- BITS SHORT FILM TOUR SHOWCASE
CROSS MY HEART
(Dir. Kevin Preece) (2:07 mins)
A little girl is awakened by a noise, and trembles under her covers. Mother to the rescue.
THE SCARLET VULTURES
(Dir. Kyle Martellacci) (14:51 mins)
A young woman discovers that a special ingredient elicits a state of euphoria in those who consume it, but not everyone is so special.
(Dir. Brian Sepanzyk) (16:20 mins)
As we follow an unknown man in his day to day life, we soon start to see the dark underside of what his compulsion is and what it drives him to do. To give in, the blood must flow.
CHAMBER OF ECHOES
(Dir. Chris Chitaroni ) (7:00 mins)
An alt-right conspiracy theorist prepares for the end of times. Bombarded by the 24/7 news cycle which is being curated for him by likeminded internet friends, he starts to see the signs and makes the necessary moves to survive. Unfortunately he may have misread the situation.
(Dir. Riley Campbell) (12:05 mins)
Caitlyn Jones is a freelance news journalist who will do anything to get her story. After covering a fatal car accident, she begins to be haunted by strange sounds in the night, itching paranoia, and horrible visions, putting her relationship, her work and even her life in danger.
WITH YOU ALWAYS
(Dir. Angela Besharah) (11:32 mins)
Mark is a fool for love. With the help of his closest confidant, Kyle, he decides to go after the woman of his dreams. When Katie notices a creepy figure lurking outside her workplace, she hurries home. These clashing perspectives collide down a dark alley where romanticism gets a toxic hit of reality.
(Dir. Julian Vetrone) (7:00 mins)
A young girl named Angel returns home for her fathers funeral to only get an unexpected visit from an old friend.
(Dir. Morgana McKenzie) (16:39 mins)
Set in the 1930s, ďWild (Indomptable)Ē follows Ida, a young French Canadian girl who, while spending the summer with her relatives in English-speaking Ontario, discovers a supernatural entity living in their cornfield. After deciding to befriend the entity, they form a strong relationship. But, while the entity appears to be kind to Ida, it has the potential to be devastating to others.
THURSDAY MARCH 28TH
- THE HOARD
(Dirs. Jesse Thomas Cook & Matt Wiele) OTTAWA PREMIERE (104 mins)
A rundown town is dealing with unemployment, drug addiction and, most of all, excessive hoarding. The worst hoarder of all is Murph Evans, whose massive collection of junk takes up several properties. Here to help him clean up his houses and avoid eviction is the folks from the reality show Extremely Haunted Hoarders. Split up into 3 teams, they include a pair of junk removal experts, a home organizer and a psychiatrist. Also, on hand to detect any supernatural spooks underneath all the piles is a once-married pair of paranormal investigators.
BITS 2018 Alumni
With the short film A TALE OF THE BONESETTER
(Dir. Brett Kelly) (11:27 mins)
A woman and her child visit a Bed and Breakfast in rural Quebec unaware of the town's history of child murders at the hands of an ancient Bonesetter.
BITS 2015 Alumni
- MONTREAL DEAD END
(Dirs. Anthology) OTTAWA PREMIERE (89 mins)
It's a well-known fact that the island's incessant roadwork is a major headache for many Montrealers, but when it awakens evil forces from deep within our own history, legends and untamed demons, we are treated to a wild delirium of fright, the likes of which festivalgoers can't afford to miss. A supernatural mist is seeping through the cracks of the city, causing various evil enchantments related to the neighbourhood from which it escapes, waking up a dark spirit here, a vengeful ghost there, releasing a plethora of terrifying creatures, possessing numerous citizens and even turning some of them into zombies, or entities from the beyond. The key to this paranormal chaos lies within a First Nations legend, a shamanic amulet and a guardian (Marco Collin) in search of a book of prophecies and premonitions which only he can decipher. Several pro-apocalyptic groups, master swindlers and voodoo priests are also looking to get their hands on this book hidden somewhere in the metropolis. The quest takes us from one part of the city to another, crossing paths with unexpected events and multiple creatures along the way.
BITS 2018 Alumni
With the short film HOUSE AMONG THE TREES
(Dir. Brian Wilcox) OTTAWA PREMIERE (4:52 mins)
While checking in on a neighbors cottage, a man finds there's an unexpected visitor already living there who is claiming to be a distant relative. The man believes her, only to find out things are much worse than they seem.
BITS 2018 Alumni
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FRIDAY MARCH 29TH
KINGSTON FILMMAKER DOUBLE BILL!
- BERKSHIRE COUNTY
(Dir. Audrey Cummings) (82 mins)
Kylie Winters, a bullied and self-loathing teen, reluctantly agrees to babysit at an isolated country mansion on Halloween night. When a small boy in a pig mask appears at the door trick-or-treating, Kylieís night transforms into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game. She must go beyond what she ever thought possible if she and the children are to survive the night.
BITS 2014 Alumni!
(Dir. Audrey Cummings) KINGSTON PREMIERE (83 mins)
KyIn a parallel universe made up of maze-like rooms, the inhabitants are protected by its altruistic overseer, Mother Darken. When an outsider accidentally finds her way in, she becomes entwined in a bloody revolutionary battle.
BITS 2017 Alumni!
SATURDAY MARCH 30TH
(Dirs. Brent Nurse and Steven Spencer) (98 mins)
Jane Morrison dutifully stands by her husband, fleeing to a secluded house in the country to escape the growing scandal that surround him. But, when she stumbles on a mysterious grove with a dark history, she will be pushed to the edge of reason by the dark forces within.
(Dir. Rob Grant) KINGSTON PREMIERE (91 mins)
In this latest film by director Rob Grant (Fake Blood) two strangers (Thomas Cocquerel and Camille Stopps) awaken to find themselves injured and held captive in what appears to be an abandoned hospital and at the whim of a maniacal doctor (Angus Macfadyen, BRAVEHEART). Suffering from amnesia and struggling to remember their past, the two prisoners arenít sure how they ended up there or what their possible connection to each other must be. Their encounters with the doctor are terrifying as he intimidates, manipulates, and punishes, but also acts under a guise of attempting to heal their mangled bodies. Wounded from gruesome experimental operations and fearing for their lives, their attempts to escape only bring them face to face with unforeseen horrors and a sinister doctor taunting them in a twisted game of hide-and-seek. A full understanding of the underlying story comes together in a shocking, not to be missed twist at the end.
BITS 2018 alumni and winner of Best SPX makeup.