Spotlight on NWT Film

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April 25, 2019

We know the North can capture a filmmaker’s imagination.  From Disney movies and Discovery Channel programming to television advertising, our North is increasingly being accessed by producers looking for unique, new and exotic locations.

Last week, Canada’s northern economic development agency (CanNor) and the GNWT announced a new funding agreement aimed at attracting even more film productions to the NWT.

The $250,000 announcement will allow the NWT Film Commission (NWT Film) to build on investments initiated last year to promote the NWT as a magical film destination to producers both near and far. 

“We’ve really seen some great results so far” says Film Commissioner Camilla MacEachern.

Notably successes include recent Fam Tours to the Beaufort Delta, the featuring of Yellowknife in Salvage at South-by-Southwest, and plate shots for Disney’s Wrinkle in Time.

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The NWT has had some amazing testimonials from past producers including Ian Hay of Arctic Air who said “It’s possible to produce almost anything here” and Gianna Isabella from Gate 67 Films (A Wrinkle in Time) who described the experience as “unique, and incredible,” and hopes to film here again.  

"The warmth of the people, their hospitality and welcoming kindness warmed my heart during the Arctic cold.  I will always carry the land and its people in my heart, "said Hermon Farahi, Co-Director of When They Awake! — a film exploring Indigenous music which has captured the imagination of festival-goers across the nation.

In addition to promoting the NWT as a location for filming, NWT Film fosters the local film scene and its talent through partnerships with local organizations such as the NWTPMA.  Examples of true northern talent can be seen on screen at the annual Dead North Film Festival and the Yellowknife International Film Festival and many NWT creators have gone on to have their works shown at other international festivals.

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To help develop, implement and manage the Commission’s growing roster of programs and activities NWT Film is now hiring a Film Officer to strengthen its support and promotion of the NWT Film and Media sector. Interested? Click here to apply.

ITI's Film Commission is proud to support artists in this industry as part of our work to grow the territory’s film industry, as envisioned in Take One: Northwest Territories Film Strategy and Action Plan.

As a liaison to key contacts and service providers, communities, production companies and the GNWT, the NWT Film Commission works with industry professionals seeking to capture the images and sounds of this spectacular land and the wonderful people who live here.