I made a list of film festivals

Film Festivals

He friends, I made a thing. I made a list of upcoming film festivals for my own reference, and I figured that others might find it useful, too. I know there are ways to find this info, but I like having it all in one big list, and I figure I can’t be the only one. 

This list is by no means exhaustive; it’s just the festivals that are presently on my radar. If you were wondering: yes, there are way too many for anyone to attend them all. If you know of a festival that I don’t have here, please feel free to shoot me an email or @ me on Twitter.

The list is presented in chronological order. Expected dates are present whenever they’re not available, and those dates are my guesses. I will do my best to keep this up to date on a monthly-ish basis. 

You can find the list here. I hope you find it useful.

-Matthew

Blood in the Snow Inteview: Amelia Moses on her film Bloodthirsty

Amelia Moses / Bloodthirsty

Amelia Moses has had a breakout year, with not one but two feature film releases: Bleed With Me, a psychological horror film which screened at Fantasia Festival this past summer, and now Bloodthirsty, a werewolf movie with more than a few twists and turns. Both films are screening as part of the 2020 Blood in the Snow Festival.

I was able to sit down with Amelia on Zoom for the second time to talk about her new film.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Come True’ doesn’t stick the landing, but it’s a leap worth taking

Come True

Imagine being so afraid to sleep that you can’t even stay in your own home. This is Sarah at the start of Come True; she wakes up in a sleeping bag on a playground in the films first scene.

Sarah is terrified, and rightly so. Her dreams are long, slow, camera movements through caves and hallways, past mountains and surreal sculptures, and they all inevitably lead to a dark figure with glowing white eyes.

Frustrated and terrified, she eventually joins a sleep study to figure out what is going on. However, this is where things take a slight twist; we soon find out that the scientists conducting the study are not only studying dreams; they have the technology to see them.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Parallel Minds’ looks at our near future through an indigenous lens

Parallel Minds

We all know that artificial intelligence is going to be a large part of our future. What we don’t know is how AI is going to treat us, its creators. Will it be benevolent, or will it turn on us? There’s a compelling case to be made for the latter, given how we treat our world and our tech.

Parallel Minds takes place in the near future, where a pair of scientists have created a revolutionary, AI-powered contact lens that allows people to re-live their memories. Things seem promising right up until the lead scientist is killed under mysterious circumstances. This is when the gruff detective with a checkered past arrives to solve the case and takes on the junior scientist as his partner for the case.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘The Return’ puts a sci-fi spin on a supernatural story

The Return

We have events from our past that are difficult to face. A parent with a drinking problem, the death of a loved one, or a ghost living in your house. Roger (Richard Harmon) is one of those unfortunate souls with all three of those things. Returning to his childhood home after his father’s untimely death, Rodger will be confronted by the ghosts of family traumas he never fully understood and memories he repressed, as well as an actual ghost.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Bloodthirsty’ is a slow burn with a bloody payoff

Bloodthirsty

Most of us claim that we are tired of computer-generated effects. We’re tired of fake blood spurts and CGI animals and all of it. If you’ve found yourself thinking this lately then Bloodthirsty, the new werewolf movie from Amelia Moses might be for you.

Following young pop star Grey (Lauren Beatty) whose hunger for success as she struggles to make her second album comes in parallel with a very different kind of hunger. All her life, she has been hallucinating that she is turning into an animal, that she wants to stalk and eat animals raw and bloody in the woods. These nightmares keep her up at night despite the best efforts of her doctor (Michael Ironside, in a small but fun cameo) to medicate them away.

When she heads to the remote home of reclusive music producer Vaughn (Greg Bryk) with her girlfriend Charlie (Katharine King So), that idea that these impulses are simply the product of a troubled mind is thrown sharply into doubt.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Hall’ is a good idea held back by glacial pacing

Hall

Imagine that you need to escape. Your partner is abusive, and you’ve finally woken up. You take a family trip and stay in a fancy hotel. You are going to use this time to escape. This is the setup of Hall. Set almost entirely on one floor of a hotel, this drama has a woman who desperately wants to leave her husband and save her child but has never had a good opportunity until now. Unfortunately, something else is going on in the hotel.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘For the Sake of Vicious’ starts slow but ends big

For the Sake of Vicious

A home invasion is a nightmare scenario for anyone. Masked intruders coming into your home to do all manner of violence and cruelty. For the Sake of Vicious takes that idea and runs with it.

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Blood in the Snow Review: ‘Anything for Jackson’ is a story about love taken to the wrong extremes

Anything for Jackson

How far would you go for someone you love? Most people say they’d do anything, but how many would turn to satanism? For Henry and Audrey Walsh, an older couple desperate to bring back their lost grandson, satanism is just the beginning.

The titular Jackson died in a car accident some two years before the beginning of this story. His grandparents, completely distraught and desperate, kidnap a young pregnant woman with the intent of performing a sort of reverse exorcism, a ritual to place Jackson’s soul into the woman’s unborn baby. But, of course, these are the dark arts, and this is a horror movie, so they get entirely more than they bargained for.

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