Polaris Accolades Keep Coming
Hot on the heels of this summer’s cool honour of opening the Fantasia Festival, KC Carthew’s film Polaris, that received support from the NWT Film Commission and NWT Professional Media Association’s NWT Apprenticeship Program, again won recognition.
This time the film garnered awards at the Whistler Film Festival for Best Cinematography in a Borsos Competition Film as well as an honourable mention to Viva Lee for Best Performance in a Borsos Competition Film!
Drumming up Attention
Dehcho filmmaker, Jonathan Antoine, who attended the Brooklyn Film Festival in June and LA Skins Film Festival in November with support from ITI’s SEED funding has won Best History Film at the Documentary Short Film Festival for Dene Drum Songs in Gahnihthah.
Quite a year for this Filmmaker!
From Short to Feature
Jennifer Walden was one of just five Canadian filmmakers invited to present their Power Pitch at the Whistler Film Festival. With the goal of remaking her short-format Mother as a feature-length film, Walden may not have won first prize, but her SEED-sponsored trip to the festival drew a lot of attention to her project and the NWT.
The Power Pitch judging panel included representatives from Paramount+ Canada, Warner Bros, and CBC Film, and the trip to Whistler provided extensive opportunities for networking and planning.
This coming year promises to be interesting.
The recent success of NWT productions is reflective of the NWT’s growing capacity to participate in the multi-billion-dollar Canadian film sector – one of the focus areas of Rolling, Action! The GNWT’s Film and Media Sector Strategy and a contributing factor to the GNWT’s mandate to Increase economic diversification by supporting growth in non-extractive sectors.