OUR 2015 CALL FOR ENTRIES HAS CLOSED: Thank you to every filmmaker who entered. Each film will be watched by our Programming Department and notified of their final selection status by the end of September 2015.

INTERESTED IN ENTERING OUR NEXT FEST? Please join Toronto After Dark’s Call for Entries Contact List at this link:
You will then get an update email from us in early 2016 when our next Call is announced.


"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)

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. Entering its celebratory 10th Year in 2015, the critically acclaimed annual event spotlights thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world. Last year’s festival was attended by over 11,000 enthusiastic film fans and over 200 members of press and industry, resulting in an unprecedented over 500 published reviews for its film selections and a number of distribution deals for filmmakers. As well as the screenings, festivalgoers also look forward to the lively Q&A's with filmmakers, as well as Pub After Dark, our popular nightly social event where fans get to hang out with the 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 runs for nine thrilling nights, October 15-23, 2015. We look forward to your entry and participation in this year's exciting 10th Annual Toronto After Dark: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival!


"Great films and a great time, Toronto After Dark is a can’t miss event!" - AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

"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

“A festival with great taste, I love Toronto After Dark! It is an event close to my heart.”

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


"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 2015 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 500 published feature film reviews and 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.


- 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.


You can find out more about our film festival, on a special page we have created for Filmmakers here:

Awards & Prizes

WE PROVIDE 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.

Rules & Terms


Toronto After Dark Film Festival seeks independent feature-length and short films from around the world in any of the following main genre groups:
- Horror, Supernatural
- Sci-Fi, Fantasy
- Animation
- Crime, Action, Thriller, Suspense
- Dark Comedy
- Cult, Bizarre, Genre-defying, Experimental
- Documentaries, with a genre-related or cult/bizarre subject matter
- Music Videos, with a genre-related or cult/bizarre aesthetic


- Completed after January 1st, 2013
- Completed films, works-in-progress and rough cuts accepted
- Run time of less than 30 minutes
- Not previously submitted to the festival
- Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English


- Completed after January 1st, 2013
- Completed films, works-in-progress and rough cuts accepted
- Run time of 60 minutes or longer
- Screening at our festival would be its Toronto Premiere (only applies to feature films)
- Must not have played in Canada on TV/cable/satellite/VOD, nor be available on DVD/Blu-Ray/VOD/Any Streaming Service in Canada, nor be available publicly online (only applies to feature films)
- Not previously submitted to the festival
- Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English


Please submit early to save on our submission fees.
- JUNE 5: Early Deadline
- JUNE 26: Regular Deadline
- JULY 17: Final Deadline
- JULY 31: Extended Final Deadline

Toronto After Dark Film Festival ONLY accepts online film screeners. Also any applicable submission fees must also be paid online at time of your entry.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


I have read and accept the terms and regulations of Toronto After Dark Film Festival. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the Toronto After Dark Film Festival to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2015 festival (October 12-23, 2015). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold Toronto After Dark Film Festival harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to Toronto After Dark Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2015 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2015 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify Toronto After Dark Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.



- Team After Dark

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