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5 Toronto film festivals for Summer 2013

Posted by Johnny Larocque / June 19, 2013

Toronto Film Festivals 2013Toronto is a film festival town and this Summer is no exception. The months between now and the start of TIFF aren't just about patios, food trucks and cabanas. Sometimes you just want to kick back and watch a film. Between the Hot Docs hangover and the celeb smackdown in September there are plenty of great film events happening (and I'm not even talking about all the free ones).

Here's a round-up of some notable film festivals happening this summer in Toronto.

Open Roof Festival
Date: June 20 - August 22, 2013
Location: 175 Queens Quay Blvd East
This is one of the few summer film events that sells out. Go online and see what they will be screening and get tickets early. Your ticket lets you see a band play a full set live and then you get to watch a cool new film. Drinks and gourmet local eats are also available, for a price.

ICFF (Italian Contemporary Film Festival)
Date: June 26-July 6
Location: The Royal (608 College)
32 Feature Films, 32 shorts and documentaries from Italy, Canada and all over the world. This incredible fest is not just for Italians. If you missed the genius Berberian Sound Studio, here's another opportunity to see it on the big screen.

TAAFI (Toronto Animation Arts Festival International)
Date: July 26-28
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox and Corus Quay
3 days of brilliant international family fun, including Saturday Morning Cartoons, live performances and kids' animation workshops. This event is perfect for animation lovers of ANY age group.

Parkdale Film and Video Showcase
Date: July 19-21
Location: Various venues across Parkdale and the surrounding environs
The Parkdale Film and Video Showcase is an wide-ranging presentation of video by artists who live or work in Toronto's Parkdale community. All screenings are PWYC (pay-what-you-can).

MIFF (Mississauga Independent Film Festival)
Date: July (Schedule TBD)
Location: Various locations across Mississauga (TBD)
Just west of Toronto in the City of Mississauga, MIFF is an all-Canadian festival which showcases features, short films, documentaries, animated films and web series. This up and coming festival is worth a look if you fall asleep on the TTC and have the misfortune of waking up in Mississauga. Just kidding, TTC drivers are "nice" enough to wake you up before you get to Mississauga to ask you for more money.

Need more film festivals? Additional ones worth a mention include The Toronto Beaches Film Festival (June 28-29), ReelHeART International Film Fest (June 24-29) and the Female Eye Film Festival (June 19-23).

Did we miss any other summer film events you'd recommend? Please let us know in the comment section below.



harry / June 19, 2013 at 10:19 am
if you need more information about summer events in Toronto:
Jeff / June 19, 2013 at 10:20 am
A smaller one that I have liked for the past few years is Sail-In Cinema at Corus Quay. Mid August, watching a movie from my boat with some friends is always enjoyable. The Shore looks pretty busy too! Best part is it is free!!
Sean / June 19, 2013 at 02:41 pm
Christie Pits Film Nights

TIFF Films in the Park

Riverdale Park East
Michael / June 19, 2013 at 02:49 pm
I am co-sponsoring a Central Asian film event in Toronto. It is the Toronto's first and should be great fun! Come out see some great films and eat some great food as we raise money for some great causes! Email me if you have any questions!
jer / June 19, 2013 at 03:47 pm
Actually, most of the ICFF films are at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
There are also screenings up at the Vaughn AMC
jer / June 19, 2013 at 03:48 pm
Also, the outdoor free screenings have a seperate post already on BlogTO. They went into details and listed them all including those mentioned above.

M.C. / June 19, 2013 at 10:47 pm
Hey, thanks for mentioning the ReelHeART International Film Festival! Hope you all can make it.

We're in our 9th year and will be featuring shorts, features and documentaries from 13 countries.

We're also having our Famous Live Reads where select scripts get their first public reading, bringing words to life.

Check it out, you're all welcome, including Hipsters.
gilda pellegrini / June 26, 2013 at 04:09 pm
please let me know where Are these films projected,
I am very much interested to see as many as Ica.
please reply,
with thanks
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