BEST FEATURE: The Unseen, Dir. Geoff Redknap, Katie Weekley, Producer
BEST SHORT: Cauchemar Capitonne, Dir. Jean-Claude Leblanc
BEST ACTOR: Aden Young, The Unseen
BEST ACTRESS: Tianna Nori, The Sublet
'RISING STAR:' Jennifer Fraser, Capture Kill Release
BEST DIRECTOR: Kevin Burke, 24x36: A Movie Poster about Movie Posters
BEST SCREENPLAY: Felipe Rodriguez, Kidnap Capital
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Greg Biskup, The Sublet
BEST EDITING: Kevin Burke, 24x36: A Movie Poster about Movie Posters
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Kidnap Captial
BEST SPECIAL FX: Carolyn Williams, Madre De Dios
BEST MUSIC SCORE: Stephen Schooley, 3 Dead Trick or Treaters
BEST POSTER: 24x36: A Movie Poster about Movie Posters, Paul Ainsworth, Joshua Budich, Sara Deck, Gary Pullin, Matt Tobin
VANGAURD AWARD (in honour of being the first filmmakers to play five times at BITS): Post-Lifers Productions, Dir. Greg Kovacs, Stephanie Christiaens, Nathan Hawkins, Darren Hutchings & Brad McMillan, Producers.
Trinity Square Video
Best Feature Film Award - $600 worth of gear rental or media lab time
Best Short Film Award - $400 worth of gear rental or media lab time
Rising Star Award (best newcomer) - $250 worth of gear rental or media lab time
Hall Webber LLP
Best Feature Film Award - valued at $820
Jordan Nahmias from Hall Webber LLP has generously donated a legal consultation (up to two hours) for your film project.
Best Director - valued at $500
GAT PR has generously donated a two-hour public relations consultation prize. This can be used by either obtaining advice on their current film or how to increase publicity for themselves or a future project.
(The awards were announced at the closing party of the festival on Sunday November 27th, 2016)
Thursday, November 24th
9:00 pm - OPENING PARTY @ Duke’s Refresher + Bar (382 Yonge Street, Unit 8 - near Yonge & Gerrard)
Friday, November 25th
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm BITS SEMINARS
Three one-hour seminar panels on entertainment law, film funding and film distribution followed by a networking mixer.
Our BITS 2016 Industry Panels will take place at Duke's Refresher from Noon to 4pm followed by a Networking Mixer.
Tickets are only $40 AND your industry pass gets you into 3 screenings of your choice during the rest of the festival.
Moderated by the Three Evil Cats Productions team of Kelly Michael Stewart, Jen Gorman and RX Zammit. The film team behind the feature film "Late Night Double Feature" (Parade Deck Films), the short film "One More For The Road" and the TV series "BITS TV" and "Festival Pass" (currently airing on Fibe tv1).
12:00 pm - Entertainment Law Panel
Jordan Nahmias, Hall Webber LLP (hallwebber.com)
Ryan Keller, Duarte Spiel LLP (duartelaw.com)
1:30 pm - Funding Panel
Alan Bacchus, Programs Manager, Harold Greenberg Fund (bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund)
Dan Lyon, Feature Film Executive, Telefilm Canada (telefilm.ca)
Kelly Payne, Program Consultant, Ontario Media Development Corporation (omdc.on.ca)
3:00 pm - Distribution Panel
Chad Archibald, President, Black Fawn Distribution (blackfawndistribution.com)
Sanjay Burman, CEO, IndieVue (indievue.com)
David Miller, Co-President, A71 Films (a71productions.com)
4:00 - 5:00 pm Networking Mixer
7:00 pm - OPENING FILM: 24x36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE POSTERS Dir. Kevin Burke -- TORONTO PREMIERE
This new documentary looks to explore how the beautiful movie posters from decades past gave way to the generic designs of today, and how fans and inspired artists have resurrected the art form.
Opening with the short film GHOST CAN Dir. Jordan Barnes-Crouse -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Following a date gone awry, Josie returns home with an unwanted souvenir and an unexpected visitor.
9:30 pm - CAPTURE KILL RELEASE Dir. Nick McAnulty -- TORONTO PREMIERE
A couple plots to murder a random stranger just for the thrill of it, but things turn ugly when one of them decides not to go through with it.
Opening with the short film: MY BROTHER CHARLIE Evan Hamza -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Bored and without a friend in the world, a young boy eagerly waits for his little brother to return home from a psychiatric facility for violent children.
12:00 am - BITS GRINDHOUSE AT MIDNIGHT: HOLY HELL Dir. Ryan LaPlante -- TORONTO PREMIERE
HOLY HELL is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to a revolver and hunting down the gangsters who killed his parishioners. Having been described as "DEATH WISH meets THE TOXIC AVENGER, by way of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN", HOLY HELL is a modern take on classic Action, Horror and Exploitation film tropes. The goal of this feature length movie is to break through every limit set by film, taste and reasonable societal behavior: all with anarchic glee.
Opening with the short film: INFERNO Dionne Copland -- TORONTO PREMIERE
The new girl at club INFERNO, Bambi, struggles to fit in with the other dancers. Meanwhile, Jason, arriving to celebrate his 18th birthday, is nervous, but wants to fit in with his boisterous, much more experienced friends. Bambi and Jason cross paths, with Bambi finally able to take the plunge, but this lap dance may be more terrifying than Jason originally expected.
Saturday, November 26th
4:30 pm - 3 DEAD TRICK OR TREATERS Dir. Torin Langen -- WORLD PREMIERE
Four years in the making, this film combines the highly acclaimed segments Fondue and Malleus Maleficarum along with 3 other new segments into the first silent horror film anthology.
Opening with the short films: STILLBORN Dir. Tyson Carlson -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Follow the back roads. Look for the signposts that guide you to her. Find the old house in the shadow of a dying oak. The house of pleasure. The house of sin. Don’t forget to bring an offering.
NO TRESPASSING Dir. Charlie Lawton -- WORLD PREMIERE
A girl walks into the woods, and feels like she is being followed by a unseen evil.
7:00 pm - BITS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
SUMMONED Dir. Victoria Angell
In order to stop her abuse at home, Amanda decides to summon a demon for help. What she gets is not what she wanted, but it is exactly what she asked for.
THE FIGHT Dir. Clint D'Souza
A couple having a fight in parallel timelines, but what is really happening?
A QUIET MOMENT Dir. Steve Villeneuve
A mother learns that, even on a quiet night, parenthood can be full of dark surprises.
IT WANTS TO BE BORN Dir. Fil Santos
Following a traumatic incident, a young woman embarks on a journey of sex, violence, and self-discovery.
THE JOGGER Dir. Jay Randall
An overweight man, obsessed with shedding some pounds and calorie counting, has his sanity destroyed by evil fitness freaks on the jogging trail with horrific results. This oddball comedy will make you question ever going for a jog again.
STORM OF THE CENTURY Dir. Renaud Gauthier
From the Director of BITS14 Best Feature, Discopath, a young man’s tropical dreams are shattered by a violent change in the weather.
MRS. RAFFERTY'S RED RED ROSES Dir. Greg Kovacs
The Post-Lifers team are back in their record 5th entry in BITS. Mrs. Rafferty meets an intriguing door-to-door salesman who might help her to solve a little problem.
BROTHER(S) Dir. Nick Pusic
A young boy who has lost his brother, wishes him back to life.
SPREAD Dir. Samuel E. Mac
A woman with a dark secret preys on prowling single men through dating apps. Body horror meets hook-up culture.
EVERYBODY KNOWS ME Dir. Reuben Ward
Struggling with the realities of marriage, fatherhood and the spectre of his past, Don Biggs does all he can do maintain his reputation, and his sanity.
ENGINEERS Dir. Tyler Williams
A short snapshot of a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, where 3 engineers conduct an experiment... on a dead body. An ode to the silent era of horror, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
WHAT DO YOU SEE Dirs. Charlie Hamilton and Zach Ramelan
A damaged, young woman visits a hypnotist to get answers for a recent string of hauntings.
MADRE DE DIOS (MOTHER OF GOD) Gigi Saul Guerrero
A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.
9:30 pm - THE UNSEEN Dir. Geoff Redknap -- TORONTO PREMIERE
A man who abandoned his family now risks everything to find his missing daughter, including exposing the secret that he is becoming invisible.
Opening with the short film: INGRID AND THE BLACK HOLE Dir. Leah Johnston -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Ingrid and her best friend Conrad experience a lifetime of memories together when they imagine what it would be like to travel through a black hole.
12:00 am - BITS UNDERGROUND AT MIDNIGHT: STREAMER Dirs. Jared Bratt & Vincent Pun -- WORLD PREMIERE
A loner develops a mind-bending obsession with an online cam girl.
Opening with the short films: GLIMPSE Dir. John Nicol -- TORONTO PREMIERE
A madcap horror short exploring the damaged mind of a cinephile and the madness he succumbs to.
CONSTANCE Dirs. Ian Pozzebon & Kevin Prystanski) -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Following a break-up with long-term boyfriend, Sam moves into a basement apartment with a friend. A series of terrifying dreams and sleepless nights leave Sam exhausted, disturbed and determined to figure out what exactly is in her bedroom wall.
Sunday, November 27th
2:00 pm - KIDNAP CAPITAL Dir.Felipe Rodriguez -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Illegal immigrants to the United States are kidnapped, tortured, and forced to call home for ransom money.
Opening with the short film: TIK TIK Dir.Larica Perera -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Fearful villagers gather at the bedside of a woman nearing labour as they prepare for the presence of a sinister creature.
4:30 pm - INSPIRATION Dir. Jason Armstrong -- WORLD PREMIERE
When a young author moves to an isolated town to return to her horror roots, bad things begin to happen. An accident leaves her questioning her grip on reality, but perhaps something more sinister at work?
Opening with the short film TAKING POSSESSION Dir. Peter Campbell -- TORONTO PREMIERE Powers within an isolated century-old farmhouse force its new owner to battle his mind, his conscience, and the memories of the house itself.
7:00 pm - CLOSING FILM: THE SUBLET John Ainslie -- TORONTO PREMIERE
Joanna, a new mom coping with her baby in an odd sublet apartment as her husband neglects her to focus on his career. Joanna begins to question her sanity as she suspects that the building is haunted. As the walls literally close in on her, she discovers a violent past to the apartment, but is it postpartum depression or does this building want Joanna to give the most ultimate sacrifice?
Opening with the short film CAUCHEMAR CAPITONNÉ Dir. Jean-Claude Leblanc -- TORONTO PREMIERE
When J.-F. is inexplicably drawn to the chair in which a man committed suicide, style isn’t the only thing the leather antique brings to his home.
10:00 pm - CLOSING PARTY @ Duke’s Refresher + Bar (382 Yonge Street, Unit 8 - near Yonge & Gerrard)