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The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival: Why Toronto Horror Fans Need to Go

Published November 8, 2016 by vfdpixie



This November 24th-27th, the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival kicks off it’s 5th year. Why is this important? Because it’s Toronto’s only festival dedicated to Canadian genre film. And why is that important? Well, Canadian film, while it’s gaining in popularity, generally doesn’t get a lot of focus, often being overshadowed by big ticket blockbusters. Independent genre film gets even less attention. It’s difficult to see Canadian genre film on the big screen, and that’s where the Blood in the Snow comes in. Festival director Kelly Michael Stewart created the event to showcase Canadian horror, genre and underground film to make sure talented filmmakers get a chance to show their original films in a theatre to genre-loving fans.

This year there will be 33 films which is a record number for the festival. With 9 feature films and 24 shorts, you’ll find everything from documentary (another first for BITS!) to the supernatural; sci-fi and silent film to grindhouse (see below for some of titles playing). All of the films will either be a Toronto or world premiere, making the festival the first stop for anyone looking to see fresh or buzzed-about films that you may not see in wide distribution.

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The festival will also be held in a new venue. After several years at the beloved Carlton Cinema, there was a need to accommodate more people after sell out and encore screenings pushed the theatre to capacity. This can now happen at the Cineplex Cinemas-Yonge Dundas with more available seating as well as the same convenience of transit at the theatre’s doorstep.

BITS is there for horror fans of course, but it also serves the very people they showcase. Industry panels on Friday November 25th will bring you experts in the legal, distribution and funding areas of the film industry who will share valuable advice. It will be a day of insight that everyone who is interested in or already involved in the film industry needs to attend. Separate industry passes are available for the panels and will also get you into 3 screenings of your choice.

As a former pass holder (and now BITS programmer), I’ve met the most interesting people who have become friends and colleagues. There will be a chance meet with other festival attendees and staff, plus cast and crew from the films at The Duke’s Refresher & Bar, a nearby pub that will host the 4 nights of schmoozing after screenings.

So why should Toronto genre fans go to the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival? Because you are a genre-loving, discerning bunch celebrating indie horror and genre films by attending screenings and spreading the word. We live in Hollywood North after all, and we need  to make a place for indie film by supporting our local talent.

You can get passes or individual tickets.  The full festival passes come with some great perks (i.e. a fantastic goody bag), and tickets make it easy for you to pick and choose what you want to see, even though you should see every film at the festival. So what are you waiting for?! Get your tickets before they sell out!

Follow this link for your one-stop shop to passes and tickets:

or visit The Cineplex website here (when you go to purchase, you must enter the location “Yonge Dundas”):

Cineplex V.I.P: Movie Time Wonderland

Published February 17, 2014 by vfdpixie

This pixie loves movies, but hates going to the theatre.  A few years back, I have an almost knock-down, drag out fight with a moron who decided to have a loud conversation on his cell phone during most of The Village.  Yes, I admit I actually went to the theatre to see that movie.  I complained to the manager about the offense (unfortunately not the film as well), and the jackass was spoken to twice.  Afterwards, myself, my friends and 3 other strangers cornered him, letting him know he owed us the cost of our tickets because he was so disruptive.  The theatre manager gave us free passes as a result of the mishap, but it still gets my goat every time I think about the incident.  And these days, with people getting shot up or assaulted at the movies, times are a changin’.

You would never know it in my day-to-day life, but I suffer from mild anxiety.  I don’t like crowds and after the above incident, my dislike for the general public has grown enormously.  Going to the movie theatre is therefore a chore for me, so when I heard that my local Cineplex Odeon opened a fresh, new V.I.P. section, I was game.  I had been to one of these theatre before and enjoyed it, but always had to travel to the heart of downtown.  Now I would have this option 10 minutes away from me, and with my sister in tow, away we went!

Touted as “a luxurious movie-going experience” with valet parking and 10% off of food and ticket prices for Scene card holders, the first thing that jumped out at me was the 19 years or older sign at the front entrance.  Heaven!  When I went to see Machete, there was a group with toddlers in the audience.  Go figure.  I wouldn’t have to deal with that here!  The neatly dressed, friendly staff took our payment ($19.99 with taxes included per person) at the sleek front desk, and we walked into a nice bar/lounge/restaurant area.  A streamline fireplace sat in the center of the space, as well as a bar stocked with neat rows of Bombay Sapphire (yes!) and Grey Goose, huge flat screen T.V.s, and huge picture windows facing the expansive parking lot.  The décor was modern with muted greys, black and turquoise accents, and beautiful black and white stills of celebrities graced the walls in classy mirrored frames.

We went to our theatre and found our reserved seats that we were able to choose when we purchased our tickets.  Cushy, lazy boy type chairs with a table attached to each seat and ample leg room made us feel all fancy-like.  Down in the front row, the adorable server informed us that those seats reclined.  The in-seat service was available until the trailers started, so of course I made use of it, ordering a Caesar (tasty but weak) and calamari from their average priced Specialty Food Menu, while my sister stuck to popcorn and a soda.  Aside from them forgetting my dip for the calamari which they promptly remedied, the service was great.

My delicious and spicy Caesar!  (needed a bit more booze though) Note the comfy seating in the background.

My delicious and spicy Caesar! (needed a bit more booze though) Note the comfy seating in the background.

The screen was massive, the picture crisp and the sound was on point for the Robocop screening.  I had someone sitting next to me, but there was enough space between us for me to feel comfortable.  We also went to a Sunday afternoon show which was not as busy as a Friday or Saturday night, when the server said the V.I.P. section was the busiest because of date nights. Please note:  this pixie will not settle for a regular movie night date anymore.  If there is an attractive, non-broke, honest man who looks like Don Cheadle, Keanu Reeves, Dwayne Johnson, Willem Dafoe, Derek Luke, Mekhi Phifer, or Hiroyuki Sanada who would like to take me on a date, it’s V.I.P. all the way, baby!  It’s ingenious, really.  You can have a drink, appetizers, see a movie and maybe a light dinner afterwards all in one place, for maybe $20 more per person, and quite frankly, I’m worth it!

Oh yes, I must mention the washrooms.  They were great.  Instead of a ladies and men’s separate washroom with stalls, here you had several unisex rooms, or water closets.  Each were very clean and private.  As I returned from the modern w.c.’s, I could see the regular movie theatre through frosted glass doors with the “regular” ticket holders teeming just beyond.  For a moment, I forgot all the debt, worries and crap of my daily life; forgot the sticky floors of the regular theatres and the optional flask I might or might not have normally tucked into my purse, feeling for a moment that I had arrived.  Yeah, that moment didn’t last for long.  I took the bus to the V.I.P. theatre, but at least I had a good time!

Summing this experience all up, I have to say my number one choice would be to stay home in my p.j.’s, with my cats and lots of snacks to watch a movie.  If I want to see something first run, my only choice is to go to the theatre which is already expensive.  I personally don’t mind the extra cost of the V.I.P. experience if it gets me the peace of mind because I am a little agoraphobic.  It’s the price you pay for being slightly reclusive and you know what?  I would definitely do it again!

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