BITS 2016: Wrap-Up

This year was a major turning point for the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, as it celebrated its fifth anniversary and moved to its new location at the Cineplex Yonge and Dundas. While there with a few hiccups this year, such as the cancellation of a live TV special and one of the screenings being plagued by sound problems, this was still a very successful year for the festival.

Here are my favourite films of the festival, along with the official award winners.

Top Five Feature Films

  1. 3 Dead Trick or Treaters
  2. Capture Kill Release
  3. The Unseen
  4. Kidnap Capital
  5. The Sublet
Top Three Short Films (Short Showcase)
  1. What Do You See?
  2. The Jogger
  3. Mrs. Rafferty’s Red Red Roses
Top Three Short Films (Pre-Feature)
  1. Taking Possession
  2. Ingrid and the Black Hole
  3. Stillborn
The Bloodies Award Winners
Best Poster
24×36: A Movie Poster about Movie Posters
Paul Ainsworth, Joshua Budich, Sara Deck, Gary Pullin, Matt Tobin
Best Music Score
Stephen Schooley – 3 Dead Trick or Treaters
Best Acting Ensemble
Kidnap Captial
Best Screenplay
Felipe Rodriguez – Kidnap Capital
Best Cinematography
Greg Biskup – The Sublet
Best Editing
Kevin Burke – 24×36
Best Special FX
Carolyn Williams – Madre De Dios
Best Director
Kevin Burke- 24×36
Rising Star Award
Jennifer Fraser – Capture Kill Release
Best Actress
Tianna Nori – The Sublet
Best Short
Cauchemar capitionne
Jean-Claude Leblanc – Director
Christian Racine, Jean-Claude Leblanc & Jason Ross Jallet
Best Actor
Aden Young – The Unseen
Best Feature
The Unseen
Geoff Redknap – Director
Katie Weekley – Producer
Vanguard Award in honour of being the first filmmakers to play five times at BITS Post-Lifers Productions
Director – Greg Kovacs
Producers – Stephanie Christiaens, Nathan Hawkins, Darren Hutchings & Brad McMillan

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).