Toronto is home to more than 80 independent film festivals. A number of Doors Open Toronto sites partnered with a dynamic local film festival to showcase films throughout the weekend.

Location: Collège Boréal
Dates & Times: May 26 and 27 12:30 and 3 p.m., both days

Produced in partnership with CinéFranco and Le Labo


Cinéfranco, a charitable organization, is the International Francophone film festival in Toronto, promoting the rich diversity of Francophone film talents in Canada and the world to give them the visibility film lovers – Francophones and Francophiles alike – enjoy. Three main events celebrate the excellence of Francophone cinema: the youth program, the large October Festival and the Spécial Québec fest. Cinéfranco has activities all year round with free film presentations and partnerships with many festivals and organizations. The majority of films are in French at this event.

Le Labo

DOT 2018 - Cinefranco and Le Labo - Morteterre
Promotional image from “Morteterre”

Le Labo is Toronto’s Francophone media arts/production centre offering members and visiting artists access to equipment, editing software and studio space. It is an educational and presentation space, offering workshops, residencies, and exhibition/screening opportunities that help foster and develop artistic careers. Le Labo is a catalyst for a wide range of artistic expression: the making of new cinematic creations, installations, photographic and performance-based works. Films such as “Morteterre,” by Fredéric Ansaldo, Diva,” by Christos Tsirbas, showcase the world of Franco Franco-Ontarian cinema.

Location: Daniel’s Building – Auditorium
Dates & Times: May 26 @ 11 a.m. and May 27 @ 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Presented in partnership with Reelworld Film Festival

Doors Open 2018 - Still from the film Dandelions
Still from the film Dandelions

For the past 18 years, Reelworld Film Festival has supported the work of Indigenous and racially diverse filmmakers. Toronto is a beautiful but complex urban centre and the films we present in this program reflect the challenges many of our citizens face on a daily basis. Reelworld is pleased to spotlight the work of six outstanding Toronto directors who best reflect this through their films.

Location: Kingsway Community Life Centre @ Underground Theatre
Dates & Times: May 26 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and May 27 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. continuously throughout the day

Presented in partnership with Planet in Focus Film Festival

Planet In Focus – Fix and Release –Blanding's Turtle
Planet In Focus – Fix and Release –Blanding’s Turtle

A 90-minute curation of family favourites from Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. These films deal with the changing Toronto environment, exploring lakes and illuminating urban landscapes. Local wildlife are represented in “Bird City Lights” and “Fix and Release,” which showcase documentaries as a catalyst for conservation. Explore Indigenous Ontario’s cottage country in “Lovesick” and ancient agriculture in “The Three Sisters Community Garden”. Light-hearted shorts will be screened including FIXED! which chronicles Toronto’s volunteer-run Repair Café, where beloved items are given a new lease on life.

Location: Fox Theatre
Dates & Times: May 26 and 27, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., both days

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation

Still from "Numbers Guy"
Still from “Numbers Guy”

In “Bella! Did Ya Eat?: The Story of Judy Perly and Free Times Café”, Judy Perly tells her story about building her café from the ground up.

“Building History: The Story of Benjamin Brown” is a portrait of Toronto’s first practicing Jewish architect.

“Numbers Guy”: Showman, scholar, savant… cashier? Meet David Teitel, a man who knows more about numbers than you could ever imagine.

In “Pleasures of Urban Decay”, graphic novelist Ben Katchor guides us through old skyscrapers, neglected warehouses and all-night cafeterias.

Location: Toronto Reference Library – Hinton Learning Centre – 3rd Level
Dates & Times: May 26, continuously throughout the day

Presented in partnership with Human Rights Watch Film Festival

From "Lebanon: Schools Discriminate Against Children with Disabilities"
From “Lebanon: Schools Discriminate Against Children with Disabilities”

HRW is one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Employing accurate fact-finding, impartial reporting, effective use of media and targeted advocacy, they often work in partnership with local groups. HRW publishes 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries annually. Through films such as “Lebanon: Schools Discriminate Against Children with Disabilities” that focuses on differently abled students’ struggle for an education, they create a forum for courageous individuals who know that personal commitment can make a difference.

Location: 401 Richmond, 4th Floor
Dates & Times: May 26, continuously throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Photo from "Just Like you Do"
Photo from “Just Like you Do”

Presented in partnership with:
Reel Asian Film Festival
Fado Centre for Performance Art
South Asian Visual Artist Collective (SAVAC)

Vtape, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, The Reel Asian International Film Festival, and FADO Performance Art Centre recently transformed a 7,500-sq.-ft. space at 401 Richmond St. West into an exciting, barrier-free, community arts space called the Media/Arts Research and Exhibition Commons (The Commons@401). This unique consortium of organizations brings together distinct yet complementary disciplines and areas of activities, encompassing media distribution, visual, media and performance art exhibitions, festivals, technical, educational and research resources.

Location: The Revue Cinema
Dates & Times: May 26 and 27, continuously throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., last screening at 4:30 p.m.

Presented in Partnership with The Revue Cinema

DOT 2018 - Revue Theatre 1935
Revue Theatre 1935

The Revue Cinema is the oldest purpose-built movie theatre still regularly used for exhibiting film in Toronto. Continuously showing movies since its opening in early 1912, the Revue is a monument to the mass phenomenon of movie going that exploded throughout North America and Europe in the early years of the 20th century.

The Revue cinema will offer special free screenings of archival film footage about Toronto’s movie-going history.