"Toronto After Dark is a fabulous launching pad for independent genre film" - John Landis, Director / Writer/ Producer

"Toronto After Dark has an amazing atmosphere and great energy! Our screening was completely sold out, the lineup was wrapped all the way around the block, and everyone was really into the movie. The fans here are the best!" - Eli Roth, Director / Writer / Producer / Actor (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE LAST EXORCISM, CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL, GRINDHOUSE, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS)

"In many ways Toronto After Dark not only taught us what a good audience is, but also kicked off our careers and empowered us to keep aiming to simultaneously innovate, scare people and tug on heartstrings. In following several of our films around the world, it has become one of the screenings that we look forward to most."
- Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, Directors / Writers / Actors (RESOLUTION, SPRING, THE ENDLESS)

"Toronto After Dark is truly a fest run by people who care and love what they do. The extra effort they put in to support the films that they showcase is superb. We’ve never had a bigger audience reaction to our film: tweets about our movie crashed our cells! Toronto After Dark didn’t just live up to our expectations. It blew them away!"
- Jen and Sylvia Soska, Directors / Writers / Actors

"Having the opportunity to debut my first feature at Toronto After Dark was an absolute dream. It’s a festival programmed by true genre fans, for true genre fans, so it’s no wonder why they have the most energetic crowds on the festival circuit."
- Tyler MacIntyre, Director / Writer (TRAGEDY GIRLS, PATCHWORK)

"Toronto After Dark embraced everything that was a little crazy about our film, including its very existence, and set it up perfectly for their amazing audience. We couldn’t have asked for a better launching pad to showcase our indie sci-fi action martial arts kaiju stand alone/sequel genre mash of a film. Toronto After Dark is beyond awesome."
- Liam O’Donnell, Director / Writer (BEYOND SKYLINE)

"Toronto After Dark's excellence in programming is only exceeded by its incredible atmosphere. Friendly, welcoming, and downright fun, this is a world-class festival tailor-made for filmmakers and attendees alike. A truly wonderful home to premiere my first feature film."
- Corey Stanton, Director / Writer (ROBBERY)

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. Now in its 14th year, the critically acclaimed annual event spotlights thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world. Each year's festival is attended by over 10,000 enthusiastic film fans plus over 100 members of press and industry, generating hundreds of published reviews for our film selections and a number of distribution deals for filmmakers.

As well as the screenings, festivalgoers can 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! The festival, the films and the fans also benefit year round from a significant online presence, with film updates sent to over 65,000 social media and e-newsletter subscribers. Toronto After Dark is proud to have been voted by local filmgoers Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City.

Following last year’s success, for its 14th edition, Toronto After Dark runs for nine thrilling nights this October 17-25, 2019 at the Scotiabank Theatre, the biggest cinema in Canada’s largest city. We look forward to your entry and participation in this year's exciting Toronto After Dark: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Film Festival!


"An amazing atmosphere and great energy! The fans at Toronto After Dark are the best." - Eli Roth, Producer/ Actor/ Writer (GREEN INFERNO, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, CABIN FEVER)

“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.”
- Simon Pegg, Writer/Actor (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK)

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 2019 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 includes web, email and outdoor components. Our films also benefit year round from a significant online presence with film updates to over 65,000 social media and e-newsletter subscribers.

- 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 trade press and most importantly we encourage them to cover our short films too.

Toronto After Dark and its film selections have been featured in: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Bloody-Disgusting, Coming Soon.Net, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Filmmaker Magazine and on The Space Channel to name a few. We generate record editorial coverage, with hundreds of published feature film reviews and short film reviews at the festival annually.

- 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: The film industry has also taken 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 CONSIDERATION WITH 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 is submitted, before making our final selections.



- Team After Dark

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.


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
- Music Video (with a genre connection)
- Documentary (with a genre connection)


- Completed after January 1st, 2017
- 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, 2017
- Completed films, works-in-progress and rough cuts accepted
- Run time of 60 minutes or longer
- Screening at our festival would be its Toronto Theatrical Premiere (only applies to feature films)
- Must not have played in Canada on TV/cable/streaming, nor be available on Home Video/Streaming in Canada, nor be available publicly online prior to submission (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.
- APRIL 12: Early Deadline
- MAY 10: Regular Deadline
- JUNE 7: Late Deadline
- JUNE 28: 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 2019 festival (October 17-25, 2019). 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 2019 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2019 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