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"Toronto After Dark is a fabulous launching pad for independent genre film" - John Landis, Director/ Writer/ Producer (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, THE BLUES BROTHERS)

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films. Celebrating its 16th year, the critically acclaimed annual event spotlights thrilling new feature films and shorts from around the world. Each year's festival is attended by thousands of enthusiastic film fans and over 100 press and industry representatives, 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 75,000 social media and e-newsletter subscribers. Toronto After Dark is also proud to have been voted by local filmgoers Runner-Up for Best Film Festival in the City.

For Toronto After Dark's 16th Edition, the festival returns in person with five thrilling nights this October 19-23, 2022 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!


"Having the opportunity to screen 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 is an epicenter for genre fans across the globe."

"Well organized, friendly, and relaxed, you can’t go wrong with this festival." - FANGORIA


If your submitted film is selected for screening at the 2022 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 75,000 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. We anticipate similar high levels of engagement with our online audience. All our 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 200 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 by Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Filmmaker Magazine and Bloody-Disgusting 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.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS - FOR BEST OVERALL FILM (Features and Shorts): The Best Feature and Best Short Films as determined by a democratic poll of our most rabid festival fans - over 200 Festival Pass Buyers, with Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards given to films in each category.

SPECIALTY AWARDS: Our Passholders also give out awards in such unique and fun specialty 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!

In total approximately 30 Awards are available for filmmakers to win at the festival each year, giving every participating filmmaker, a fantastic chance to snag a prestigious Toronto After Dark Award!


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, 2020
- 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, 2020
- Completed films, works-in-progress and rough cuts all accepted
- Run time of 60 minutes or longer
- Limited Screening Exclusivity: Must not be available in Ontario, Canada for view on Television / Home Video/ Streaming/ Video On Demand, nor be screening theatrically in Ontario during our festival dates, Oct 19-23, 2022.
- A previous limited screening or limited release in Canada, the U.S. or Internationally does not disqualify your film from consideration by the festival.
- While not a prerequisite, Toronto Premiere Status is of added interest
- 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.
- JULY 15: Early Deadline
- JULY 29: Regular Deadline
- AUGUST 12: Late Deadline
- AUGUST 26 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. If selected, I authorize Toronto After Dark Film Festival to exhibit my film, and I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2022 festival (October 19-23, 2022). I recognize that screening formats at the festival are subject to change due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I accept that in the event that the pandemic makes in-person screenings unsafe or unviable for the festival to operate, my film may also be considered by the festival for screening as part of a secure online streaming platform that will be restricted to festival ticket and passholders. 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 2022 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2022 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify Toronto After Dark Film Festival, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.


Overall Rating
  • Daniel DelPurgatorio

    What you've heard is true- Toronto After Dark is hands-down one of the best genre festivals out there. You can tell that so much passion goes into putting this thing on- from the top-notch programming all the way to the presentation of the films, engagement with the audience and communication with the filmmakers. TADFF is something special and not to be missed. We are already looking forward to next year!

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Daniel, thank you so much for the great review! We hope to See You After Dark in the future!

  • Joe Badon

    Where do I start? This was the kindest, sweetest, most loving bunch of cinema lovers I've ever met! What a wonderful venue and such truly genuine people.

    Adam Lopez and Bridget Van Voorden (and EVERYONE who worked on the festival) are working their a** off, have amazing taste and were all incredibly welcoming.

    All I can say is that I want to come back every year (even if I don't get in)!
    It's that beautiful of a festival.

    Love you guys!!! truly.

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Joe for the lovely review! We had a Jurassic blast hosting you and your eclectic genre short, and were so thrilled it played well with our discerning audience! We'll see You After Dark again in the future!

  • Emma Higgins

    TAD is an amazing experience! Lots of fun, with a supportive and welcoming environment, it draws the best crowds and is a fantastic place for genre filmmakers and those who love genre!

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Emma, we loved screening your short at Toronto After Dark. Hope to share more cinematic delights from you with our audience in the future!

  • Travis Laidlaw

    TAD is the best. The communication, support and build up to the festival in unrivaled. Adam and the team really makes you feel like you are part of something special. Which you are! The event itself is always run like a well oiled machine and the theatres are always packed. I can’t wait to bring my next project back to TAD.

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Travis, we can't wait to see what thrills you bring us After Dark in the future!

  • Austin Birtch

    This being my first year as a filmmaker and an audience member at Toronto After Dark, I was amazed by the level of care and passion Adam, Bridgette, Shannon, and all of the staff and volunteers took to the program. Highly recommend for filmmakers and horror fans alike, I’ll definitely be submitting another film again next. year.

    November 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Austin, thanks so much! What a delight to have you with us for the first time! Here's to more cinematic adventures After Dark!