with a DVD backup) sent to us by March 21.

To ensure the highest playback quality, the theatre is also equipped to play DCP files. However, if you opt to send us a DCP screener, we would still need to get the film in one of the other aforementioned formats as a back up.

All accepted films will get a complimentary festival pass and have access to discounted tickets for cast / crew members throughout the festival.

Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes when sending entries as they may damage the discs.

Overall Rating
  • TISH has grown so much since its conception. The folks that run it are down to earth and very passionate towards genre cinema. I had a great time at the screenings!

    May 2018
  • Keenan Poloncsak

    Too expensive, probably because its in Toronto!

    April 2018
  • Sherlyne Lim

    Although we cant make it to the event but really happy taking part this yea

    April 2018
  • Sean Wirz

    Very nice team, very friendly, organized and competent. Unfortunately I couldn't attend. Best of luck for the future!

    April 2018
  • Adam Losurdo

    It was a pleasure to have my film HOPE be a part of Spring of Horror. Excellent genre festival with great communication.

    April 2017