SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Sound and Music on Your Independent Film Project
with Daniel Janke @ YUKON SOVA
A common pitfall with independent films lies in sound production value. Bad sound quality can take your audience out of the viewing experience. This short workshop is designed to share a few tricks and strategies to getting good sound with whatever resources you have to work with. The workshop will also share ideas about music use, and information to demystify the music licensing process. Topics to be explained and/or discussed include:
• RECORDING ON LOCATION
• MIXING AND EDITING IN YOUR DAW ENVIRONMENT
• CHOOSING MUSIC / CONSIDERING THE ROLE OF MUSIC
• FINDING AND OWNING MUSIC
Daniel Janke is a composer and media artist. He also worked in location sound for 10 years. His own films include the feature performance doc. Grubstake Remix [2015, 72 min.], which recently performed in Berlin, and How People Got Fire [NFB, 2009, 14 min.], which received numerous awards and toured internationally.
Film scores by Daniel Janke include Mountain of Sgaana [NFB, 2016, dir. Chris Auchter]; Subconscious Password [2013 NFB, dir. Chris Landreth], which was short-listed for an Oscar award; and Touch [2001, Rebel Films, dir. Jeremy Podeswa]. Daniel was writer/composer on the TV series Northern Town [2006, CBC, 6 X 30 min.] He is currently in post-production on the experimental doc. Homecoming Song.
1pm OUT OF THE COLD
Screenig Sponsor: GOLDCORP
Into The Wild
Yannick Klein, 7m, Yukon, documentary
Small but intense video about Marine Gastard, a french female who decided to start a musher life and who has been living in Yukon for 9 years
New in Town
Chloe Edbrooke, Marie-Claire Findaly Brook, Lucy Welsh, Jaimie Hale, Yukon, 5m, comedy
A nosey citizen of Dawson City spots a new person and follows them thorough the streets of town.
Amelia Merhar, Yukon, 3m, documentary
A performative comedic inquiry into the lived experience of the socio-emotional production of a Canadian graduate thesis employing only “stock” digital online footage and audio to explore the discursively bland undercurrents promoted through images of aspirational normativity and associated daily practices, approached through the lens of pregnancy and birth, with a critical voice on the culture of academic critique.
Hands Don’t Lie
Heidi J Loos, 10m, Yukon, drama
A woman living with early stages of dementia in a seniors’ assisted living home forges an unlikely bond with a new resident.
Spinning: A Conversation
Helen O’Connor, Yukon, 5m, documentary
A portrait of textile artist Vanessa Aegirsdóttir.
Lea-Ann McNally, 3m, Yukon, animation
Welcome home is about the crazy balance of having 3 babies in diapers while completing a BFA warped into an abstract stop motion animation video.
Chris Dufour, Yukon, 25m, documentary
A conversation amongst people living queer in Dawson City
Deep Space Dredge
Jay Armitage, Yukonexer, 10m, animation
When mankind decides to prospect and mine the deep reaches of space – who better to tackle this challenge than the resourceful citizens of Dawson City, Yukon.
3pm DOWN RIVER
Deborah Stratman, USA, 15m, documentary
Draw down the sun. Dig up the gold.
The urge to relieve a winter valley of permanent shadow and find fortune in alluvial gravel are part of a long history of desire and extraction in the far Canadian north. Cancan dancers, curlers, ore smelters, former city officials and a curious cliff-side mirrored disc congregate to form a town portrait. Shot in location in Dawson City, Yukon Territory.
Jeffrey Langille, 23m, Yukon, experimental
Elegy was made during a process of frequent observation of the Yukon River near Dawson City throughout the winter of 2016-17. As temperatures dropped below minus 25° C, plumes of ice fog rose from an open channel of water and shrouded the river. The pace of the video echoes the pace of these slow atmospheric events. In a series of long camera shots, Elegy examines how moving images of near-stillness present an unfolding of time, time that is perceived in reference to natural processes rather than a human measure.
End of the Ice Age
Peter Clarkson, NWT, 25m, documentary
Canada’s longest ice road has been a way of life for the communities of Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik for more than 50 years, and a beacon to international adventurers. As a new permanent road is built to replace it, this film explores the importance of this vital connector to the people it binds together.
5pm STREET FEAST
Princess Street at KIAC
PEROGIE STREET FEAST!
Outside KIAC on Princess Street!
LIVE MUSIC by DIE WILD!
Plates of HOMEMADE PEROGIES! $8
Vegan option available.... come early..
Buy your tickets in advance at the festival box office!!
7:30pm BREAK UP
Pixie Cram, ON, 7m, animation
Built at the height of the cold war to withstand a five-megaton nuclear assault, the Deifenbunker is a massive underground four-story 100,000 square foot fortress deigned and constructed entirely in secrecy in 1959. Employing the objects and spaces of this Canadian historic site, the film depicts the beginnings of a nuclear war.
Michelle Latimer, ON, 12m documentary
The oil boom in North Dakota has brought thousands of new people to the region and with them an influx of drugs, crime and sex trafficking. This beautiful work is an evocative meditation on Indigenous women’s integral connection to land and the ways in which the extractive industry’s rape of the Earth is directly linked to the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls.
Sarah Baril Gaudet, 17m, QC, documentary
Living Here is a story made of solitude and wind, told with the poetry of Nunavik’s stark tundra and the beauty of young Martha’s words.
Tesla World Light
Matthew Rankin, QC, 8m, experimental
New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. Inspired by real events, this electrifying short is a spectacular burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary.
Kara Blake, QC, 15m, Animation, Documentary
The Snowball Treasury, explores Dawson City, Yukon and its rich history through a collection of colourful anecdotes told by local residents. A playful integration of live action and animation, the film shines a light on a city whose stories continue to captivate.
Hickey Gone Wrong
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, NWT, 8m, drama
OH NO! Grant has his first official Fort Smith, NWT, hickey and he doesn’t want his parents to find out. Join us as we follow him through this passage of warriorhood as the town pitches in to offer in sage advice in the ways of ‘the passion bruise.’ Based on Richard Van Camp’s story, ‘Hickey Gone Wrong’, this is Fort Smith’s gift to the world as a hilarious home grown production with courageous Fort Smith actors shot in the sweetest town North of 60!
Marty O’Brien, Yukon, 24m, documentary
Aspiring wilderness photographer Peter Mather puts everything on the line in his quest to capture one photo that will help tell the story of the greatest land migration on earth.
The Made In The Yukon (MITY) award is designed to honour and enable Yukon artists. It provides tangible benefits to Yukon filmmakers, allowing them to further their craft. The awards themselves are constructed from items essential to survival in the Yukon: Birch, Steel, Copper wire and Duct tape. Sculpted by Dawson City artist Veronica Verkley.
MITY PROFESSIONAL AWARD
• $1000 cash (sponsored by GOLD RUSH)
• $1000 grip rental package (SPYA)
• $500 services from the Yukon Film Society
• Screening at the 2019 Tromsø International Film Festival
MITYEMERGING ARTIST AWARD
The MITY Emerging Artist Award is open to filmmakers who have made
3 films or less.
• $500 cash (sponsored by Northwestel Community TV)
• $500 services from the Yukon Film Society
• $500 Equipment Rental (KIAC)
MITY YOUTH AWARD
• $100 cash (sponsored by Lodestar Productions)
THE LODESTAR AWARD (best film)
• $500 cash (sponsored by Jackleg Films)
The Lodestar Award is given to the best Canadian or International film which exemplifies the guiding principles of the art of independent short film/video making — freedom of expression, authenticity, exemplary artistry despite limitations, and clarity of vision.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
(Chosen by audience ballot; all films eligible)
• $250 cash (sponsored by Yukon Brewing)
DCISFF TRAILER CONTEST
• $150 cash/Festival pass (sponsored by Lodestar productions)