April Snellings, Rue Morgue Magazine (Sept 26, 2011):Got a video camera, a masochistic streak, and a few friends willing to do your bidding? Then you should consider trying your hand at Vancouver’s most notorious timed filmmaking competition. Big Smash! Productions and the Celluloid Social Club are gearing up for Vancouver’s 8th annual installment of Bloodshots Canada: The 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Challenge. This year’s filming dates – Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23 – are slinking up on us, so gird your loins (sorry, I don’t actually know how to do that, but you’ll figure it out), get your hands on some of those Clockwork Orange eye speculums and get ready for one of the most exhausting and rewarding filmmaking competitions of the year.
Teams will meet at Vancouver’s Anza Club (3 W. 8th Ave) on October 21, where they’ll register and be given an envelope containing a randomly-assigned horror subgenre, weapon, prop and line of dialogue. Teams may open their envelopes and start on their films at exactly 7pm that evening; finished films must be handed in 48 hours later. (If you’re as math-challenged as I am, that means Sunday, October 23 at 7pm.) The registration fee is $100, and the competition is limited to 25 teams.
This year’s Grand Prize Judge will be none other than filmmaker, actor and Glass Eye Pix head honcho Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo). The Local Jury will include filmmakers Corey Adams (Machotaildrop) and Bruce Sweeney (Excited), along with others to be confirmed soon. Besides the grand prize of $1,000, contestants could walk away with prizes from Rue Morgue, Synapse Films, Black Dog Video, the Rio Theatre, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Mondo store, FAB Press and more.
Online Audience voting will take place on Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, with both Audience and Local Jury winners announced on November 1. Films will be screened on Thursday, October 27 at The Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) in Vancouver.
Past Bloodshots jurors have included Joe Dante, Dan O’Bannon, Stuart Gordon, Neil Marshall and Robert Rodriguez. Bloodshots alumni include Kaare Andrews (Altitude, the upcoming ABCs of Death), Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary) and Scooter Corkle (award-winning short Chloe and Attie, which was made for the Bloodshots contest).
Bloodshots was founded by Kier-La Janisse, whose work you’ve read – and read about – in the pages of Rue Morgue. For more info about the contest, including registration instructions, check out the official Facebook page.