Carolyn Mauricette is a programmer for the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival. She is also a film writer and a contributing author to the first Women in Horror Annual, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films, and the Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films.
One of the goals of the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (BITS) is to create a space for all voices within the genre community. It’s a no-brainer that everyone should be able to create and represent their point of view, but that can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a woman making horror films. With all the focus on women within the film industry as a whole of late, things are slowly changing for the better due to the attention and awareness, especially in the typically male-dominated horror camp.
The good news is that BITS has always had women filmmakers submitting incredible content for the festival over the years. From BITS Alumni director Audrey Cummings (Berkshire County, Darken), to Tricia Lee (Clean Break) and Karen Lam (Evangeline, Chiral), the festival has proven there’s ample horror and genre content made by women.
This year, we’ve got another batch of talented women with some fantastic films. Here’s just a small selection of who you’ll find at BITS 2018.
Ariel Hansen – as the co-founder of Bad Cookie Pictures, this west coast actor/director/writer/producer covers all the bases. She’s a dynamic force who has starred in BITS alumni short Ghost Can, both directed and co-starred in Paint the Town Red, and this year she brings us her creepy, gooey take on dating in Nepenthes.
Kat Threlkeld – This Toronto based director and actor has a background in visual arts and brought us the chilling mermaid shocker Seiren, a BITS 2015 selection and part of the Bloody Bits Volume 1 shorts compilation. Her unique visual style comes back this year with the supernatural revenge He Likes It Rough.
Danishka Esterhazy – With films making waves in the industry and winning awards at Vancouver’s Women in Film Festival and Sundance, Danishka’s made a name for herself in the festival circuit with female-driven narratives. Her well-received dystopian feminist thriller feature Level 16 closes BITS 2018.
Shannon Kohli – As a seasoned camera operator and D.O.P., to say Shannon has an eye for film is an understatement. With her experience in film and television, she easily moved from D.O.P. to director with numerous shorts under her belt. Her latest screening at the fest is the moving fantasy short Hunting Season.
Eva Colmers – Eva’s body of work includes documentaries and shorts, and her experience writing, directing and producing has also led her to many awards. She’s a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and heads her No Problem Productions company. You can see her short about a mother and son relationship with a twist called The Suburbanight.
Come out to the festival to see the work of these women and many more this November 22 to 27 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto, and get your tickets here before they sell out.