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Great Toronto film festivals happening this fall from scary to silent

If you’re already missing the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that ended in September, you may be happy to hear that there are many upcoming film festivals gearing up to inspire, entertain, and spook you this fall in Toronto.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Toronto After Dark is a beloved film festival in its 15th year of screening horror, sci-fi and action films from around the world. Each year, 10,000 people attend and participate in the festival. It all kicks off on Oct. 13 and runs until Oct. 17. For the first time, the event is entirely virtual as a safety precaution against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although this changes the experience, it also allows for the films to be enjoyed by moviegoers across the country. The complete 2021 lineup, tickets, and passes are all expected to become available by Oct. 6. The festival will screen 12 movies (10 feature films, and 2 collections of shorts), which will include filmmaker introductions and other bonus features. Every afternoon throughout the festival, two or three new films will be added to the online streaming portal.

Toronto Indie Horror Festival


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Another one for lovers of the spooky season, the Toronto Indie Horror Festival is set to take place Oct. 6-9. The DIY festival has been screening independent horror films from across the world since 2016. This year, the event will showcase works from Canada, the United States, Australia, Malaysia, Turkey, and more. All feature film screenings are accompanied by a short film. The event will take place at Eyesore Cinema, a communal space at Bloor and Dufferin that sells and rents movies. This year’s festival includes screenings of the scary Australian flick An Ideal Host as well as Massacre Academy (USA), and many more.

Toronto Silent Film Festival

Founded in 2009, the Toronto Silent Film Festival returns to Revue Cinema, showcasing adored and acclaimed silent films. Unlike previous years, where the festival ran from Friday to Monday, the event will comprise three mini-festivals over three weekends in November, December, and January. The six screenings will be accompanied by live music in the cinema. On Nov. 6, the festival will showcase 1000 Laffs Comedy Shorts, featuring the works of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. On Sunday, Nov. 7, the festival will be screening Moulin Rouge (1928 UK).

Great Canadian Sci-Fi Film Festival


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The Great Canadian Sci-Fi Film Festival is part of a series that runs at the Royal Cinema on College St. Watch their self-proclaimed “out of this world” short films and take photos on the red carpet on Nov. 5. Look out for the Great Canadian Comedy Film Festival that runs December 2-5.

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