FULL 2018 LINEUP ANNOUNCED
(TORONTO - November 3, 2018) The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (“BITS”), Canada’s largest celebration of Canuck genre film has announced the full slate of Northern horror for BITS 2018, which takes place from November 22 - 27 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.
Friday, November 23 sees the World Premiere of Altered Skin, the feature film debut from Toronto-based director Adnan Ahmed, best known for his VFX work (The Strain, Vikings). A deadly pathogen outbreak devastates the city of Karachi, Pakistan. When an investigative reporter turns up dead, expat Craig Evans (Robin Dunne) must discover the mystery behind the virus, for the last chance to save his wife.
Calgary’s Nick Szostakiwskj (Black Mountain Side) returns with his follow-up feature Hammer of the Gods. A falling-from-grace rock band goes deep into the Canadian wilderness on a drug-fuelled spirit journey, where they encounter mysterious forces that could tear the group apart.
Montreal represents with the 18 director anthology film Montreal Dead End. A supernatural mist seeps across the city, unleashing a series of urban paranormal events.
Deadsight starring and co-written by Toronto’s Liv Collins (The Hexecutioners) has its world premiere on Sunday, Nov 25. A man with partial blindness and a young pregnant policewoman must work together to escape from a deadly virus that has spread across Grey County. Deadsight plays along with the previous announced The Hoard both World Premieres are the long awaited follow-up films from by the Foresight Films team (Septic Man, Monster Brawl, Ejecta) headed by Jesse Thomas Cook.
Torontonian Tomas Street makes his feature directorial debut with Fugue starring Jack Foley (Lifechanger) and Laura Tremblay (The Expanse). An amnesic struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and begins questioning those closest to him in this puzzle of memory and identity.
Award-winning filmmaker Rob Heydon bring the Toronto premiere of Isabelle, starring Amanda Crew (The Haunting in Connecticut, Silicon Valley) and Adam Brody (The OC, Jennifer's Body). A young couple’s dream of starting a family shatters as they descend into the depths of paranoia and must struggle to survive an evil presents that wants nothing more than their very own lives.
Previously announced features include opening film SuperGrid from Saskatchewan director Lowell Dean (WolfCop), the Calgary-shot film Alive from director Rob Grant (Fake Blood), The Hoard from Collingwood’s Foresight Features, and closing night film Level 16 from Winnipeg’s Danishka Esterhazy.
BITS 2018 also features two shorts programs showcasing the very best short filmmakers in Canada, and a newly introduced web series program sponsored by the Independent Production Fund.
BITS 2018 is presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, the Independent Production Fund, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.
About BITS Film Fest:
Now in its 7th year, the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (“BITS”) is a unique and imaginative showcase of contemporary Canadian horror, genre, and underground cinema, that exists to challenge social boundaries, explore artistic taboos, and support and exhibit independent Canadian genre media artists. BITS has been named by Movie Maker Magazine and Horror Hound as one of the 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World.
FIRST WAVE LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT
(TORONTO - October 22, 2018) The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (“BITS”) announces the first wave of features screening at the festival, which runs from November 22 - 27, 2018 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto.
BITS 2018 opens with SUPERGRID, from Saskatchewan director Lowell Dean (Wolfcop, Another Wolfcop), a high-octane road movie set in a post-apocalyptic Canadian wasteland.
Rob Grant (Fake Blood) returns for the Ontario Premiere of ALIVE, an unsettling chiller featuring an amnesic pair who wake up in an abandoned sanitarium, and must discover their true identities while outwitting their sadistic caretaker. Shot in Calgary by the team behind Knuckleball.
Collingwood’s Foresight Features returns with the World Premiere of THE HOARD, a horror/comedy mockumentary that chronicles an unlucky film crew attempting to produce the ultimate haunted reality tv show. Co-directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Hexecutioners, Monster Brawl) and Matt Wiele (Ejecta) and written by Tony Burgess (Pontypool).
Acclaimed Winnipeg director Danishka Esterhazy (H&G, Blackfield) closes the festival with the Toronto premiere of LEVEL 16, an intelligent dystopian thriller where young girls’ friendship may be the only way to survive their fate at a horrifying finishing school.
Passes are on sale now!
Tickets go on sale November 3, 2018
INTRODUCING THE DEADLY EXPOSURE FILM INDUSTRY MARKET - 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.
Check out the full Deadly Exposure schedule HERE