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Adam Lopez, Director for the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, has named the winners from fan voting during TAD’s 6th Annual Festival of New Horror, Sci-Fi, Action, and Cult Movies shown in Toronto’s Underground Theatre from October 20-27.

The big winner at Toronto After Dark 2011 was the cult action film Father’s Day from Winnipeg-based film collective Astron-6 which won the festival’s top prize, the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film (Gold). The Divide, the dark apocalyptic sci-fi movie from Xavier Gens (Frontiers, Hitman) won the Audience Silver, while zombie movie fans will be delighted to hear that indie undead buddy comedy Deadheads (from the Pierce Brothers) was given the Audience Choice 3rd Place Prize, Bronze.

In the specialty categories, fans gave suburban horror film The Woman a number of key awards including Best Director (Lucky McKee), Best Actor (Sean Bridgers) and Best Actress (Pollyanna McIntosh). The other major winner was British mountain-set thriller, A Lonely Place to Die, which took home the Fans Choice Awards for Best Action Film, Best Cinematography and Most Thrilling Film.

For a complete listing of all the awards given out at Toronto After Dark 2011, including Best Short Film, visit this page at the festival website.

Toronto After Dark also announced a number of new records set at its 6th annual edition including attendance figures (10,000 fans), published film reviews (over 300), attending filmmakers (over 50), World Premieres (three), and that a number of the films are now in distribution talks following their screenings at the fest. "It's definitely been our biggest and most successful event by far. We look forward to trying to top it next year!" says Lopez.

Lopez also announced plans are already underway for next year, with the 2012 dates for TAD already set. While the fest is staying in the Halloween Season, given this year's tremendous success, it will expanding to nine Nights of Cinematic Mayhem, running Oct 18-26, 2012. Fans can get complete details on Toronto After Dark 2012 and sign up for updates on next year's fest at the official festival website.

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