The Regent Park Film Festival, which just celebrated its 13 year, showcases the works of promising local and independent filmmakers that appeal to inner-city communities. Some of the best things in life are free, and that adage certainly rings true with this free-of-charge film festival. A standout from this year is the reality TV-esque Meet the Patels, which enjoyed a small commercial release through the film company Alchemy in the USA in early fall.
The Regent Park Film Festival is held annually, typically in the month of November.
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Cinephiles who have grown tired of the usual fare that Hollywood serves can definitely look into the European Union Film Festival to rekindle their amour with cinema. Showcasing the best contemporary films that Europe has to offer, there is no more suitable location than the historic Royal. This film festival is the epitome of joie de vivre for film junkies.
You can see the crème de la crème of European cinema in mid-November every year.
The Royal, 608 College St, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 466 4400
Just like the name suggests, Toronto After Dark showcases films that work to their full cinematic effect when the sun sets and the darkness closes in. It’s a must-visit event for any fan of cult sci-fi and horror films — those who crave films stranger than the usual mainstream fare. This film festival screened the now-infamous The Human Centipede a few years ago, and everyone knows it is not exactly for the fainthearted.
The film festival is held annually in mid-October, just in time to help you get into Halloween mode.
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Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is the largest of its kind in Canada, celebrating films from Canada and around the world geared towards the LGBT community. While the works are LGBT-centered, Inside Out attracts a horde of film buffs who embrace talent in diversity.
While the festival usually takes place during June, known the world over as Pride month, this year it will start May 26 through June 5, 2016.
Documentary and full-length and short feature films that touch on Jewish culture and community are showcased at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Last year, TJFF screened 118 films and paid tribute to Rod Serling (of the Twilight Zone fame) and Al Waxman (an actor best known for the sitcom King of Kensington).
Next year’s event, to be held in May, is a milestone as the festival marks its 24th year at multiple venues across the city.
Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 19 Madison Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 324 9121
A number of today’s lauded auteurs learned their craft as film students before mastering the art of filmmaking. The Toronto Student Film Festival, also known as ‘Take 21,’ celebrates the works of promising talents who may one day become fixtures at prestifious film festivals. The TSFF accepts entries from aspiring filmmakers from all over the globe, age 12-21.
If you are interested in this film festival, mark your calendar in late May, just as students ready for summer after the school year.
The Toronto Palestinian Film Festival has managed to create a lot of buzz in a relatively short amount of time. TPFF promotes the vibrancy of Palestinian culture through films and other visual arts. You can’t get any greater taste of socially relevant film than one of this year’s notable documentary entries, On the Bride’s Side, about Syrian and Palestinian refugees who disguise themselves as part of a wedding entourage to enter Sweden.
TPFF happens annually toward the end of September.
The award-winning 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, based on former Vice President Al Gore’s campaign to shed light on the issue of global warming, may have succeeded in bringing environmental awareness to the fore, but Planet in Focus has been making a huge effort toward achieving the same goal since 1999. Planet in Focus showcases films that present staggering truths about the state of the planet.
You can put your green on in late October every year.
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