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

The festival will run in November 23 TO 26, 2017 at The Royal cinema in Toronto, Canada with its unique program of premieres of features, shorts and seminars.

Awards & Prizes

"The Bloodies"
On closing night we hand out 14 certificate awards that we call "The Bloodies".

- Best Feature
- Best Short
- 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

Rules & Terms

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

All films must have been completed after January 2013 and we ask that it be at least a Toronto Premiere.

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.

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.

9 Reviews

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    Leah Johnston

    A wonderfully supportive lovely film festival. What it doesn't have in size it makes up for in the warm, hospitable atmosphere. It was a great experience attending- some good panels and they did a great job promoting the filmmakers in attendance. Definitely a film festival to add to the list :)

    January 2017
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    Larica Perera

    Such a lovely festival ran by an amazing group of people. It's a great community to showcase your film to, and well worth the submission fee!

    December 2016
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    John Nicol

    Another stellar year for BITS...The BITS festival is rapidly becoming a world class event. This team really goes out their way to make it memorable experience, full of parties, panels, awards and such. I hope have to my next film play in BLOOD IN THE SNOW 2017!

    December 2016
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    Nick Pusic

    Absolutely loved this festival. The people running it are super friendly and extremely supportive. The film selection is outstanding and true to the horror genre. The venue is self-explanatory. Brilliant festival, and a MUST.

    December 2016
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    Steve Villeneuve

    One of Canada's Best !! Great people Great experience !!!!

    December 2016