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Nov 1 - Dec 4, 2021 Canadian Labour International Film Festival
  The world of work and those who do it.
Nov 6 - Dec 5, 2021 Toronto Silent Film Festival
  Where the images (accompanied by live music, naturally) do the talking. The first of three monthly mini-fests. More coming in December and January.
Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2021 Regent Park Film Festival
  Shining the spotlight on a Toronto neighbourhood in revival.
Dec 1 - 10, 2021 Jayu Human Rights Film Festival
  Taking stock of human rights abuses in North Korea and beyond.
Dec 1 - 5, 2021 Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival
  South Asian cinema comes to Canada.
TBA -- Dec 2021? Brazil Film Fest
  A dose of Brazilian cinema holds off the imminent winter chill.
Feb 25 - 27, 2022 The 8 Fest
  Small-gauge filmmaking, delivered digitally.
TBA -- Feb 2022? 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.
TBA -- Feb 2022? Human Rights Watch
  Fighting injustice, inspiring hope.
TBA -- Feb 2022? JFF Plus Online Festival
  From Japan to you, by way of the internet.
TBA -- Feb 2022? TIFF Next Wave
  World cinema for teens, tweens and young adults. Free for anyone under 25!
TBA -- Feb 2022? Toronto Black Film Festival
  Discovery, from Africa to the diaspora.
Mar 21 - 25, 2022 Toronto Short Film Festival
  Short-form cinema.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Cinéfierté
  LGBTQIA+ Franchophone cinema.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Female Eye
  Another gaze.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Pendance Film Festival
  For the love of story.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Semaine De La Francophonie
  A week's worth of Franchophone cinema.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
  Sharpen your imagination.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Toronto Korean Film Festival
  Taste kimchi cinema.
TBA -- Mar 2022? Toronto Queer Film Festival
  Representing the under-represented.
Apr 20, 2022 Canadian Film Day
  All Canada, all day.
Apr 28 - May 8, 2022 Hot Docs
  Ten days of reality-based cinema goes online.
TBA -- Apr 2022? Canadian Film Fest
  New homegrown fare.
TBA -- Apr 2022? Cinéfranco: Spring Break
  The city's yearly round-up of recent French-language cinema offers school break programming for stay-at-home times.
TBA -- May 2022? Canadian Sport Film Festival
  Giving the armchair quarterback a festival to call his own.
TBA -- May 2022? European Union Short Film Festival
  The member countries of the European Union showcase bite-sized sampled of continental culture for the benefit of us in the colonies.
TBA -- May 2022? Images Festival
  Ten days of art on screen, running the gamut from intriguing features to experimental shorts and gallery installations.
TBA -- May 2022? Inside Out Lesbian And Gay Film Festival
  Eleven days of the queer cinematic experience.
TBA -- May 2022? Reel Abilities
  Cinema by and about people with disabilities.
TBA -- May 2022? Toronto Arab Film Festival
  Arab cinema in Toronto.
TBA -- May 2022? Toronto Irish Film Festival
  Cinema of the emerald isle.
Jun 9 - 26, 2022 Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  A yearly celebration of worldwide Jewish culture on film.
TBA -- Jun 2022? Breakthroughs Film Festival
  Emerging female directors break through.
TBA -- Jun 2022? Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival
  One-time COVID-afflicted nations fill the Toronto summer evening with the sights and sounds of cinema. Presented by ICFF.
TBA -- Jun 2022? Toronto Japanese Film Festival
  Genre-spanning Japanese cinema.
TBA -- Jun 2022? Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
  Shot small, shown big.
TBA -- Jul 2022? Future Of Film Showcase
  Emerging filmmakers, new films.
TBA -- Jul 2022? ICFF Open Air
  ICFF goes outdoors.
TBA -- Jul 2022? Italian Contemporary Film Festival
  Italian cinema returns to Toronto.
TBA -- Jul 2022? Korean Film Festival
  Free Korean films, presented by the Korean Film Council and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.
TBA -- Jul 2022? Reel HeART Film Festival
  Independent film, from script to screen.
TBA -- Jul 2022? TO Web Fest
  Made for the Internet.
TBA -- Jul 2022? Vector Festival
  Born digital.
TBA -- Aug 2022? International Film Festival of South Asia
  From South Asia to Toronto.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Alucine
  Presenting the work of Latino film and video makers.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Cabbagetown Short Film And Video Festival
  Cabbagetown loves cinema.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Caribbean Tales
  Stories from the islands.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Toronto Beaches Film Festival
  Beach life, inside.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Toronto Indie Film Festival
  Riding the festival wave in the name of micro-budget cinema.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Toronto International Film Festival
  The big kahuna of Toronto film festivals.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival
  Big wheels on screen.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Toronto Palestine Film Festival
  Presenting the narrative of a disposessed people.
TBA -- Sep 2022? Vaughan Film Festival
  Indie cinema in the suburbs.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Cinéfranco
  Recent French-language cinema.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Commffest
  Bringing communities together through film.
TBA -- Oct 2022? ImagineNative
  Aboriginal film and video.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Lebanese Film Festival In Canada
  Lebanon through film.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Macedonian Film Festival
  Broadening awareness of Macedonian talent.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Muslim International Film Festival
  Celebrating Muslim excellence in film.
TBA -- Oct 2022 Nuit Blanche
  Artists take us deep into the Toronto night.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Planet In Focus
  Taking stock of this hunk of rock we call home every autumn.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Reelworld Film Festival
  Celebrating cultural diversity through film.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Rendezvous With Madness
  Illuminating mental illness and addiction with both screenings and panel discussions.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Toronto After Dark
  New horror, fantasy and action cinema.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Toronto Arthouse Film Festival
  New independent talent.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Toronto Food Film Festival
  Food on screen, snacks in the belly.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Toronto Indie Horror Fest
  New blood.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
  From Nigeria to Toronto.
TBA -- Oct 2022? Toronto Latin American Film Festival
  Hispanic cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Architecture & Design Film Festival
  Design directs.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Blood In The Snow
  Warm blood for the cold Canadian winter.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festial
  Polish cinema returns to Toronto.
TBA -- Nov 2022? European Union Film Festival
  The member countries of the European Union showcase continental culture for the benefit of us in the colonies.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Reel Asian
  Toronto's annual collection of films from Asia and the Asian diaspora.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Shorts Not Pants Festival
  Quick takes.
TBA -- Nov 2022? South African Film Festival
  The culture, history and politics of South Africa.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Toronto Shorts International Film Festival
  Short-form cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2022? Video Drunk
  Drink deeply from the fountain of cinema.
Out Of Town
Missing In Action: Toronto
Last Seen: Jun 2019 Toronto True Crime Film Festival
  Truth > fiction. Docs, docudramas and lectures.
Last Seen: Apr 2019 Cinéfranco Perspective Québec
  New, vibrant French-language cinema from La Belle Provence.
Last Seen: Aug 2019 Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
  Young filmmaking stars shine.
Last Seen: Dec 2019 Sinolux
  Chinese favourites. In this year's spotlight: Lou Ye!
Last Seen: Oct 2020 What The Film Festival
  Eccentric cinema, courtesy Laserblast. This year screening free as part of Canzine!
Last Seen: Oct 2020 Coalition Of South Asian Film Festivals
  South Asian cinema in solidarity.
Last Seen: Sep 2020 Culture Days
  An annual cross-Canada weekend of culture, including film.
Last Seen: Aug 2020 Insomniac Film Festival
  Toronto's young filmmakers create rather than sleep. In lieu of an in-person gathering, this year the festival has collected short films into a feature-length movie.
Last Seen: Jun 2020 Spring Of Horror
  Fresh blood.
Last Seen: Jun 2020 Czech That
  Czech cinema travels to you!
Last Seen: Apr 2019 Bloody Mary Film Festival
  Celebrating women in horror, sci-fi and fantasy.
Last Seen: Mar 2019 Waterdocs
  For the love of H20.
Last Seen: Jan 2020 indiefilmTO Fest
  Adding value.
Last Seen: Jan 2020 Japan Foundation Film Screenings
  The Consulate General Of Japan amd the Japan Foundation team up for this annual free movie event.
Last Seen: Dec 2019 Filmi
  South Asian cinema culture.
Last Seen: Nov 2019 Cyrus International Film Festival
  Contemporary Iranian cinema. Formerly known as CineIran.
Last Seen: Nov 2019 Syria Film Festival
  Moving pictures convey the Syrian struggle.
Last Seen: Nov 2019 Pomegranate Film Festival
  Fresh filmic takes on Armenian culture.
Last Seen: Nov 2019 Estdocs
  The Estonian documentary film festival.
Last Seen: Nov 2019 Toronto Serbian Film Festival
  Toronto's annual showcase of Serbian cinema returns.
Last Seen: Nov 2019 Diaspora Film Festival
  Illuminating the immigrant experience.
Last Seen: Oct 2019 Toronto Middle Eastern And North African Film Festival
  Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Tunis and more.
Last Seen: Oct 2019 Toronto Spanish Film Festival
  New films from Spain, doled out one title per week.
Last Seen: Aug 2019 Mulan International Film Festival
  From China to Toronto.
Last Seen: Jul 2019 Multicultural Film Festival
  The cinema mosaic at work.
Last Seen: Jun 2019 Contact Dance International Film Festival
  The momentum of dance takes to the screen.
Last Seen: May 2019 Turkish Film Week
  Turkish cinema.
Last Seen: Mar 2019 Cine Cuba Toronto
  Cuban 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: 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: 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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