July 11, 2019
Representatives from the NWT film industry are packing their bags and making their way to the 23rd Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Fantasia is described as a genre film festival with a focus on science-fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, cult films and more.
The festival attracts big names from the national and international film industry along with movie-goers and taste-makers with an extensive schedule of events and screenings. Overall, the 2019 edition of Fantasia will welcome around 700 guests from all facets of the film industry.
Once again, Fantasia will host the 11th edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market. For this event alone, more than 400 members of the film industry will be convening.
The NWT Film Commission and Dead North will be hosting a networking event during the festival that will bring industry professionals and northerners together to talk shop. Dead North co-founders, Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja will be in attendance along with three Dead North finalists.
This event, Shorts-to-Features, is the end result of the partnership between Dead North and Fantasia which will put northern films in front of international studios and producers.
The Sun at Midnight creator, Kirsten Carthew, will be pitching one of her Dead North submissions, along with two winning teams from the Yukon.
Jay and Pablo will also step into the limelight and have plans to pitch Dead North as an “arctic horror” themed TV series to studios like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Shudder.
To top it all off, all in attendance are going to have the chance to meet invited guests – movers and shakers from the industry – and build relationships which could result in future success.
“The partnership we’ve built with Fantasia is a real game changer for northern filmmakers,” says Bulckaert. “The Shorts-to-Features event places locally made films in front of big-name showrunners and studios looking to buy and fund productions.”
Supporting new opportunities like these are a big part of the NWT Film Commission’s push to build the territory’s brand on the global stage, while also attracting new opportunities for local producers to build their skills.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, through the NWT Film Commission, have enthusiastically supported Dead North as they’ve evolved from DIY festival, to ambassadors for circumpolar film.