he 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.

Due to COVID-19, we are excited to announce we have moved BITS to broadcast nationally on the Super Channel cable channel October 28 to November 7, 2020 with our unique program of premiere features, shorts, and web series.

This is a once and a lifetime opportunity for filmmakers to get their audience in front of potentially over 400,000 Canadian subscribers (on cable, Amazon Prime and Apple).

FAQ - please read before submitting your film

How would this work?

Any films selected (features, shorts, web series) will only be shown once and repeated 3 hours later for west coast primetime screening. Feature films selected for Super Channel will be offered a broadcast license that will be decided between the filmmakers and Super Channel. We will still have the same mix of feature films paired with an opening short film along with our dedicated short film programs: “Emerging Screams”, “A Series of Web Bites”, “Funny Frights” and “Dark Visions”.

How are my chances still of getting into BITS this year?

The lineup will be almost exactly the same as we normally would program, so your chances of getting into BITS is the same as before.

How would this affect our festival run at other festivals and other distribution offers?

The films are geo-blocked to be only shown in Canada so it shouldn’t have any negative impact on distribution offers and other festival screenings.

Our film is scheduled to play other festivals, how would that work?

The broadcast license for future screenings Super Channel wouldn’t begin until the pre-negotiated timeline (usually 6 to 18 months). So you would still be able to continue your festival or theatrical run after the BITS premiere on Super Channel and it shouldn’t impact negatively on any other sales for your film.

Is Blood in the Snow getting a piece of our broadcast license?

Absolutely not. Super Channel is our presenting sponsor to our festival this year and Blood in the Snow will not be involved with any broadcast deal you receive.

What will I need to get a broadcast license with Super Channel?

They will go over the details with you directly and they have an experienced team that will walk you through what you need to get.

Will I still get my BITS filmmaker laurels?

Absolutely. We will be in contact with your laurel if your film is selected.

Will you still be doing the “Bloodies” awards?

We will still be giving out the awards on Super Channel after our closing night screening on Saturday November 7, 2020.

Will you be doing a Q&A after the screening with key cast and crew?

Yes but pre-recorded to broadcast after the film. We will be in touch about how we will be doing that.

What will happen to the future of Blood in the Snow?

We are already booked for Blood in the Snow to return to the Royal Cinema in Toronto in November 2021.

So this is the best of both worlds, if you get into Blood in the Snow, you will get a festival screening with BITS and also be offered a broadcast license to take effect at a later date. Any questions please feel free to contact us at info@bloodinthesnow.ca.

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 on Super Channel.

- 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

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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  • Kyle Dunbar

    Blood In The Snow is one of the best times I've had at a film festival. It's friendly, insightful, holds a loyal fanbase and presents an amazing collection of films that span all over the board of horror. An absolute must for lovers of the weird and strange!

    January 2020
  • Tyler Williams

    This is a truly fantastic festival! Easily one of my best festival experiences, and right in my home town! I have been watching the festival grow year by year and it quickly became one of my top festivals on my list, I just needed the right project. When I finally had the right fit I was ecstatic to be accepted AND even nominated for best short film.

    I tried my best to attend all of the many events that the festival put on. It was actually too much! They try incredibly hard to make the whole week a valuable experience for all those who attend, from the littlest short film to the prestige feature. I'm a guy who needs a little push when it comes to networking and promoting my work -- Kelly, Kirk and the team did a bang up job of getting me out there.

    My sincerest thanks to the whole team. I can't wait to attend next year and I'm especially looking forward to one day screening there again!

    December 2019
  • Chris Borgo

    Thank you to the entire judging committee for selecting our film. This was a wonderful genre film festival to be a part of! Professional and well organized. We highly recommend it!

    December 2019
  • Lisa Ovies

    Without question one of the top genre festivals I have attended to date. The communication, the support, the amazing press and social media and the fantastic schedules filled with panels, round tables and screenings made this a must festival for any Canadian. I strongly suggest everyone submit and attend when possible, this one is AMAZING.

    December 2019
  • Darrin Rose

    I had a delightful time at Blood in the Snow. This is a proper film festival with a full slate of events, in addition to the screenings. There's a media day, industry conferences and parties every night. The screenings are in a big (500 seat) theatre and are well-attended. I met lots of great people. The organizers are all delightful. I couldn't recommend it more highly!

    December 2019