4th Annual

Toronto International Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival

April 05, 2019 to April 07, 2019

Film Market
Submit Online
800 Lansdowne Avenue
Suite 604
Toronto ON M6H 4K3
Phone: 6474679272

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film
Film over 45 minutes.
(Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi or related genre)
Short Film
Short Film <45 Minutes
Music Video
Music Video that would play well alongside genre films.


Toronto Int'l Spring of Horror & Fantasy FF (TISH)
- Because good genre films should be available all year long!

Our aim is to showcase the best genre films from around the World from new filmmakers and seasoned veterans. We focus on new voices and prefer creativity over big budgets. In addition to dedicated short film blocks, we aim to schedule each feature with one short and a genre appropriate music video at the beginning to set the mood. Final scheduling obviously depends on the entries we get and the lengths of the feature/short films that are accepted.


We acknowledge that Toronto is already a home to some excellent genre film festivals such as Toronto After Dark and Blood in the Snow. However, we feel that genre films should be accessible all year round, that's why we have set our festival in the spring. We are also rolling out with some more unique features such as a scream queen competitions alongside our late night screening and genre appropriate music videos.

Also, although we are filmmakers ourselves, this is not a platform to showcase our own work and all films we are involved with are automatically disqualified. Still, as the genre film community is a fairly tight knit group, situations may arise where it is hard to objectively judge entries from people we know. For that purpose we have sourced horror, sci-fi and fantasy film fans from Florida and Idaho to give us and unbiased view for the films we can't objectively judge ourselves.

At the end of the festival we give out awards in 8 categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Music Video, Best Direction, Best Script, Best Performance, Best Effects and Most Outrageous. As with previous years, we may (and probably will) give out a special award or two for films that excel in ways beyond our set prize categories.

All award winners get our Crazed "Cleaver the Beaver" Bobblehead Statue. Fro previous selections and award winners, please check out our website: www.springofhorror.com


Jon Lewis (Director); Jon Lewis (Festival Registrar)


Toronto Int'l Spring of Horror and Fantasy was created to give people of Toronto access to quality genre films throughout the year. We are open to all Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi and related genre films including documentaries about related subjects.

All submissions will be reviewed and watched through from the beginning to the end of the end credits. The selected films will be screened at the Carlton Cinema in downtown Toronto on April 5-7, 2019.

Awards & Prizes:
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Music Video

Best Direction
Best Performance
Best Effects
Most Outrageous

Additional specialty prizes may be given at the awards ceremony.
All award winners get a Crazed TISH Cleaver the Beaver Bobblehead(!) Statue.

For detailed rules, please see the Terms and Conditions.


We accept short films (<45 min), feature films (45 min<) and music videos that would play well alongside genre films.

We are open to all horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. Other films that would fit a genre festival (such as bloody black comedies, mysteries or dark experimental films) are also cordially welcome.

All films must either be in English or have English subtitles. Music videos may be in any language.

You must own all rights and have appropriate music clearances to the film(s) you're submitting. And by submitting a film, you grant Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival permission to exhibit the film at the festival.

If the film is accepted, the filmmaker will consent to us using a trailer (preferred) or alternatively a short clip of his/her film as well as a poster or images from the film for promotional purposes of the festival.

Works-in-progress will be considered, as long as they are going to be completed prior to the Festival.

We will accept both online screeners as well as DVD copies. All submission fees need to be paid via Withoutabox before the DVD entries are considered. The fees are all non-refundable.

DVD entries should be sent to:

Spring Of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival
Att: Jon Lewis
800 Lansdowne Avenue, Unit 604
Toronto, ON, M6H 4K3

We will make our announcements at the latest on March 9th, 2019.

If accepted, we will need a good quality digital download (ProRes 422 or h.264) or a BluRay copy (with a DVD backup) sent to us by March 21.

To ensure the highest playback quality, the theatre is also equipped to play DCP files. However, if you opt to send us a DCP screener, we would still need to get the film in one of the other aforementioned formats as a back up.

All accepted films will get a complimentary festival pass and have access to discounted tickets for cast / crew members throughout the festival.

Please do not use fiber-filled envelopes when sending entries as they may damage the discs.