The BLOOD IN THE SNOW CANADIAN FILM FESTIVAL ("BITS") concluded it's sixth year of thrills, chills, and bloody Canuck carnage. With its ten programs over four days, BITS 2017 had its highest attendance ever capped off with its closing awards show, The Bloodies hosted by actor Nick Smyth.
Closing night film Audrey Cummings' DARKEN led the charge with four awards including Best Director and Best Cinematography but the Best Feature went to Matthew Currie Holmes' BUCKOUT ROAD. Best Actress going to Suzanne Clement's stunning performance in THE CHILD REMAINS and Best Actor going to Jeff Sinasac directing himself in RED SPRING.
Two special awards were given to newcomer star of BLOOD CHILD and director of the short TALKING HEADS for the Rising Star Award and the Vanguard Award went to actor Ry Barrett given to his overall impact on underground genre cinema in Canada in recent years. You can see the highlight video dedicated to him here that we played during the awards ceremony.
VANGUARD AWARD: Ry Barrett
BEST FEATURE: Buckout Road John Gillespie - Producer, Brad Clark - Producer, Matthew Currie Holmes - Director
BEST SHORT: Bestia Raynor Shima - Producer, Gigi Saul Guerrero - Director
BEST ACTOR: Jeff Sinasac, Red Spring
BEST ACTRESS: Suzanne Clement, The Child Remains
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Art of Obsession
RISING STAR: Alyx Melone (Blood Child / Talking Heads)
BEST DIRECTOR: Audrey Cummings, Darken
BEST SCREENPLAY: Matthew Currie Holmes, Shahin Chandrasoma Buckout Road
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jame Griffith, Darken
BEST EDITING: Rob Grant, Fake Blood
BEST SPECIAL FX: Kill Order
BEST MUSIC SCORE: Jim McGrath, Darken
BEST POSTER: Darken
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