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The Challenge:
Create a 5-minute (maximum) short film with a minimum of resources.

Who can apply: Any Yukon based filmmaker

The Application

Must include:

  • 1 page synopsis
  • Key team bios (writer, director, cinematographer, editor, etc.)
  • Cover letter, indicating who is the main applicant for the project

Deadline March 24st, 2014.
Note: This is not an introductory workshop. Applicants should have some experience with media creation.All genres of film projects are acceptable (drama, animation, documentary, hybrid). 3 teams will be green lighted for this program.

Congratulations to the participants!

Three teams will work under the mentorship of filmmaker Ingrid Venninger to produce micro budget short films in the week before the film festival.

The Teams:
Simon D’Amours: Off The Beaten Track / Documentary

Chris Clarke, Cathie Findlay-Brook: Lamentable Losses / Animation

Alyssa Friessen, Diego Martin, Nicole Becker: Page 567 / Drama

Films will be screened before the awards at 9:30 pm in the ballroom, April 20th.

Master Class Bonus on April 12th
Yukon SOVA, 4D room 10-5pm
Free! Open to all.

DIY YOUR FILM with Ingrid Veninger
April 12, 10-5pm, SOVA 4D room
A master class in micro-budget filmmaking (from initial concept to marketing and exhibition). This will be a hands-on workshop course exploring the art, jobs and skills of the independent filmmaker. Through exercises and case study presentation, participants will learn practical skills relevant to the production of short dramatic films: budgeting, scheduling, locations, contracts, working with actors, production and post-production planning, workflow, running the set. In particular, the workshop will stress that there is no single 'right' way to do anything, and will explore varied solutions, based on the variables of time, budget, vision, access, and story.

Funded by the Yukon Film and Sound Commission. Thanks to KIAC and Yukon SOVA.

Ingrid Veninger
The remarkable career of Ingrid Veninger arches across all aspects of independent filmmaking in Canada. She has acted in, produced, written and directed dozens of key films for more than two decades.

Born in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ingrid has worked extensively in film, television and theatre, beginning as a teen actor on the CBC television series, AIRWAVES. In addition to over 50 acting credits working alongside Meryl Streep, Gena Rowlands, Holly Hunter, Jackie Burroughs and others, she has collaborated with Canada's most established and emerging filmmakers, including Atom Egoyan, Peter Mettler, Anais Granofsky, Jeremy Podeswa and Charles Officer. A graduate of Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre, Ingrid created pUNK FILMS INC. in 2003 to produce artist driven features, with a 'nothing is impossible' manifesto.

"Ingrid Veninger's work as a writer-director often probes the nature and complexities of intimacy: between lovers, families, friends, and, in an important sense, audiences and images. Her cinematic explorations of intimacy, rooted in a playfully subversive use of documentary-based realist aesthetics, are stylish, insightful, and unflinchingly honest assessments of how we treat one another. Ingrid Veninger is one of Canada's most dynamic, perceptive, and prolific film talents." Tom McSorley, Canadian Film Institute

Ingrid is part-time faculty in the Film Department at York University, a board member of Canada's First Weekend Club, a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and an official participant in TIFF's inaugural STUDIO Programme. In January 2012, Ingrid received the Jay Scott Prize from the Toronto Film Critics Association; with the $5000 award she launched Toronto's 1KWAVE.

"Ingrid Veninger: the DIY queen of Canadian filmmaking."
Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail

Ingrid's most recent feature as writer/producer/director is THE ANIMAL PROJECT.
An ACTRA coop, shot in 44 Toronto locations, with a production crew of 4.
World Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival 2013 (Contemporary World Cinema). Canadian Distribution: Mongrel Media.

For more Info Contact Dan Sokolowski,
Dawson City International Short Film Festival.
867-993-5005, filmfest@kiac.ca

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