Official Release: The BLOOD IN THE SNOW CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL (“BITS”) returns for a sixth year of thrills, chills, and bloody Canuck carnage. With ten programs over four days, BITS 2017 promises to be the biggest and baddest celebration of Canadian horror, genre and underground film ever seen.
BITS is proud to announce this year’s lineup, which kicks off with the world premiere of the vampire apocalypse film RED SPRING, the directorial debut from Toronto’s own Jeff Sinasac. The slate spans all ends of Canadian genre from the sci-fi martial arts flick KILL ORDER by James Mark, to the haunted route down BUCKOUT ROAD, from Matthew Currie Holmes, and the doc-style whodunit, FAKE BLOOD directed by Rob Grant. And BITS always feels more complete with a good holiday slasher like ONCE UPON A TIME AT CHRISTMAS, directed by Paul Tanter.
The fan favourite BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE is back in prime time with shorts from BITS veterans including Gigi Saul Guerrero (BESTIA) and Tyler A. Williams (BEHIND THE CURTAIN), as well as new comers like G-hey Kim (DON’T CLICK) and Alyx Melone (TALKING HEADS).
The fest closes with the much anticipated return of award winning director, Audrey Cummings, with the Canadian premiere of DARKEN, featuring Christine Horne (Hyena Road) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black), and starring Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla).
BITS 2017 continues its popular workshop series, featuring panels with some of the biggest names in Canadian genre filmmaking. Topics this year include Horror in Virtual Reality, the Shorts-to-Features workshop, and the Kickass Women of Canadian Horror. The panels take place at The Monarch Tavern, which is also the new home of the infamous BITS AT THE BAR after-parties.
Festival passes and individual tickets are on sale now at www.universe.com/bitsff
For full lineup and schedule of events, check out http://www.bloodinthesnow.ca
2017 FULL FILM LINEUP
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?
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.
- Screening with the short film MARAUDER (Dir. Brendon Rathbone) TORONTO PREMIERE
- Screening with the short film SCRAPS(Dir. Christopher Giroux ) TORONTO PREMIERE
- Screening with the short films LE LOUP (The Wolf) (Dir. Carl Tremblay) TORONTO PREMIERE
- and CRUX: BLACK SOL EMPIRE (Dir. Steve Choptiany) WORLD PREMIERE
- Screening with the short films ALICE, ALONE (Dir. Sean Cammack) WORLD PREMIERE
- and JASON (Dir. Greg Kovacs) TORONTO PREMIERE
7:00pm BITS 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 fears.
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.
TIMEBOX (Dir. 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.
- Screening with the short film DESTRUCTION MAKES THE WORLD BURN BRIGHTER (Dir. Kalen Artinian) WORLD PREMIERE
- Screening with the short film HUMAN CATTLE (Dir. Carlos Henriques) TORONTO PREMIERE
- Screening with the short film TALKING HEADS (Dir. Alyx Melone) WORLD PREMIERE
- Screening with the short film BANSHEE (Dir. Adam O’Brien) TORONTO PREMIERE
- Followed by “The Bloodies” Awards