BITS 2019 SPRING TOUR
All Film Screenings will be held at Mayfair Theatre.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27TH
7:00 pm - HELLMINGTON (Dirs. Justin Hewitt-Drakulic, Alex Lee Williams) (83 mins)
A detective investigates her father's dying words; the name of a girl who has been missing for 9 years.
with the short film IN THE THICK (Dir. Tyler A. Williams) OTTAWA PREMIERE (7:42 mins)
A man finds himself the captive of a deranged family, and while contemplating his freedom learns a hard lesson in survival.
9:30 pm - BITS SHORT FILM TOUR SHOWCASE
CROSS MY HEART (Dir. Kevin Preece) (2:07 mins)
A little girl is awakened by a noise, and trembles under her covers. Mother to the rescue.
THE SCARLET VULTURES (Dir. Kyle Martellacci) (14:51 mins)
A young woman discovers that a special ingredient elicits a state of euphoria in those who consume it, but not everyone is so special.
COMPULSION (Dir. Brian Sepanzyk) (16:20 mins)
As we follow an unknown man in his day to day life, we soon start to see the dark underside of what his compulsion is and what it drives him to do. To give in, the blood must flow.
CHAMBER OF ECHOES (Dir. Chris Chitaroni ) (7:00 mins)
An alt-right conspiracy theorist prepares for the end of times. Bombarded by the 24/7 news cycle which is being curated for him by likeminded internet friends, he starts to see the signs and makes the necessary moves to survive. Unfortunately he may have misread the situation.
THE FACE (Dir. Riley Campbell) (12:05 mins)
Caitlyn Jones is a freelance news journalist who will do anything to get her story. After covering a fatal car accident, she begins to be haunted by strange sounds in the night, itching paranoia, and horrible visions, putting her relationship, her work and even her life in danger.
WITH YOU ALWAYS (Dir. Angela Besharah) (11:32 mins)
Mark is a fool for love after falling for a mesmerizing woman who works in a flower shop. With the help of his closest confidant, Kyle, he decides be brave and ask her out. Psychology student, Katie, jovially goes through her late night closing duties at her part time job when she notices a creepy hooded figure lurking outside. These two worlds collide down a dark alley after Mark and Kyle disturbingly follow her home. Spooked, Katie makes a run for it, but once Mark catches up and she realizes what's really going on, she sternly schools Mark that this is no way to ask someone out. Realizing his mistake, sincerely sorry for scaring her, he does his best to win her over with his freestyle charm. Softened by his now innocent demeanour, she goes against her better judgment and decides to give him a second chance, a chance that might prove more harmful then she imagined.
ANGEL (Dir. Julian Vetrone) (7:00 mins)
A young girl named Angel returns home for her fathers funeral to only get an unexpected visit from an old friend.
WILD (Indomptable) (Dir. Morgana McKenzie) (16:39 mins)
Set in the 1930s, “Wild (Indomptable)” follows Ida, a young French Canadian girl who, while spending the summer with her relatives in English-speaking Ontario, discovers a supernatural entity living in their cornfield. After deciding to befriend the entity, they form a strong relationship. But, while the entity appears to be kind to Ida, it has the potential to be devastating to others.
THURSDAY MARCH 28TH
7:00 pm - THE HOARD (Dirs. Jesse Thomas Cook & Matt Wiele) OTTAWA PREMIERE (104 mins)
A rundown town is dealing with unemployment, drug addiction and, most of all, excessive hoarding. The worst hoarder of all is Murph Evans, whose massive collection of junk takes up several properties. Here to help him clean up his houses and avoid eviction is the folks from the reality show Extremely Haunted Hoarders. Split up into 3 teams, they include a pair of junk removal experts, a home organizer and a psychiatrist. Also, on hand to detect any supernatural spooks underneath all the piles is a once-married pair of paranormal investigators.
BITS 2018 Alumni
With the short film A TALE OF THE BONESETTER (Dir. Brett Kelly) (11:27 mins)
A woman and her child visit a Bed and Breakfast in rural Quebec unaware of the town's history of child murders at the hands of an ancient Bonesetter.
BITS 2015 Alumni
9:30 pm - MONTREAL DEAD END (Dirs. Anthology) OTTAWA PREMIERE (89 mins)
It's a well-known fact that the island's incessant roadwork is a major headache for many Montrealers, but when it awakens evil forces from deep within our own history, legends and untamed demons, we are treated to a wild delirium of fright, the likes of which festivalgoers can't afford to miss. A supernatural mist is seeping through the cracks of the city, causing various evil enchantments related to the neighbourhood from which it escapes, waking up a dark spirit here, a vengeful ghost there, releasing a plethora of terrifying creatures, possessing numerous citizens and even turning some of them into zombies, or entities from the beyond. The key to this paranormal chaos lies within a First Nations legend, a shamanic amulet and a guardian (Marco Collin) in search of a book of prophecies and premonitions which only he can decipher. Several pro-apocalyptic groups, master swindlers and voodoo priests are also looking to get their hands on this book hidden somewhere in the metropolis. The quest takes us from one part of the city to another, crossing paths with unexpected events and multiple creatures along the way.
BITS 2018 Alumni
With the short film HOUSE AMONG THE TREES (Dir. Brian Wilcox) OTTAWA PREMIERE (4:52 mins)
While checking in on a neighbors cottage, a man finds there's an unexpected visitor already living there who is claiming to be a distant relative. The man believes her, only to find out things are much worse than they seem.
BITS 2018 Alumni