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

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Two NWT films will be showing on the big screen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto in March 2022. They were the NWT winners of the 2021 National 48 Hour Short Film Challenge hosted by Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP).

The 48 Film Festival (aka. The 48) is a brand new Canada-wide short filmmaking challenge and festival originated by Ben Williams and Guy Maddin. From June 13-15th, filmmaking teams across Canada were given 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and finish a film using a set of thematic and technical keys to score points.

A total of 11 NWT teams participated in the short-film challenge: 10 from Yellowknife and one from Fort Simpson.

In the end, it was The After by Adrienne Cartwright & Jessica Davey-Quantick that took top spot in the NWT while Transversal by Jen Walden came in second place. Monster? directed by Heather Heinrichs finished in third place.

All films were screened live Saturday, June 19 via Facebook and were rewarded with WAMP bucks and promotional items courtesy of the NWT Film Commission. The films were scored by an all-NWT judges’ panel consisting of NWT filmmaker Caroline Cox, Film Officer Nancy Shaw of the NWT Film Commission, and Dead North Film Festival President Meagan Wohlberg.

Through its NWT Film Commission, the GNWT is working to promote and showcase the NWT film and media sector, seek out new opportunities for collaboration; and promote the professional development of the NWT industry.

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The nation-wide 48 competition aims to discover, cultivate and celebrate rising Canadian talent in film, music, aural and visual design, and the performing arts.