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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sean Kelly

Fun With Twitter: Toronto After Dark Scooping Midnight Madness (and Vice Versa)

Toronto After Dark and Midnight MadnessWe are just about three weeks away from the start of the Toronto After Dark film festival.  The full film list is set to be revealed later today and we can get ready for some genre film goodness in late October.  It’s probably no secret that Toronto After Dark was inspired in part by the Midnight Madness programme that plays during the Toronto International Film Festival.  Some may argue that Toronto After Dark is in fact in competition with Midnight Madness to acquire the most high profile genre films around.  While I’m sure that there’s plenty of genre films to go around, there have been some cases of one seemingly scooping the other.  Thanks to the magic of Twitter, here are two separate case of inquiring fans being disappointed to find out that a film they were expecting to play at one festival instead played at the other.

In July, Toronto After Dark held their first ever summer screenings series.  The series was headlined by the Canadian premiere of the found-footage anthology film V/H/S, which sold out the Bloor Cinema with over 700 in attendance. Shortly afterwards, the line-up for this year’s Midnight Madness line-up was going to be announced on Twitter.  One fan ended up disappointed about what was NOT in the line-up:

As it turned out, Midnight Madness actually one-upped V/H/S somewhat by featuring the 26-director anthology film The ABCs of Death.  Apparently there was at least one fan who didn’t get the memo:

Is there truly competition between Toronto After Dark and Midnight Madness? Probably not, but these tweets are sure fun to think about.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).