Education and Outreach / Film Fest

13th Dawson City Film Fest Wraps!

With a light blanket of early morning snow fading fast and a great day of workshops, screenings, a street bbq & karaoke singres, 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 A WORKING CATS GUIDE TO THE YUKON, 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 next year!

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 Film Society, Yukon News, Harper Street Publishing, Yukon Brewing, Tr’ondek Hwech’in, Downtown Hotel, City of Dawson, Bombay Peggy’s, Trans North Helicopters,  Arctic Star Printing, Bonanza Market, Back Alley Pizza, Dawson City General Store, Yukon Inn.

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