NWT film is buzzing this May as three locally-produced films screened at the Dead North Film Festival continue to gain traction worldwide.
- Yellowknife Ground Zero (2017) — This film, directed by 11 year-old Andrea Geraghty, has won “Best Short Film” at the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival.
- Killer Workout (2016) — Directed by Michelle Swallow and Jessica Young, this film was recently accepted into official selection at the Bloody Horror International Film Festival.
- BAIT! (2017) — First-time director Keith Robertson of Yellowknife will soon be on his way to Cannes Film Festival to take part in Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Telefilm Program. Robertson received GNWT Northern Performers support.
Furthermore, a selection of 10 Dead North films will be screening at North by North Festival in Anchorage Alaska May 12-14th; a major opportunity for the NWT film industry to make an impact abroad.
North by North have also invited Dead North Festival organizers ambassadors Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja — NWT-local filmmakers and ambassadors for the local industry to take part in a circumpolar conference where many Arctic film festival organizers will meet to exchange ideas on how to best serve filmmakers in remote, Northern regions.
The Government of the Northwest Territories provides funding for the annual festival through the NWT Film Commission to provide opportunities for new producers to enter the film scene, build the skills needed to thrive in the profession, and help support more success stories just like these.