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BITS 2014


BITS 2014








THE BLOODIES 2014




BEST FEATURE: Bloody Knuckles (Daniel Domachowski, Christena Zatylny, Producers Matt O'Mahoney, Director)

BEST SHORT: Greater Than (Adam Buller, Marc-Andre Miron, Darryl Shaw, Steve Walsh, Producers Darryl Shaw, Director)

BEST ACTOR: Julian Richings - Ejecta

BEST ACTRESS: Alysa King - Berkshire County

BEST DIRECTOR: Chad Archibald, Matt Weile - Ejecta

BEST SCREENPLAY: Matt O'Mahoney - Bloody Knuckles

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Cameron Tremblay - Black Mountain Side

BEST SPECIAL FX: Bloody Knuckles

BEST MUSIC SCORE: Chris Alexander - Queen of Blood

BEST POSTER:Kyle Hytonen - Massacre at Femur Creek

2014 FULL LINEUP



Friday, November 28th

7:00 pm - BERKSHIRE COUNTY (Dir. Audrey Cummings) CANADIAN PREMIERE
Kylie Winters has never been able to fend for herself. After a video of Kylie in a compromising situation at a Halloween party goes viral at her high school, she is victimized yet again. Distraught and despondent, Kylie very reluctantly agrees to babysit two kids at a isolated country mansion in Berkshire County on Halloween Eve. But after a trio of pig mask wearing strangers disrupt her quiet evening, Kylie must finally fight back in order to protect herself and the children she’s been entrusted to watch over.

with the short film SERPHANTS LULLABY (Dir. Patricia Chica) TORONTO PREMIERE
Few people know the name of the eccentric woman living in the centuries-old mansion just outside of town. Even fewer have seen her face. But everyone has heard the stories. Rumors of a secret garden in her backyard where her children are buried. Some think she is simply a grieving widowed mother seeking solitude. Others believe she’s a cold-blooded monster. When the empty baby’s crib in her home and her lost love become too much for her to bear she makes a decision that will change the course of her story.

9:30 pm - BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE:

DAMNED SELFIE (Dir. Justin McConnell) WORLD PREMIERE
A young woman (Caleigh Le Grand) is losing patience while waiting for a meeting, but things may not be what they seem.

GREATER THAN (Dir. Darryl Shaw) TORONTO PREMIERE
Greater Than is a twisted romantic tale played to a seedy crime backdrop. It’s also a horror story where love itself is the monster. As the characters fall for each other, each selfless gesture initiates disaster. Their all-consuming passion gives way to a nihilistic free fall.

MALLEUS MALEFICARUM (Dir. Torin Langen) TORONTO PREMIERE
Halloween has morphed into a modern-day witch-hunt, victims sold like fireworks for the public to dispose of. Thought of as a method to purge evil from society on the day it is considered most powerful, one young man has other plans. Despite trying his hardest to follow in his family’s fundamentalist footsteps, his morals are pushed to their limits and something has to give.

INSANE (Dir. Adam O’Brien) TORONTO PREMIERE
A young talented director on a location scout in the abandoned psychiatric hospital of a rural community inadvertently awakens the ghost of a tormented soul seeking retribution. Winner at Fantasia 2014 for “Best Emerging Talent”.

THE MAKEOVER (Dir. Dara Jade Moats) TORONTO PREMIERE
A blood splattered horror-comedy that knows relationships can be messy. Sometimes a new coat of paint is all that’s needed to fix it.

WOODS (Dir. Jon Hyatt) TORONTO PREMIERE
30 years in the future we find Richter, a well off man haunted by the loss of his wife. Worried about his health, Richter’s business firm sends a companion Android to help him transition and get well. The Android starts to realize something is not right, and that something or someone is in the woods.

MASSACRE AT FEMUR CREEK (Dir. Kyle Hytonen) TORONTO PREMIERE
Set in the summer of 1984, this is a retro-inspired slasher comedy about three good friends who embark on a camping trip to the mythical Femur Creek, only to come face to face with a knife wielding maniac bent on blood shed.


9:45 pm - BERKSHIRE COUNTY (Dir. Audrey Cummings) CANADIAN PREMIERE (Second Screening)
with the short film SERPHANTS LULLABY (Dir. Patricia Chica) TORONTO PREMIERE (Second Screening)


11:45 pm - OPENING NIGHT PARTY


Saturday, November 29th

4:00 pm - QUEEN OF BLOOD (Dir. Chris Alexander) TORONTO PREMIERE
Chris Alexander returns with this “spiritual sequel” to his debut BLOOD FOR IRINA, which played at BITS in 2012. Shauna Henry returns as Irina, this time unleashed as a devastating force of nature ( Is she a vampire? An alien? Who knows?) in an otherworldly wild west. Cinematographer David Goodfellow trades the wet, neon-lit streets of the first film for daytime and haunting pastoral beauty to capture Irina’s path of destruction and death. Irina’s fate seems tied to a pregnant ranch owner (Carrie Gemmel) while hot on her trail is a murderous mad preacher played with Kinski- esque intensity by a never-better Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy, REPO! THE GEGNETIC OPERA).

with the short film THE TABLE (Dir. Izabel Grondin) TORONTO PREMIERE
A man goes to a potential employer’s house one evening only to find out that the job started as soon as he got in the house.

7:00 pm - EJECTA (Dirs. Matt Wiele & Chad Archibald) TORONTO PREMIERE
Enter the world of William Cassidy (Julian Richings –SEPTIC MAN,SUPERNATURAL) who was visited by aliens as a young man. Nearly four decades later, in the wake of a major coronal mass ejection, once-hidden alien activity is exposed, proving once and for all that we are not alone in the universe. When an unearthly ship crashes on his property, William finds himself hunted by not only his terrifying new visitors, but later by a group of militants who kidnap and torture him and will stop at nothing in their attempts to discover the truth about what happened.

with the short film UNCOMMON ENEMIES (Dir. Alex Hatz)
As the old adage goes “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, This World War II vampire story brings together a Nazi Officer and an American Sergeant as they try to defeat a beautiful French vampire.

7:15 pm - BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE (Second Screening)

9:30 pm - BLOODY KNUCKLES (Dir. Matt O’Mahoney) TORONTO PREMIERE
Travis is an underground comic book artist that revels in politically charged and obscene books that he will not water down to please his targets. But when one of his comics insults a local Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. Travis fades into a reclusive existence, drowning in a pool of pity and despair, until miraculously the hand comes back. Determined to carry on the work they started, the hand pushes Travis to start writing again, and to face their abuser head on.

with the short film O COME ALL YE ZOMBIES (Dir. Greg Kovacs) TORONTO PREMIERE
Your favourite zombies are gathered around the dinner table for a Holiday feast when mayhem ensues and they learn a little about the meaning of Christmas.

11:59 pm - TEDDY BOMB (Dir. Justin Decloux) TORONTO PREMIERE
Christian is a sad sack twenty-something with commitment issues and a nowhere job as a beer delivery boy. After one such drop-off, he accidentally makes off with a stuffed teddy bear. But this is no ordinary teddy bear but a sentient being that communicate with Christian, defend itself with extreme and gory force and detonate with the power of a nuclear bomb. As Christian tries to figure out his limited options, a group of thuggish mercenaries (led by a fedora-sporting Peter Kuplowsky) are hot on his trail attempting to lay claim to this dangerous plush toy. A true midnight film, TEDDY BOMB combines the shoestring ingenuity of Kevin Smith, the kinetic fury of early Peter Jackson and the hillarious absurd excess of Astron-6 and is the perfect nightcap to Saturday night at Blood in the Snow.

with the short film NO PETS ALLOWED (Dir. Nadine L’Esperance) TORONTO PREMIERE
As a young child Rebecca (Nyka “Tadpole” L’Esperance) was traumatized by her father’s cruel way of dealing with the animals she brought home. As an adult she (Samantha Mack) still has a great love for animals but the pets she has are quite unusual.


Sunday, November 30th

1:45 pm - BITS SEMINAR: Surviving the Festival and Distribution World
Join director, writer and producer Chloë Bellande on an informative talk about submitting your film to festivals, getting your films in the major film markets for distribution and selling your film. Chloe will guide you on how to prepare for a film market, how to target the distribution companies that are suitable for your film and what to tell them in your pitch.

2:00 pm - HEINOUS ACTS (Dir. Timothy Hannigan) WORLD PREMIERE
A small town police file clerk breaks into the records room late at night to impress the new cleaning girl, he tells her a series of stories behind some of the most heinous crimes ever investigated its the town’s history.

with the short film TRICK OR TREAT (Dir. Ara Sagherian) TORONTO PREMIERE
A man battling loneliness grapples with a potentially life-altering decision.

4:00 pm - KINGDOM COME (Dir. Greg A. Sager) NORTH AMERAICAN PREMIERE
A group of strangers wake up in a boarded-up deserted building with no memory of how they got there or their recent past. As they become aware of the dangers lurking outside, tempers flare, alliances form and soon they are battling each other as well as potential intruders. As the night goes on, their identities and the nature of the place they find themselves in slowly reveal them- selves and the crew must each face one final test if they are to make it out alive! Making its North American debut, KINGDOM COME benefits from the solid performances of its ensemble cast (headed by THE DROWNSMAN’s Ry Barrett) as well as the effective and detailed art direction that creates the hellish prison the characters find themselves in.

with the short film DOMESTIC BLOOD (Dir. Alexis Korotash) WORLD PREMIERE
All couples have their secrets. But Sara’s is different than most.

4:15 pm - BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE (Dir.Nick Szostakiwskyj) TORONTO PREMIERE
A group of archaeologists discover a strange structure in the earth dating back thousands of years. Soon after, their communications system fails and bizarre, seem- ingly random events start to occur.

with the short film THE RESURRECTIONS OF CLARENCE NEVELDINE (Dir. Mike Pereira) WORLD PREMIERE
Pereira returns to take a very different and haunting look at what it could really be like to be the “Final Girl”.

6:45 pm - BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE (Dir.Nick Szostakiwskyj) (Second Screening)
with the short film THE RESURRECTIONS OF CLARENCE NEVELDINE (Dir. Mike Pereira) (Second Screening)

7:00 pm - KINGDOM COME (Dir. Greg A. Sager) (Second Screening)
with the short film DOMESTIC BLOOD (Dir. Alexis Korotash) (Second Screening)

9:35 pm - CLOSING NIGHT PARTY & AWARDS

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