Minister Wally Schumann at Dead North 2019

Dead North 2019 Roundup: Films, Awards, Contests, Workshops Mark Another Year of Success

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March 5, 2019

Another year, another weekend full of chills, thrills, and laughs.  Dead North Film Festival’s seventh edition did not disappoint.

With 40 films screened over the weekend, more participants than ever stepped up to share their creations over this year’s extended festival.  Filmmaking teams from across the North and every region of the NWT took part — a testament to how much the industry has grown in recent years.

Building Skills

But it was more than the films.

This year’s festival also included networking opportunities, workshops led by national film leaders, and other learning opportunities to give creatives a chance to build their production skills and open new doors for future projects.

There was also a photo competition at this year’s festival — further engaging the arts community and offering the chance for local creatives to try their hand or show off a new project.

Recognizing Success

A huge collection of Zombears — the festival’s iconic trophies — were doled out to recognize the achievements of the filmmakers.

The NWT Film Commission also handed out an award for Best Use of NWT Locations to Long Story Short — an alternative re-telling of the legend of The Mad Trapper. The award is intended to highlight good use of the NWT’s unique locations in a local film.

Minister Schumann Salutes The Industry

Minister Schumann attended the festival and shared some congratulatory messages as the film community came together to celebrate one of the biggest events in the local scene.

He highlighted the GNWT’s dedicated support for the festival through the NWT Film Commission, the growing importance of the film sector to the territorial economy, and his appreciation for the dedication and passion of those driving the sector’s growth.

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has consistently led the GNWT’s support for the festival since its inception in 2012.