Tomorrow marks the opening night of the 2018 Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival! Celebrating the work of Canadian filmmakers, the festival features screenings of short and feature films at The Royal Cinema and panel discussions at The Monarch Tavern. For a full schedule of BiTS screenings and events, click here. For a list of films with female directors playing at this year’s fest (and when to catch them), read on!
Saturday, November 24th, 9:30pm
Montreal Dead End (Anthology) (89 mins)
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.
Tuesday, November 26th, 7:00pm
Level 16 (Dir. Danishka Esterhazy) (103 mins)
Trapped in a prison-like school, 16-year-old Vivien keeps to herself and sticks her neck out for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia, the former friend who betrayed her. Together, the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment. Soon running for their lives, the girls must save themselves or die trying.
Saturday, November 24th, 7:00pm (Bloody Bits Shorts Showcase #1)
Frostbite (Dirs. Megan, Tanisha, Phoenix, Faith, Maalea, Laiza, Deon, Shania and Stephanie)
Students learn the hard way why they need to wear all of their warm clothes outside as they feel the frost… BITE! This film is the creation of a group of Yellowknives Dene students at Kaw Tay Whee school in Dettah, Northwest Territories.
He Likes It Rough (Dirs. Kat Threlkeld & Lance Fernandes)
A traumatized woman takes her power back through unconventional means.
Greater Good (Dir. Andrea Ashton)
When a pregnant woman receives an unexpected visit from two strangers she is faced with making an unthinkable decision.
The Suburbanight (Dir. Eva Colmers)
Aria Lefler just wants to feed her hungry kid and have a quiet night at home. When her bothersome neighbour continually interrupts their family time, Aria finds the perfect solution to both problems.
Hunting Season (Dir. Shannon Kohli)
A recovering alcoholic, Callie is struggling to move on from her past in the blue-collar community. When a violent creature escapes from a group of local hunters, it happens upon her at the station. Callie comes face to face with the beast and an unlikely bond forms between creature and girl which will change Callie’s life forever. It forces her to face and conquer the demons of her past.
Supine (Dir. Nicole Goode)
Sylvie is a taxidermist content with being isolated from people in her large house in the mountains of France- her only company is her work. That is until Oz, an American hitchhiker stumbles upon her path. The two become close and Sylvie begins to question what it means to live.
Sunday, November 25th, 4:30pm
Nepenthes (Dir. Ariel Hansen)
Max is desperate to make a meaningful connection, but when she decides to meet an online dating match at home she gets herself into a painfully sticky situation
Sunday November 25th, 9:30pm (Bloody Bits Shorts Showcase #2)
The Girl In The Black Dress (Dir. Helen Kriemadis)
While a woman gets ready to go out, things are not what they seem.
Hot Anger (Dir. Gwen Trutnau)
Her anger is like a fever.
The Chicken Man (Dir. Joslyn Rogers)
A suicidal writer is miraculously saved by a chicken. His story is re-written.
The Whistler (Dir. Jennifer Nicole Stang)
Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky, one night, when, after innocently falling asleep, wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well.
Sunday, November 25th, 2:00pm (Web Series Showcase)
Allie And Lara Make A Horror Movie – Episode 1 & 3 (dirs. Larissa Thomas, Alicia Faucher, Larica Perera)
Two horror fans leap into directing their first creature feature with their fame-hungry roommate. It’s all downhill from there.
Narcoleap – Episode 02 – ‘Range to Target’ (dir. Kate Green)
When college student Kelsey Atkins unexpectedly begins to leap into the bodies of other people during her bouts of narcolepsy, she becomes a target in the deadly world of military espionage.
The Vault – Episode 2 – ‘Extraction’ (dir. Sara Martins)
The Vault is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi web series that follows a ragtag group of survivors living in an underground military bunker known as Vault 175 or the Vault. The group is led by Evelyn Pierce, a no-nonsense General in the Canadian Armed Forces. Buried five miles beneath the Earth, this state-of-the-art facility is humanity’s only remaining home. Outside there is only nuclear winter, a wasteland in which it is believed nothing and no one can survive…until one day when a surveying mission discovers an unconscious pilot by the name of Nathaniel Hale.