Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy 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 7-9, 2017.

Awards & Prizes

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Music Video

Best Direction
Best Performance
Best Effects

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

Rules & Terms

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 non-refundable.

DVD entries should be sent to:

Spring Of Horror and 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 10th, 2016.

If accepted, we will need a good quality digital download (ProRes 422 or h.264) or preferably a BluRay copy (with a DVD backup) sent to us by March 22nd.

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.

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

6 Reviews

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    Catherine Laine

    Brilliant festival! Completely over the moon with our win! Thank you x

    April 2017
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    David Scott

    We had the best time at The Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival! The screenings were held at a well-established theatre in Toronto. The communication between us and the festival directors leading up to the screening was great. The international features we were competing against were unique and of high quality. Great genre film festival! And it's only TISH's second year! The after party on opening night was a night we'll remember for a very long time. Highly recommend.

    April 2017
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    John Nicol

    TISH is only in its second year and they are truly on point...A great event for independent genre film makers globally. I can't wait to submit for next year!!! TISH can do no wrong, and I would totally endorse their event...

    April 2017
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    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
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    Ryan LaPlante

    The fest organizers are awesome, the communication is great, and the lineup of international genre films is stellar. I had an amazing time at this festival and can't wait to go back next year! Congrats to everyone involved!

    April 2017