September 3, 2020
Some great news from the local film industry: the Dead North Film Festival is producing a new TV series, in partnership with Northwestel’s Community TV (NCTV), that will promote and encourage northerners to participate in the festival.
RATED-N is an episodic series which will feature Dead North films and the filmmakers who talk about the production behind the scenes and what it took to bring their visions to life.
"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 Pablo Saravanja, one of the Directors of the Dead North Film Festival.
Through the NWT Film Commission, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has been a financial supporter of the Dead North Film Festival since its inception – and is the annual sponsor of the Best Location Award.
Check out the links below for more NWT Film success stories:
“Making a Dead North film might just change your life” says Jay Bulckaert, a Director featured in the Dead North Film Festival.
Here’s a list of the success stories that have sprung up from the festival.
- 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(link is external) 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(link is external)
- 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(link is external).
- 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(link is external).
- 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.
Episode 1 of Rated-N features Ben McGregor and his fever dream “Fruit of the Gods” and Lindsey McNeill and her hauntingly dark beauty of a film, “What you can Hide in the Cold”
Rated N premiered on July 3 on Northwestel Community TV (channel 209) and will feature new episodes in coming months.
Dead North is 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.