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with Max Fraser
at YUKON SOVA, 3rd and Queen

It’s a digital world, and for many filmmakers, the picture is blurry and needs focus.

In this workshop Whitehorse screen producer Max Fraser will de-mystify this new medium: we look at funding options as well as creative, production and distribution aspects, using Max’s most recent project as a case study that participants will get to try out.

Max’s production company Remembrance Films is about to release “Bond of Strangers – The OpHusky Digital Experience,” which is a web-based companion to his 2015 documentary film “Bond of Strangers – The Operation Husky Story.”

The workshop will be divided into three parts. First, the process of the Canada Media Fund and other funding agencies. Second, a review of what is meant by a “Digital Media Component” with a look at selected examples. Third, participants will be among the first people in the whole world to try out The OpHusky Digital Experience and provide feedback. Bring your smart phone, touch screen tablet or laptop and be prepared to enter the digital world.

Max Fraser is an independent Yukon filmmaker who is presently producing his first Digital Media Component, called “Bond of Strangers – The OpHusky Digital Experience.” Fraser recently completed two new television productions with financing from the Canada Media Fund, Yukon Film and other financing.



Peanuts Squirrel Trailers
Randall McKenzie, NWT, 3m, documenatry
Peanuts Squirrel stars in 3 movie trailers.

George McConkey, Yukon, 2m, animation
A family gets outside and witnesses the sun as it finally breaks over the hill which has blocked it for approx 5 weeks in the winter. The excitement and joy of the returning sun provokes dancing and other spontaneous acts of joy.

Girls Rock Camp

April Aliermo(d), Annie Kierans(p), Yukon, 5m documentary
Kids in bands are always cute. But this all-girl supergroup from the Yukon is also about strength, identity and history

Ogress of the Gravel Bank

Neil Christopher, Nunavut, 3m, animation
This cruel being was known to lure children into her lair and trap them there. All that perish in that cave remain there as spirits and animated corpses.
This short vignette introduces viewers to this malevolent spirit who is unknown to all but the people of the far north.

Seeing Eye Dog

Tess Crocker, Yukon, 2m, narrative
Sadie, the almost blind dog, always invisions her meek plan of dog kibble as delicious meals. Until one day...

Arctic Winter Games

Kate Crocker/Jack Amos, Yukon 4m, documentary
Ten Dawson kids go on an eye widening trip to Greenland representing Team Yukon. They played six different sports and come back medal bearing and proud to be Yukoners.

The Owl and the Lemming

Roselynn Akulukjuk, Nunavut, 4m, animation
In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat.

La Chaise

Kate Crocker/Jack Amos/Sarah Nyland, Yukon, 3m, narrative
Wallace lives an ordinary life, until one day, he bought the psychotic chair.

Quiet Town

Gil, Sam and Mo Bradet, Yukon, 1m, animation
A not so quiet town

The Voices of Yukon’s Youth

Gabrielle Perreault/Louve Gouaillier, 8m, Yukon, documentary
Yukon Youth speak out in their own proud voice.

Lilly Hits The Road

The Bum Family, Alberta, 5m, animation
Lilly, a 10 foot tall orange monster, and her adorable friend Fluffle are abducted by aliens. An epic adventure ensues as they try desperately to return home in the nick of time.

Awesome Stop Motion Movie

Mica Michon, Yukon, 4m, animation
A series of short stop motion scenes from the amazing mind of Mica.

Chipmunk Hovel
Tess Crocker, Yukon, 2m, narrative
Peek inside the chipmunk hovel and learn what this fictional society of chipmunks do.

The Spirit and the Masks

Yukon, 10m, animation
A group of Yukon youth get together and tell an old story.

The Eliminadora

P.J. Gaynard , USA, 19m, narrative
The Eliminadora is the inspiring story of a little girl with a big dream to be a luchadora, who proves that she has what it takes, and becomes a hero along the way.

First Eyes
at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Front and York

Four Faces of the Moon

Amanda Strong, BC, 12m, animation
An animated short told in four chapters, exploring the reclamation of language and Nationhood and peeling back the layers of Canada’s colonial history. This is a personal story told through the eyes of director and writer Amanda Strong, as she connects the oral and written history of her family as well as the history of the Metis, Cree and Anishnaabe People and their cultural link to the buffalo.

The Re-Naming of PKOLS

Steven Davies, BC, 4m, documentary
In May 2013, the WSÁNEC´ and Lekwungen Nations led a march to rename a sacred mountain in their territory, honouring their ancestors and history.


Shane Belcourt, 13m, Ontario, drama
Violence against Indigenous women is something we’d all like to sweep under the rug … both in mainstream Canadian society and within Indigenous families ourselves. It’s occurred for hundreds of years and is now ever present, and it is brutal and disgusting.

The Edible Indian

Cass Gardiner, Ontario, 18m, documentary
The Edible Indian is a short glimpse into the long history of food and it’s role on indigenous identity. Director Cass Gardiner (Algonquin/Anishinabe) weaves the memories, rights of passage, and spirituality of three First Nation’s chefs as they cook. While re-creating their favorite meal, each chef paints a portrait of how what ends up on the plate tells a story of where they came from, who they are, and where First Nation’s people are headed in the 21st century.


Wayne Wapeemukwa , BC, 15m, documnetary
Three Downtown East Side residents have the chance to lose—and perhaps rediscover—themselves in their most intimate fantasies.

The League

Jenna Neepin, Manitoba, 10m, documentary
The Aboriginal Mixed Curling League and Bonspiel have been around for over 20 years. Norman Meade, the league founder and organizer shares his story of how the league began and hopes that the next generation of curlers will continue to keep the league and sport alive.


Caroline Monnet, 11m, Quebec, documentary
Carving its way through the beautiful landscape of western Labrador and northeastern Quebec is the Tshiuetin rail line. The only railway in Canada owned by Indigenous people, the Tshiuetin is a lifeline for the people who call this land home and a source of pride for all who ride this historic line.


Greg Gear, Quebec, 11m, experimental
With rare archival images and collage, this is an early Inuit story of how one young girl’s quest for independence leads to an unlikely union and the creation of the Kablunat, the white people.



A round table discussion on the future of media training opportunities in the Yukon. What do we need? How do we want it delivered? An open forum for all.
Hosted by Chris McNutt of SPYA.
Come out and have your voice heard!



Traces Du Futur
Peter Mettler, Ontario, 3m, documentary
Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival’s anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future. This is Peter Mettler’s take.

The Grandfather Drum
Michelle Derosier, Ontario, 11m, animation
This unique animation follows the story of Naamowin’s drum, a drum revered for its healing powers by the Anishinabek of the upper Berens River. Upon the death of his grandson, Naamowin builds a healing drum given to him in a dream that can restore life. However, Christianity and government have other plans that disrupt the delicate balance between the sky-world and the underworld.

No Cultural Value:
The Artwork of Armand Lemiez

Mike Maryniuk, Manitoba, 19m, documentary
A Manitoba folk painter and sculptor tried unsuccessfully for nearly 10 years to will his land, sculptures and 500 paintings to the province of Manitoba. Folk and outsider art is universally celebrated …..except in Manitoba, where it is considered disposable, or in the case of Armand Lemiez and the assessment by the provincial Minister of Culture “to have no cultural value”.

Tracking Sasquatch (field report #4)

Christina Battle, Ontario, 4m, experimental
A search for the elusive Sasquatch. The fourth chapter in an ongoing series. “The more a thing deviates from the known, the better the proof of its existence must be.” With text generated, sourced and scoured from various articles and essays found on the internet.

Alex Dostie, QC, 17m, drama
In the summer of 1996, life throws a curveball in the face of Keven Guénette… And it strikes. Guided by his paraplegic baseball coach, Keven discovers mutation, sex and love.

Little Folk of the Arctic

Neil Christopher, Nunavut, 3m, animation
In the folklore of most cultures around the world there are stories of magical little folk. And the Arctic is no exception. Inuit traditional knowledge is filled with references to many different races and tribes of little folk. These beings always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have gathered stories and experiences to help us understand these small inhabitants.

Gods Acre
Kevin Stepkanowich, Alberta, 15m, drama
The story of a older Aboriginal man (LORNE CARDINAL) being forced to adapt to a constantly changing world. Climate change has altered the way people live, bringing droughts and floods to previously unaffected areas.

SATURDAY 9:30 pm

We R the world/mold
Dawn George, Nova Scotia, 7m, animation
Up close, mold is an intricate mass of branching filaments and fruiting bodies creating a connected web. When viewed from a distance mold loses its complexities and a more destructive nature is realized.

Conversations with a Dead Prime Minister

Daniel Roher, Ontario, 15m, documentary
Conversations with a Dead Prime Minister explores the deeply secretive and supernatural life of William Lyon Mackenzie King, one of Canada’s most significant leaders, and the only one who, in an attempt to rule the living, commonly spoke to the dead.

The Canoe

Alex Balkam, Nova Scotia, 8m, narrative
When her camping trip is ruined by a storm, a woman takes refuge in an empty summer home and finds what she’s been looking for.

Font Magica

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Ontario, 7m, experimental
Magical spectacle created by subjecting footage of a light fountain in Barcelona to intensive photochemical and digital processing.

First Cut

Gareth Scales, UK/Canada, 10m, documentary
Big chops, close cuts, fine lines and precision; a montage of what it means to cut. Snippets of interviews explore the trades with the blades.

Barbarian Press

Sarah Race, BC, 18m, documentary
Barbarian Press is a short documentary that tells the story of Jan and Crispin Elsted, who for over 35 years have made fine art books by letterpress. The lives of Jan and Crispin Elsted are inarguably authentic — not because they read books, but because they produce them using techniques hundreds of years old.

Everything Turns

Aaron Zehgers, Manitoba, 12m, experimental
In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one’s life.

Martin Edralin, Ontario, 13m, narrative
14-year-old Emma struggles to hide her alopecia, a condition of rapid, unpredictable hair loss. Fighting a futile battle against her changing appearance, her only hope is acceptance.

SATURDAY 11:30pm


A live peformance by Dawson’s Queen of Burlesque!

“The Talk” True Stories about the Birds and the Bees

Alain Delannoy, Manitoba, 9m, animation
The memories of several individuals have been caringly recreated in order to best present the awkwardness of one of life’s strangest occurrences.


James Healey, Yukon, 9m, narrative
Originally made in just 48 hours for the Yukon 48 Hour Film Festival, a Father and Son struggle to reconnect after years apart as unknown forces plot against them.

Tales of the Psychopomp

David Curtis, Yukon, 5m, narrative
Psychopomps are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife.


Nicolas Brault, Quebec, 4m, experimental
Squame explores the body’s sensitive envelope, the skin. The ephemeral animated desquamations, created with the help of sugar casts, evoke fragile landscapes in a world at the edge of abstraction. Somewhere between archeological artifacts and macroscopic observations, the friable frontiers of these human bodies elude our gaze.

Through the Willows

Blair Douglas, Yukon, 9m, narrative
In the cold north, a man gets caught in a strange vortex.

Wait for Rescue

Kevin Hartford, Nova Scotia, 6m, narrative
Waking to the sound of an emergency siren, Maggie struggles to overcome two very specific and immediate challenges.

Last Contact

Nicole Rayburn, Yukon, 4m, experimental
Humanity’s fascination with Mars is lengthy and pervasive – fantastical stories and interstellar dreams feed the industry of space exploration, making science fiction become science fact, and the boundary between human and machine ever more entwined.

The Love Haters Club

Nina Reed, Yukon, 8m, narrative
Trixie romanticizes finding love in Canada’s rugged north, but when she finds herself in Yukon territory, she finds a world that does not resemble her daydreams.

Hot Nuts

Moriah MacMillian, Vivian Belik, Meagan Duelling,
Genevieve Doyon, Yukon, 3m, animation

Finding love in the Yukon, taxidermy style.

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November 9-11, 2018
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