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Film fest breaks and so does the river!

MITY Awards created by Veronica Verkley

The 20th film fest finished with a bang hosting “Studio 20/20”, a Studio 54 remake in the ballroom… 2 days later, the Yukon River “broke” with a whimper, sending a small pan of ice ¼ mile downriver, announcing that spring had finally arrived.

Studio 20/20 Dance Party

The rest of the weekend was filled with excitement, good times, wonderful films and great atmosphere at workshops, meet and greets and between screening gatherings!

Over 1300 people attended various festival events through out the weekend.

It all started with the world premiere of Chris and James Healey’s The Winter Folk, a finely crafted documentary on the people that inhabit the Klondike and specifically how winter affects them.

Minister of Tourism and Culture, Jeanie Dendys addreeses the crowd on opening night.

Yukon films were strewn throughout the festival in screenings on every day of the festival, culminating with a special retro screening of some of the festival favourites from the past years. 45 of the 95 films shown were created in the Yukon.

The festival was more than just films. With workshops on Editing, creating iPhone movies, Haptic Visuality, The World of Short Film according the Danny Lennon, Run and Gun Gear, there were also video installations by Jillian McDonald and Marten Berkman, a live street concert complete with plates of home made perogies, a burlesquesperformance by Chevonne of the Yukon, and the finishing Studio 20/20 dance party!

A big congratulations to all the volunteers who make this event happen, the audience who came from near and far, the filmmakers and our funders and sponsors!

An of course, the MITY (Made in the Yukon) film awards highlighted the final Sunday night screening. The MITY professional award went to Grey Mountain by Naomi Mark and Marty O-Brien. Honourable mention went to Aubyn O’Grady and Evan Rensch’s Bridge.

The MITY Emerging Artist Award went to Wrestle Maniac by Andy Pelletier and Robin Sharp.

The MITY Youth Award went to Clement Potoroka for his film Sea Shells by the Sea.

The Yukon Brewing Audience Favourite Award went to Homecoming Song by Daniel Janke.

The Lodestar Award for best overall film was claimed by the mockumentary, The Last Days of the Man of Tomorrow by Niklas Hlawatsch off Germany.

We look forward to our 3rd decade of bringing media arts to the Klondike on the beautiful traditional territory of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in.

Thanks to Our funders and Sponsors.
Presenting sponsor Yukon Energy. Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Tourism and Culture, Yukon Media Development, Klondike Visitors Association, Canadian Heritage, SPYA, Yukon Brewing, Parks Canada, Air North, Gold Rush, Schmidt Mining, Goldcorp, Hottalinqua Films, Yukon School of Visual Arts, Bombay Peggy’s, The City of Dawson, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, Yukon Film Society, Dawson City Music Festival, Trans North Helicopters, What’s Up Yukon, Northwestel Community TV, Bonanza Market, KlondikeRush.com, Lodestar Productions, Hootalinqua Productions, Arctic Star Printing, Yukon Birch Syrup, Red Snapper Films

Photos by Devon Berquist
20/20 photo by Maria Sol Suarez Martinez

Poster Design by Courtney Wallace

19th DCISFF a Fab Experience for Filmmakers and Fans Alike

… Aaaaaand CUT! That’s a wrap. The 19th Dawson City International Short Film Festival is in the books, and what a great fest it was. With dozens of short films screened, workshops and artist talks held, plus entertainment and networking events, the DCISFF was a cinematic cornucopia for Northern filmmakers and film buffs, especially those from the Yukon.

Caroline Cox opens the festival
Photo By Dan Dowhal

The 2018 Fest kicked off on Thursday night with One Woman’s Journey, a combination concert, screening, and talk by current KIAC artist-in-residence Caroline Cox, a documentary filmmaker from the Northwest Territories. Caroline is creator of the TV cooking show Wild Kitchen, and has come to Dawson to work on an original screenplay for a feminist western called Ash and Snow. What better spot to look for inspiration for this gritty tale then the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush!

Joel Penner (right) leads the stop-motion workshop
Photo by Dan Dowhal

On Friday, the Festival got down to business proper. There was a stop-motion and time-lapse photography workshop by Winnipeg-based natural history filmmaker Joel Penner, who has done work for National Geographic and One Strange Rock. The session was full of filmmakers wanting to learn the nuances of this fascinating side of cinema.

Christina Battle explains the conceppts behind the imstallations
at the Cold Cuts Video Festival

Photo by Charles Atlas Sheppard

At 4 p.m. the Yukon School of the Visual Arts hosted the opening of the Cold Cuts Video Festival, which ran in the SOVA Gallery throughout the Festival weekend. This year’s show, entitled There’s Something in the Way, was curated by Christine Battle, who was on hand to give a talk explaining the installation pieces, and how artists use the tools of video to stage and frame complex subjects.

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeannie Dendys Intros the 7pm screening
Photo by Charles Atlas Sheppard

Finally, at 7 p.m. the first of the Festival screenings began. In total there were 10 different screenings over a three-day period, from afternoon matinees to late-night showings, showing 87 different films. The screenings included collections of films by Yukon filmmakers (established, emerging, and youth) as well as works by indigenous filmmakers. In addition to submissions from Northern and Canadian artists, the DCISFF also shows entries from all around the globe, all vetted throughout the winter months by dedicated volunteers.

Chevonne of the Yukon
Photo by Charles Atlas Sheppard

The popular Saturday night Strange Things Done screening included a live performance by Yukon Burlesque queen Chevonne of the Yukon, who put on a dazzling show to the delight of festival goers.

Chris Healey and What If Was Here
Photo by Dan Dowhal

Saturday brought a fascinating artist talk by Chris Healey, who discussed current trends involving the use of Augmented Reality in contemporary art and activism, including some of his own experiences. Healey’s AR installation What If Was Here was available in the KIAC ballroom for people to experience throughout the Festival weekend.

Later that evening, there was also a special screening of films by The Weight of Mountains, a unique film collective whose members have been in Dawson City since January. The filmmakers showed finished films and works-in-progress made during their winter stay here.

Popular sound workshop with Daniel Janke
Photo by Charles Atlas Sheppard

Sunday’s workshop saw a packed house as aspiring filmmakers got up early to learn about Sound and Music on your Independent Film from composer and media artist Daniel Janke. Daniel shared some tricks and strategies for getting good sound with whatever resources you have to work with.

Dead Wild plays the Perogie Street Feast
Photo by Charles Atlas Sheppard

Easter Sunday afternoon brought a perennial DCISFF favourite, the street party outside KIAC. The Pierogie Street Feast not only included delicious batches of the dumpling dish, but also served up a free concert by local band Dead Wild on the steps of the ODD Gallery.

Ange Bonnici recieves the Emerging Artist MITY (Made In The Yukon) Award.
Photo by Charles Atlas Sheppard

The Festival culminated in the Awards presentations, hosted this year by local radio hosts Gaby Sgaga and Dan Dowhal. The highlights were the MITY Awards (for Made in the Yukon), presented to Yukon filmmakers in the Professional, Emerging, and Youth categories. There were also prizes awarded for the Best Film of the Festival, plus the Audience Choice Award, and the winner of the DCISFF Trailer Contest.

Here’s a list of the Award Winners.

MITY Professional Award
Marty O’Brien for Camera Trap
A 24-minute documentary about aspiring wilderness photographer Peter Mather’s quest for the one great photo that wil tell the story of the greatest land migration on earth (that of the Porcupine Caribou herd).

MITY Emerging Artist Award
Ange Bonnici for The Subarctic Zone
This unnerving five-minute drama was about a northern man who is home alone,and receives an unexpected visit.

MITY Youth Award
Hazel Potoroka for Danger Dan and the Lost Pyramid
This was a tongue-in-cheek five-minute stop-motion animation done using LEGO figures.

The Lodestar Award for Best Film
I Like Girls by Diane Obomsawin
This six-minute animation playfully adapts her graphic novel about the awkwardness, emotional roller-coaster, and confusion of first love.

Yukon Brewing Audience Choice Award
Deep Space Dredge by Jay Armitage
Ex-Dawsonite Jay Armitage knows how to appeal to his local audience, and clearly did so with Deep Space Dredge, a 3D-animated comedy about deep-sapce prospecting in the future.

DCISFF Trailer Contest
Sam Lamarche

(Text by Dan Dowhal)


The screen is up at the 2017 Dawson City
International Short Film Festival.

2017 MITY AWARD created by Veronica Verkley

With people waltzing around the ballroom floor, the 2017 DCISFF wrapped up for another year! With a stellar line up of films this year, the juries had a tough time choosing their favorite film. In the end, the MITY (Made In The Yukon) Award went to Underdog by Naomi Mark and Vivian Belik. Honorable Mentions went to Veronica Verkley’s Second Nature:Feral and Pictures Don’t Lie by Lulu Keating.

The MITY Emerging Artist Award went to Cynthia Hunt’s Ice Flow. Honorable Mentions went to Through The Willows by Blair Douglas and Nervous Poo by Nina Reed.

The MITY Youth Award went to Seeing Eye Dog by Tess Crocker of Dawson City.

The Lodestar Award for best film from outside the Yukon went to Srorrim by Wayne Wapeemukwa of B.C.

The audience also had their say voted for “The Talk” True Stories about the Birds and the Bees by Alain Delannoy of Manitoba.

We opened with a sold out screening of Dawson City : Frozen Time with filmmaker Bill Morrison and historians Kathy Jones-Gates and Michael Gates, hosting a Q&A. Festival guests, Jay Bulckaert, Pablo Saravanja, Gail Maurice and Max Fraser gave informative and inspirational workshops (which include the making a film that premiered Sunday night) as well as visits form the Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys and the Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pilai.

Here's Wrinle Cream, the film made over the weekend in the
Artless Colective Workshop!

Wrinkle Cream from aRTLeSS Collective on Vimeo.

Street Concert with Corn at the 20177 DCISFF from Dawson City Short Film Festival on Vimeo.

The festival was blessed by beautiful weather for our outside street feast , northern lights in the evening and a host of visitors from around the Yukon and beyond, giving the town a vibrant push into spring!

Thanks to the great crowds, volunteers, filmmakers and supporters/sponsors of the Festival.
Presented by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture with Yukon Energy.
Funders and Sponsors: Canada Council For the Arts, Yukon Tourism and Culture, Yukon Media Development, Canadian Heritage, Klondike Visitors Association, Screen Production Yukon Association, Aurora Inn, Air North, Gold Rush, Goldcorp, Schmidt Mining, Reel Canada, Yukon Brewing, Yukon School of Visual Arts, Bombay Peggy’s, The City of Dawson, Tr’ondek Hwech’in/Danojŗ Zho Cultural Centre, Harper Street Publishing, Hootalinqua Pictures, Driving Force, NVD Hotels,  Yukon Film Society, Trans North Helicopters, What’s Up Yukon, Aloha Foods, Bonanza Market, KlondikeRush.com. Arctic Star Printing, Uncle Berwin’sYukon Birch Syrup, Lodestar Productions, Red Snapper Films.


A Big Finish!
2016 DCSIFF Rolls up the screen for another year!


Image courtesy Veronica Verkley

The 2016 DCISFF wrapped up with another packed house which featured part 2 of Dawson filmmaker Lulu Keating’s Broke Down Dawson Town! After a weekend that featured 2 Yukon made longer pieces as our openers, and a schedule that featured the largest lineup of Yukon content to date, we handed out the much coveted MITY(Made In The Yukon Awards). Kudos to all the filmmakers that had a film in our festival.

Meg Walker presents Cari Tangedal and Krista Davis with their MITY Award.
(Photo by Chris Healey)

The MITY Professional Award (sponsored by Gold Rush, the Screen Production Yukon Association and the NFB), went to locals Krista Davis and Cari Tangedal for their poetic film Take the Wild. The jury also made an honourable mention for the film Garbage Truck Santa by Brendan Preston from Whitehorse.

Jun Chen, (2nd from left) and her actor Kenny Welsh, stand with their MITY award
presented to them by Karen DuBois and Daniel Janke.
( (Photo by Chris Healey)

The MITY Emerging Artist Award (sponsored by Northern Superior Mechanical, the NFB and KIAC), went to Jun Chen of Dawson for her eerie, yet comical Zombie Me!
An honourable mention Emerging Artist Award (sponsored by Hamilton-Mehta Productions) went to Georgette McLeod for her brave film Light on the Path.

Jack Amos holds up his MITY YOUTH Award.
Peter Kenzies and Karen DuBois flank him. Co-winner Kate Crocker absent.
(Photo by Chris Healey)

The Youth Award (sponsored by David Curtis) went to Dawsonites Jack Amos and Kate Crocker for their film Frost Bite.

The Yukon Brewing Audience Favourite Award went to Assini by Gail Maurice of Ontario.

And the last award, The Lodestar, for best Canadian or International work went to Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes directed by Scott Brachmayer, and produced in Nunavut by Nyla Innuksuk.

Limos, gowns and parkas! (Photo by Chris Healey)

It was a weekend that featured great workshops by festival guests Mike Maryniuk, Brianne Nord-Stewart, and Brenda Matthews and presentations by KIAC artists in residence, Sam Decoste and Gail Noonan. We thrilled to have to have the Cold Cuts Video Festival (produced by Nicole Rayburn and curated by Corinna Ghaznavi) running concurrently with our festival. There was a Metropolis themed burlesque performance by Chevonne of the Yukon and an outdoor street party that featured plates of homemade perogies and live music by CORN!

Chevonne ot theYukon (Photo by Chris Healey)

A festival not soon to be forgotten. Thanks to all of our sponsors, all our visitors from near and far and to the amazing volunteers who gave up their long weekend to keep the machine running smoothly!


2015 WRAPS!


With Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk music mixed with the clinking of martini glasses, the 16th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival came to rousing finish on Sunday night.

2 opening night sellouts for Suzanne Crocker's

In 4 days of screenings, workshops, panels, waffle bars and crazy street dances, over 1600 people came through our doors!

Evelyn Pollock

On the film side, Evelyn Pollock of Dawson City won the MITY (Made In The Yukon) Professional Award (sponsored by Gold Rush, SPYA and the NFB) with her touching film Remembering Claire. Jessica Hall of Whitehorse was given an honorable mention
for her poignant film Forever Mom.

The MITY Emerging Artist (sponsored by Northern Superior Mechanical and the NFB) award went Dawsonite Reuben Ward’s ambitious The Vast Forlorn. Fellow Dawson resident Max Sims' Television, was given an honorable mention.

Reuben Ward accepts his MITY. (Photo courtesy of Dan Davidson)

Sarah Ott, of Whitehorse, took home the Yukon Youth prize
(sponsored by art lover Gail Calder) with her delicate film, Seeking Life in Colour.

The Yukon Brewing Audience Choice Award went to the brilliant animation from the U.K., Mend and Make Do by Bexie Bush.

The Lodestar Award (sponsored by A Bigger Picture) went to Torontonian Martin Edralin’s brave film Hole.

Check out all the photos!


The festival would not be a success without the army of volunteers that work, not only on the weekend but in the months leading up to the festival. We are grateful for their gift of time. We also thank all the people that attended events and came from near and far to join us!

Check out Danny Dowhal's blog for a day by day
recap of the fest!

We can’t wait til next year!


Under a wash of northern lights, the 15th Dawson City International Short Film Festival came to a close.

The festival closed with a screening of 3 short films made in the ShortWave Video Challenge. Mentored by Ingrid Veninger, 3 teams worked night and day to in the week before the festival to premiere their films.

Kathryn Hepburn's film Self-portrait with Migraine won the MITY (Made In The Yukon) Award as best Yukon film. My Friend Anne by Arlin McFarlane won the 2nd prize. In the Emerging artist category, Erin McKnight's Like a River took top spot with Julie Robinson's Deal With It Sister taking 2nd.

The Youth Award went to Kyle's Nixon's You Don't Know Jack.

The Lodestar Award for best film from outside the Yukon went to Kevan Funk's Destroyer while the Yukon Brewing Audience Award went to Mohawk Midnight Runners by Zoe Hopkins.

The festival was blessed by it's guests (Ingrid Veninger, Normand Roger, Daniel Janke, David Hechenberger, Ian Ried, Kevin Hannam, Chris McNutt, Madi Piller and Michelle Latimer) who gave great presentations and workshops to make the weekend a rewarding experience for all

The Festival also owes an enormous amount of gratitude to all its volunteers and the hard working staff at KIAC.

We can't wait for next year!

For more info check out Dan Dowhal's festival blog!


Check Out CBC Dave White's Interview with Van Cooper!

Hear what Michelle Latimer thins about the festival in conversation with CBC North's Dave White. Click here!


With the Northern Lights flickering, and the echoes of Drea and the Naysayers fading into the night, the 14th Edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival came to an exciting end! Traolach Ó Murchú's sensitive film Gordie won the MITY(Made in the Yukon) Award. Walks LIke, a film by Arlin McFarlane, (based on a story by Ivan Coyote) garnered the 2nd Plrize.

In the Emerging Artist Category, Karen MacKay's Launching of the George Black Ferry won the first prize, with Andrée Belanger's Tous ce que les homes savent (Everything Humans Know) took in the 2nd Prize.

The MITY youth award went to the animated Direct Wind, by Jessica Smith of Old Crow.

American animator Don Hertzfeldt's epic It's Such a Beautiful Day was awarded the Yukon Brewing Audience Favorite Award.

The Lodestar award for best Canadian or International film went to Guillaume Blanchet's The Man who live on his Bike.

The CBC North PSA Contest was won by Ross Burnet.

The festival (presented by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture with Yukon Energy), had a steady stream of viewers thoughout all the screenings and overflowing workshops given by festival guests, Lulu Keating, Roslyn Muir, Michelle Latimer, Van Cooper and Ross Burnet.

We thank the hoards of volunteers who make this event possible (including the Dawson City Fire Department for flipping the burgers!), the filmmakers for sharing their work with and all the people who came in from the beautiful spring air to watch films!

The DCISFF thanks it's funders and sponsors:
Yukon Tourism and Culture, The Canada Council for the Arts, Yukon Film and Sound Commission, Yukon Energy, CBC North, Canadian Heritage, Air North, Klondike Visitors Association, NFVIA, Yukon School of Visual Arts, Yukon Film Society, Yukon News, Harper Street Publishing, Yukon Brewing, Tr’ondek Hwech’in, Downtown Hotel, City of Dawson, KlondikeRush.com, Harvey Wallbanger, Bombay Peggy’s, Trans North Helicopters, Arctic Star Printing, Bonanza Market, Back Alley Pizza and The Billy Gost Pub, Dawson City General Store.


Daniel Janke Donates the MITY Award

The Dawson City International Short Film Festival is pleased to announce that MITY (Made In The Yukon) Award winner Daniel Janke has donated his prize to two filmmakers whose films also played at the festival.

 In discussions with the MITY professional jury, Naomi Mark (Just Call) will receive $500 cash and $1000 rental certificate from the Northern Film and Video Industry Association. Aubyn O'Grady (Underdogs, Opening The Community Chest:Broken, but not Dead) will also receive $500 cash and a $500 rental certificate form the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture.

In his acceptance speech Daniel commented on the strength of all the Yukon films produced films in the festival and that it was a positive sign for the future of a regionally created cinema in the territory.

He hopes that passing on the award will generate more films being created in the Yukon.

The festival thanks Daniel for his generosity.


With a light blanket of early morning snow fading fast and a great day of workshops, screenings, a street bbq & karaoke singers, the 13th Dawson City International Short Film Festival wrapped up Sunday evening with the presentation of it's awards.

2 time winner Daniel Janke, pulled in his 3rd MITY (Made In The Yukon) Award, with his film RIVER. The jury noted that it was a soulful and artistic meditation on family and the eternal quality of the river. Daniel accepted the award and announced that the prize ($1000 cash and $1000 in services from NFVIA) will be donated to a Yukon Emerging Artist. Stay tuned for this announcement.

Veronica Verkley's wildly hilarious THE WORKING CATS GUIDE TO THE KLONDIKE, won the 2nd prize MITY. The jury stated that it creates a mythology that subverts dominant Northern icons and plays with the function of storytelling in the North. Veronica also won the Yukon Brewing Audience Award, as voted by the viewers at the festival

The jury also gave an honorable mention to Neil MacDonald and David Hamelin's FRAGMENTS for its ambitious and assured use of the medium.

The emerging artist award went to Moira Sauer's THE PROVIDER, a charming northern tale with a surprise ending. The 2nd prize MITY went to Kathryn Hepburn's HOW TO MAKE A PEANUT BUTTER AND MARSHMALLOW SANDWICH. An animation about the memories that making a childhood favorite brings back. Honorable mention went to Jay Armitage's politically charge animation, Coming this Fall...

The MITY Youth Award went to THE STORY OF CROW, made by Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in youth under the guidance of Chris Clarke and Kerry Barber.

Miranda de Pencier's powerful film from Nunavut, THROAT SONG, won the Lodestar Award for the best Canadian or International film in the festival.

With festival guests from as far away as Austria, the weekend was an eclectic blend of films, workshops and all around Dawson fun. A steady stream of people filing through KIAC and our other venues made this one of the most popular festival on record. KIAC the Wonder Dog can't wait for nest year!

Yukon News post-fest article.

Pre-fest interview with CBC North's Dave White.

Yukon News preview article.


Drop your mitts and make some filcs!
48 Hour Film Competition wraps!
January 27-29th



November 2011
CINEMA BOREALIS screens on NWTel Community Cable 9!

A selction of Films from the 2010/2011 Film Fests will be shown on NWTel Community Cable 9 in Whitehorse over the next few months!

Check out films by Kim Beggs, Suzane Crocker, Sophie Fuldauer, Kit Hepburn, Daniel Janke, Lulu Keating, Joyce Majiski, Meshell Melvin, Mary Jane Moses, Aubyn O'Grady, Evan Rensch, Emma Tius, Erika Tizya-Tramm, Veronica Verkley, Meg Walker, Edward Westerhuis, Rick Zimmer

Click here for the full program (pdf)

Run Times are Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun @ 8pm

April 2011
In a blaze of sunshine, and people Hula Hooping in the streets, the 12th Annual Dawson City Film Festival wrapped up last night in stylish fashion!

Check out the 2011 photos

Winner's were escorted to the podium in the finest of steam punk fashion! Above, Chief Norma Kassi of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation accepts Tookie Mercredi's 2nd Place MITY Award from KIAC Executive Director Karen Dubois, with Steam Punk Escort Gord Macrae looking on. (Photo: Jay Armitage)

1st place MITY winner Daniel Janke.
(photo: Jay Armitage)

Daniel Janke won the coveted MITY professional award for his beautifully textured Finding Milton. Tookie Mercredi's Our Changing Homeland, Our Changing Lives took in the second prize. The MITY Emerging Artist Award went to Evan Rensch and Aubyn O'Grady's dryly hilarious Soft Spoken, with Brendan Reeses garnering 2nd prize for Thursday.

The youngest award winner went to Rory Duncan for his spectacular
Bear Creek Rocket Cam.

The audience choice went to the wonderful Cry Rock out of British Columbia, with the Lodestar award for the best Canadian or international film going to The Old Man and the Lady from Finland.

Festival Guests Judy Gladstone of Bravo!FACT, and Michale Greyeyes conducted excellent workshops and participants in Brenda Longfellow’s workshop “From Documentary to Documentary Opera” even got their hands dirty by making a film over the weekend that screened on the final night of the festival. Video artist Isabelle Pauwells held special screenings in the ODD Gallery and journalist Gwynne Dyer made an appearance at the festival to discuss his new book Climate Wars. With other filmmakers prowling the ton shooting their Super 8 1-Minute Challenge films, the town was alive with film fever, prompting Judy Gladstone to declare the DCISFF, the “Sundance Film Festival of the North”!

Thanks to all for a great festival and we're teeing it up for next year!

Read about all the inside goops on the festival blogs!!!

or follow Short Film Fanatic Kellie-Anne Benz's blog as she gives the "south of 60" perspective on our truly unique northern event!

Listen to interviews of festival guests by CBC North's Dave White.


April 7, 2011

From Inuvik to Watson Lake and Beyond!
The Dawson City International Short Film Festival announces it’s 2011 schedule!

The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture with Yukon Energy are proud to release the schedule for the 2011 Dawson City International Short Film Festival.

With over 100 films spanning the globe from Europe, Africa, Australia, the United States and across Canada, we are also pleased to present the largest lineup of Yukon made films to date. With an opening screening on Friday night of some of the Yukon’s more notable filmmakers, (Connors, Janke, Keating, Moses, Mercredi and Stankeivich, to name a few), we are also present two major works by Alan Code and Max Fraser. We are thrilled to present the world premiere of Alan Code’s Dugout, a film about the Sundog carving camp and their amazing canoe project. We are pairing this film with a wonderful new documentary on beluga whaling in the Beaufort Sea, Water Islands, by Hugues Latour from Inuvik. Closing out the festival, Max Fraser will premiere his revealing documentary, Never Happen Here: The Whitehorse 9/11 Story.

In between the screening of some great films the festival has some exciting guests and presentations. On Thursday night, former KIAC artist in residence, Rozalind MacPhail returns to Dawson with 13 new short films from the Newfoundland Independent Film Cooperative in a program entitles Painted Houses. Rozalind, who composed the soundtracks for all of the films will play live to the projection of these works. Rozalind will also be working with the filmmakers in the 3rd Annual 1-Minute Film Challenge, creating soundtracks for their films!

Our other guests include Toronto filmmaker Brenda Longfellow, who will lead a workshop called “From Documentary to Documentary Opera”. This interactive workshop will explore the process of transforming documentary source material into innovative forms, stretching and expanding the documentary palette to produce engaging and unexpected social issue interventions. Participants will make a short film in the workshop which will be screened on opening night! Call KIAC at 993-5005 to sign up to participate in this event! Or just come and watch!

Also joining us will be Judy Gladstone from Bravo!FACT. One of Canada’s leading funding programs for short films, Judy will show a selection of funded films and describe what makes a good short film and the process of accessing funding for them.

Actor/Director Michael Greyeyes is in the Yukon and will attend the festival to screen his new film Seven Seconds and lead a workshop on directing actors.

Along with visits from broadcaster/journalist Gwynne Dyer, video installation artist Isabelle Pauwels and a jam packed screening of new emerging Yukon film artists, the weekend plans to be non-stop celebration of media art.

Come join us in Dawson on Eater weekend!


Ron Mann visits Dawson, Nov 2-3, 2010

RON MANN considers himself a cultural historian more then a documentary
filmmaker.”I make films about my heros” he says, which include jazz musicians,
beat poets, comic book artists, mushroom enthusiasts, and most recently
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. In this rare appearance, Ron will share
stories of his experience making and distributing his fiercely independent
films, ultimately about pop and co
unter-cultural subjects he loves.


The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture with Yukon Energy present
The 11th Dawson City International Short Film Festival!

Photos by Jay Armitage


With northern lights ablaze, the 11th annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival wrapped with the presentation of the MITY (Made In The Yukon) awards on Sunday night.

Suzanne Crocker and Dan Sokolowski

Dawson filmmaker Suzanne Crocker took home the MITY Professional Award for her beautiful animation Time Lines. The 2nd place award went to Evelyn Pollock for her documentary Miles To Go. The festival had a strong lineup of new filmmakers and the Emerging Artist Award went to Sophie Fuldauer for her enigmatic and memorable Blinking Brain. The 2nd place prize went to Old Crow filmmaker Erika Tizya-Tramm’s glimpse into the life of a female dog musher, Pom Poms and Bells.

The over 1600 people who attended the screenings also got to have a say and voted the British drama No Way Through by Alexandra Monro and Sheila Menon as their Audience favorite. A Tax on Pochsy by Calgary filmmaker Karen Hines took home the 2nd place prize.

Karen Hines

The MITY Youth Award went to Northwest News by Whitehorse filmmakers Stephanie & Sierra Storm-McIsaac.

The Lodestar award fro best Canadian or International film went to Ontario filmmaker Marcia Connolly for her fascinating portrait of Inuit artist Shuvinai Ashoona, Ghost Noise.

The streets of Dawson seem strangely quiet as the signs come down for another year. The festival was a great celebration of media art with guests, Dave Bidini, Chris Landreth, Marv Newland, Karen Hines and Monique Simard giving glimpses into their cinematic worlds. Artists in residence Stefan Popescu and Katherine Berger were scooped as the furthest visitors by an attendee from Tazania.

Marv Newland (traveller to many festivals worldwide) declared Dawson City to be "the most exotic place he's ever been"

Emanuel from Tanzania

With many people running around town shooting their 1-Minute film challenges we look forward to the next batch of films at the 12th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival!

Thanks to all who made this possible!



The DCISFF is excited to announce it’s lineup for the 11th edition taking place April1-4, 2010!

click here for schedule

Poster artowrk by Veronica Verkley

Headlining the festival will be the premiere of 10NORTH, a project initiated by KIAC to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film festival. Ten yukon filmmakers were each asked to produce a two minute film beginning and ending with certain words. These words link the segments together into one film. The participating filmmakers are Dennis Allen, Marten Berkman, Andrew Connors, Duane Gastant’ Aucoin, Daniel Janke, Lulu Keating, Celia McBride, Troy Suzuki, Veronica Verkley and Werner Walcher. The Friday opening screening will also show new work by Yukon filmmakers including Evelyn Pollock, Suzanne Crocker, Marten Berkman and Arlin McFarlane and Richard Lawrence, as well as Mary Jane Moses from Old Crow.

Also premiering this year (on April 1st) is the film NUDE STUDY by artists in residence,
Stefan Popescu and Katherine Berger (Australia). The film was shot in Dawson 2 years ago using many local actors in lead and supporting roles. It is the first independent feature drama shot in Dawson City.

Calgary filmmaker, and former Lodestar Award winner,
Karen Hines (POCHSY), returns as an artist in residence this year to show her new film (A TAX ON POCHSY) and to tell tales of how it was rescued from a myriad of film shoots gone wrong!

In addition to the over 100 short films being presented (including Genie nominees and some of Canada’s Top 10 short films) are some special “animated “ guests. Oscar® winning filmmaker
Chris Landreth brings his new film THE SPINE to Dawson and will be giving a master class on Friday afternoon.

Renowned animator
Marv Newland (Bambi vs. Godzilla) will screen his latest work POSTALOLIO and will give a workshop detail the technical aspects of his style of animation. He will also reshoot a sequence from his new film.

Dave Bidini (of Rheostatics fame) will be in town to present the animated film from his FIVE HOLE: TALES OF HOCKEY EROTICA stories and show his HOCKEY NOMAD documentary.

The festival also welcomes
Monique Simard, Director General of French Programs, NFB, who will screen a selection of NFB shorts and talk about opportunities the NFB has to offer filmmakers.

The weekend is full of free events such as our Friday night outdoor screening, a Youth Screening, a free screening of First Nations films at Dänoja Zho Cultural Centre and the ever popular Emerging Artist screening featuring 14 films by new Yukon filmmakers and youth. These free events are sponsored by WHTV Community Channel 9, (Northwestel)

The 2nd annual 1 Minute Film Challenge, in which participants will be given a Super8 camera and will shoot a 1 minute, in-camera film, will also be taking place during festival weekend. 2 films from last years challenge are playing at this years festival.

Join us for a great weekend of screenings a
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The DCISFF is pleased to announce a major new initiative. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival, we have commissioned 10 Yukon filmmakers to produce 10-2 minute films, to be premiered at next years festival. The project, entitled 10NORTH, is funded by the Canada Council and Yukon Culture Quest. Also partnering with the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture are the Yukon Film Society and the Northern Film and Video Industry Alliance. The participating filmmakers are Marten Berkman, Andrew Connors, Duane Gastant’ Aucoin, Carol Geddes, Daniel Janke, Lulu Keating, Celia McBride, Troy Suzuki, Veronica Verkley and Werner Walcher.


The 10th annual Dawson City International Short Film Festivalwraps with the Yukon Energy MITY
Made In the Yukon) awards.

The return of muddy streets and “rubber boot” season in Dawson signified the official wrap of the 10th edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival.

More than 1,600 people passed through the doors to watch 137 films, attend workshops and master classes and dance the night away at the closing party.
A large crowd stayed on after the final screening to hear the announcement of the Yukon Energy MITY (Made In The Yukon) Awards.

YUKON ENERGY MITY winner Daniel Janke (right). (Photo by Dan Davidson)

Daniel Janke’s beautiful animation HOW PEOPLE GOT FIRE won 1st place in the professional category. Lulu Kating and Karen Hines’ weird and wonderful DOG=GOD nabbed 2nd place. There were more emerging artist films entered than ever before and Andrew Sharp from Whitehorse’s funny animated WRITER’S BLOCK was awarded first prize. Naomi Mark’s, NO FIXED ADDRESS won 2nd place. Six year old filmmaker, Kate Crocker pulled in the Youth Award with her sharp and witty FAT CAT.

YOUTH AWARD winner Kate Crocker (6 years old) with festival producer Dan Sokolowski
(Photo by Dan Davidson)

The audience had its say as well and voted Tony Massil’s Keno documentary 40 MEN FOR THE YUKON as their favorite. Jeff Winch’s poignant CLOSE AND LOW grabbed the Lodestar Award as the best Canadian or International film.

Festival founder David Curtis was given the first honorary YUKON ENERGY MITY for his years of tireless commitment to the festival since it’s inception in 2000.

The festival had many special moments, including a packed screening of First Nation films at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, afternoon screenings at Diamond Tooth Gerties, an intoxicating live music and video performance by artists in residence Scott Amos and Rozalind MacPhail, and some great workshops led by festival guests Bill MacGillivray, Terry Greenlaw, Deco Dawson and Gerald Wexler. Toronto writer Lisa Pasold followed the festival for the National Post.

With many filmmakers already planning their short films for next year (and 1 entry already received!), the 11th Dawson City International Short Festival looks to continue the excitement and energy that enhances the cultural fabric of the Yukon.


The 10th annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival
April 9-12, 2009

Imagine an international film festival in a community of 1800, less than 400 km from the Arctic Circle. Imagine that attendance at that festival nears the actual population of that town. Imagine guests that have attended from as far away as Norway and Australia. Imagine tromping through unpaved, muddy streets and along wooden sidewalks to get to the festival. Imagine spending time between screenings sipping drinks in a restored brothel or in Canada’s oldest tavern. Imagine that festival lasting 10 years! Then you’ve imagined Dawson!

The tenth edition of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival is just over one week away. More than 100 films will be screened over 4 days in the Ballroom of the ODD Fellows Hall, high atop beautiful downtown Dawson City. This includes 37 films produced in Yukon from as far north as Old Crow. Screenings and events will also take place at the KIAC School of Visual Arts (SOVA) and Diamond Tooth Gerties.

Some film highlights include films voted Canada’s Top10 Shorts (Next Floor, Ghosts and Gravel Roads, Green Door), the grand prize winner form the Tromso Film Festival in Norway (Cairn) and a film from Alaska (On the Ice) that won a special jury award at the Sundance Film Festival, giving our festival a truly international flavor.

The festival starts on Thursday night with a look back as festival founder and director David Curtis presents a program of his favorite films from the past 10 years. On Friday, Dawson comes to Dawson as avant garde Winnipeg filmmaker Deco Dawson conducts a master class. The regular screenings start Friday evening with our popular Yukon and Beyond screening, featuring a program of Yukon films interspersed with a few gems from other circumpolar locations.

Festival guests from Halifax, Bill McGillivray and Terry Greenlaw (Reading Alistair MacLeod) will show a special screening of Silent Messengers, their film about Inukshuks and sacred places, filmed in Nunavut. Other festival guests include screenwriter Gerald Wexler (Margaret’s Museum), film/artists Jeff Winch (Toronto) and Terry Haines (Vancouver).

Duane Gastant’ Aucoin, a two-spirited Tlingit from Teslin, brings his emotional My Own Private Lower Post to Dawson and will hold a special screening and Q&A at the Tr’ondek Hwech’in cultural centre.

The ever popular Emerging Artist screening on Sunday afternoon features over 20 films by Yukon artists. This will be followed by Artist in Residence Scott Amos, who will screen new work accompanied by a live musical performance by co-resident Rozalind MacPhail.

This year we will continue our Outdoor Screening, where last year, 100 hardy souls braved a -20°C windswept venue to view films projected in the window of the ODD Gallery. This year promises better weather as the festival occurs 3 weeks further into the “Yukon Spring”.

As usual there will be a host of special events, workshops and meet ‘n greets in Dawson’s intimate environment all capped off by the announcement of the Yukon Energy MITY Awards on Sunday evening and a special 10th Anniversary announcement.

For a full schedule of films and events click here.


2009 PSA Contest Winner

Congratulations to Ben Rudis, whose "Telepathic Dogs" won our 2009 CBC North PSA contest. Check it out!


Yukon Youth Category for the 2009 Fest!

Due to the growing number of young filmmakers DCISFF has created a specific category for filmmakers under the age of 18! Check out the rules and submit your film today! Deadline is February 1, 2009.


2008 News

Exciting weekend of films and events wraps in Dawson.

The 9th version of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday night with its final presentation of films and awards. Over 1400 people took in screenings, workshops, master classes and panel discussions throughout the weekend. A large, hardy group also braved a windswept, -20°C outdoor screening. more...

See the Youtube clip of festival guest Lee Demarbre ringing the bell at Bombay Peggy's!

Announcing Special Guests for the 2008 Festival!

DCISFF is pleased to announce some of its special guests for this years festival. Ottawa filmmaker Lee Demarbre and Calgary director/actress Karen Hines will be attending the festival and will also be part of special presentations during the festival. more...

Lodestar winner to attend 2008 Festival

Austrailian filmmaker Dan Monceaux, whose film Shift in Perception won the 2007 Lodestar Award (Best in Fest) will be attending the 2008 Festival. Dan and his art partner Emma Sterling will be the KIAC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE during the festival. Dan and Emma will host a special screening of their works during festival weekend.

Dawson City International Film Festival Residencey
General Call

The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) is now accepting applications from visual artists, media artists, and interdisciplinary artists for its 2010 Artist in Residence Program.

The residence accommodates up to 2 artists concurrently –- for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work.
Artists may also have the opportunity to facilitate outreach programs such as talks, workshops and exhibitions, intended to promote interaction and professional development, and provide exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary arts practices and theories within the community.
Residencies are from 4-12 weeks duration starting from January 1, 2010 through to December 31, 2010. Participants are responsible for all travel and personal expenses including food and materials related to their work.

The Artist in Residence Program is located in the Macaulay Residence. Built in 1901, the home is now owned by Parks Canada as part of the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada.

Specific Calls
2010 Film Festival Residency

The Dawson City International Short Film Festival takes place each spring on Easter Weekend. The 2008 Film Festival presented screenings of over 100 short films and videos from around the world to over 1,300 enthusiastic cinema buffs. The festival weekend includes workshops, panel discussions and special presentations by participating filmmakers and special guests.

Filmmakers working in all media may apply for residency dates to coincide with the Film Festival and have the opportunity to participate in Festival Programming. In past years, KIAC Artists in Residence have presented their films in special screenings and talks, facilitated workshops, and participated in panel discussions.

Please mark your application “Film Festival Residency”. Please note that filmmakers may also apply under the General Call for residency dates other than those connected with the Film Festival.

Deadline is April 1, 2009.

For more info check out the KIAC website.



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