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.

Blood in the Snow has the reputation of being a "filmmaker’s festival". In 2019 the festival had 42 of the 51 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 Canadian 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 (including its own "Media day" at the festival itself). Past coverage has included 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 2019 will run November 21 - 26, 2019 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 17 certificate mounted 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
- Most Promising Debut
- Best Podcast
- "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
  • Sara Martins

    Had such great experience at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival! The organizers did an amazing job.

    December 2018
  • Eva Colmers

    What an impressive line-up of diverse genre films AND awesome industry events PLUS a most caring and dedicated organizing team.
    I had a fantastic time at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, made some lasting connections and hop to come back. High quality with low hassle and lasting connections.

    December 2018
  • Avi Federgreen

    What a great all around festival filled with great films, great panels, great networking and amazing sharing of love of film!

    December 2018
  • Randy Brososky

    An excellent festival with a great mix of screenings and industry-building events. The industry panels were valuable and set up properly to allow enough time to get good information and then meet the panelists. Finally, the networking events were set up in a way to encourage meeting new people, and the festival staff went out of their way to facilitate those meetings. I look forward to coming back!

    November 2018
  • Fantastic festival. Lot of great programmed aimed strictly at the filmmakers so the events and networking around them are great, and the audiences turn out for the screenings too. Will happily spill some more blood on film to get on their program again.

    November 2018