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Upcoming Toronto Festivals
Apr 16 - 22, 2020 Images Festival
  Toronto's annual celebration of art-minded film and videomaking, this year taking place online due to COVID-19.
Apr 22, 2020 Canadian Film Day
  All Canada, all day. This year: online!
TBA -- Apr 2020 Bloody Mary Film Festival
  Celebrating women in horror, sci-fi and fantasy.
TBA -- Apr 2020 What The Film Festival
  Eccentric cinema, courtesy Laserblast. Their credo: "we will always leave our audiences slack-jawed."
TBA -- May 2020 Hot Docs
  Ten days of reality-based cinema. The cream of the Sundance/SXSW/Tribeca slate, plus many World and North American premieres.
TBA -- May 2020? Reel Abilities
  Cinema by and about people with disabilities.
TBA -- May 2020? Turkish Film Week
  Turkish cinema.
TBA -- May 2020? Vaughan Film Festival
  Indie cinema in the suburbs.
Jun 24 - 28, 2020 Spring Of Horror
  Fresh blood.
TBA -- Jun 2020? Breakthroughs Film Festival
  Emerging female directors break through.
TBA -- Jun 2020? Contact Dance International Film Festival
  The momentum of dance takes to the screen.
TBA -- Jun 2020 Czech That
  Czech cinema travels to you!
TBA -- Jun 2020? Italian Contemporary Film Festival
  Italian cinema returns to Toronto.
TBA -- Jun 2020? Toronto Indie Horror Fest
  New blood.
TBA -- Jun 2020? Toronto Japanese Film Festival
  Genre-spanning Japanese cinema.
TBA -- Jun 2020 Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
  Shot small, shown big.
TBA -- Jun 2020? Toronto True Crime Film Festival
  Truth > fiction. Docs, docudramas and lectures.
TBA -- Jul 2020? Insomniac Film Festival
  Toronto's young filmmakers create rather than sleep.
TBA -- Jul 2020? Multicultural Film Festival
  The cinema mosaic at work.
TBA -- Jul 2020? Reel HeART Film Festival
  Independent film, from script to screen.
TBA -- Jul 2020? TO Web Fest
  Made for the Internet.
TBA -- Jul 2020? Vector Festival
  Born digital.
TBA -- Aug 2020? Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival
  South Asian cinema comes to Canada.
TBA -- Aug 2020? Mulan International Film Festival
  From China to Toronto.
TBA -- Aug 2020? Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
  Young filmmaking stars shine.
Sep 10 - 20, 2020 Toronto International Film Festival
  The big kahuna of Toronto film festivals.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Cabbagetown Short Film And Video Festival
  Cabbagetown loves cinema.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Caribbean Tales
  Stories from the islands.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Culture Days
  An annual cross-Canada weekend of culture, including film.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Toronto Beaches Film Festival
  Beach life, inside.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Toronto Indie Film Festival
  Riding the festival wave in the name of micro-budget cinema.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
  From Nigeria to Toronto.
TBA -- Sep 2020? Toronto Palestine Film Festival
  Presenting the narrative of a disposessed people.
Oct 1 - 11, 2020 Inside Out Lesbian And Gay Film Festival
  Eleven days of the queer cinematic experience.
Oct 22 - Nov 1, 2020 Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  A yearly celebration of worldwide Jewish culture on film.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Alucine
  Presenting the work of Latino film and video makers.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Commffest
  Bringing communities together through film.
TBA -- Oct 2020? ImagineNative
  Aboriginal film and video.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Macedonian Film Festival
  Broadening awareness of Macedonian talent.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Nuit Blanche
  Artists take us deep into the Toronto night.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Planet In Focus
  Taking stock of this hunk of rock we call home every autumn.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Reel World Film Festival
  Celebrating cultural diversity through film.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Rendezvous With Madness
  Illuminating mental illness and addiction with both screenings and panel discussions.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto After Dark
  Nine nights of new horror, fantasy and action cinema.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto Arthouse Film Festival
  New independent talent.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto Food Film Festival
  Food on screen, snacks in the belly.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto Latin American Film Festival
  Hispanic cinema.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto Middle Eastern And North African Film Festival
  Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Tunis and more.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival
  Big wheels on screen.
TBA -- Oct 2020 Toronto Silent Film Festival
  Where the images (accompanied by live music, naturally) do the talking.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto South African Film Festival
  The culture, history and politics of South Africa.
TBA -- Oct 2020? Toronto Spanish Film Festival
  Film culture from Spain.
Nov 2 - 13, 2020 Cinéfranco: Youth Festival
  The city's yearly round-up of recent French-language cinema reaches out to the city's youth with weekday school group screenings.
Nov 20 - 28, 2020 Cinéfranco
  Recent French-language cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Blood In The Snow
  Warm blood for cold Canadian winter.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Brazil Film Fest
  A dose of Brazilian cinema holds off the imminent winter chill.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Canadian Labour International Film Festival
  The world of work and those who do it.
TBA -- Nov 2020 Canadian Sport Film Festival
  Giving the armchair quarterback a festival to call his own.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Cyrus International Film Festival
  Contemporary Iranian cinema. Formerly known as CineIran.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Diaspora Film Festival
  Illuminating the immigrant experience.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festial
  Polish cinema returns to Toronto.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Estdocs
  The Estonian documentary film festival.
TBA -- Nov 2020? European Union Film Festival
  The member countries of the European Union showcase continental culture for the benefit of us in the colonies.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Pomegranate Film Festival
  Fresh filmic takes on Armenian culture.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Reel Asian
  Toronto's annual collection of films from Asia and the Asian diaspora.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Regent Park Film Festival
  Shining the spotlight on a Toronto neighbourhood in revival.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Shorts Not Pants Festival
  Quick takes.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Syria Film Festival
  Moving pictures convey the Syrian struggle.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Toronto Queer Film Festival
  Representing the under-represented.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Toronto Serbian Film Festival
  The arrival of winter has been known to blow in this web-phobic showcase of new Serbian cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Toronto Shorts International Film Festival
  Short-form cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2020? Video Drunk
  Drink deeply from the fountain of cinema.
TBA -- Dec 2020? Filmi
  South Asian cinema culture.
TBA -- Dec 2020? Jayu Human Rights Film Festival
  Taking stock of human rights abuses in North Korea and beyond.
TBA -- Dec 2020? Sinolux
  Chinese favourites. In this year's spotlight: Lou Ye!
TBA -- Jan 2021? Art, Architecture, Design Film Festival
  Shape the world.
TBA -- Jan 2021? Human Rights Watch
  Fighting injustice, inspiring hope.
TBA -- Jan 2021? Japan Foundation Film Screenings
  The Consulate General Of Japan amd the Japan Foundation team up for this annual free movie event.
TBA -- Jan 2021? The 8 Fest
  Small-gauge filmmaking.
TBA -- Jan 2021? indiefilmTO Fest
  Adding value.
TBA -- Feb 2021? TIFF Next Wave
  World cinema for teens, tweens and young adults. Free for anyone under 25!
TBA -- Feb 2021? Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
  Sharpen your imagination.
TBA -- Feb 2021? Toronto Black Film Festival
  Discovery, from Africa to the diaspora.
TBA -- Feb 2021? Toronto Irish Film Festival
  Cinema of the emerald isle.
TBA -- Mar 2021? Female Eye
  The gaze from the other side.
TBA -- Apr 2021 Cinéfranco Perspective Québec
  New, vibrant French-language cinema from La Belle Provence.
Out Of Town
Missing In Action: Toronto
Last Seen: Mar 2019 Waterdocs
  For the love of H20.
Last Seen: Mar 2019 Canadian Film Fest
  New homegrown fare.
Last Seen: Mar 2019 Cine Cuba Toronto
  Cuban cinema.
Last Seen: Mar 2019 Toronto Short Film Festival
  Short-form cinema.
Last Seen: Oct 2018 Nollywood Travel Film Festival
  From Nigeria to Toronto.
Last Seen: Sep 2016 Parkdale Film + Video Showcase
  The cinema of Parkdale.
Last Seen: Sep 2018 Canadian International Faith And Family Film Festival
  Artists In Christian Testimony present films of faith.
Last Seen: Aug 2018 Lost Episode Festival
  Fans fill in the genre blanks.
Last Seen: Aug 2018 Toronto Anime Matsuri
  Pop-culture Japan in Toronto - anime, J-Rock, fashion and more!
Last Seen: Jul 2018 Toronto Korean Film Festival
  Taste kimchi cinema.
Last Seen: Jun 2018 Contemporary Croatian Cinema
  The latest from Croatia.
Last Seen: May 2018 Toronto Nepali Film Festival
  Highlighting the political and social developments of Nepal.
Last Seen: Apr 2018 Toronto International Porn Festival
  The former Feminist Porn Awards expands to explore the diversity of human lust.
Last Seen: Apr 2018 Italian Contemporary Film Festival Youth Edition
  A youth-oriented spin on contemporary Italian cinema.
Last Seen: Nov 2017 Reel Awareness - Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival
  Human rights issues on film.
Last Seen: Sep 2017 Toronto Film Week
  Free shorts from the indie set.
Last Seen: Jul 2017 Korean Film Festival
  Free Korean films, presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.
Last Seen: May 2017 Toronto International Deaf Film & Arts Festival
  Showcasing deaf culture on film.
Last Seen: Oct 2016 Explore Experience Evolve Film Festival
  Toronto's spiritual film festival.
Last Seen: Oct 2016 Eatable
  Food + film.
Last Seen: Oct 2016 DGC Awards Film Festival
  The Directors Guild Of Canada prepares for its annual awards ceremony with a week of nominees. Free!
Last Seen: Oct 2016 Brazilian Film & TV Festival Of Toronto
  The heat of Brazilian culture holds off the imminent autumn chill.
Last Seen: Jul 2016 Silver International Film Festival
  Building connections between filmmakers and filmgoers.
Last Seen: Jun 2016 World International Film Festival
  World cinema screens around the globe.
Last Seen: May 2016 Bollywood In The Bluffs
  Free South Asian films at the Scarborough Bluffs.
Last Seen: Dec 2015 The Shortest Day
  Ring in the solstice with short films leading up to the year's shortest day. Free!
Last Seen: Nov 2015 Toronto NXT Film Fest
  New voices, new visions.
Last Seen: Oct 2015 Toronto Russian Film Festival
  Post-Soviet Russian cinema.
Last Seen: Aug 2015 Rastafest
  Reggae film.
Last Seen: May 2015 Eastern Breeze
  A taste of Eastern philosophy.
Last Seen: Mar 2015 Reel Artists Film Festival
  Artists on film. Presented by the Canadian Art Foundation.
Last Seen: Feb 2015 Romanian Film Festival Of Toronto
  A spring showcase of Romanian cinema. Presented by Association Rocade.
Last Seen: Oct 2014 Zero Film Festival
  DIY, self-financed films.
Last Seen: Oct 2014 Si Si Cine
  The Spanish-language cinema festival returns as part of the larger Festival Of Images And Words.
Last Seen: Aug 2014 Toronto Veloreel Film Festival
  Movies on wheels. Outdoors at 1 Fraser Ave.
Last Seen: Jun 2014 Pink Latino Diversity Festival
  Just in time for Pride.
Last Seen: Apr 2014 Sex And The Erotic Film Festival
  Sex, love, pleasure.
Last Seen: Mar 2014 U Of T Film Fest
  Students past and present of the venerable downtown learning institution showcase their work.
Last Seen: Mar 2014 Breast Fest
  Rethinking breast cancer.
Last Seen: Nov 2013 Monsters & Martians
  Indie sci-fi.
Last Seen: Sep 2013 Toronto Cornerstone International Film Festival
  Love motivates, messages sent, action taken.
Last Seen: Jul 2013 Hidden Film Festival
  Hide and seek.
Last Seen: Jun 2013 Toronto Greek Film Retrospective
  The legacy of Greek cinema, free of charge.
Last Seen: Mar 2013 The Caribbean Film Festival
  From the islands to the diaspora.
Last Seen: Oct 2012 French Films On Campus
  Free Francophonic Film, an initiative of French Cultural Services In Canada.
Last Seen: Oct 2012 Toronto Creole Film Festival
  Creole culture.
Last Seen: Sep 2012 Abilities Arts Festival
  Cinema provides the impetus to discuss issues surrounding disability. Part of the larger Abilities Arts Festival.
Last Seen: Sep 2012 Stiffed! Film Festival
  This year's Salon De Refuses for rejected TIFF shorts.
Last Seen: Jul 2012 Shinsedai
  The new generation of Japanese filmmakers. The 2013 edition has been cancelled.
Last Seen: Jun 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival
  Brevity crosses all borders in this yearly helping of cinema for the short of attention. Of special mention are an outdoor screening at Dufferin Grove Park (Jun 3), comedy showcase at The Garrison (Jun 7), a night of shorts at the CN Tower (Jun 9), and an all-night programme (Jun 9). Mostly
Last Seen: Mar 2010 World Of Comedy Film Festival
  Laugh the winter blues away.
Last Seen: Feb 2012 All Balls Don't Bounce Sports Weekend
  Displaying a passion for both sport and film with a focus on black athletes, screening Joe Frazier doc When The Smoke Clears, black surfing expose White Wash, West Indian cricket remembrance Fire In Babylon and Canadian track and field story Mighty Jerome. Screenings are free.
Last Seen: Feb 2012 Giggleshorts
  Levity meets brevity.
Last Seen: Aug 2011 Bicycle Film Festival
  The moving image on two wheels.
Last Seen: May 2011 Toronto Romanian Film Festival
  Charting the flourishing course of Romanian cinema.
Last Seen: Sep 2009 Spinning Wheel Film Festival
  Stories illuminating the history and traditions of the Sikh people.
Last Seen: Mar 2011 Japanese Short Film Festival
  Bite-sized chunks of Japanese cinema.
Last Seen: Feb 2011 Cuban Film Festival
  Cuban cinema. Free!
Last Seen: Sep 2010 Indie Can
  Independent Canadian cinema.
Last Seen: Sep 2010 Toronto Scream Fest
  Short, sharp jabs of bloody horror.
Last Seen: Jul 2010 Human Rights Docfest
  Human rights issues on film.
Last Seen: Jul 2010 Toronto Singapore Film Festival
  Singaporean goodies.
Last Seen: Apr 2010 Tibet Film Festival
  Sharing the culture of Tibet with Toronto through recent documentaries and features.
Last Seen: Dec 2009 Romanian Film Festival at Toronto
  Montreal's Romanian Fest makes the trip down the 401.
Last Seen: Nov 2009 Kino Festival Of Russian Film And Art
  Covering fiction, documentary and even animation, Kino attempts to present a comprehensive portrait of Russian film culture.
Last Seen: Oct 2009 MUCK Film Festival
  Movies of uncommon knowledge, confronting assumptions about the world we live in.
Last Seen: Sep 2009 Kino Kultura
  Highlights from the last decade of Polish cinema, including Andrez Wajda's Katyn, plus animated shorts for the kids and a programme of music videos. Part of the larger Roncesvalles Polish Festival. The hard-to-find schedule can be found at the bottom of this page.
Last Seen: May 2009 Over The Top
  A companion film festival to the annual all-ages music festival of new and rising acts. Highlights include the Gondry/Carax/Bong omnibus travelogue film Tokyo!, explosive home invasion thriller PVC-1 and Viking flick Severed Ways.
Last Seen: Mar 2009 Mpenzi Black Women's Festival
  Black women's issues on film.
Last Seen: Mar 2009 Queer 2 Fly
  Diversity through film.
Last Seen: Feb 2009 Australian Film Weekend
  The cinema of down under warms the frigid Canadian winter. This year's programme includes the Midnight Madness-approved Ozploitation doc Not Quite Hollywood.
Last Seen: Nov 2008 Voices Forward
  Illuminating life in the Middle East via Israeli and Palestinian culture.
Last Seen: Oct 2008 Toronto International Latin Film Festival
  Upstart usurper of the Latin film fest crown, showcasing recent cinema from South America and Europe.
Last Seen: Sep 2008 Student Shorts
  Occupation: student. Output: film. Length: short.
Last Seen: Sep 2008 Microcinefest
  A cornucopia of cinema and video for the TIFF'ed off.
Last Seen: Jun 2008 Toronto Portuguese Film Festival
  Portuguese culture on film.
Last Seen: May 2008 Contact: Films On Photography
  The yearly city-wide photography festival includes a sidebar collection of photo-docs.
Last Seen: Dec 2007 Fantasy Worldwide Film Festival
  Films dealing in fantasy, science fiction and mythology (but drawing the line at horror).
Last Seen: Nov 2007 Bengali Film Festival
  Bengali culture on film.
Last Seen: Oct 2007 DNA Film Festival
  Digital narrative arts.
Last Seen: Jun 2007 Balkan Film Festival
  The countries of south-eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Turkey) represent themselves cinematically.
Last Seen: May 2007 Hong Kong Film Festival
  Ten years after the handover of the Hong Kong territory to mainland China, U of T's Asian Institute shares a decade of film industry highlights with Toronto audiences.
Last Seen: Feb 2007 Prisoner's Justice Film Festival
  Prison activism through cinema.
Last Seen: Nov 2006 Toronto Arab Film Festival
Last Seen: Nov 2006 ResFest
  Digitally yours. Music videos, shorts and more.
Last Seen: Nov 2006 Moving Pictures
  Moving bodies meet the moving image, dance meets film.
Last Seen: Sep 2006 RebelFest
  Feeding off TIFF's considerable profile.
Last Seen: Sep 2006 First Take
Last Seen: Aug 2006 Young Cuts
  Young filmmakers step into the spotlight.
Last Seen: Jun 2006 Splice This!
  Toronto's annual celebration of small-gauge filmmking.
Last Seen: Jun 2005 Festival Of Italian Cinema
  Upstart competitor in the Italian festival space.
Last Seen: May 2005 Classic Movie Festival
  Classics both remebered and forgotten, B-movies and seminal works of noted directors.
Last Seen: Apr 2005 Jack Layton Film Festival
  The leader of Canada's NDP political party lends his name to this iconoclastic collection of films promoting "social democracy, the human condition, peace, love & understanding and maybe even a laugh or two".
Last Seen: Jun 2004 Sex And Death
Last Seen: Apr 2004 Get Reel
Last Seen: Feb 2003 Polish Film Festival
Last Seen: Jan 2003 Iced In Black
Last Seen: Sep 2002 Planet Indie
Last Seen: Sep 2002 Counting Past 2
Last Seen: Aug 2002 Teen Movie Festival
Last Seen: Jul 2002 BritPics
Last Seen: Oct 2001 Digital Image Festival

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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