The Bloody Mary Film Festival is held in Toronto, Canada every November. Named after the legendary mirror ghost from slumber parties past, the festival aims to showcase the achievements of female-identifying directors across Canada working in the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres.

We also seek to inspire future generations of female genre film fans to create their own work by offering them a platform where their voices can be seen and heard.

Filmmakers are encouraged to attend and participate in post screening Q&A's where they can engage with the audience in a discussion of their work.

By fostering a community of genre filmmakers and film fans, BMFF hopes to contribute to remedying gender inequality in the genre film industry.

All films qualify for the BMFF Audience Choice Award. This award is sponsored by Dazmo Camera. The director of the winning film will receive a $5000 voucher to put towards camera rentals on the next film they direct.

The Bloody Mary Film Festival accepts genre films directed (or co-directed) by Canadian FEMALE-IDENTIFYING FILMMAKERS ONLY. We invite female filmmakers to submit their short and feature length horror, sci-fi and fantasy films. No premiere status is required!

For short films: Maximum runtime: 25 minutes
For feature films: Minimum runtime: 60 minutes

Films in a language other than English MUST be subtitled in English

We accept ONLINE submissions only.

Overall Rating
  • Gio Olmos

    Amazing opportunities and dedicated team! Thank you for having us this year, we hope to be back soon!

    November 2018
  • Shannon Litt

    We had a blast at the Bloody Mary Film Festival. The festival itself was really well organized, and there was a great turnout on Friday when our short film screened. Co-founders Krista & Laura answered all my questions promptly & kindly via email. They also organized a fantastic feature film incubator program, which was an excellent opportunity to meet lots of producers & people in the field!

    November 2018
  • We had an amazing time screening our short at this year's Bloody Mary Film Festival. The organizers were clear & communicative before the fest, and made us feel incredibly welcome at the screening. The other films in the short program were an amazing and diverse group of genre films made by women, and we felt honored to be in their company. Obsessed with this fest and can't wait to go back in future years!

    November 2018