The Bloody Mary Film Festival is a screening series that was first held in Toronto, Ontario on November 3-4, 2016. Named after the legendary mirror ghost from slumber parties past, the festival seeks to spotlight the works of female-identifying Canadian filmmakers in genre films, specifically horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Laura Di Girolamo is a writer for publications such as Exclaim! Film and Nasty Women’s Press, a social media professional in the arts, not-for-profit, and tech industries, and performs at stand-up storytelling shows in Toronto. She attended York University and Seneca College and has a BA in Communications and Film Studies (where she specialized in female representation in TV and genre films), and a Creative Advertising diploma. She’s worked with film festivals such as Planet in Focus and the Regent Park Film Festival, assisting with festival sponsorship, social media community management, PR and festival press coverage. Laura is a film and TV geek, an obscure pop culture junkie, and an intersectional feminist. Some of her skills include untangling wires, remembering how to spell peoples’ names, and competing in classic Simpsons trivia pub nights. Her love for horror films likely began the year she turned 13 and watched The Craft about three times a week.
Krista Dzialoszynski has been working in the film industry for the past 9 years. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Cinema Studies and attended Humber College’s Film & Television Production program where her interest in cinematography led her to work on commercials, short films and music videos. She was on the lighting team of Bruce McDonald’s feature film Pontypool, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She then moved on to co-write, direct, shoot and edit the feature film Hills Green with her partner Ryan Glover. The film premiered at the 2013 ReelHeart International Film Festival in Toronto where it won Best Canadian Film and the Indie Spirit Award. In 2015 Krista began managing the camera department at VICE Media’s Toronto office where she also led discussions at some of their screenings. In the same year she made her acting debut in Derek Mungor’s slasher You Are Not Alone, where she camera operated while acting to give the film it’s unique first person perspective. While petrified by supernatural horror films as a child, Krista now loves being in a darkened theatre with a crowd full of genre junkies and seeks out such experiences often. When not watching films, working on scripts, taking photos, or enjoying an adult beverage, she can be found working at Dazmo Camera.
Nadine grew up in an environment of true horror – Barrie, ON, which only had ONE movie theatre near her growing up. It was weird, but she hears they have since obtained more. Despite this deprivation, Nadine developed a passion for cinema and television (copious amounts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter will do that to you), and moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the film industry. In 2012, Nadine received a BA in Film Studies, with a specialization in Screenwriting, from York University. Soon after, she received a postgraduate certificate from Humber College in Television Writing and Producing. Her prime interest is in screenwriting, and like absolutely every other person in the film industry, she is working on a script that she hopes is read and gets millions of dollars because her idea is the greatest most original idea that ever was. Her most recent project is Bad Investment, a short film she wrote and co-directed with her creative partner Melissa O’Neil. Currently in post-production, the film is very serious – it’s about terrible fashion choices and how they can ruin lives.
In her spare time, Nadine can be found either working at the Canadian Media Producers Association, hanging out with her puppy, Jimmy Stewart, and/or practicing her Spanish so that her extended Mexican family won’t disown her when she sees them next.
An Acadian from Clare, Nova Scotia, Melissa moved to Toronto in 2008 to pursue her passion of working in the film industry. In 2012, she graduated with a BA in Cinema Studies from York University. Since then Melissa has been paid to talk about movies to interested patrons by Hot Docs and TIFF, which led to her Programming position with the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. By chance she ended up finding a home at REEL CANADA where she currently works as Assistant Festivals Manager. In 2016, she and her creative partner Nadine Brito co-directed their first short film Bad Investment, based on her formerly crappy romantic life. In her spare time, Melissa can be spotted drinking beer, quoting The Simpsons, singing karaoke, crying at the sight of puppies, and being her true self: a huge ham.