The 48 Film Challenge

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April 7, 2022

What can Canadian video artists create in just 48 hours? That question was answered in Toronto over the weekend with an impressive in-person screening of finalists in the Canada-wide 48 Film Festival.

Read the 48 Film Festival News Release

Canada’s filmmakers demonstrated just what they were able to write, shoot, edit, score and produce within just 48 hours. With no requirements of previous experience and no restrictions regarding genre, the field of play was wide open, and the offerings diverse.

The programme featured live action, animation, experimental, a mini-doc and even 16 mm hand-processed films.

In preparation for the April 3 screening, over 250 new shorts were made in 2021, with contributions from nine provinces and territories and entries that spanned the country from St. John’s and Fredericton in the Maritimes to Whitehorse and Yellowknife in Canada’s North.

Each province or territory was represented by two finalists.

In the NWT, Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) facilitated the production and screening of eleven films at a local festival in order to select two candidates to go to last weekend’s Toronto TIFF Bell Lightbox event.

The NWT winners who travelled to Toronto and were present at the National Festival were:

  1. The After – by Adrienne Cartwright and Jessica Davey-Quantick
  2. Transversal – by Jen Walden

The After and Transversal - Top two NWT films at the National 48

The NWT Film Commission was proud to support the participation of NWT film makers in this event and provided funding for the NWT finalists to travel to Toronto.  Stay tuned for an update on the National winner, and the experiences of our NWT Film artists.

Click here to enjoy all of the films produced in the NWT for this event.

The NWT Film and Media Sector Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2026 outlines the actions and investments being taken by the GNWT to achieve a nationally competitive and sustainable film sector. Its objectives include increasing industry recognition of the NWT as a location for guest productions and looking beyond equipment and technology to invest in the skill and capacity of resident film makers and crew.