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Mar 21 - 25, 2017 Canadian Film Fest
  Homegrown independent cinema.
Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2017 Waterdocs
  For the love of H20.
Apr 1, 2017 Toronto Nepali Film Festival
  Highlighting the political and social developments of Nepal.
Apr 6 - 23, 2017 Toronto Silent Film Festival
  Where the images do the talking.
Apr 7 - 23, 2017 TIFF Kids Film Festival
  World cinema for children, comprised of both weekday school programmes and weekend screenings for the whole family. Formerly known as Sprockets.
Apr 19, 2017 Canadian Film Day
  All Canada, all day.
Apr 20 - 27, 2017 Images Festival
  Ten days of art on screen, running the gamut from intriguing features to experimental shorts and gallery installations.
Apr 27 - May 7, 2017 Hot Docs
  Ten days of reality-based cinema. The cream of the Sundance/SXSW/Tribeca slate, plus many World and North American premieres.
TBA -- Apr 2017? Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
  Sharpen your imagination. At Corus Quay and George Brown's waterfront campus.
May 4 - 14, 2017 Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  A yearly celebration of worldwide Jewish culture on film.
May 11 - 18, 2017 Reel Abilities
  Cinema by and about people with disabilities.
May 12 - 14, 2017 May Movie Magic
  The Toronto Film Society's annual classic movie binge.
May 15 - 18, 2017 Vaughan Film Festival
  Indie cinema in the suburbs.
May 27 - 28, 2017 Censured In Canada
  Giving a platform to work from outside of established film scenes and expected norms.
TBA -- May 2017? Bollywood In The Bluffs
  Free South Asian films at the Scarborough Bluffs.
TBA -- May 2017? Canadian Sport Film Festival
  Giving the armchair quarterback a festival to call his own.
May 31 - Jun 4, 2017 Contact Dance International Film Festival
  The momentum of dance takes to the screen.
TBA -- May 2017? Inside Out Lesbian And Gay Film Festival
  Eleven days of the queer experience.
TBA -- May 2017? Italian Contemporary Film Festival Jr.
  A youth-oriented spin on contemporary Italian cinema.
TBA -- May 2017? TO Web Fest
  Made for the Internet.
TBA -- May 2017 Toronto International Deaf Film & Arts Festival
  Showcasing deaf culture on film.
TBA -- May 2017? Toronto Spanish Film Festival
  Film culture from Spain.
Jun 14 - 17, 2017 Toronto Queer Film Festival
  Representing the under-represented.
Jun 20 - 25, 2017 Female Eye
  The gaze from the other side.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Alucine
  Presenting the work of Latino film and video makers.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Breakthroughs Film Festival
  Emerging female directors break through.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Italian Contemporary Film Festival
  Italian cinema returns to Toronto.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Scarborough Film Festival
  Indie cinema in the suburbs.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Toronto Japanese Film Festival
  Genre-spanning Japanese cinema.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Toronto Korean Film Festival
  Taste kimchi cinema.
TBA -- Jun 2017? Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
  Shot small, shown big.
TBA -- Jun 2017? What The Film Festival
  Eccentric cinema, courtesy Laserblast Their credo: "we will always leave our audiences slack-jawed."
TBA -- Jun 2017? World International Film Festival
  World cinema screens around the globe.
TBA -- Jul 2017? Insomniac Film Festival
  Toronto's young filmmakers stay up late-ish.
TBA -- Jul 2017? Reel HeART Film Festival
  Independent film, from script to screen.
TBA -- Jul 2017? Silver International Film Festival
  Building connections between filmmakers and filmgoers.
TBA -- Jul 2017? Toronto Beaches Film Festival
  Beach life, inside.
TBA -- Jul 2017? Vector Festival
  Game/art convergence.
TBA -- Aug 2017? Lost Episode Festival
  Fans fill in the genre blanks.
TBA -- Aug 2017? Queer West Film Festival
  Working for a more complex queer experience.
TBA -- Aug 2017? Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
  Young filmmaking stars shine.
TBA -- Sep 2017? Cabbagetown Short Film And Video Festival
  Cabbagetown loves cinema.
TBA -- Sep 2017? Caribbean Tales
  Stories from the islands.
TBA -- Sep 2017? Culture Days
  An annual cross-Canada weekend of culture, including film.
TBA -- Sep 2017? In/Future
  Art and music revive derelict Ontario Place, including screenings of classic IMAX films plus film/video projects such as The Place by Bear Witness and Peter Mettler & John Oswald's live film mix (Sep 18th, 7:00pm).
TBA -- Sep 2017? Parkdale Film + Video Showcase
  The cinema of Parkdale.
TBA -- Sep 2017? Toronto Indie Film Festival
  Riding the festival wave in the name of micro-budget cinema.
TBA -- Sep 2017? Toronto International Film Festival
  The big kahuna of Toronto film festivals.
TBA -- Sep 2017? Toronto Palestine Film Festival
  Presenting the narrative of a disposessed people.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Brazilian Film & TV Festival Of Toronto
  The heat of Brazilian culture holds off the imminent autumn chill.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Cinéfranco
  Recent French-language cinema.
TBA -- Oct 2017? CineIran Festival
  Contemporary Iranian cinema.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Commffest
  Bringing communities together through film.
TBA -- Oct 2017? DGC Awards Film Festival
  The Directors Guild Of Canada prepares for its annual awards ceremony with a week of nominees. Free!
TBA -- Oct 2017? Eatable
  Food + film.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Explore Experience Evolve Film Festival
  Toronto's spiritual film festival.
TBA -- Oct 2017? ImagineNative
  Aboriginal film and video.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Macedonian Film Festival
  Broadening awareness of Macedonian talent.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Nuit Blanche
  Artists take us deep into the Toronto night.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Planet In Focus
  Taking stock of this hunk of rock we call home every autumn.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Reel World Film Festival
  Celebrating cultural diversity through film.
TBA -- Oct 2017? Toronto After Dark
  Nine nights of new horror, fantasy and action cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Blood In The Snow
  Indie horror.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Bloody Mary Film Festival
  Celebrating women in horror, sci-fi and fantasy.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Brazil Film Fest
  A dose of Brazilian cinema holds off the imminent winter chill.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Canadian Labour International Film Festival
  The world of work and those who do it.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Diaspora Film Festival
  Illuminating the immigrant experience.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festial
  Polish cinema returns to Toronto.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Estdocs
  The Estonian documentary film festival.
TBA -- Nov 2017? European Union Film Festival
  The member countries of the European Union showcase continental culture for the benefit of us in the colonies.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Pomegranate Film Festival
  Fresh filmic takes on Armenian culture.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Reel Asian
  Toronto's (and now Richmond Hill's) annual collection of films from Asia and the Asian diaspora.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Reel Awareness - Amnesty International Human Rights Film Festival
  Human rights issues on film.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Reel Indie Film Festival
  As real as reel - music-oriented film.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Regent Park Film Festival
  Shining the spotlight on a Toronto neighbourhood in revival.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Rendezvous With Madness
  Illuminating mental illness and addiction with both screenings and panel discussions.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Syria Film Festival
  Moving pictures convey the Syrian struggle.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Toronto International Short Film Festival
  Short-form cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Toronto Serbian Film Festival
  The arrival of winter has been known to blow in this web-phobic showcase of new Serbian cinema.
TBA -- Nov 2017? Toronto South African Film Festival
  The culture, history and politics of South Africa.
TBA -- Dec 2017? Jayu Human Rights Film Festival
  Taking stock of human rights abuses in North Korea and beyond.
TBA -- Dec 2017? Video Drunk
  Drink deeply from the fountain of cinema.
TBA -- Jan 2018? Japan Foundation Film Screenings
  The Consulate General Of Japan's annual movie event in Toronto.
TBA -- Jan 2018? The 8 Fest
  Small-gauge filmmaking.
TBA -- Feb 2018? Cinéfranco: Youth Festival
  Preceding each year's round-up of recent French-language cinema, Cinefranco reaches out to the city's youth with weekday school group screenings.
TBA -- Feb 2018? Flashback Film Festival
  Popular modern classics. Formerly known as the Great Digital Film Festival.
TBA -- Feb 2018? TIFF Next Wave
  World cinema for teens and tweens.
TBA -- Feb 2018? Toronto Black Film Festival
  Discovery, from Africa to the diaspora.
TBA -- Mar 2018? Toronto Irish Film Festival
  Cinema of the emerald isle.
TBA -- Mar 2018? Toronto Short Film Festival
  Short-form cinema.
Out Of Town
Missing In Action: Toronto
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: Oct 2015 Filmi
  South Asian cinema culture.
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 African Film & Music Festival
  Celebrate African culture and history with film and song.
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: May 2012 Korean Film Festival
  Presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.
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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