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 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 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 2020 will run November 19 - 24, 2020 at the Royal Cinema in Toronto, Canada with its unique program of premiere features, shorts, web series and industry events.

On closing night we hand out 16 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
- "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
  • 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