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2023 Film Festival + Deadly Exposure

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Join us at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto
Nov 20-25, 2023



THE 2023 BLOODIES AWARD WINNERS



Congratulations to all of our award winners!



BEST PICTURE:
The Last Video Store (Directors: Cody Kennedy, Tim Rutherford Producers: Laurence Gendron, Greg Jeffs)

BEST SHORT FILM:
Orest Leere and His Marvelous, Mysterious, Malicious Empathy Machine (Director: Jeff Smith Producers: Anna Jane Edmonds, Alex Kingsmill, Jeff Smith)

BEST DIRECTOR:
Jacqueline Castel (My Animal)

BEST LEAD ACTING PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURE:
Kaelen Ohm (Last County)

BEST LEAD ACTING PERFORMANCE IN A SHORT FILM:
Jean Yoon (T-Bone)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTING PERFORMANCE IN A SHORT FILM:
Tyler Grace (The Suckamoto Sales Incident)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTING PERFORMANCE IN A FEATURE FILM:
Gord Rand (Last County)

RYAN NICHOLSON SPECIAL MAKEUP EFFECTS AWARD:
ZIP (Andy Le-Head of SFX Makeup)

BEST SCREENPLAY:
Jae Matthews (My Animal)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Bryn McCashin (My Animal)

BEST EDITING:
Cody Kennedy (The Last Video Store)

BEST SOUND DESIGN:
Sylvain Bellemare (White Noise)






ISABEL BADER THEATRE LINEUP



Films will screen at The Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7) with Q&A to follow.


After-parties will take place following each screening at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2M7) starting from 9:30 pm to close.

For the schedule of our industry events please go to: deadly exposure(To be announced early Nov)

Purchase Pass

Award Nominations

Program Booklet

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20th



DARK VISIONS poster
Buy Tickets button7:00 pm
DARK VISIONS Total program 103 mins
Our opening night feature length program of the darkest and creepiest films to play Blood in the Snow!

T-BONE poster

T-BONE (Dir. Zachary Bennett) 8 mins
Jo and Chris relax in their car, recalling awkward moments they've shared as a couple over the years. Chris is reluctantly thrust into reality and the resulting tragedy that will forever change his life.

HIGH END DYING poster

HIGH END DYING (Dirs. Helen Liu) 12:24 mins
When elite level chef Eloise Vaughn receives a scathing review from famed critic Alistair Brown, she invites him back for a private dinner service aimed at redeeming her name. Alistair accepts, and as the service commences, the pair's shared history is revealed, as are the extreme lengths Eloise is willing to go to impress him.

SANGUIME poster

SANGUINE (Dir. Robin Careless) 11:23 mins
A first date takes an unexpected turn as Mirabel finds herself captured and experimented on by shady figures who believe she isn't what she seems.

THE MONSTER INSIDE MY HEAD poster

THE MONSTER INSIDE MY HEAD (Dir. Maude Michaud) 7:48 mins
A woman is tormented by a menacing creature who tries to take control of her body.

I CAN'T GO ON poster

I CAN'T GO ON (Dir. Brenna Goodwin-McCabe) 12:13 mins
An alienated young woman discovers a body in her apartment elevator, left to fester under the heels of her unconcerned neighbours.

TWIG AND TWINE poster

TWIG AND TWINE (Dir. Paradox Delilah) 15:00 mins
A camping trip between three friends takes a dark turn when it is discovered one of them isn't there for relaxation, but to resurrect her missing brother who vanished there fifteen years ago.

WAKE UP FRANK poster

WAKE UP FRANK (Dir. Jesse Padveen) 9:45 mins
A young car wash attendant discovers his cantankerous old boss' secret.

WATER MOCCASIN poster

WATER MOCCASIN
(Dir. Shelby Adams) 5:10 mins
A group of teenagers visit a so-called haunted island, only to find more than they bargained for.


BLINK poster

BLINK
(Dirs. Julie Bruns, Steven Kammerer) 4:30 mins
A 1940s housewife struggles with the Sisyphean task of a violent marriage.


OREST LEERE AND HIS MARVELOUS, MYSTERIOUS, MALICIOUS EMPATHY MACHINE poster

OREST LEERE AND HIS MARVELOUS, MYSTERIOUS, MALICIOUS EMPATHY MACHINE
(Dir. Jeff Smith) 10 mins
A dark fairy tale about a man who has isolated himself from the world in his gothic tower. He has created an "Empathy Machine" that allows him to steal memories from his victims, because Orest has none of his own.


ALONE poster

ALONE
(Dir. AJ Bate) 8:19 mins
A woman stumbles upon a severely injured stranger, the woman realizes she might be the only one that can save the stranger.



LAST COUNTRY poster
Buy Tickets button9:30 pm
LAST COUNTY (Dir. Barret Mulholland) 82 mins
An alcoholic woman with a marriage on the rocks finds an unlikely ally in a wounded drug mule when the two of them are forced to defend her home from a violent siege of corrupt small town cops.

GREED & GORE poster
Opening with the short film:
GREED & GORE (Dir. Adam Kirkey) 15 mins
Five criminals pick the wrong safe house to lay low after robbing a bank.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21st



EMERGING SCREAMS poster
Buy Tickets button7:00 pm
EMERGING SCREAMS Total program 98 mins
A feature length collection of short films from brilliant first-time directors and the most promising student filmmakers in Canadian horror.

STAY ALONE poster

STAY ALONE (Dir. Lukas Wojcicki) 8:14 mins
A horror movie fanatic's day takes an unexpected turn and he must now deal with a real life horrific situation of his own that makes him fight between his humanity or his survival.

CORDELIA poster

CORDELIA! (Dir. Melissa Jones) 11:34 mins
A troubled young girl finds playing with fire to be an effective coping mechanism. But when problems at home and school become too hard to bear, she realizes she can use that fire to protect herself.

SISTERHOOD poster

SISTERHOOD (Dir. Heather Woolridge) 10:30 mins
Kathy, a recent sorority pledge, struggles to fit in due to her grief over the passing of her sister Alice.

THE MIDDLE OF THE GARAGE poster

THE MIDDLE OF THE GARAGE (Dir. Lisa Bolduc) 13:00 mins
The mysterious arrival of a huge trunk in the garage of Pierre's house turns his life upside down. At 55, with time passing too slowly and dreams gone, loneliness suddenly seems less burdensome. The strange appearance of the object became Pierre's only obsession, and the discovery of its contents, a new goal in life.

HOT LOCAL SINGLES ARE IN YOUR AREA poster

HOT LOCAL SINGLES ARE IN YOUR AREA (Dir. Peter Sreckovic) 9:10 mins
A reclusive PhD Student, Alex, becomes infected with a computer virus during the course of her research into Brain Computer Interface.

LES MONSTRES (MONSTERS) poster

LES MONSTRES (MONSTERS) (Dir. Frank Tremblay) 15:00 mins
For as long as 8-year-old Jimmy can remember, his overprotective mother has kept him safe inside their barricaded home, away from the monsters roaming outside. But Jimmy gets increasingly inquisitive, desperate to see what's out there — despite the danger.

THE HAUNTING OF A GHOST poster

THE HAUNTING OF A GHOST (Dir. Portia Lyn) 16:20 mins
Walter can’t wait for the Johnsons to move into their new house, his personal haunting ground, but when the family move in with their very own demon in tow, Walter is in for one hell of a scare-off.

ZIP poster

ZIP
(Dir. Ava Maria Safai) 15:40 mins
On her 16th birthday, singer-songwriter Melody awakens with a zipper sewn to her mouth. A story about the voiceless, who must fight to be heard.




PURGATORY JACK poster
Buy Tickets button9:30 pm (These films are presented with Open Captioning and ASL Interpreter)
PURGATORY JACK (Dirs. Brett Butler, Jason Butler) 101 mins Trailer
Purgatory Jack is a neo-noir mystery thriller set in the afterlife, a dangerous landscape that’s run by a bloodthirsty, limb-collecting gang and populated with outlaws and outcasts. Former musician turned grizzled private detective, Jack Marlin, has a new case and it’s helping new arrival Viv Vacious, a punk pop star who overdosed, stay safe as she races against time to find her mother who committed suicide twenty years earlier. While navigating the treacherous terrain of hell's waiting room, these two musicians from clashing eras unlock a murderous conspiracy and discover why blood is more than a drug in Purgatory.

PERENNIALS poster
Opening with the short film:
PERENNIALS (Dir. Grant Earl MacIntosh) 5:30 mins
An old woman searches for a priceless item. An intruder arrives. What will they find together?


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd



BITS & BYTES poster
Buy Tickets button7:00 pm
BITS & BYTES Total program 100 mins
A special feature-length program of some of the best genre web series, music video and proof of concept films.

THE HEART OF RAVENSCRAG poster

THE HEART OF RAVENSCRAG (Dir. Dale Hildebrand) 2:00 mins, proof of concept
Castle Ravenscrag held off an enemy siege for over 40 days, only to discover that the greatest enemy… may be the enemy within.

OLD CHAIN poster

OLD CHAIN (Dir. Emanuel Foucault) 5:00 mins, music video
A girl and her dark shadow live peacefully within an enchanted landscape, until mysterious entities disrupt their harmony.

NIGHT DRIVES: THE SILENCE OF THE LIBRARY poster

NIGHT DRIVES: THE SILENCE OF THE LIBRARY (Dir. Jono Hunter) 3:22 mins, web series
Alex and Marianna's date night gets bogged down with movie trivia.

OLD FLAMES poster

OLD FLAMES (Dir. FUGITIVES) 4:37 mins, music video
A haunting portrayal of a recovering addict learning to live with her demons.

HELLBOUND TAXI poster

HELLBOUND TAXI (Dir. Brendan Fell) 11:20 mins, proof of concept
Bounty hunter Steve is forced to come out of retirement when his former employers come calling, asking him to track down and dispose of a dangerous fugitive: a demon in human form, recently escaped from Hell.

BRAWLSTARS: WHERE THE WILD THINGS WERE poster

BRAWLSTARS: WHERE THE WILD THINGS WERE (Dir. John White) 16:08 mins, web series
The BrawlStars interview Big Sean, one of Durham’s most notorious bouncers, about his wildest night on the job. Re-imagined as an 80’s, spine-tingling horror, a cavalcade of creepy characters teach Sean to never judge a book by its cover.

RED IRON ROAD: IN THE HEAT poster

RED IRON ROAD: IN THE HEAT
(Dir. Sam Chou) 17:23 mins, animated web series
When a bruised and battered man claiming to be Santa Clause is arrested for the murder of a child, the interrogating officers uncover a story more bizarre and horrific than expected. A violent Christmas rivalry between the forces of good and evil where the outcome hinges on a promise made decades ago.


SPACE DISCO poster

SPACE DISCO
(Dir. Walter Sawan) 4:17 mins, music video
When dystopian Earth is being attacked by a giant monster from outer space, Thrillhouse, a three-faced beast from the underworld, is humanity's only hope for survival.


SAFRON poster

SAFRON
(Dir. Vanessa Magic) 7:56 mins, proof of concept
Armed with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance, a relentless mother embarks on a blood-soaked mission to annihilate the vampire horde responsible for abducting her daughter.


RED IRON ROAD: LORD poster

RED IRON ROAD: LORD
(Dir. Aljosha Kilmov, Hirofumi Nakada) 14:09 mins, animated web series
The brutal Lord of a band of renegades sets out on a robber raid across the desert inhabited by nomadic mutant tribes and monstrous beasts in the post-apocalyptic world.


TIGER BY THE TAIL poster

TIGER BY THE TAIL
(Dir. Sharai Rewels) 15:35 mins, proof of concept
Boss babes of the 1979 big city disco scene, Cadence and Rex accidentally flood their NYC strip club with a batch of bad drugs. The ensuing murder and chaos forces the duo into hiding at Snake Charmers, a country bar in West Virginia that offers a fresh start.



WALKING SUPPLY poster
Buy Tickets button9:30 pm
WALKING SUPPLY (Dir. Derek Barnes) 90 mins Trailer
After escaping a Russian labor camp, three men must overcome the treacherous wilderness and each other, as their journey home turns into a brutal fight for survival.

NO MORE TIME poster
Opening with the short film:
NO MORE TIME (Dir. Peter Szabo) 8:00 mins
An aging, troubled man sneaks away from his caregiver and wanders the streets of Barcelona driven to solve a mystery he can only describe with the words, "No more time."


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd



FUNNY FRIGHTS poster
Buy Tickets button7:00 pm
FUNNY FRIGHTS & UNUSUAL SIGHTS Total program 87 mins
A feature length collection of Canadian shorts premieres, covering a bit of unusual, the surreal, and the lighter side of horror!

THE SUCKAMOTO SALES INCIDENT poster

THE SUCKAMOTO SALES INCIDENT (Dir. Jeff Robinso) 11:53 mins
Based on True Events -- Vacuum salesman collides in an off-beat comedy with a squirt of violence.

SPIRITT poster

SPIRITT (Dirs. Kelly Roulette) 11:26 mins
On the way to meeting his Maker, Motorcycle Guy confronts his biggest regret while forcing his gatekeeper to face up to his own.

HEAP poster

HEAP (Dir. Kyle Marchen) 12:13 mins
A dark comedy thriller about a woman crushed by the housing crisis, who is forced to lead a sinister double life after discovering a "utopian" society in the building next door.

HEAP poster

THE DEVIL'S NOTE (Dir. Riley Campbell) 7:20 mins
When a band of rock and roll buskers uncovers a forbidden and mysterious musical note, "the Devil's Note", they find more than just a new sound for their band.

HELLMARK poster

HELLMARK (Dir. Jessica Lauren Doucet) 12:07 mins
Despite what Hallmark tells you, throwing your entire life away for the love of a stranger doesn’t always result in a happy ending. Madeline learns this the hard way when her romance ends in horror. Abducted by a crowd of happy cultists and put to work in a Christmas village factory, she’s forced to confront the artificiality of her past and face the terrifying question of: “what now?”

SLIP poster

SLIP (Dir. Sonya Chwyl, Anik Desmarais-Spencer) 10:40 mins
After she is evicted from her basement suite apartment, Laura struggles to find a place to live - until she stumbles onto a horrifying opportunity that may just work to her advantage.

THE GOOD WORD poster

THE GOOD WORD (Dir. Constance Hilton) 5:00 mins
A young mother repeatedly rebuffs two Mormon missionaries.

THE DAM (BARRAGE) poster

THE DAM (BARRAGE)
(Dir. Rémi Fréchette) 19:00 mins
In 1964, during the construction of an electric dam, a macabre discovery caused a serious incident. Thinking that the worksite's communication cut was caused by a broken telephone line, Raymond and Fleurian were sent to the site to repair it. They will be the first to find out what really happened with the workers


SEED poster

SEED
(Dir. Jacob Weldon) 15:45 mins
Michelle, who is notorious for missing red flags, hooks up with seemingly normal and chill Zack.



ROMI poster
Buy Tickets button9:30 pm (These films are presented with Open Captioning and ASL Interpreter)
ROMI (Dir. Robert Cuffley) Toronto Premiere, 90 mins Trailer
Forced to hide out at a state of the art smart home, a young woman on the run is terrorized by ROMI, its sinister digital assistant.


Opening with the short film:
IVAN (Dir. Damien Fannon) 11:48 mins
Juliette's life takes a turn for the worse when she is possessed by an AI device.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24th



TALES FROM THE REZ poster
Buy Tickets button6:30 pm
TALES FROM THE REZ (Dir. Trevor Solway) 93 mins Trailer
Tales From The Rez is a six-part horror-comedy anthology. Tales from the Rez adapts popular Blackfoot traditional tales and twisted indigenous urban legends to the screen.


CLOUD STRIKER poster
Opening with the short film:
CLOUD STRIKER (Dir. A.W. Hopkins) 16:13 mins
Elijah Cloud Striker was stolen. His father rides for weeks, visiting every residential school within hundreds of miles to find him. In the morning the Chief finds the right school, what he walks in on is more than any father can endure. Revenge is the only course of action.


THE HYPERBOREAN poster
Buy Tickets button 9:00 pm
THE HYPERBOREAN (Dir. Jesse Thomas Cook) 95 mins Trailer
A whiskey magnate summons his contentious family to sample his legacy product: casks of Scotch aged 170 years, recovered from a ghost ship in the Canadian Arctic.


CONQUEST poster
Opening with the short film:
CONQUEST (Dir. Kate Kroll) 6:00 mins
When an incompetent intergalactic conqueror crash lands at a comic convention, he must find a way to subdue the locals or face the wrath of his merciless counterparts.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH



MOURNFUL MEDIUMS poster
Buy Tickets button4:00 pm
MOURNFUL MEDIUMS Total program 102 mins
Not too short, not too long! A shorts film program of the best in Canadian medium-length genre films.

WHITE NOISE poster

WHITE NOISE (Dir. Tamara Scherbak) 16:54 mins
Ava's debilitating hyper-sensitivity to sound is becoming unlivable. Her doctor’s prescription of exposure therapy backfires as she descends into a fit of panic in class and collapses in a park when bombarded by ambient noise.

SOLITARY poster

SOLITARY (Dir. Maninder Chana) 16:59 mins
With minutes left before U.S. forces level a Mujahideen camp, a Sikh prisoner trapped in solitary confinement turns to his faith to make a daring escape.

COLD poster

COLD (Dir. Liz Whitmere) 20 mins
Jane likes things to be clean. Jane has just turned 40. Jane died sometime last week. She’s cold all the time, her skin is grey, and her appetite is nonexistent. Something is wrong.

SPAGHETTI poster

SPAGHETTI (Dir. M. H. Murray) 15:58 mins
A queer woman is haunted by the ghost of her recently deceased lover on her final night in their home before it is sold.

COLD LIGHT poster

COLD LIGHT (Dir. Rogelio Rodriguez) 17:40 mins
In the middle of the night, a beaten young woman is tied to a chair and about to be buried alive by an old big farmer. Being in the middle of nowhere, she seems to have no escape but to try to talk her way out of there. How did she get to be in that position? Only a miracle could help her.

GET AWAY poster

GET AWAY (Dir. Michael Gabriele) 15:25 mins
A group of friends spending the weekend at a remote vacation rental in the desert, play a mysterious VHS tape, and realize that there are too many strange and terrifying coincidences.


MY ANIMAL poster
Buy Tickets button6:30 pm
MY ANIMAL (Dir. Jacqueline Castel) 103 mins Trailer
Heather, an outcast teenage goalie, longs to play on the hockey team of her small northern town. She meets and falls in love with newcomer Jonny, an alluring but tormented figure skater. The girls’ relationship blossoms despite Heather’s struggles with her alcoholic mother, her hidden sexual orientation, and a familial curse that transforms her into a feral wolf under the full moon. Heather and Jonny’s secret tryst soon clashes against the conformity of their small community, exposing dangerous truths and igniting a passionate, violent night of personal transformation.

PEST poster
Opening with the short film:
PEST (Dir. Matthew Broughton) 6 mins
A woman calls over a pest controller to deal with an infestation in her house, but not of termites...


THE LAST VIDEO STORE poster
Buy Tickets button9:00 pm
THE LAST VIDEO STORE (Dirs. Cody Kennedy, Tim Rutherford) 83 mins
In this love letter to the era of the video store, we follow Nyla who accidentally uncovers a ‘cursed’ V/H/S tape. This film holds the power to connect the real world to a dimension where movie fantasy exists as reality. Nyla and a video store owner unwittingly awaken a long-dormant curse that unleashes a series of classic cinematic villains plucked from the bowels of the B-movies themselves.

THE GOOD WORD poster

THE GOOD WORD (Dir. Constance Hilton) 5:00 mins
A young mother repeatedly rebuffs two Mormon missionaries.

SAINT-SACRIFICE poster
Opening with the short film:
SAINT-SACRIFICE (Dir. Jean-Claude Leblanc) 14:30 mins
He had promised her love and faithfulness until death do them part, but Antoine, the widower, will be willing to lose his soul to be reunited with his wife on the other side.


For the schedule of our industry events please go to: deadly exposure