Blood-filled weekend

This weekend, the streets of Vancouver will be filled with blood, mayhem and, with any luck, a few possessed children as the eighth annual Bloodshots 48-Hour Horror Filmmaking Challenge gets underway.

Tonight (Oct. 21) at 7 p.m., 25 brave teams will convene at the ANZA Club for what will be one long, sleep-deprived, caffeine-fuelled, gore-splattered weekend of do-it-yourself movie making in which contestants write, shoot, edit and complete a seven-minute short horror film in 48 hours.

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Each team will receive a random horror subgenre and weapon, as well as a line of dialogue and prop common to all teams. The completed films must be handed in by 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.

The finished results will then be posted online and shown at a public screening presented by the Celluloid Social Club, Oct. 27, 7: 30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre, where the films will be voted on by both the audience and an inperson jury. This year's Grand Prize judge is Larry Fessenden (Habit, Wendigo, House of the Devil, I Sell the Dead). Prizes will also be awarded for Best Script, Best Acting, Best Death, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes, Best Makeup/Effects, Best Use of Prop or Dialogue and Most Subversive Use of Genre.

Last year's Bloodshots winner, The Provider, directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart, co-written by Andy Thompson and starring Gabrielle Rose, screened at the most recent Vancouver International Film Festival as well as the 2011 Cannes Short Film Corner, where it received a "Coup de Coeur" distinction as one of the best shorts from Canada.

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