Genre Conventions and Film Festivals
TISH is run by filmmakers, genre film aficionados and go by the names of Lari Teräs and Jon Lewis. Their aim is to showcase the best genre films from around the World from new filmmakers and seasoned veterans. They focus on new voices and prefer creativity over big budgets. In addition to dedicated short film blocks, they aim to schedule each feature with one short and a genre appropriate music video at the beginning to set the mood.
The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival is a unique and imaginative showcase of contemporary Canadian horror, genre, and underground cinema, that exists to challenge social boundaries, explore artistic taboos, and support and exhibit independent Canadian genre media artist. Based out of Toronto Ontario, the festival had its first tour in 2019 premiering in Kitchener, Kingston, Peterborough and Ottawa
HORROR-RAMA is Toronto's ONLY convention and fan experience DEADicated to celebrating horror film culture of all kinds. The show is the brainchild of Luis Ceriz, founder and owner of Toronto’s landmark film culture emporium, SUSPECT VIDEO, Chris Alexander, filmmaker (QUEEN OF BLOOD, FEMALE WEREWOLF), synthwave composer (Music for Murder, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll), former editor of FANGORIA and co-founder/editor of DELIRIUM magazine as well as marketing specialist (FANGORIA, FANTASM) and actress (BLOOD DYNASTY) Cheryl Singleton. Actress, writer, performer and producer Ali Chappell joined the team in 2018. Together, these multiple maniacs bring their broad knowledge of cinema and of the convention landscape to HORROR-RAMA along with their enthusiasm and passion for all things bizarre and fantastical.
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. We are committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre. We've seen more than enough representations of women as beautified victims and constructions of male fantasies or anxieties, and are working towards the primacy of women as subjects and storytellers in horror.
The “final girl” horror trope refers to the last woman standing in a horror film, who manages to escape or defeat the film’s villain/monster (e.g. in ALIEN and HALLOWEEN). While “final girl” is an ambivalently feminist figure in film criticism, often desexualized and tainted with the male director’s moralization and punishment of other female characters’ behavior, the festival utilizes this figure as a starting point for carving out space for new and undiscovered positions of power for women in horror, not only in front of but also behind the camera.