Canadian horror fans are one month away from the 7th annual Blood in the Snow (BITS) Canadian Festival. Opening November 22 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto, the festival’s first wave of entrants has been announced. Genre fans will see some familiar names behind the scenes for some of these films, and interest is sure to be high.
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 at www.bloodinthesnow.ca while tickets go on sale November 3. Presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada, Ontario Creates, the Independent Production Fund, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 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.