the8fest is a festival for anyone using small-gauge to create rough little gems on film. A unique Toronto-based film festival that presents all forms of small-gauge film: 8mm, Super 8 and 9.5mm, as well as works in installation, loops, personal, handmade, experimental, animations, diaries, essays, collage, cut-ups, performance/film, music/film and ‘proto-cinema devices’ like zoetropes.

the8fest presents films from Toronto, across Canada and from small-gauge creators and communities around the world. Showcasing the 70+ year history of small-gauge film – from artists’ work in the form since the 1950’s and 60’s, to it’s wider cultural use in home movies, instructional loops and beyond – the 8fest provides a forum for filmmakers who want to show their work on small-gauge and for people who want to see this work in its original formats. the8fest is committed to keeping the exhibition of small-gauge film a viable presentation medium. Our first annual festival was held in February 2008.

Board of Directors: Milada Kovacova, Aimée Mitchell, Aaron Moore, Rennie Taylor, Sally Walker Hudecki, Nola Cooks

Operations Manager: Tara Hakim

Contact: the8fest(at)

the8fest is made possible through the generous support of: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council as well as our sponsors and community partners: Home Movie History Project, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), PIX FILM, Prefix ICA, Pleasure Dome, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Hex Editions, the Images Festival, Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) and Trinity Square Video (TSV).

Accessibility and Venue

the8fest takes place at Beverley Halls SPK (Polish Combatants’ Hall). The address is 206 Beverley St. Toronto, ON – the entrance is on Cecil street, and there is an elevator to the festival space.

There is an all-gender accessible washroom. We will have care attendants available, and some artists have provided dialogue transcripts of their work.

If you have any access concerns, please contact us at!