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WHO WE ARE:
The Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT) is an artist-run film festival in Toronto, Canada organzied by Founder Johnny Larocque. We are pleased to offer screenings of independent films produced both locally and internationally by many talented and creative artists. Our festival is hosted by the historic Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Recently renovated, the Bloor has been a central figure in Toronto film culture for over 100 years. Official website:

LEFT is a not-for-profit cultural organization, founded by veterans of the arts and film industry. Our staff have contributed to numerous award winning films that have screened at festivals globally.

LEFT acknowledges film as the premier artistic medium of our era and seeks to expand both the ability of artists to create with film, and the public's awareness and appreciation of this diverse and uniquely modern art form.

The goals of LEFT are:
  • Create new opportunities and challenges for filmmakers.
  • Provide the film community with support and growth potential.
  • Foster a presence for independent film makers within the greater arts community.
  • Educate and increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing screenings of independent film.

We want to show YOUR work to the world, reward you with CASH & PRIZES, and encourage YOU to make more!


HOW WE DIFFER FROM OTHER FESTIVALS:
What sets LEFT apart from other film festivals is our content. Our focus is on independent features and short films, some of which are meant to be “lost episode” satires of popular and cult television shows (ex. Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Magnum PI, etc). LEFT is targeted at anyone who has ever fallen in love with a television show, and wished it was still around - now it can be! Fans and filmmakers alike can create their own "lost episodes", and we will showcase them. This is a festival by and for fans of great cult classics of television and genre cinema.


WHAT WE WILL BE SCREENING:
Our final schedule is still to be determined, but we will be showing the following types of content:
  • Feature Length Genre Films & Shorts
  • Full Episodes and Short Clips satirizing Cult TV Shows, and original fan created shows
  • "Sweded" content, including intros for Cult TV Shows
  • Live action versions of cartoons / Cartoon versions of live action
  • Commercials for products and shows that don't exist
  • Fake trailers for films
All in the spirit of the festival having a great television feel.


GENRES:
The 2014 theme is HORROR, but we're also accepting any submission that has a Horror element in it. Such as Horror/Comedy, Horror/Sci-Fi, Horror/Beach-Blanket-Bingo, you name it!


WHEN:
2014 Call for entries is now CLOSED. Screenings Sat July 5th & Sun July 6th ( schedule )


WHERE:
We plan to once again be screening at Toronto’s beautifully restored, and now fully licensed, Bloor Cinema. Conveniently located in downtown Toronto at 506 Bloor Street West in the Annex, next to Bathurst Subway Station.


PHOTOS:
All photography for our festival is graciously provided by the very talented Larry Coker (unless specified otherwise).


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PURCHASE TICKETS:
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Sponsors & Festival Partners...
BECOME A SPONSOR:
We are always looking for new partners to support our festival. As a non-profit event, LEFT relies solely on ticket sales and sponsorship for funding. By supporting the festival, sponsors help to further the exhibition of independent film and cultural initiatives in Toronto. You will directly benefit by reaching a culturally savvy audience through advertising in the festival’s website, newsletter, logos on print materials, and physically at the screenings themselves. We are proud to offer all partners, large and small, custom-tailored opportunities designed to fit your objectives and needs.

To learn about how you can partner with the Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT), and to receive a copy of our 2014 Sponsorship Information Package, please email us at: info@lostepisodefest.com


SPONSORS & COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
Thank you to all of the sponsors and community parnters that have made the Lost Episode Festival Toronto possible.





DONATE TO OUR FESTIVAL:
If you would like to support our festival by making a donation of a product or service that we can offer as a prize to our filmmakers, please email us at: info@lostepisodefest.com

To make a monetary donation by credit card or PayPal, please click the button below.
Any amount is appreciated!

Winners from Previous Festivals...
PREVIOUS WINNERS:
Congratulations to all of the previous filmmakers that have screened at the Lost Episode Festival Toronto. To view the previous winners of our 50 Hour Film Competition, please click here.

  • BEST FEATURE 2013 - Farragut/Dracongen ... "Star Trek Continues"
  • BEST SHORT 2013 - Matthew Khalil Hill ... "Karate P.I."
  • BEST FAKE TRAILER/AD 2013 - TVMaxwell ... "Shoulda Had A V8"
Contests...
CONTESTS:
As soon as our 2014 fundraising period has ended, and most of our sponsors and donors have weighed in, we will be launching more contests to give away CASH, PRIZES, and other cool stuff. Check back often!


01) TICKET CONTEST - YOU COULD WIN TICKETS TO THE EVENT!

The Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT) is giving away up to 150 horror fest tickets this year. To enter: RSVP to the facebook event HERE, SHARE the event publically on your facebook wall, LIKE us on facebook HEREretweet THIS tweet, and/or find one of our posters around Toronto and instagram a selfie with it hashtagged #lostepisodefest. Funny faces appreciated. Do ANY of the above to enter the contest once, or ALL OF THE ABOVE for 5 CHANCES to win! SO EASY!

GOAL: See above.

PRIZES: Up to 150 single festival tickets ($10 value)

DEADLINE: AJuly 3, 2014 NOW CLOSED


02) 50 HOUR FILM COMPETITION - WIN $14,000 IN CASH & PRIZES!

The Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT) is once again hosting the 50 Hour Film Competition - a sleep deprived filmmaking marathon weekend in which you and your team have an unforgettable time writing, directing, shooting, and editing a complete short film in just 50 hours. This June, on Friday the 13th at 7pm, every registered team is simultaneously emailed a character, a line of dialogue, and a prop, that MUST be included in their film.

GOAL: Make an original horror film in just 50 hours

PRIZES: $14,000 in prizes (including cash, software, hardware & more)

DEADLINE: June 12, 2014 NOW CLOSED


03) POSTER CONTEST - YOU COULD WIN A $250 PRIZE PACK!

Do you, or someone you know, have what it takes to design the 2014 Lost Episode Festival Toronto poster? Take a look at our poster from last year, and see if you can make something even cooler. Don't worry about adding the text, we'll do that for you, we're just looking for original artwork that would look cool as our poster.

GOAL: Submit an original poster design

PRIZES: A $250 PRIZE PACK including: A beautiful one sheet full colour movie poster of your work. 10 festival tickets and 10 drink tickets, so the friends you bring to the festival can raise a drink in your honour. PLUS a hand full of cash!

DEADLINE: April 30, 2014 NOW CLOSED
Contact Us...
HOW TO CONTACT US:
You can contact the Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT)
by using any of the following methods listed below. We will do
our best to get back to you within 24 hours.


E-MAIL:
Info (General Mailbox) - info@lostepisodefest.com

Johnny (Sponsors/Media) - johnny@lostepisodefest.com
Nicole (Volunteer Inquiries) - nicole@lostepisodefest.com
Brad (Film Submissions) - brad@lostepisodefest.com
Mark (Film Submissions) - mark@lostepisodefest.com


TWITTER:
Lost Episode Fest - @lostepisodefest
50 Hour Film Competition - @50hourfilm


FACEBOOK:
Official Facebook Page - facebook.com/lostepisodefest


IN-PERSON:
If you see us in person, try shouting & flailing your arms.
That usually works for me.

Never flailed before? ( see example )


BY-MAIL:
Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT)
14 Midburn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
M4C 2C9 Canada

(No C.O.D's / Submissions not returned)
The LEFT Crew...
The LEFT Crew
© 2013-2014 Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT)
Toronto, Canada / Author: Johnny Larocque

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