Toronto-Based Bloody Mary Festival, Celebrates Female Directors in Horror

 

Toronto’s BLOODY MARY FILM FESTIVAL, which celebrates female-identifying directors making horror, science-fiction and fantasy genre films in Canada, recently announced the full lineup for their second annual festival. The festival was founded in 2016 by Laura Di Girolamo, Krista Dzialoszynski, Melissa O’Neil and Nadine Brito.

   

The Bloody Mary Film Festival aims to highlight the achievements of female directors across Canada working in genre films, and to inspire future generations of female genre film fans to make their own work.

Over the course of two nights, the festival will screen shorts and feature-length films, including work by first-time filmmakers, Women of Colour and LGBTQ+ films. New this year, short films will be eligible for the Audience Choice Award sponsored by Dazmo Camera. The winning filmmaker will receive a $5000 donation of camera rentals towards their next project.

The Bloody Mary Film Festival will be held from November 30th – December 1st, 2017 at the Imagine Carlton Cinemas.

Check out the full lineup below!

Still of Blood Hunters

Blood Hunters (2016)
Director: Tricia Lee

When a single mother wakes up in a medical facility filled with bodies, she discovers she is nine months pregnant

Undress Me (2017)
Director: Amelia Moses

A socially awkward college freshman begins to experience a mysterious and gruesome physical deterioration after a chance encounter at a frat party.

Love You To Death (2017)
Director: Monica Garrido

Chloe is ready to start a new romance with Nat but someone from her past might be rolling over in her grave before this happens.

Tik-Tik (2016)
Director: Larica Perera

A young Filipino girl, along with others from her village, attempt to protect a woman and her unborn child from a creature known to feed on newborns. The TIK-TIK is based off of a popular creature in Filipino folklore known as the Aswang.

The King and Queen of Halloween

The King and Queen of Halloween (2014)
Directors: Anna Maguire & Stuart Spears

Halloween is a magical time for everyone, old and young alike. But when two teenage boys destroy a strange older man’s meticulous pumpkin display, he decides to play the long game and get his revenge, in the most seasonal way imaginable.

Night Light (2016)
Director: Kennedy Bailey-Parker

While at a sleepover, a group of girls accidentally unleash an evil spirit unto the world, The Unabara. Now the girls must team up with a new found friend and put the demon back into it’s prison before its too late.

A Woman on the Telephone: Carol (2017)
Director: Erica Genereux Smith

Carol, a receptionist for ‘Infotech Communication Services’ is imprisoned inside a circular desk, answering phones and perpetually reordering light bulbs for the office. When she takes a call from someone looking for the company’s previous receptionist, she begins to realize that she has no memories of a life outside of the office.

Henna (2017)
Director: Fami Kaur Biji

We all have our own power struggle within ourselves; sometimes the struggle between darkness and light in the brain is too real. Henna is an experimental short film symbolizing the struggle between darkness and light inside one women’s mind. Using the symbol of Indian Henna, traditionally representing life and light, we explore a deep struggle of darkness and death. One wrong step towards the darkness means we can lose the light forever. When darkness is the only way out, which side will you chose?

Madre De Dios (2015)
Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero

A woman wakes up bound to an altar, helpless as she is transformed into a flesh and blood statue of Santa Muerte by two elderly Brujos whose sole purpose is to conjure the anti-Christ into our plane of existence.

The Drop In (2017)
Director: Naledi Jackson

Joelle is an entrepreneurial young woman seeking to carve a new life for herself as a hairdresser in Toronto. But her long-buried past catches up to her one quiet evening when Grace, a new client, drops by her salon, giving Joelle a choice she can only respond to by resurrecting skills from her former life.

 

Still from Berkshire County

Berkshire County (2014)
Director: Audrey Cummings

Kylie, a bullied teenager, reluctantly agrees to baby-sit in an isolated country mansion on Halloween. When a boy wearing a pig mask knocks on the door, Kylie’s night turns into a horrifying and violent cat-and-mouse game.

The Man in the Rabbit Mask (2017)
Director: Ariel Hansen

An​ ​innocent​ ​sleepover​ ​becomes​ ​a​ ​nightmarish​ ​evening​ ​when​ ​two​ ​girls​ ​summon​ ​a cryptic​ ​masked​ ​man​ ​known​ ​as​ ​Mr.​ ​Rabbity.

Talking Heads (2017)
Director: Alyx Melone

A frightening surrealist fable about the lengths a woman will go to be beautiful.

La Peau Sauvage (Wild Skin) (2016)
Director: Ariane Louis-Seize

The quiet life of a young and solitary woman is disturbed when she discovers a baby python in her apartment. This mysterious presence unleashes her deepest urges and will let her express for the first time who she truly is.

A Brief History of the Apocalypse (2016)
Director: Erica Genereux Smith

A Brief History of the Apocalypse explores the claustrophobic friendship between two young women on the verge of adulthood. Paralyzed by anxiety, Amy has shut herself indoors and begun relying on her roommate, Corey, to fulfill her emotional and practical needs. Corey, who bridles at the prospect of confinement, is obliging but openly resentful. Their battle of wills comes to a head when a torrential storm traps them both inside together, forcing them to contend with their own worst fears.

Still from Sea Monster

Sea Monster (2017)
Directors: Kassandra Tomczyk & Daniel Rocque

Cooped up in a seaside motel, a young woman’s monstrous pain has been too much to digest, lurking in the depths of her subconscious until now… Emotional and physical trauma is transmuted into empowerment through a series of surreal and bizarre episodes.

Atlas World (2017)
Director: Morgana McKenzie

A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld.

The Sleepwalker (2017)
Director: Anna Cooley

Lily must defeat the demons that lurk in her nightmares if she is to save herself and the woman she loves.

Bestia (2017)
Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero

A man wakes up on a desolate lake, and unbeknownst to him, a beast lurks within.

 

The Bloody Mary Film Festival runs from Thursday, November 30 – Friday, December 1 at the Carlton Cinema. For more schedule and details, head to the festival’s website

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Joe Lipsett

Joe is a TV addict with a background in Film Studies. He co-created TV/Film Fest blog Bitchstolemyremote.com and has written for Bloody Disgusting. He enjoys graphic novels, dark beer and plays multiple sports (adequately, never exceptionally). While he loves all horror, if given a choice, Joe always opts for slashers and creature features.