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A B-Grade bloodbath

How a short film about a weed-smoking Jesus evolved into an annual festival with an audience of over 1,000

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"All she told me was the title, and that's a huge step in the right direction, as far as this crowd goes!"

A panel of local industry experts will judge submissions based on story, production value, sound, music and overall "horrorificness." The winner will walk away with the silver skull trophy (a.k.a. the Stanley Cup of Horror), plus killer prize packs from Big White and Silver Star, as well as industry passes to the Whistler Film Festival.

The festival really blew up in a big way last year, as Heavy Hitting (Banks and Thom) joined forces with Whistler Creek Productions, got the Fairmont Chateau Whistler onboard and quadrupled their capacity. Now, as the event enters its ninth year, the momentum continues to build, as organizers are expecting over 1,000 costumed horror lovers to flock to the Fairmont's Macdonald ballroom to get their yearly fill of fake blood and sub-par acting.

"I think that makes us the largest horror festival in Western Canada, and maybe the largest short film festival in Western Canada," Banks mused.

And according to a posting on their Facebook event page, as of Monday afternoon there were just 130 tickets left. So if you're interested in attending, visit www.heavyhitting.com and look for the B-Grade link to get your tickets, ASAP.