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

The 2022 Blood in the Snow Film Festival will be a hybrid event broadcast on Super Channel October 28 to 31 and in-person in Toronto November 21 to 26, 2022 (venue TBA).

Blood in the Snow has the reputation of being a "filmmaker’s festival". In 2019 the festival had 50 of the 62 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, Ontario Creates (formally the OMDC) and the Independent Production Fund. The Blood in the Snow Film Festival is also on the eligibility list of festivals for the Canadian Screen Awards.

Blood in the Snow works to attract extensive press coverage. Past coverage has included reviews, interviews and profiles by outlets such as CP24, Sirius XM, The Star, NOW Magazine, Newstalk 1010 and Rue Morgue Magazine.

Due to COVID-19 in 2020, we moved the festival completely online to SuperChannel. This went so well we have decided in 2022 to partner up again with them to present a hybrid version of the festival to screen select titles over the Halloween weekend across Canada to over 400,000 homes.

Features submitted to us have the option of being considered for either but you are under no obligation until after you are accepted.

Awards & Prizes
On closing night we hand out certificate mounted awards during a big awards show that we call "The Bloodies" that will be given out on closing night.

- Best Feature
- Best Short
- Best Digital series
- Best Lead Acting Performance in a feature
- Best Supporting Acting Performance in a feature
- Best Lead Acting Performance in a short film
- Best Supporting Acting Performance in a short film
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
- Best Editing
- Best Special FX
- Best Music Score
- Best Poster

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.

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

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

*IMPORTANT: For the Co-Production category, please follow up with an email to us (info@bloodinthesnow.ca) 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 info@bloodinthesnow.ca 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.

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  • Krystle Ferdinand

    It was an honour to be a part of BITS 2021. The industry panels and networking at Deadly Exposure were an amazing way to meet and chat with industry experts and other filmmakers!

    December 2021
  • Chris Benn

    A great Canadian film festival which takes care of its filmmakers, supporters and volunteers. Industry panels provide good resources for up and coming filmmakers while also serving as a great introduction to distributors. Old school classic cinema experience for in-person screenings is pretty awesome and the partnership with SuperChannel is also fantastic! Check this one out!

    December 2021
  • Thank you so much for programming our short film The Phone Interview within the Funny Frights Programme, it was such an honor to be there alongside such amazing films. This festival goes above and beyond in every possible way, in terms of networking, community, and exhibition. Gtting to see our film on the big screen was indescribable. Cannot thank the BITS team enough!

    December 2021
  • Lisi Purr

    It was an honour to take part this amazing festival and a perfect way for us to finally screen our film at home. Many thanks to programmers and staff who made this such a special festival for everyone.

    December 2021
  • Trey Anderson

    BITS is the best. Aside from screening the coolest genre films, their Deadly Exposure conference allowed me to meet, learn, and network with dozens of industry decision makers, potential distributors, and fellow filmmakers. I couldn't give this festival enough praise. I look forward to being able to submit another film!

    December 2021