Every film festival happening in Toronto and online this fall

Here's a cheat sheet to the season's (mostly online) film festivals

Cinéfest Sudbury

Toronto audiences finally have the chance to experience the range of this northern festival, which hosts a wealth of programming from other festivals and a few Canadian premieres. To September 27. cinefest.com

Toronto Palestine Film Festival 

This year’s TPFF will stream new programming daily, with a mixture of features, shorts, talks and even a couple of concerts. No brunch this year, sadly. To September 29. tpff.ca

Caribbean Tales International Film Festival 

The festival of Canadian-Caribbean cinema and television is already underway online, with programming live-streamed from 7 to 10 pm on selected nights and at the fest’s web portal. To October 2. caribbeantalesfestival.com 

Inside Out

Postponed from the spring, the 30th anniversary edition of the LGBTQ+ film fest is mostly online except for drive-in screenings of the David Bowie biopic Stardust and the drag-flavoured family drama Jump, Darling. October 1-11. insideout.ca

Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival

Yep, the TMFF is online this year as well, though watching movies about the open road in your living room won’t be any stranger than watching them in a movie theatre. October 1-10. torontomotofilmfest.com

Toronto Japanese Film Festival 

The celebration of commercial Japanese cinema includes a gender-swapped Japanese remake of the Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman comedy The Bucket List. No, we didn’t see that coming either. October 3-22. jccc.on.ca/tjff

Festival Du Nouveau Cinema 

The 49th edition of Montreal’s film festival is the first to be available across all of Canada, which means Torontonians can catch the new films from Sophie Dupuis and Philippe Falardeau that didn’t play TIFF. October 7-18. nouveaucinema.ca

Planet In Focus

The 21st festival of ecologically inclined cinema will feature documentaries from Hot Docs and TIFF, and close with the Canadian premiere of Ai Weiwei’s Coronation, shot in Wuhan during the early days of COVID-19. October 14-18. planetinfocus.org


Toronto’s premier BIPOC film festival is available online to all Ontarians this year, with exclusive Q&As scheduled at specific times to allow a sense of community even when we’re in separate locations. October 14 – 19, online at reelworld.ca

Rendezvous With Madness

The annual arts and mental health festival will mostly be online, with a handful of in-person events at Workman Arts. All tickets are PWYW (pay what you wish). October 15-25. workmanarts.com 

AGH Film Festival

The Art Gallery of Hamilton announces its program October 1, but previous editions have offered a high-minded mix of treasures from the festival circuit; last year opened with Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain And Glory, for instance. October 16 – 25, online at artgalleryofhamilton.com

ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival

The lineup has yet to be announced for this year’s festival of Indigenous screen content, but expect Michelle Latimer’s Inconvenient Indian and Tracey Deer’s Beans to get pride of place after their triumphant TIFF premieres. October 20-25. imaginenative.org

aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival

The festival’s 20th edition will offer three free online programs of shorts focusing on themes of “migration in cinema” and “Latin women in cinema,” as well as four nights of ticketed screenings at the Paradise Theatre October 28-31, including the feature-length documentaries The Wolves and In A Whisper. October 21-November 5. alucinefestival.com

Courtesy of TIFF

Fred Melamed, Rachel Sennott and Polly Draper star in Shiva Baby.

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Though its fall edition was originally announced for theatres, the TJFF has reconsidered and is now setting up a second online wave, with the lineup to be revealed October 8. October 22-November 1. tjff.com

Blood In The Snow

The Canadian genre festival splatters onto Super Channel this year, and moving from its usual late-November window to something more Halloween-appropriate. Brace yourselves. October 28-November 7. On Super Channel and streaming on Super Channel Fuse

Korean Film Festival Canada

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite put Korean cinema on a lot of people’s radar; aren’t you curious to see what else is out there? Films in the seventh edition of the KFFC will be available online through November 30, so take your time. October 29-November 2. koreanfilm.ca

Water Docs

The city’s other eco-doc festival will launch its first online edition with Lesley Chilcott’s Watson, a documentary about Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson, winner of its 2020 Water Warrior award. November 4-8. waterdocs.ca 

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

The 24th edition of Reel Asian announces its online lineup in early October, so while you wait why not catch up on the festival’s podcast Backstory? It’s pretty good! November 12-19. reelasian.com

Shorts That Are Not Pants Film Festival

Ordinarily a weekend affair, this year’s online edition will stretch out over 10 days so you can finally watch everything in the program without getting whiplash. November 13-22. shortsnotpants.com

European Union Film Festival

The 15th annual celebration of cinema from the EU – with free screenings of one film from each nation – moves online, with titles to be announced in late October. November 13-29. euffto.com 


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