The exterior of the Ted Rogers cinema.

Ted Rogers Cinema | Hot Docs

Spring and summer film festivals in Ontario 2024

The exterior of the Ted Rogers cinema.

Ted Rogers Cinema | Hot Docs

From short features to acclaimed documentaries, check out these engaging and entertaining film festivals throughout the spring and summer seasons.

Note: check websites for programming and schedule updates.

Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Toronto Queer Film Festival

With the 2024 theme titled “Visions of Care and Collaboration,” the Toronto Queer Film Festival shares stories about building communities of love, respect and growth.

When: In person March 14–17 and online until April 14, 2024

Where: Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCAD), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

While here: OCAD is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, within walking distance of foodie hotspots such as Baldwin Village, Queen Street East, Chinatown and Kensington Market.

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

Although the signature event takes place in the fall, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) continues to foster year-round programming and special programs throughout the year.

Next Wave Festival is hosted at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and brings young filmmakers to the forefront for three days, with the spotlight on creatives aged 14–26 in various genres of filmmaking.

When: April 11–14, 2024

Where: 350 King Street West, Toronto

While here: Evenings heat up in the King Street district with a vibrant nightlife, while families will want to check out this list of 30 iconic family-friendly attractions in Toronto.

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

North America’s largest documentary film festival is celebrating over 30 years of superb storytelling by brilliant filmmakers from around the globe.

The festival takes place at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto’s vibrant Annex neighbourhood.

Buy tickets or ticket packages to see a diverse selection of documentaries.

When: April 25–May 5, 2024

Where:  506 Bloor Street West, Toronto

While here: The Annex area bustles with a string of restaurants, pubs and shops and attractions along Bloor Street.

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Jewish culture and experiences are captured through storytelling in film and documentaries from around the world at this poignant event.

You’ll need a valid email address when purchasing online tickets.

When: May 30–June 9, 2024

Where: Various Toronto venues

While here: If you’re looking for Jewish fare, Free Times Café on College Street hosts an all-you-can-eat Yiddish brunch buffet on Sundays.

Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Toronto hosts the largest event of its kind that celebrates the 2SLGBTQ+ community in film, challenges attitudes and changes lives in a warm and welcoming space.

Emerging filmmakers are given a voice through artist talks, installations and panel discussions in-person at TIFF Bell Lightbox and online.

When: May 24–June 1, 2024

Where:  350 King Street, Toronto

While here: Find great places to stay and eat near the TIFF Bell Lightbox, such as Luma and O&B Canteen.

Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Attracting over 58,000 guests every year, the Italian Contemporary Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals outside of Italy.

This popular event is held every June to commemorate Ontario’s Italian Heritage Month and showcases outdoor screenings of captivating multicultural cinema.

When: June 27–July 24, 2024

Where: Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill Street, Toronto

While here: Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Distillery Historic District and explore boutique shops, stunning art galleries and award-winning eateries, including Italian restaurants.

Female Eye Film Festival

This well-known international festival features women-made films with female protagonists. Many of the films are produced by local Toronto directors.

Watch incredible and thought-provoking films, which compete for festival awards like Best Short Film and Best Screenplay.

When: July 24–29, 2024

Where: Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Hamilton, Halton and Brant

Oakville Festivals of Film & Art

Having screened almost 750 films since its start in 2013, the Oakville Festivals of Film & Art (OFFA) has become a prominent cultural event that celebrates diverse storytelling.

Enjoy Canadian features and documentaries, as well as short films and documentaries from around the world. Numerous screenings provide special events and the chance for you to speak with the filmmakers.

When: Check the screening schedule for upcoming spring and summer events

Where: Film.ca Cinemas, 171 Speers Road, Oakville and The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy Street, Oakville

While here: From bakeries and cafes to brewpubs, casual restaurants and fine dining, discover great places to eat in Oakville.

Ottawa Region

Bloody Horror International Film Festival

This indie horror film festival is based in Ottawa but welcomes film submissions from filmmakers around the world.

View a wide range of amateur and professional horror stories, including feature films, shorts, animation, web series and more. The winner of the festival’s “Baddest B-Movie Award” will be exclusively screened on the B-Movie TV channel.

When: June 15, 2024

Where: Check Facebook for upcoming screening announcements and details

While here: Check out our list of must-try restaurants in Ottawa.

Bruce, Grey and Simcoe

Blue Mountain Film Festival (BMFF)

Blue Mountain invites you on a perfect movie lover’s getaway. Choose from a mix of acclaimed Canadian and international films while also enjoying local attractions.

Beyond great films, highlights of the festival include cinema-related events, fun parties and outdoor activities. Check out early bird pricing for tickets.

When: May 30–June 2, 2024

Where: 56 Jozo Weider Boulevard, The Blue Mountains

While here: Choose from great deals and packages at Blue Mountain. Enjoy shopping, dining and endless activities in and around the village. And follow the Apple Pie Trail to neighbouring communities for local apple-inspired treats.

Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

Grand River Film Festival

Waterloo Region’s annual film festival features bold and inspiring films from around the world, generating insightful thought and conversation among movie-goers.

When: May 7–12, 2024

Where: Various venues in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo

While here: Find the best places to stay and things to do in the Waterloo Region.

Northern Ontario

Weengushk International Film Festival (WIFF)

The Weengushk International Film Festival is an important, not for profit, Indigenous-run independent film festival and cultural event.

It features award-winning and burgeoning filmmakers and Indigenous leaders across 57 films, five workshops, four musical performances, the opening night and a gala awards event.

When: July 2024

Where: Manitoulin Island

While here: Manitoulin Island is the world’s largest freshwater island and is home to rich Indigenous culture and natural beauty.

Queer North Film Festival

Attend one of the biggest LGBTQ+ film festivals in Ontario and the only queer film festival in Northern Ontario.

Spanning four days in June, this in-theatre festival is filled with film premieres, artist talks and socials centred around queer-themed films and videos.

When: June 13–16, 2024

Where: Sudbury Indie Cinema, 162 MacKenzie Street, Greater Sudbury and Greater Sudbury Library, 74 MacKenzie Street, Sudbury

While here: Explore the culinary scene in Sudbury.

Last updated: February 14, 2024

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