14th Dawson City International Short Film Festival Wraps
It was a packed house as Dawson film fest goers reconvened in the ODD Fellows Hall for the final screenings of the weekend. The concluding slate of films did help provide the Big Finish as the segment was titled, and included one of the eventual prize winners. To provide symmetry, the final screening of the DCISFF was a short film by Dawson filmmaker Lulu Keating, whose full-length feature opened the festival four days earlier.
While the judges deliberated and final audience votes were tallied, a draw for door prizes kept the crowd entertained, and then it was time to announce the winners. The Lodestar Award for Best Canadian or International Film went to Guillaume Blanchet‘s whimsical and yet mesmerizing The Man Who Lived On His Bike, while recipient of the Yukon Brewing Audience Favorite Award was It’s Such a Beautiful Day, the poignant conclusion of Don Hertzfeldt‘s epic animated trilogy.
The MITY (Made in the Yukon Award) went to Gordie, a hard-hitting memoir of child abuse by Traolach Ó Murchú. The 2nd Prize was given to Walks Like, a film by Arlin McFarlane (based on a story by Ivan Coyote).
In the Emerging Artist Category, Karen MacKay‘s Launching of the George Black Ferry won the first prize, while Andrée Belanger‘s animated film Tous ce que les homes savent (Everything Humans Know) was the Runner Up.
Jessica Smith of Old Crow won the MITY Youth Award for her animated short Direct Wind. The CBC North PSA Contest was won by Ross Burnet.
Volunteers and organizers were then finally able to relax at an after party, which went well into the night. It was a well-earned reward for all the months of hard work which garnered the biggest prize of all for those involved — another Dawson City International Short Film Festival in the can, with the applause still ringing in their ears.
The festival (presented by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture with Yukon Energy), had a steady stream of viewers throughout all the screenings and overflowing workshops given by festival guests, Lulu Keating, Roslyn Muir, Michelle Latimer and Van Cooper.
Special mention and thanks have to go to the hoards of volunteers who make this event possible (including the Dawson City Fire Department for flipping the burgers!), to the filmmakers for sharing their work with us, and to 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.