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 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 and industry seminars.

Awards & Prizes

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

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.

Although we do make exceptions we prefer that all films 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.

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.

16 Reviews

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    Greg Kovacs

    This festival is great! Professional, friendly, and great communication. I've been lucky enough to have a film play at this festival every year since its inception and even luckier to win Best Short twice. It's always a fun and enjoyable time! Thank you so much!

    December 2017
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    Ariel Hansen

    While I couldn't make it in person they had great communication, excellent selection of films and created press opportunities for our film. From what I saw from afar it also looked like they had awesome filmmaker events from panels to networking, they had it covered.

    December 2017
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    Ryan Andrews

    Blood In The Snow is not just a series of screenings but a whole weekend of events celebrating the film and filmmakers. From the media coverage they arrange to insightful panels, the Bits festival is a great community to be a part of. Everyone is professional and in constant communication. In a city filled with dozens of good film festivals, this festival has climbed their way to the top of the mountain, in such a short time, because of their care for the films, the genre and the film community.

    December 2017
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    Carlos Henriques

    We're so happy to have had our short film HUMAN CATTLE selected as part of the festival. Everyone involved in the fest were super supportive and super nice to deal with and to top it all off all the screenings were packed including ours. Super awesome fest and we look forward to coming back!

    December 2017
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    Jason Seelmann

    What a blast! This was pretty much my first experience at a real festival and they really showed everyone a great time. Amazing supportive staff and volunteers made everyone feel welcome. The fans are awesome as well. Looking forward to coming back!

    December 2017