Film Festival

BITS: 2015 Filmmakers in attendance

 

The BLOOD IN THE SNOW CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL kicks off this weekend! We already have a few film reviews up for BITE and SAVE YOURSELF with more on the way. A few days ago the festival announced what filmmakers will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity to meet some talented individuals during the screenings. The festival kicks off on the 27th at the films are showing at the Carlton Cinemas in Toronto. Check out the full announcement ahead along with the schedule for the festival.

The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival is announce its lineup of attending filmmakers at BITS 2015 year. Filmmakers of 18 of the 23 films will be in attendance. Filmmakers from all over the country will be at the festival throughout the weekend and speaking at Q&A’s after their screenings. Guest scheduled to attend include:

 

Features

Farhope Tower – Director April Mullen

Night Cries – Star and producer Brigitte Kingsley and star and director Andrew Cymek

(who will also be at our signing table on the Saturday night from 6:30 to 9:30pm)

Save Yourself – director Ryan M. Andrews and stars Elma Begovic (who also appears in Bite), Ry Barrett, Caleigh Le Grand & Sydney Kondruss.

Secret Santa – director Mikey McMurran and stars Geoff Almond, Keegan Chambers, Brent Baird, Annette Wozniak (also in Bite)

White Raven – Director Andrew Moxham. Stars Shane Twerdun, Steve Bradley & Andrew Dunbar (Also in She Who Must Burn)

The Dark Stranger – Director Chris Trebilcock, producers Paula Devonshire and Glen Wood. Stars

Bite – Director Chad Archibald and stars Elma Begovic & Annette Wozniak

She Who Must Burn – Director Larry Kent, producer Peri Certicos and stars Andrew Moxham, Shane Twerdun, Steve Bradley & Andrew Dunbar

 

Shorts

Chiral – Star and producer Ingrid Nilson

Never Tear Us Apart – Director Sid Zanforlin and writer/producer Chris Bavota

Serien – Director Kat Threlkeld & producer Lance Fernandes

A Tale of the Bonesetter – Director Brett Kelly and star Scott McClelland

Ego Noxa – Director Mercedes Coyle and Producer Natalie Dupuis

And They Watched – Director Vivian Lin and Producer Jennifer Millington

Crazy Love – Producer Helena Marie and Mathieu Charest

Return – Director Jon Hyatt and star Mike Donis

Deathbox – Director Michael Pereira and stars Timothy Paul McCarthy & Ian Dyck

Marty – Director Gregory Fox

The Festival runs this year from November 27 to the 29th, 2015 at the Carlton Cinemas in Toronto ON. Its 13 programs of features, seminars and shorts will highlight the best in contemporary Canadian genre cinema. Five of its screenings have now sold out their advanced tickets but there are still festival passes and a small block of individual tickets at the door.

 

Festival passes are only $75 and advanced tickets for $11 each and will be $13 at the door.

https://www.universe.com/events/blood-in-the-snow-canadian-film-festival-2015-tickets-toronto-GVYT6

 

FULL LINEUP DETAILS

Friday November 27

“Farhope Tower” 7:00 pm CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dir. April Mullen

A team of Paranormal Investigators venture into the infamous Farhope Building with the dreams of landing a TV deal, but get more than they bargained for when they come up against the most powerful spirits they’ve every faced. Once inside the building the spirits begin manipulating the team members, and the higher they climb the more everything spirals out of control.

 

with the short film “Chiral” (11 min) Dir. Karen Lam CANADIAN PREMIERE

An anxiety-ridden art dealer (Nelson Leis) confronts a thief (Vanessa Walsh) at his art gallery reception, only to come face to face with his own Shadow Self.

 

“Night Cries” 9:30 pm WORLD PREMIERE

Dir. Andrew Cymek

After his world crumbles, Joseph will stop at nothing to find his wife while battling demons, psychopaths, and the ruler of this new apocalypse… a warlord known only as The Hat.

 

with the short film “Grace” (10 mins) dir. Karen Nielsen CANADIAN PREMIERE

A young girl, her dog and a stranger find themselves trying to hold onto their humanity when stranded together in a post apocalyptic world.

Saturday November 28

“PLEASE LIKE MY FILM: A Marketing for Distribution Seminar” – 3:30 pm

In an ever-crowded marketplace it is more and more it is up to the filmmakers to market their films. Join us for a round table discussion about how you can position your film best both to attract distributors and to get your films out to the public. Join us for a panel discussion with Susan Curran (Director of Marketing at Anchor Bay Canada/ Starz Home Entertainment), Avi Federgreen (Producer and Owner of IndicCan Entertainment), and filmmaker Gavin Michael Booth (“The Scarehouse”).

“The Dark Stranger” 4:00pm CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dir. Chris Trebilcock

Haunted by a terrifying spirit out of her graphic novel, a young artist struggles to overcome her psychosis before it destroys her.

 

with the short film “EGO NOXA” (7 mins) Dir. Mercedes Coyle TORONTO PREMIERE

A girl’s inner struggle with self-hate comes to life in a terrifying nightmarish form.

 

“Secret Santa” 6:30 pm WORLD PREMIERE SOLD OUT! (Rush tickets and passes only)

Dir. Mikey McMurran

A Horror/Comedy that tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period. A liquor filled party is planned with them adding a Secret Santa exchange for fun. Little do our characters know… a killer is in town and has a special present for all the good (and bad) girls and boys. Dare to open your present? It might be your last!

 

with the short film “O Christmas Tree” (14 min) WORLD PREMIERE dir. Greg Kovacs

Carolers out to spread Christmas cheer get more than they bargained for at Mabel’s house.

BITS Short Film Showcase 7pm (94 mins) SOLD OUT! (Rush tickets and passes only)

 

“Birthday” (6 mins) TORONTO PREMIERE

Dir. Richard Lukacs

A young girl’s dream of becoming the savior of mankind by giving birth to the devil comes alive in this tribute to silent-era horror.

 

“Deathbox” (8 mins) TORONTO PREMIERE

Dir. Michael Pereira

A lonely, conflicted hobo lives an existence defined by a dark, insatiable need. On this day, he crosses paths with a mysterious man who’s also defined by an all-consuming, singular drive.

 

“Kurayami no Wa” (10 mins) TORONTO PREMIERE

Dir. Morgana McKenzie

 

When Hallowe’en is hijacked by a Japanese doomsday cult, a girl and her siblings are forced to flee into the harsh conditions of winter.

 

“Return” (17 min) CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dir. Jon Hyatt

A young couple purchase their new home to start a life together, only to find out the elderly couple next door have other plans for them.

 

“Marty” (16 mins) WORLD PREMIERE

Dir. Gregory Fox

A traveling salesman reveals himself as a psychopath when he tries to fill the void his parents left.

 

“Aestas” (20 mins) CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dir. Guillaume Comtois

A man returning from a business trip saves a teenage girl from drowning. She disappears a few moments later, leaving the man quite shaken. His girlfriend tries to cheer him up, but she disappears too, when the teenage girl suddenly comes back.

 

“Seiren” (17 mins) CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dir. Kat Threlkeld

After a supermodel is bitten in the water by a mysterious creature while on a photo shoot at the beach, an infection takes hold that changes her behaviour and appearance. Over time she turns into one hell of a demonic sea siren whose thirsty for blood.

 

“Save Yourself” 9:30 pm CANADIAN PREMIERE SOLD OUT! (Rush tickets and passes only)

Dir. Ryan M. Andrews

Five female filmmakers en route to screen their new horror film in Los Angeles, experience their own real life terror when they cross paths with deranged scientist hellbent on using them for his mysterious experiments.

 

with the short film “Never Tear Us Apart” (6 mins) dir. Chris Bavota CANADIAN PREMIERE

Two friends try to survive an encounter with a couple of backwood cannibals.

“Secret Santa” 11:59 pm WORLD PREMIERE SOLD OUT! (Rush tickets and passes only)

Dir. Mikey McMurran

A Horror/Comedy that tells the story of a group of eccentric college kids, struggling to get through the hectic exam period. A liquor filled party is planned with them adding a Secret Santa exchange for fun. Little do our characters know… a killer is in town and has a special present for all the good (and bad) girls and boys. Dare to open your present? It might be your last!

 

with the short film “O Christmas Tree” (14 min) WORLD PREMIERE dir. Greg Kovacs

Carolers out to spread Christmas cheer get more than they bargained for at Mabel’s house.

 

“She Who Must Burn” 2:00 pm TORONTO PREMIERE

Dir. Larry Kent

The Baarkers, a family group of religious fanatics who believe they are God’s chosen ones, polarize a town and force it’s residents to fight for their lives as their zeal turns murderous and the rule of law decays into brutish mob mentality.

 

with the short film “Crazy Love” (12 mins) Dir. Helena Marie TORONTO PREMIERE

Pushed to her breaking point, an abused woman must decide whether to stay silent or fight back.

 

“FIX IT ON SET: Post Production Tips for Indie Films” – 2:30 pm

The postproduction process is one of the most important but least understood and least planned stage for filmmakers. Join us for an in-depth panel with leading sound designer/mixer George Flores, composer Steph Copeland and filmmaker and editor Justin McConnell that will discuss with you the best way to plan your postproduction on your next film.

 

“White Raven” 4:00 pm WORLD PREMIERE

Dir. Andrew Moxham

Four men head into the remote woods on an annual camping trip. As one of them gradually loses his mind, the weekend of fun takes a turn for the worse and the other three must fight for their lives.

 

with the short film “And They Watched” (7 mins) Dir. Vivian Lin TORONTO PREMIERE

 

AND THEY WATCHED is a horror morality tale about the custodian of an electric chair and its last casualty. Inspired by the recent reinstatement of the electric chair in Tennessee, US.

 

“Bite” TORONTO PREMIERE 4:30 pm

Dir. Chad Archibald

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

 

with the short film “A Tale of the Bonesetter” (11 mins) Dir. Brett Kelly TORONTO PREMIERE

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.

 

“Bite” TORONTO PREMIERE 7:00 pm SOLD OUT! (Rush tickets and passes only)

Dir. Chad Archibald

While on her bachelorette party getaway, Casey, the bride to be, gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect. After returning home with cold feet, Casey tries to call off her wedding but before she’s able to, she starts exhibiting insect like traits. Between her physical transformation and her wedding anxiety, Casey succumbs to her new instincts and begins creating a hive that not only houses her translucent eggs, but feeds on the flesh of others. As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

 

with the short film “A Tale of the Bonesetter” (11 mins) Dir. Brett Kelly TORONTO PREMIERE

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.

 

“Save Yourself” 9:30 pm CANADIAN PREMIERE

Dir. Ryan M. Andrews

Five female filmmakers en route to screen their new horror film in Los Angeles, experience their own real life terror when they cross paths with deranged scientist hellbent on using them for his mysterious experiments.

 

with the short film “Never Tear Us Apart” (6 mins) dir. Chris Bavota CANADIAN PREMIERE

Two friends try to survive an encounter with a couple of backwood cannibals.

LINKS

 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/BITSFILMFEST

 

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/bitsfilmfest/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bloodinthesnowcanadianfilmfestival

 

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