BITS 2018

November 22 - 25, 2018

With support from Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada and the Independent Production Fund, we are excited to announce the re-branding and expansion of the film industry side of BITS - Deadly Exposure. The Deadly Exposure Film Industry Market consists of an expanded program of 5 industry panels, exclusive industry networking events, and our new power round table event with distributors, sales agents and funders.

Deadly Exposure Industry VIP Pass - Early Bird - $10 off! - $120.00 (Reg $130.00)

☠ This festival pass gets you into everything from Nov 22 to 27, 2018! The Deadly Exposure pass is our special all-access pass that will grant you exclusive access to all festival screenings, industry networking events and a power roundtable with distributors, sales agents and funders. (savings of $96!)

Industry Panel Pass + Closing Night Screening Pass - Early Bird - $5 off! - $40.00(Reg $45.00)

☠ This pass grants you access to all of the industry panels. This also includes entry into our exclusive industry cocktail, closing night screening and awards.

Thursday, November 22nd

(Panel and Cocktail will be held at The Monarch Tavern)


BITS invites you to our first annual power networking event, presented by Ontario Creates. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with some of Canada’s industry leaders to discuss their experience in the fields of financing, sales, and distribution.


BITS kicks off the celebration with a mix and mingle of filmmakers, industry insiders and partners in the Canadian horror family.

Friday, November 23rd

(Panels and Cocktail will be held at The Monarch Tavern)

12:00 pm - Industry Panel 1: DIVERSITY IN GENRE FILM (moderated by Carolyn Mauricette)

With the rise of films like Girl’s Trip, Black Panther, and Get Out both within the fan base and the box office, it is hard to deny that main characters of colour are wanted and needed by fans and filmgoers everywhere, especially in genre film. While it seems fresh, representation of diversity has been a part of genre film in some form or another from Blaxploitation films to traditional Japanese ghost stories. Why, then, is it so difficult to get these films with protagonists of colour made without stereotypes or tokenism, especially in North America? Calling on professionals of colour in the film and television industry, this panel will take a look at what barriers creators and actors of colour and the LGTBQ community encounter and what steps can be taken to start the process of making lack of representation in the film industry a thing of the past.

1:30 pm - Industry Panel 2: NAVIGATING CANADIAN TAX CREDITS (moderated by Kelly Michael Stewart) *Presented by Ontario Creates

Canada has some of the best film tax credits in the world, but navigating the system can be confusing for indie filmmakers. The experts on this panel are here to answer all of your tax-related questions to help you get the biggest bang for your buck in funding your indie film in Canada.

3:00 pm - Industry Panel 3: MEET THE DISTRIBUTORS (moderated by Kirk Haviland)

We chat with some of Canada’s leading genre film distributors. They’re here to talk about what’s new, trends in the industry, and answer all of our sales and distribution-related questions.


After a long day of getting your learn on, it’s time to relax and have a drink with filmmakers, BITS alumni, sponsors, funders, industry and panel participants, special guests and friends.

Saturday, November 24th

(Panel will be held at The Super Wonder Gallery)
12:00 pm - Industry Panel 4: GRAVESITE CHATS (moderated by Kirk Haviland)

Join us for an in-depth discussion with one of Canada’s leading filmmakers to discuss their journey, lessons learned along the way, and get an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming projects. *Speaker to be announced.

Sunday, November 25th

(Panel will be held at The Super Wonder Gallery)
1:30 pm - Industry Panel 5: WEB SERIES - CANADA'S NEW CINEMATIC FRONTIER (moderated by RX Zammit) *Presented by IPF

No longer tied to traditional broadcasters, the internet is increasingly the place to find the hottest and most innovative creative content. We chat with industry leaders at the forefront of this transition to chat about the platforms, business models, and finding your audience on the world wide web.


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