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Films will screen on Super Channel with Q&A to follow.

(The lineup for the in person festival at the Royal Theatre in Toronto will be announced soon!)


9:00 pm EST
DON'T SAY ITS NAME (Dir. Rueben Martell) (94 mins)
The quiet of a snowy Indigenous community is upended by the arrival of the mining company WEC who have signed an agreement to drill the land. But before drilling starts, WEC employees begin to turn up dead, attacked by a mysterious force. As a local peace officer and a park ranger investigate, they come face to face with the vengeful spirits that have haunted the land for generations.

Opening with the short film:

ᓇᓄᕐᓗᒃ GIANT BEAR (Dirs. Neil Christopher, Daniel Gies) (5:01 mins)
A timeless Inuit legend about a solitary man, a giant bear and their daunting foes: each other.

11:00 pm EST

Not too short, not too long! New for 2021, a shorts film program of the best in Canadian medium length shorts:

THE DOOR (Dirs. Reem Morsi) (19:31 mins)
THE DOOR follows a Syrian refugee family who moves to Canada after suffering a terrible loss.

ELLA (Dir. Grant McNair) (17:53 mins)
After being sent to live with her Aunt for unexplained reasons, Emma, a troubled eight-year old girl, struggles to relate to her new caretaker. After increasingly common episodes in which she loses touch with reality, Emma starts to believe that her malicious "sister", Ella, has returned to haunt her.

ESCAPE: A GHOST STORY (Dir. Robin Careless) (17:27 mins)
A group of escape room employees must face their fears and overcome a series of murderous puzzles set by a malicious ghost who haunts the building, or face dire consequences.

THE DEATH DOULA (Dirs. Amanda Parris, Lucius Dechausay) (17:52 mins)
In a near future world where the date of one's death is predicted by an app, a death doula is tasked with helping his first love reach her final hour.

WATERSHED (Dir. Maxime Beauchamp) (14:26 mins)
While scavenging around an empty city after a water-borne virus has killed off most of the Earth’s population, a lone survivor finds a sliver of hope when she encounters a young Mandarin girl who may be able to chemically manufacture clean water.


7:00 pm EST

A SERIES OF WEB BITES (83 mins in total)
A feature length program of highlights of the best Canadian horror and sci-fi digital programming:

CREEPY BITS - CHAPTER 1 "BABY FACE" (Dir. David J. Fernandes) (2:59 mins)
Zara, a tired new mom, contends with a baby monitor showing her things in the room that shouldn't be there.

IT'S MY HALLOWEEN PARTY (Dir. Justin Snikkar) (3:56 mins)
In the tradition of the classic Monster Mash. Dr. Snik Presents a Halloween party song that crosses the Leslie Gore classic It's My Party, Too Sexy For My Car by Right Said Fred and Rob Zombie. Featuring Mitch Markowitz as Super Hippy from the 1970's Canadian TV show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (50th Anniversary in 2021) starring Vincent Price.

NARCOLEAP: S2 (Dir. Kate Green) (15:00 mins)
When college student Kelsey Atkins unexpectedly begins to leap into the bodies of other people during her bouts of narcolepsy, she becomes a target in the deadly world of military espionage.

GHOST - A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION (Dir. Terra Joy McNerthney) (7:13 mins)
In a desolate post-apocalyptic dreamscape, two lone survivors search for connection. Radio waves call to them, but what will they find at the source of the signal?

MIDNIGHT LUNCH BREAK (Dir. Émilie Poirier) (5:00 mins)
Radio host Becka has a caustic sense of humour to match her egomania. After wrapping up the Halloween edition of her show, she realizes she may have pissed off the wrong listener as an assassin rampages through her office after hours. But Becka will be damned if she becomes his next victim!

THE REVENGE OF THE SNOW FLAKES (Dir. Carlos Soriano) (15:00 mins)
Antonia only wants to celebrate her new project with her boyfriend Hubert when she becomes the victim of a bullying campaign by baby-boomers on social media. She quickly realises that she’ll have to take justice into her own hands and decides to pay a little visit to her tormentors. She discovers an unbridled love for violence, while Hubert uncovers a fiery sexual appetite for his girlfriend’s violent prowess.

(Dir. Steven Cerritos) (20:00 mins)
Autumn has begun to have nightmares and dark visions of a mysterious entity. She thinks it might be remnants of her recent breakup. Her psychiatrist thinks there may be more to what meets the eye. Together, they'll discover ancient archetypes dwelling in the unconscious region of her mind.

(Dir. Patrick Scopick) (26:00 mins)
A musical odyssey inside a strange world torn apart by psychedelic incoherence, where music alters reality.

9:00 pm EST

MOTHERLY (Dir. Craig David Wallace) (81 mins)
Single mom Kate will do anything to protect her daughter Beth from a dark and disturbing past that haunts them both. They have started a new life in an isolated farmhouse in the middle of the woods, far from the prying eyes of other people. Over the course of one day, Kate begins to suspect that something sinister is happening around them. As the danger becomes clear, Kate’s motherly instincts are put to the test. How far will she go to protect her daughter?

Opening with the short films:

THE CHILD WITH NO NAME (Dir. Chad Costen) (8:50 mins)
11,000 BCE. A lonesome child left alone by her tribe discovers a mysterious wand that gives her the power and insight to create the friend she's always dreamed about only to release a creature as old as time itself.

(Dir. Daniel Stark) (7:14 mins)
“We All Dream” is a melancholy horror short film about a sleepwalking girl, a midnight mission for ice cream, and the uneasiness of growing up in a jaded world.

11:00 pm EST

THE RIGHTEOUS (Dir. Mark O'Brien) (96 mins)
A burdened man feels the wrath of a vengeful God after he and his wife are visited by a mysterious stranger.

Opening with the short film:

PROMISES (Dir. Jim Morrison IV) (3:34 mins)
A woman believes she is going on a romantic date, what happens instead comes as a complete surprise.


9:00 pm EST

FUNHOUSE (Dir. Jason William Lee) (106 mins)
When 8 celebrities from around the globe are invited to compete in an online reality show, they soon realize that they are playing for their very lives as those voted off suffer horrific consequences, broadcast live to the entire world.

Opening with the short film:

THAT HALLOWEEN (Dir. Mike Hickey) (13:00 mins)
On October 31, 1955, June & Frank Marsters met their grisly end when an escaped killer known as the Willow Woods Wolfman broke into their home. In the decades since the night has grown to be the stuff of local legend, but what really happened THAT HALLOWEEN?

11:30 pm EST

TIN CAN (Dir. Seth A Smith) (99 mins)
As the world enters quarantine, a front-line parasitologist is imprisoned in a life-suspension chamber. To escape she must destroy the last of her kind.

Opening with the short film:

DISQUIETUDE (Dir. Michael Marino) (10:00 mins)
A young musician struggles to escape when suddenly stuck in an anechoic chamber, known as the quietest place on Earth, causing her to lose her sense of reality from the sensory deprivation.

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BITS Horror Development Lab

Applicants for the Development Lab have now been selected.
We are now in Phase 1 Project Orientation.

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David Miller, Vortex Media

We are absolutely shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of David Miller. David was a titan of the Canadian film industry and a great colleague. He was a huge supporter of BITS over the years and we have played a film that he produced almost every year of the festival. David was a guest on our panels and was always a kind person to catch up with at networking events. He will be greatly missed.

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Norman McGlashan joins BITS Programming Team!

We are thrilled to to welcome Norman McGlashan as a new Programmer joining the Blood in the Snow team for our upcoming 2021 season.

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Film Submissions for BITS 2021 are now closed!

Super Channel submissions deadline: Sept 1st
In person at the Royal submissions deadline: Oct 1st

The 2021 Blood in the Snow Film Festival will be a hybrid event broadcast on Super Channel October 29 to 31 and in person at the Royal Cinema in Toronto November 18 to 23, 2021.

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BITS 2021 Recruitment

Do you have what it takes to join the Blood in the Snow crew? We are always looking for a variety of different skills. We value hard work, dedication, reliability and passion over experience. We want to hear from you! Please fill out the following form to tell us a little more about yourself.


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Jerri Thrasher joins BITS Programming Team!

We are thrilled to announce Jerri Thrasher has joined our programming team joining the Blood in the Snow team for our upcoming 2021 season.

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The Blood in the Snow Film Festival is a unique and imaginative showcase of contemporary Canadian horror, genre and underground cinema that exists to challenge social boundaries, explore artistic taboos and support and exhibit independent Canadian genre media artists. BITS takes place in Toronto, Ontario and brings together audiences, media coverage, community partnerships and the filmmaking industry to exhibit and celebrate Canadian genre film. BITS began in 2012 and was registered as a not-for-profit in 2015.



BITS takes great pride in being a celebrated launching pad for Canada's top new genre films.
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