The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (BITS) was first created in 2012 with a mandate to highlight the best in contemporary genre filmmaking in Canada.

Blood in the Snow has the reputation of being a "filmmaker’s festival". In 2017 the festival had 29 of the 32 filmmakers featured in attendance from all across Canada. There are activities all weekend long allowing filmmakers to network with other filmmakers and other important industry contacts. Filmmaker activities include a filmmakers brunch (dubbed "Breakfast with the Stars"), industry panels, a VIP industry cocktail social and after parties every night of the festival.

Blood in the Snow is generously funded in part by Telefilm Canada, The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Creates (formally the OMDC) and the Independent Production Fund. The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival is also on the eligibility list of festivals for the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.

Blood in the Snow works to attract extensive press coverage (including its own "Media day" at the festival itself). In 2017 coverage included over 150 reviews, interviews and profiles by outlets such as CP24, Innerspace, Sirius XM, The Star, NOW Magazine, Newstalk 1010 and Rue Morgue Magazine.

The festival takes place at the historic Royal Cinema, well-known for its giant screen and 5.1 surround sound— the 380 seat theatre is considered one of the best and most respected in Toronto. The Royal is located in the heart of "Little Italy" surrounded by some of the best bars and restaurants in the city.

Blood in the Snow 2018 will run November 22 - 27, 2018 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto, Canada with its unique program of premiere features, shorts, web series and industry seminars.

On closing night we hand out 15 certificate awards during a big awards show that we call "The Bloodies".

- Best Feature
- Best Short
- Best Web or TV series
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Editing
- Best Ensemble
- Best Special FX
- Best Music Score
- Best Poster
- "Rising Star" Award
- "Vanguard" Award

We focus on Canadian filmmakers but we are now open to Canadian / international co-production films as well. Please read the submission requirements carefully BEFORE submitting.

Although we do make exceptions we prefer that all films be at least a Toronto Premiere and that they not play Toronto in the month of October or November before BITS.

By Canadian we mean that:
- the film has a Canadian director and;
- must be shot in Canada AND/OR have a predominately Canadian crew.

By premiere we mean that:
- the film hasn't been shown publicly at any theatre in the Toronto/GTA area including any other film festival.

The International category are for international films that are co-productions with a Canadian company
- The main crew (Director/Producer) is a Canadian working abroad.
- The main actor(s) is a Canadian working abroad.

*IMPORTANT: For the Co-Production category, please followup with an email to us ( and let us know what aspect of the film is Canadian.

For the web series category, please submit one episode that you think best represents your series. We don't need a premiere status for the web series category and can be available online.

If you have any questions about our requirements, please email us at to check first before submitting.

By applying to BITS you have agreed to the terms listed above and that there are no submission fee refunds.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Currie Holmes

    Great festival!!! Highly recommended festival... love these guys!

    February 2018
  • Tonya Dodds

    We could not have asked for a better festival to have our world premiere. Not only did the fest get us press and reviews, they were there to answer any and all of our questions, no matter what they were. Highly recommend BiTS!

    January 2018
  • Michael Melski

    Excellent and important festival, run by true genre film aficionados. Kelly, Kirk, Jason, Jen, Allie et al were great hosts, the communication and organization were terrific. The Child Remains got so many reviews from publications and websites from this festival, their media outreach is invaluable.. Great parties too, most highly recommended!

    January 2018
  • Michael Peterson

    Really fun, well organized film festival, worth attending.

    December 2017
  • Brendon Rathbone

    I absolutely loved this festival. A lot of care goes into it and I would say it was one of the top for me for being worth going out to. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

    December 2017