Jen Walden

Northwest Territories Filmmaker Brings Short to National Stage

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A fixture in the Northwest Territories (NWT) art scene will be featured in a nationally-televised short film competition tomorrow.

Well-known Yellowknife visual artist Jen Walden’s debut short film The Painted Girl is competing in the CBC Short Film Face-Off, a competition where nine short films selected from hundreds of submissions from across Canada battle it out for a chance to be licensed for broadcast by the CBC.

As the four-episode event progresses, the films will be shown, interviews with directors will be featured, and judges will narrow the field to three with Canadians voting on the winner.

This isn’t the first time Walden has stepped into the national spotlight this year. This success comes in the wake of an earlier feature at the 2016 Women in Film and Television – Toronto Showcase; an impressive achievement for any filmmaker.

Walden’s hard-work and dedication to her craft has brought a great deal of attention to the NWT’s nascent film industry.

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) provides funding and support to filmmakers through the NWT Film Commission to help others reach the heights Walden has.

The Department of ITI wishes Walden the best of luck in the competition.

Tune in to CBC at 7pm tomorrow to watch Jen’s film.

Do you have a great idea for a film, documentary, or TV show? Visit the NWT Film Commission and find the funding, support, and resources to bring your creative ambitions to fruition.

Photo courtesy CBC Short Film Face Off.