Interview with Kelly Michael Stewart, Festival Director for Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival

Festival Reviews

A weekend long festival celebrating the best in contemporary Canadian horror filmmaking.

Matthew Toffolo Interviews Artistic Director Kelly Michael Stewart:

Matthew: Why is the city of Toronto the perfect fit for what you’re showcasing at the festival?

Kelly: In many ways I don’t think Blood in the Snow (BITS) could have happened in any other city. We have a thriving festival culture in Toronto with over 70 festivals in the city including of course TIFF.

The film scene here is very collaborative and filmmakers really do like to help each other here. I’ve been told from filmmakers from other regions that that don’t get along the way that Toronto filmmakers tend to do. It can be competitive but its rarely done in a backstabbing way here. Part of BITS success comes from the other filmmakers plugging and supporting the films playing at the festival, so in a way I…

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By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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