Dead North Film Festival Now Accepting Applications

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November 29, 2019

From the chilling, the creepy and the downright sinister – no one does genre flicks quite like Dead North Film Festival. The world’s only circumpolar genre film-MAKING festival is back and looking for submissions!

Register for Dead North 2020

Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulckaert are the minds behind the hit festival and couldn’t be more excited to see this year’s submissions.

"Dead North represents a wide-angle view of the North and celebrates a vast diversity of Northern voices, perspectives and human experiences through genre films,” says Saravanja. “I'm excited to see an increase in sci-fi, fantasy and horror film submissions from across the circumpolar world!"

"Walking the red carpet as a rockstar director has just become part of the Dead North experience and now a lot of our filmmakers have done that around the world. Making a Dead North film might just change your life!" says Bulckaert.

"Making a Dead North film might just change your life!"

The festival has resulted in some heavy-hitters on the festival circuit. Here’s a quick round up recent successes:  

  • Polaris (2020) - A $2 million feature film adaptation of the 2014 Dead North film “Fish out of Water” by Kirsten Carthew.
  • 11 films made the cut for the 2019 Reykjavik International Film Festival:
    • Lily by Mitch Wiles
    • The Unloving by Ben McGregor
    • The Changeling by Outpost 31
    • Bearlord by Andrew Silke
    • Within the Stars by Razelle Benally/Amos Scott
    • Elisabet and Baltasar by Skógar Hneta/Melody Woodnut
    • Fireweed by Mason Mantla
    • Arm Plant by Martin Rehak
    • Dong Gone by Keating Smith/Jay Bulckaert
    • Hello Operator by Daniel Dahl
    • Bejede by Angela Code
  • Fireweed and Within the Stars (2018) – Officials selections for the 2018 ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival and the 2019 Maoriland Film Festival in New Zealand. Fireweed also took home the first-ever NWT Film Best Location Award.
  • Arm Plant (2018) – by Martin Rehak made the trip to the PÖFF Shorts in Tallinn, Estonia.
  • Frostbite (2018) and Snacktime (2019) – filmed by Kaw Tay Whee School students from Dettah won Most Promising Debut at The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival 
  • 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 attended Cannes Film Festival to take part in Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Telefilm Program as well as CBC’s Short film Face Off. 

Related Stories:

Dead North Films Find Life in Reykjavik
In the Dead of Winter, Dead North Rises Again
And the first-ever NWT Film Best Location Award Goes to…. Fireweed!

ITI’s NWT Film Commission is pleased to be a sponsor of Dead North, and to provide support to many of the film makers so they could attend the film festivals their work was being showcased at. 

Since Dead North was established in 2012, over 170 short films have been produced.

It’s one example of how the NWT Film Commission is building the territory’s brand on the global stage; attracting new opportunities for local producers to build their skills and grow their businesses further diversifying the NWT economy.

Registration closes December 20, 2019 and the festival runs February 27 – March 1, 2020.