bmffToronto’s female-focused Bloody Mary Film Festival is back for its second year, showcasing feature length and short films from female-identified Canadian genre filmmakers who will be on-hand after each screening for Q&A sessions. The Bloody Mary Film Festival has the laudable mission of spotlighting the work of female directors working in genre film across Canada and to inspire young women to follow in their footsteps.

Highlights of this year’s programme include Tricia Lee’s Bloodhunters (2017) and Audrey Cummings’s Berkshire County (2014), as well as works by women of colour, LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and first-time filmmakers. My personal short film recommendation is Naledi Jackson’s superb sci-fi thriller short The Drop-In (2017), which also screened at this year’s Toronto After Dark.

The festival is being held at the Imagine Carlton Cinemas from November 30th to December 1st — check it out, and maybe we’ll see you there!

Find the festival on Facebook, twitter @bloodymaryff, and Instagram @bloodymaryfilmfest.