Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 2017
The Royal Cinema
608 College St
BITS Film Fest is back for its sixth year, celebrating the best in contemporary Canadian horror, genre and underground films. Join us November 23 - 26 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto!
VIP Festival Pass – early bird rate $95 (Regular $105)This gets you in the priority line ahead of regular pass holders and regular ticket holders. Guaranteed entry to all 10 screenings including our awards gala after our closing screening at The Royal. This pass also gets you into our four industry panels taking place on the afternoons of Thursday November 23 and 24th plus you get entry into our invite only industry cocktail events.Savings of $78!Festival Pass – early bird rate $75 (Regular $85)This gets you in the priority line ahead of regular ticket holders and tickets and guaranteed entry to all 10 screenings including our awards gala after our closing screening at The Royal. Savings of $58!Industry Pass – $40This gets you into our three industry panels taking place on the afternoons of Friday Nov24th. Passes also come with complimentary tickets to three films - KILL ORDER, BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE, and the closing night film DARKEN. You also get entry into our invite only industry cocktail.Saturday Pass - $30Entrance for all Saturday Screenings(2:00pm) BLOOD CHILD; (4:30pm) FAKE BLOOD; (7:00pm) BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE; (9:30pm) THE CHILD REMAINSRegular tickets - $11 in advance ($13 at the door)
FULL FILM LINEUP
THURSDAY, NOV 23
9:30pm OPENING FILM
RED SPRING (Dir.
Jeff Sinasac) WORLD PREMIERE
The world has
ended, taking humanity with it. With vampires numbering in the millions, humans
have become an endangered species. It's against this backdrop that we meet Ray
- a loving husband and father searching for his wife and daughter. Joined by a
group of survivors dealing with their own grief and anger, his search takes
them through Ontario until they meet another who offers a chance at life and
respite from their vampiric predators. But how can safe harbour be found when
danger stalks them at every turn?
the short film
PAINT THE TOWN RED(Dirs. Ariel Hansen & Christopher
Graham) TORONTO PREMIERE
FRIDAY, NOV 24
KILL ORDER (Dir. James Mark) CANADIAN PREMIERE
When David, a
troubled high school student who appears to suffer from mental illness, finds
himself in a situation where he is about to be taken captive for reasons
unknown, a dark power takes over his body opening the doors to a world of
superhuman abilities and a past kept secret.
the short film
MARAUDER (Dir. Brendon Rathbone) TORONTO PREMIERE
BUCKOUT ROAD (Dir.
Matthew Currie Holmes)
might be known as the most haunted road in New York State, but nobody really
believed it… until now. A college class project on modern mythology turns
deadly when a trio of students discovers a series of horrific urban legends
surrounding Buckout Road may actually be true. The deeper they dig into the
road’s dark, mysterious history, the more dangerous their quest becomes. From witches
burning at the stake, to backwoods albino killers, to a modern, unstoppable
stalker, writer/director and horror-film aficionado Matthew Currie Holmes
leaves no genre unexploited in his loving throwback to late-80’s midnight
the short film
Giroux ) TORONTO PREMIERE
SATURDAY, NOV 25
BLOOD CHILD (Dir.
Jennifer Phillips) WORLD PREMIERE
Blood Child a supernatural horror thriller based on a true story. A
young woman, Ashley DiAngelo suffers a devastating miscarriage. In a desperate
attempt to get over the agony of losing her child, Ashley resorts to the South
East Asian black magic practice of raising her own “ghost child”. She seeks the
help of her Indonesian maid, Siti, and tasks her to find a “bomoh” (witch
doctor) who is able to trap the soul of unborn children. However, what Ashley
does not realize is that there are terms and conditions attached to raising a
ghost child. When Ashley finds herself pregnant again, a series of terrifying
events begin to unfold in the DiAngelo home. The family soon learns that the
ghost child is not about to play second fiddle to the impending new addition to
the family and unleashes an unspeakable evil upon the family.
Screening with the short films LE LOUP (The
) (Dir. Carl Tremblay) TORONTO PREMIERE
and CRUX: BLACK SOL EMPIRE (Dir. Steve Choptiany) WORLD PREMIERE
FAKE BLOOD (Dir.
Rob Grant) TORONTO PREMIERE
receive a disturbing fan video inspired by one of their horror films;
motivating them to investigate their responsibility portraying violent cinema
and introducing them to the real world of violent criminals and their victims.
Screening with the short films ALICE, ALONE (Dir. Sean Cammack) WORLD
and JASON (Dir. Greg Kovacs) TORONTO PREMIERE
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
A special feature length program of premieres of the hottest new
Canadian short genre films.
FUN (Dir. Greg
Kovacs) TORONTO PREMIERE
Anna and Ellery discover different interpretations of the word “fun”.
EVEN THE DARKNESS HAS ARMS (Dir. Chris Bavota) TORONTO PREMIERE
In the middle of the night, a man is haunted by the manifestation of his
LETTERS (Dir. Michael
Goyert) CANADIAN PREMIERE
Phil and Gerty play their usual Sunday afternoon game of “Letters”. But
today is different. Something dark boils below the surface of the game, setting
off a series of unexpected events, forever changing their marriage.
THE ONE I ADORE
(Dir. Jason Seelmann) WORLD PREMIERE
A story of love lost and the lengths some can go to get it back.
ITCH (Dir. Sean
Patrick Kelly) WORLD PREMIERE
A man with an uncontrollable Itch on his hand goes through increasingly
extreme measures to get rid of it.
DON’T CLICK (Dir.
G-hey Kim) TORONTO PREMIERE
A young man watches a snuff film sent to his email. When the film stops
half way through, he has the option to continue. To find out what happens next,
all he has to do is click.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
(Dir. Tyler A. Williams) CANADIAN PREMIERE
Sensing a strange presence, Lauren awakes to a seemingly empty home. Upon
investigation, she soon realizes that there is something much darker at play.
Daelan Wood) TORONTO PREMIERE
A couple of backwoods hicks discover a time machine in the woods. Rather
than use it to do something smart, like bet on sports or game the stock market,
they use it to hunt each other. Repeatedly.
THE HAG (Dir.
Julian Zakrzewski) TORONTO PREMIERE
It seems like an ordinary night when Emily turns out the lights in her
apartment, little does she know that her night would become a living nightmare.
BESTIA (Dir. Gigi
Saul Guerrero) CANADIAN PREMIERE
BESTIA follows the lone survivor (played by Mathias Retamal) of a disaster as
he awakens on a deserted beach. It becomes clear that there are more dangers
lurking in the woods than a hungry beast.
I MAKE CORPSES
(Dir. Kyle Martellacci) TORONTO PREMIERE
A serial killer continues his macabre hobby during a zombie outbreak.
CONSUME (Dirs. Michael
Peterson) TORONTO PREMIERE
Inspired by true events, residential school survivor Jacob Wematim (Julian
Black Antelope), struggles to hang onto his family, land and identity as his
personal demons threaten to manifest in the form of the Wendigo spirit (Wilma
Pelly) and take it all away.
THE CHILD REMAINS
(Dir. Michael Melski) TORONTO PREMIERE
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend
turns to terror when they discover their secluded
country inn is a
haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and mothers were murdered.
Inspired by the true story of the infamous 'Butterbox Babies', THE CHILD
REMAINS is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense
over shock and gore. From the producer of the acclaimed horror thriller The
Corridor, starring Cannes Best Actress winner Suzanne Clement (
Mommy), Allan Hawco (Frontier), Shelley Thompson (Labyrinth) and genre hero Geza Kovacs (Scanners, The Dead Zone), THE CHILD
REMAINS is about the evil that lurks behind the postcard.
the short film
DESTRUCTION MAKES THE WORLD BURN BRIGHTER (Dir. Kalen
Artinian) WORLD PREMIERE
SUNDAY NOV 26
ONCE UPON A
TIME AT CHRISTMAS
Paul Tanter ) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
In the twelve
days leading up to Christmas, the residents of the snowy and isolated town of
Woodridge are being murdered in a variety of gruesome ways by a psychotic Santa
and Mrs. Claus. While the small-town cops scramble to protect the townsfolk,
the killings seem to center around one young woman who may be the final victim
on Santa's list. As the slaughter continues and the bodies pile up, it seems
that nothing and no one may be able to stop the murderers before they complete
their own deadly take on the twelve days of Christmas.
the short film
HUMAN CATTLE (Dir. Carlos Henriques) TORONTO PREMIERE
ART OF OBSESSION
(Dir. Ryan M. Andrews) CANADIAN PREMIERE
After losing his
family in a car accident and seeing his latest work bomb, famous novelist, Kennedy
Sait, becomes a recluse and turns to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain he
feels. Struggling to make it through day-to-day, Kennedy's life is turned around
after meeting his neighbour's new wife, Patricia. Infatuated with her, she
becomes his "muse" and she not only inspires him to create again, but
she also inspires him to live again. But his infatuation with her becomes a
dangerous obsession. To ensure he doesn't lose Patricia, he kidnaps her and
keeps her prisoner in his attic. Police comb the neighbourhood, hoping to find
a trace of the missing woman, never knowing that she is right under their noses
the whole time. Patricia tries keeping a level head and is always looking for a
way to escape, though she fears she may never break free of her capture as
Kennedy's grasp on reality continues on a frightening downward spiral.
the short film
TALKING HEADS (Dir. Alyx Melone) WORLD PREMIERE
7:00pm CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Audrey Cummings) CANADIAN PREMIERE
DARKEN is set in
a bizarre, mysterious, and violent unknown world with danger and death around
every corner. After a young woman is accosted by a dying warrior in the middle
of the street, a bizarre incantation propels her into the realm of Darken - a
violent prison-like world of labyrinthine rooms, interconnected with no
apparent rhyme or reason and no way of escape. As she fights for survival
within this brutal place, she finds allies who are rebelling against the rule
of a self-appointed religious despot who demands allegiance to an all-powerful
god called "Mother Darken." Eve and her allies must fight with
everything they have if they are to have any hope of surviving the horrors
Darken has in store for them.
with the short film
BANSHEE (Dir. Adam O'Brien) TORONTO PREMIERE
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