Saturday, April 4
A panel discussion on the future of video editing software: With the launch of Apple’s Final Cut X brought about a dramatic shift away from FCP7. Van Cooper and Flick Harrison will participate in a moderated discussion on the future of editing software with reference to Final Cut X, Adobe Premiere’s and the life expectancy of Final Cut 7.
Lilly ’s Big Day
The Bum Family, Alberta, 5m, Animation
Lilly, a 10-foot tall orange monster, steps out for a special
day at Wilma’s Super Salon. Patrons gasp and stylists glitch
as the affable giant bumbles her way through a beauty ritual
like no other.
Jake’s Side of the Mountain
Sam Fenton, Whitehorse, 8m, drama
A boy wanders into the woods and finds deep secrets.
The Boy Who Wouldn’t Go Outside
Oliver Flagel, Dawson City, 5m, Drama
Against all odds, including his mother, a boy craves the outdoors.
Mannie Sharma, Whitehorse, 3m, Drama
Get yours today!
Jack Amos, Dawson City, 2m, Animation
A film with no words, but a witches brew of strange sounds.
Seeking Life in Colour
Sarah Ott, Whitehorse, 5m, Documentary
Told through the eyes of teens living with depression, the
film raises awareness around mental health by showing that
depression is not just a temporary state of mind, but an illness.
Macbeth: Trouble Brewing in Burnam Wood
Manuel Kennedy Kuiper, Whitehorse, 5m, Drama
An old man and Ross, recounting the unnatural events that
transpired during the night of Duncan’s murder, are joined
Neil Christopher, NU, 7m, Animation
Two young friends are spend a day away from their camp but,
unfortunately for them, an ancient land spirit “amautalik” is
also in the area.
Augusto Bichalho Roque, Brazil, 4m Animation
An animated character is tortured by his creator to the point
The Spell of the Yukon
Robert Service School, Dawson City, 5m
An old timer comes to Dawson during the gold rush era to
seek his fortune. But the life he discovers there is worth more
than all the gold in the world.
at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre (Front & York)
Every year at our festival we hold a special screening of Aboriginal films
at the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre.
This year, visiting filmmaker Michelle Latimer has curated our program. In the past decade there has been an explosion of work surrounding Aboriginal issues and themes, created by First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. This movement has been critically described as an Indigenous New Wave, and it offers a re-examination of how traditional customs are portrayed and misportrayed in the media. All of these films make bold statements that reflect upon society and the role First Peoples’ have played in its evolution. The work you will see here represents a form of reclamation. It’s bravely distinct, contemporary in approach and undeniably authentic; remarkable stories told from the inside out. — Michelle Latimer
Amanda Strong, BC, 9m, Animation
After years of repression, an old woman’s common sense goes head-to-head with the fantastic imagination of her inner child, who yearns to be free.
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Canada/Norway, 14m, Documentary
Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into her parents’ mythic love story that spanned continents and activist movements, united Indigenous cultures and resulted in the birth of two mixed-race children.
A Common Experience
Shane Belcourt, ON, 11m, Drama
Acclaimed playwright Yvette Nolan voices her personal experience in this beautifully poetic and intimate exploration of the multigenerational effects of Canada’s residential school system.
Lisa Jackson, BC, 3.5m, Performance
Spare and visually arresting, SNARE is a performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against aboriginal women, as well as the possibility of healing and grace
Caroline Monnet, Quebec, 9m, Drama
Housewife and grandmother Roberta struggles to fit the
conformist society she lives in and turns to amphetamines to
cure her boredom.
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, NU, 15m, Drama
Set in a 1950’s Inuit community, Aviliaq tells the story of two
Inuit lesbians struggling to stay together in a new world run
Terril Calder, Ontario, 1m, Animation
A decaying body reflects the greed and desire of man in this
boldly compelling meditation on violence.
Marie Clements, BC, 7m, Drama
Visceral and haunting, director Marie Clements crafts a visual
poem that traverses the underworld to reveal one man’s
unsettling journey to his last living moments.
Danis Goulet, Ontario, 9m, Drama
In the aftermath of a brutal military occupation, Cree warrior
Weesagechak braves an apocalyptic war zone to find the
ancient Weetigo and possibly end her people’s suffering.
Moving Pictures and Arts Funding
Media artists, filmmakers, documentarians, and cinematographers are among many film artists in Yukon’s cultural industry. The Arts Section of the Department of Tourism & Culture, Yukon Government administers 8 funds that support artistic, community, and professional development relevant to arts practitioners.
Join Ross Burnet, Fund Administrator, to explore and discuss how film artists can take advantage of Arts Funding. We focus on: Arts Fund, Advanced Artist Award, Touring Artist Fund, Cultural Industries Training Fund Ross will be available over the festival weekend to meet artists to discuss funding or projects.
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Haiku 4: STILL
Lyle Pisio, Alberta, 6m, Animation
In his kitchen, overgrown with plants and vines, Teagran keeps his dead father. Tormented by dreams, he tries several rituals to bring him back to life. From weaving a beard out of vines, to hunting down a wolf, Teagran tries everything to resurrect his dead father.
Very Good Dirt
Catharine Parke, BC, 13m, Documentary
Very Good Dirt explores the empty spaces of the once thriving town of McConnell, Manitoba. Much of the town site is now buried under a sea of purple flowers of an alfalfa crop, planted by the farmer who now owns the land. The rhythms of his practical life contrast with the sentimental attachment to the land by former residents of the town. The result is a poetic meditation on the meaning of place.
Mary Cox, NWT, 5m, Experimental
An Introspective Journey though the eyes of a young woman coming to terms with her isolation and loneliness in the Canadian Arctic.
Michelle Latimer, Ontario, 9m, Drama
A young Iranian man struggles to fit into a new culture, his poverty and isolation leading him to imagine himself as an insect, absorbing the world through its senses. Inspired by
Rawi Hage’s bestselling novel Cockroach, this visceral tale of alienation and delirium creates a magical-realist aesthetic that is both gritty and poetic
Tim Guthrie, USA, 21m, Documentary
This is a film about southwestern Alaska and the Indigenous Yupik people who live there. Exacerbated by isolation, extreme temperatures, and the enormous costs of goods and
services, this region suffers from some of the worst poverty in th USA. All of this takes place in the context of a wild and largely intact tundra wilderness, which is currently threatened by planetary warming.
Brandon Doherty, USA, 4m, Experimental
This pinhole landscape is a circular journey from the lake to the surrounding urban environment.
Aaron Floresco, Manitoba, 15m, Documentary
Iconic children’s performer, Fred Penner has been thrilling young audiences for decades. But recently, Fred started performing concerts for adults at universities, bars and pubs. See what happens when his long-time adult fans become children again.
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Prince of the Buffalo Hunters
Michelle Swallow, NWT, 5m, Animation
This light hearted tale from one of the NWT’s celebrated storytellers takes you on a Buffalo Hunt that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
The Little Deputy
Trevor Anderson, Alberta, 9 m, Documentary
Trevor tries to have his photo taken with his father.
Phil Hoffman, Ontario, 15m, Experimental
This multi-framed work weaves several inter-connected threads of loss: from land and agriculture, to property and business and through political, social, economic and environmental slaughter.
The Queen of Cups
Ornella Sinigaglia, BC, 10m, Docunmentary
Exotic dancers, role playing characters and tarot readers come together to create a revealing portrait of a multi-faceted women.
Peter von Tiesenhausen, Alberta, 9m, Experimental
A lone figure in the vast and magnificent landscape of ice and
black sand beach.
Daniel Levin, USA, 16m, Documentary
A small village in the middle of the Yukon River adapts to a
new environment and learns to survive as it sees its native
ecology decimated by the powerful trawling industry.
Martine Blue, Newfounland & Labrador, 13m, drama
Novelist, Margaret Moores, gets herself cloned so the clone
can pump out pages and do the housework while she spends
time with her family. The problem begins when the funloving
cloned “Maggie” becomes better liked by the family
than the original self is.
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STRANGE THINGS DONE
Chevonne of he Yukon: LIVE Performance
Dawson’s own queen of burlesque drops in on the Ballroom
to kick off our late night screening!
David Hamelin/Neil MacDonald, Yukon, 6m Horror
After a suicide attempt, a young girl finds the power she needs to escape a remote research facility, and the doctor that’s been tormenting her for years.
Isabelle A. Girard, Quebec, 5m, Drama
A woman’s suicide attemptis foiled when her husband
interrupts her plan, appeasing her with promises of love and
travel. But who will benefit from this vacation?
Lesley Johnson, NWT, 8m, Horror
Set in the 1920s, a pregnant woman watches her husband
become increasingly inflicted with gold fever, and fearing
what lies underground.
The Vast Forlorn
Reuben Ward, Yukon, 16m, Horror
A young drifter makes his way to Dawson looking for work
and gets invited to join The Union. This dark short film shows
us why you should always read the fine print.
Árpád Hermán, Hungary, 11m, Horror
The deadbeat Endre tries to earn money as pig sticker. But when an old peasant asks him to kill his fat stock, his life is subverted.
Guillaume Comtois, Quebec, 15m, Drama
After being chased by an unknown presence in a forest, a young woman wakes up in an isolated house with a young man. They seem to know each other. As they begin to remember, the unknown presence gets closer to the house.
Jay Bulckaert/Pablo Saravanja, NWT, 11m, Horror
Trappers navigate the dark wilderness they call home in this surreal nightmare set in Canada’s high Arctic.
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