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).