Toronto After Dark Day 1

Tim Hannigan

I just returned from the Opening Night Gala screening of the film “Special” at the First Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival (review to follow).  The brainchild of Festival Director Adam Lopez, TADFF is bringing 5 days of Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy films to the Bloor Cinema, with thirteen feature presentations from around the world, and sixteen film shorts from across Canada.  In addition to the films, there is a “Make Your Own Damn Movie” masterclass with low-budget icon Lloyd Kaufman, and a Zombie Walk for all you ghouls who want to take a leisurely fall stroll through the streets of Toronto [brain-eating and/or flesh-eating optional].

Anyone fortunate enough to attend the Midnight Madness films at the Toronto International Film Festival knows that there is a rabid following for films in these genres in and around the Toronto area.  Once upon a time the Fantasia Film Festival made a stop at the Bloor Cinema, until it came to an end over eight years ago.  Finally Toronto gets a new festival to call its own with TADFF.

The remaining line-up for the festival is as follows:

Saturday October 21st 2006

3:30 p.m. Frostbite
6:30 p.m. Shinobi
9:15 p.m. Retribution
11:59 p.m. The Beach Party At The Threshold of Hell

Sunday October 22nd 2006

1:00 p.m. Lloyd Kaufman’s Make Your Own Damn Movie! Masterclass
3:00 p.m. Toronto Zombie Walk
4:15 p.m. Vengeance
6:45 p.m. Night of the Living Dorks
9:30 p.m. Re-cycle
11:59 p.m. Mad Cowgirl

Monday October 23rd 2006

6:45 p.m. Tokyo Zombie
9:30 p.m. Funky Forest:  The First Contact

Tuesday October 24th 2006

6:30 p.m. SL8N8
9:30 p.m. Behind the Mask:  The Rise of Leslie Vernon
11:00 p.m. Closing Night Party

Whatever your plans are for this weekend – cancel them, and make your way to Toronto and be part of one of the most amazing things to happen to Toronto since Midnight Madness.  Tickets are available through the Rush Line, and on-line.  You should definitely take a few minutes and check out their website at www.torontoafterdark.com. Have fun after dark!

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