George Romero's Diary Of The Dead was one of the titles announced in the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness sidebar today. The festival also announced titles in its child-oriented Sprockets Family Zone programme and the experimental strand Wavelengths.

Diary follows a group of student filmmakers whose amateur horror production turns into a real-life blood orgy. Written and directed by the ghoulmeister, it is described as his first independently-produced zombie picture in twenty years. Domestic sales are being handled by Cinetic Media. Voltage Pictures is handling international.

Other Midnight Madness titles include Dainipponjin from Japan's Hitoshi Matsumoto features the director in the lead as a slacker who also happens to be a superhero while Adam Mason's The Devil's Chair from the UK follows a team of legal avengers who find themselves in mortal danger with only a convicted psychopath to save them.

Flashpoint, a Hong Kong-China coproduction, reteams director Wilson Yip and actor and fight choreographer Donnie Yen in a story about undercover cops in a drug deal gone wrong.

Frontieres from France's Xavier Gens is described as 'a bloody head butt into the stiff face of French cinema.' Set during the recent riots in Paris outlying suburbs, the film feature neo-Nazis, stolen loot and a twisted Gothic household.
Also from France, is A L'interieur from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo wherein a pregnant widow finds herself pitted against a mysterious stranger for the life of her unborn child.

Stuart Gordon's Stuck, a Canada-US coproduction, features Stephen Rea and Mena Suvari in a story of two people brought together when she hits him with her car and he becomes lodged in her windshield.

Vexhille, from Japan's Fumihiko Sori, is an animated futuristic odyssey. In the year 2077, Japan has sealed itself from the rest of the world so that it can pursue fiendish experiments on its inhabitants.

Films announced in the Sprockets Family Zone include a gala presentation of Aristomenis Tsirbas' animated feature Terra, featuring the voice talent of Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Dennis Quaid, Amanda Peet, James Garner, Danny Glover, Brian Cox, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette, Danny Trejo, Ron Perlman, David Krumholtz, Beverly D'Angelo, Chris Evans, and David Cross; The Substitute, from Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch, I Am Dina), about a group school children who suspect their teacher is an alien; and Philippe Calderon's France-Canada coproduction La Citadelle Assiegee, a suspenseful wildlife story starring real-life insects.

The six Wavelength programmes can be accessed at the TIFF website: