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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

Scriptwriting from Personal Experience
with Gail Maurice

at YUKON SOVA, 3rd and Queen
11am-12:30 pm

Using personal images to create poetic pieces. Writers tend to have a common theme that surfaces over-and-over again. Writing what you know. Writing from personal experience. Writing without restrictions or thoughts of structure. Trust your instincts and gut. Don’t force your writing, don’t try to steer it in a direction it
doesn’t want to go. Your characters may surprise you because of the choices they make.

Participants come with a paragraph or two of an event that was significant in their life, a memory, or something that changed them. We’ll put these anonymously into a bin and pick a couple to discuss as a group. Then everyone will have 20mins to write a scene or two about them. It will be interesting to see all the versions people come up with. The original writer of the initial paragraph can identify himself or herself if they want to.

Gail Maurice is an award-winning independent filmmaker who has written, directed and produced 8 films. She grew up in a Métis village in Northern Saskatchewan and speaks her language Cree/Michif fluently. Gail is passionate about telling indigenous stories
and stories with strong, female subjects or characters. She is currently at work on a feature-length documentary about her 102 year old Grandma Nokum, and will soon be in pre-production for her next short drama Rosie, a bilingual film set in both Toronto and Montréal. Gail attended the prestigious Women in the Director’s Chair in Banff, was a guest speaker at Privy Council, performed at the Sydney Opera House with a small group of Indigenous women, received awards acknowledging her contributions and work as an Indigenous filmmaker, and has sat on numerous panels and juries. Her films have screened at Sundance, the Smithsonian Institute and festivals worldwide, her latest film Assini screened on Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment system and was nominated for 4 Golden Sheafs at the Yorkton Film Festival: Best Short Drama, Best Aboriginal Film, Best Director, and the Ruth Shaw Award (Best of Saskatchewan). It was shot entirely in the village of Beauval where she grew up.
Assini won the Audience favorite award at the 2016 DCISFF.



Trunk Road, Apt. 9
Kayza de Graff, Yukon, 3m, animation
Trunk Rd, Apt. 9 is a charcoal animation about the residents of an apartment building. The simple and mundane scenes are divided into five parts, narrated by an anonymous person and their typewriter. Daffodils push out of a crack in the sidewalk in front of the apartment, showing an urban landscape and garbage.

ice flow

Cynthia Hunt, Yukon, 10m, documentary
Alone on the Klondike River during freeze-up, the day to day life of a couple forms the backdrop, as nature makes itself heard in the river’s shift from movement to stillness.

Earth and Sky

Alan Code, 14m, Yukon, documentary
It’s about the land.


Lee Caruthers, Yukon, 3m, narrative
A woman takes her old dog into the Yukon mountains and he disappears. Doggie danger lurks while she calls and searches. The film was made for the 2016 48 Hour Film Challenge, which dictated two last-minute Canadiana objects/themes be incorporated in the film. What are they?


Kelly Milner, Yukon, 29m, documentary
A film about the indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon who have spent the past 10 years transforming traditional trails around their community into a world-class mountain biking destination – and changing themselves along the way.

Witch Therapy

Heidi J. Loos, Yukon, 8m, narrative
Desperate to get their magic back, married witches Zoey and Jordan try couples counseling for the first time...

Masters of Ceremony

Krista Davis, Yukon, 4m, experimental
The acronymic phrase YOLO (made pop-culture slang famous by Canadian rapper Drake) is adopted by the dogs in their manifesto for extracting joy from every moment.

Nervous Poo

Nina Reed, Yukon, 11m, narrative
Moments before Jane’s blind date is scheduled to arrive, nervousness lands her on the toilet.

SUNDAY 3:30pm

Sarah Gignac is a filmmaker and writer based in Halifax. Her work weaves highly stylized elements into everyday life to evoke a sense of magical realism and fantasy.

She is using her time with the KIAC Residency to create a visual style for her new film, Gone Town – the story of an unwanted woman trying to solve the mystery of her disappearing city.

Sarah is committed to telling stories that are often overlooked or misrepresented. She believes that stories have the power to connect people and change minds, and wants to spend her life finding and sharing tales people might not otherwise encounter.

She also really, really loves sushi. And making things with bright colours.

Sarah will screen two short films and discuss her exploration of magical realism in filmmaking.

Curtains: A group of retired circus performers meet for an unusual memorial service.

Sleeping Beauty:
While a mother reads Sleeping Beauty, she reimagines her life with her daughter through the lens of the fairy tale.

Saturday 5pm

Outside KIAC on Princess Street!

LIve music BY CORN!

Vegan option available.... come early..
buy your tickets in advance!!

SUNDAY 7:30pm

Sourdough Starter

Gail Noonan, BC, 3m, animation
Sourdough Starter is based on a song of the same name that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at online dating in conjunction with practical directions on how to make sourdough starter. References to various online sites are cryptically written into the lyrics in the search for both love and leavening.

The Dust Bowl
Lisa Jackson, Ontario, 4m, experimental
Exploring the devastation of the 1930s, Lisa Jackson shapes amateur-shot archival film from a South Dakota town and audio interviews of residents who lived through the Great Depression to craft a moving and powerful allegory of contemporary financial corruption.

Seeding Fear

Craig Jackson, New Brunswick, 11m,
A short documentary Executive Produced by Neil Young that tells the story of Michael White, a fourth generation farmer, who went toe to toe with Monsanto.


Kristin Snowbird, Manitoba, 5m, documentary
A sweat lodge ceremony cannot be documented. In this film I recreate my experience and what brought me to the sweat lodge with a metaphorical and poetic interpretation of this beautiful ceremony.
bleu tonnere

Nassara (“White Man”)

Charlotte Cayeux, Burkina Faso/France, 15m, narrative
Burkina Faso, end of the dry season. A white man walks into a bar. A lively discussion about France ensues.

Bleu Tonnerre

Jean-Marc E. Roy/Philippe David Gagné, Quebec, 21m, narrative
Bruno, in his thirties and in desperate need of a purpose, ends up homeless after a breakup. Without despairing and under the watchful eye of his motherly big sister, this sawmill worker will find the drive to put his beloved blue suit back on and to rekindle an old flame.

Paige Gratland and Sam McWiliams, BC, 11m
What do a third-generation New Mexico boot maker, a San Francisco tattoo artist and a Vancouver-based filmmaker have in common? Award-winning, gay-themed cowboy boots! Paige Gratland’s film is a buoyant tribute to the artisanal and the queering of a traditional craft.

The Blondes
Carlota Martínez Pereda, Spain, 17m, narrative
Blonde, stunning, criminals, nothing gets between Marta and Pepa and their goal... Except another blonde. Based on a true story.


The Made In The Yukon (MITY) award is designed to honour and enable Yukon artists. It provides tangible benefits to Yukon filmmakers, allowing them to further their craft. The awards themselves are constructed from items essential to survival in the Yukon: Birch, Steel, Copper wire and Duct tape. Sculpted by Dawson City artist Veronica Verkley.

• $1000 cash (sponsored by GOLD RUSH)
• $1000 grip rental package (SPYA)
• Screening o=at the 2017 Tromsø International Film Festival

The MITY Emerging Artist Award is open to filmmakers who have made 3 films or less.
• $300 cash (sponsored by Hootalinqua Productions Ltd.)
• $500 Equipment Rental (KIAC)

• $100 cash (sponsored by Red Snapper Films)

The Lodestar Award is given to the best Canadian or International film which exemplifies the guiding principles of the art of independent short film/video making — freedom of expression, authenticity, exemplary artistry despite limitations, and clarity of vision.

(Chosen by audience ballot; all films eligible)
• $250 cash (sponsored by Yukon Brewing)

• $150 cash/Festival pass (sponsored by Lodestar productions)


LIve Music with Frontal Lobotomy

Frontal Lobotomy consists of Raghu Lokanathan, Samantha Scott, and Danny Bell. They play a smear of Folk-Canadiana
and have fun doing it.
All three are song-writers and multi-instrumentalists.
Together, they blend originals with lobotomized versions of
songs written by friends across Canada.

Nominated for a Grammy 2015 for “Best unknown folk band” –Refused to accept, citing humanitarian concerns.

A separate ticketed event — $10 general admission

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November 9-11, 2018
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