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Greetings and welcome to the Yukon Film Society’s 12th Annual Available Light Film Festival. Over the next few days, members of the public and Yukon’s film industry will enjoy a beautifully programmed festival that has something for everyone – from northern documentaries to foreign films. At the Media Industry Forum, many visiting industry professionals are generously sharing their time and talent with the local film and media industry. In its fifth year, the forum will again provide Yukon filmmakers with opportunities for professional development and to engage directly with leading producers, artists, funders, and broadcasters. Film and media is an important part of Yukon’s economy, and the Available Light Film Festival is a key event for both Yukon filmmakers’ individual development and for increasing the profile of Yukon’s film industry. Through the Yukon Film & Sound Commission, the Government of Yukon is pleased to support this event. We congratulate the many people whose talents are on display this week and throughout Yukon’s film industry and wish all participants an enjoyable and productive festival. Sincerely,

Economic Development Minister Currie Dixon Government of Yukon



forum information VENUE Old Fire Hall, 1105 First Ave at Main Street (except where noted)

REGISTRATION Registration gives you access to any or all 18 Forum events: round-tables, meetings, Master Classes, Yukon Short Film Showcase and receptions.

Media Industry Forum Pass: $80/$50 YFS Production Members. Master Class single tickets (limited number): $30/$20 YFS Production Members. Master Classes are included in the Forum Pass.

WHERE TO REGISTER FOR THE FORUM YAC Box Office: 867-667-8574, Mon to Fri, 10am to 3pm / online Arts Underground: 305 Main Street, lower level, Hougen’s Centre

FOLLOW US! /YukonFilmSociety /YukonFilmCommission

@ALFFYukon @reelyukon


Zoë Toupin YFS General Manager

Vanessa Corkal Festival Producer

Heather Austin Media Industry Forum Production Assistant

Daniel Janke Media Industry Forum Producer

Jayden Soroka Technical Coordinator

Guiniveve Lalena Graphic Design Marketing David Curtis Jayden Soroka Projectionists



Your success is our ambition.


For information on Training Programs, Grip & Electric Rentals and Employment Opportunities in the industry please email or call (867) 456 2978


filmmaker and industry guests




Emily Alden is Vice President of Production and Development with Pacific Northwest

Pictures (Vancouver/Los Angeles). She began her career at Raven West Films and went on to form her own company, All Done Productions. Alden produced the Carl Bessai films Unnatural & Accidental and Sisters & Brothers as well as award-winning shorts. Alden is the executive producer of Michael Melski’s Charlie Zone, and is producing After The Wedding.

Tom Alexander is the Director of Theatrical Releasing for Mongrel Media Distribution.

Before joining Mongrel in 2001, Tom worked in various capacities with Alliance Atlantis Communications, Famous Players, and the Toronto International Film Festival Group, among other organizations. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Marketing, and Arts & Media Administration.

Dennis Allen is a Whitehorse-based award-winning filmmaker, a published writer, and a recorded songwriter. He inherited his story-telling chops from his father of Inupiaq Eskimo origin, and from his mother, Order of Canada recipient and Vuntut Gwichin Elder, Bertha Allen. After flunking out of high school, Allen hustled pool, trapped muskrats, bar-tended, rough-necked, busked, and dug graves. His documentary, CBQM, won the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award at the ImagineNative Film and Video Festival. Carl Bessai is a film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer whose most

notable films include Cole (2009), Repeaters (2010), Emile (2003), Mothers & Daughters (2008) and Fathers & Sons (2010). His award winning feature films have won international critical acclaim at numerous festivals including Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto. Carl is here at ALFF with the film No Clue starring writer and comedian Brent Butt.

Stéphane Cardin has over fifteen years of experience in the film and television industry. He is Vice President of Industry and Public Affairs with the Canada Media Fund. Mr. Cardin maintains an ongoing dialogue with industry and government stakeholders, leads the development of policies and programs, and reinforces the positioning of the CMF within the industry. He has worked for the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Lauren Davis is the feature film officer at Telefilm Canada’s Western Region office in

Vancouver. Lauren joined Telefilm in 1998. Over the last 14 years, she has held a number of management positions within the television, feature film and business-process management teams. Most recently, she worked in the Information, Performance and Risk unit as Director, Performance and Quality Management, a position to which she was appointed in June 2009.

Gina Dineen is manager of the bravoFACTUAL and bravoFACT programs operated by

Bell Media. She will be at ALFF Media Industry Forum to represent these short film financing opportunities. Gina graduated from York University in 1983 with a BFA in film arts. She is the Founder and Programmer of the Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival.

Lesley Grant is Vice President of Development at White Pine Pictures in Toronto. She

is personally responsible for building a slate of original dramatic and factual entertainment programming therein. Prior to joining White Pine Pictures, Lesley was Director of Development at Barna-Alper Productions and Shaftesbury Films.




Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is a 20-year-old actress from the Mohawk Nation of

Kahnawake. Jacobs has been featured in the video game Assassin's Creed II and television shows The Dead Zone, Being Human, Mohawk Girls and Exploding Sun. Kawennáhere is best known for The Blanketing (2013), South of the Moon (2008) and Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013).

Maureen Levitt is Creative Development Representative for Super Channel in Western

Canada. Until 2006 Maureen was Western Regional Manager and Commissioning Editor for Vision TV. She worked with regional producers from all over Canada to develop and pre-sale a large portfolio of documentary and some drama. She developed the first mentorship program within Vision TV with Vancouver Women in Film.

Siobhan McCarthy is an actor turned producer. She is a founder of the Absolut Theatre

Company, founder/partner of Brown Eyed Girls Productions, CEO of Blyssful Productions and worked for the Vancouver International Film Festival Trade Forum. She is a bold, innovative, transdisciplinary artist and educator who is constantly devising new and original theatre, film and performance art.

Don McKellar has become a Canadian screen icon. He appeared in Atom Egoyan's films

The Adjuster (1991) and Exotica (1994). He collaborated with Francois Girard, authouring Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1992), and the Academy Award winning The Red Violin (1998). McKellar’s directorial debut, Last Night (1998), won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival. He created the cult classic television series Twitch City along with Bob Martin. Don was story editor on the CBC TV series Northern Town, shot in the Yukon in 2006. Don’s most recent film is The Grand Seduction.

Vincent Morisset is a digital media director from Montréal who is always looking for new ways to tell stories. His projects have included Bla Bla, Colour Blind Clyde, Inni (the definitive live experience) with Sigur Rós and several projects with the band Arcade Fire. His many awards include: Webby Award (Net Art Category), SXSW Interactive Champion (Art Category), Libera Award (Best Independent Music Video) and the Japan Media Art Award. Geoff Pevere has a long career in reviewing, writing, broadcasting and teaching. He was

the host of CBC Radio’s Prime Time, Film International on TVOntario, and co-hosted Rogers




Television’s Reel to Real. He reviewed movies for twelve years on CTV’s Canada AM and at the Toronto Star for ten. Pevere has also published several books and is a regular film critic for The Globe and Mail.

Ellen Pittleman is founder of Los Angeles-based Hybrid Entertainment. Ellen has been building and acquiring libraries for independent producers and studios to develop across multiple platforms for her entire professional career. Before launching Hybrid Entertainment, Pittleman was Senior Vice President, International Co-Productions and Worldwide Acquisitions for Paramount Pictures. Martha Rans has over 18 years of expertise as an intellectual property lawyer and

copyright educator. Her Vancouver-based law practice specializes in intellectual property, nonprofits, charity law, incorporation, governance, privacy, employment, labour law, and human rights. Martha is the Legal Director of the Artists' Legal Outreach, which provides advice, information and education to thousands of BC's creators.

Lisa Richardson's career in film and television spans over 30 years. In 2004 Lisa partnered with Tom Rowe and Matthew O’Connor to form Reunion Pictures. Since then, Lisa has produced the Showtime series Masters of Horror, and also co-executive produced the series Masters of Science Fiction and executive produced Journey to the Centre of the Earth and the sci-fi mini-series Dragonsteel. She is executive producing the hit series Continuum, now in its third season for Showcase. Tina Schliessler immigrated to Canada from Germany at the age of 17, wherein she attended Emily Carr University. Her first student film landed her an animation series for German TV, and she produced Bushwhack in collaboration with writer/poet Heather Haley. Tina has collaborated on award-winning documentaries with her partner, director Charles Wilkinson. Their most recent brainchild is the feature documentary Oil Sands Karaoke. Teri Snelgrove is a graduate of Emily Carr University. She has worked as a freelance

director and producer on projects such as In Her Footsteps (Celebrating BC Women in Sport), on permanent display at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Jan Derbyshire’s first short film Sanity for Beginners and Marie Clements’ Jesus Indian. She currently works as an Associate Producer at the National Film Board of Canada. 11


Karen Vallevand is the Area Manager for CBC North in Whitehorse. CBC supports independent TV producers through a Regional Programming Development Fund which is administered by CBC regions across the country. The Fund helps develop music, documentary and comedy programming. The content is broadcast in many regions in prime-time on Saturdays throughout the summer, and is also broadcast nationally on Absolutely Canadian. Kirk Tougas is one of Canada’s foremost documentary cinematographers. Working with independent producers, broadcasters, and the National Film Board, he has shot on location around the world, notably on all of Nettie Wild's documentaries. Films and videos he has worked on have received over 65 international festival prizes. One of Kirk’s most recent projects is Whitehorse-based director Dennis Allen’s Crazywater. John Walker is a renowned Halifax-based documentary director and cinematographer. Walker’s work defies conventional subjects and approaches: his provocative film Passage (ALFF 2009) challenged the conventions of documentary film by combining the process of making a fiction film about Arctic explorer John Rae with documentary explorations about Rae's legacy. He has received many awards and nominations for his films, which include: A Drummer's Dream (ALFF 2011), Men Of The Deeps, Strand, A Winter Tan and Arctic Defenders. Werner Walcher is a Whitehorse-based producer/director and president of the production company Fresh From The Yukon Inc. His work combines the beauty of the North with worldwide socially relevant stories, which is attracting national and international audiences. Werner’s documentaries have been broadcast on OMNI TV, APTN, CBC North and CBC Country Canada. Charles Wilkinson is at ALFF with his film Oil Sands Karaoke. He has worked at

sound design, picture editing and music scoring. Prior to graduating from Simon Fraser in Vancouver, his film Tiers… a Story of the Penitentiary won numerous international awards. Charles went on to direct 6 independent dramatic feature films as well as writing the book The Working Film Director and directing the ALFF 2012 film Peace Out.


media Industry Forum schedule


9:00am Registration 9:30–11:30am

Pitching 101 All successful projects start with the creator telling someone about their idea. In this workshop participants will learn how to best represent their projects verbally, in writing and with audiovisual material, with an objective to finding a producer partner and taking their project forward. This opening session is a must for those looking to be involved in one-on-one meetings with visiting industry professionals. With Gina Dineen (bravoFACTUAL), Ellen Pittleman (Hybrid Entertainment), Lesley Grant (White Pine Pictures), Maureen Levitt (Super Channel) and host Celia McBride.


Legal issues, Copyright, and the Media Industry This information session will look at basic legal agreements for various aspects of the media production industry. Vancouver-based intellectual property lawyer Martha Rans will discuss contracts, story option rights, and co-production agreements. She will also discuss how the development of alternative media distribution has changed the legal landscape, and how this relates to new copyright legislation in Canada. Martha will answer questions, and will also participate in the one-onone sessions to follow. Facilitated by Mark Pindera.


One-on-One Meetings 20-minute meetings with our guests. By appointment. Participants will have a chance to meet with industry players in private to pitch their ideas. With Siobhan McCarthy (Blyssful Produtions), Tom Alexander (Mongrel Media), Maureen Levitt (Super Channel), Lauren Davis (Telefilm), Lesley Grant (White Pine Pictures), Gina Dineen (bravoFACTUAL), Martha Rans (Legal Consultant), Ellen Pittleman (Hybrid Entertainment), Teri Snelgrove (NFB), Karen Vallevand (CBC North) and Emily Alden (Pacific Northwest Pictures), convenor Daniel Janke.


Evening Reception Wrap up day one by getting to know fellow participants and guests! Cash bar and appetizers.


(SATURDAY CONT'D) 8:00–9:30pm

Yukon Showcase Screening This program features short works by Yukon filmmakers and artists that illustrate the variety and creativity of work being produced in the Territory. Attendance is for Media Industry Forum guests, participants, and by invitation. Curated by Yukon Film Society Vice-President Victoria Kennedy. Featuring work by Gary Bremner, Dan Sokolowski, Julie Robinson, Paula Paulovich, Lorraine Purvin-Good, Daniel Janke, Arlin McFarlane, Ruth Borgfjord , Suzanne Crocker, Andrew Sharp, Andrew Connors, Christopher Griffiths, Tyler Kuhn, Kieran O’Donovan and Moira Sauer. Sponsored by Northwestel Community Cable 9.


Mixer - The Edge Bar and Grill


9:00am Registration 9:30–11:30am

Roundtable Discussion on Financing This roundtable addresses strategies for finding the money to get a film or media project made. It is designed specifically to inform Yukon producers how to access extra-territorial investment in their products and businesses. With Lauren Davis (Telefilm Canada), Gina Dineen (bravoFACTUAL), Stéphane Cardin (Canada Media Fund), Tom Alexander (Mongrel Media), Maureen Levitt (Super Channel) and host Lulu Keating.


Fire Hall Film Talk - Creating Films for Computers Vincent Morisset, introduction by Baptiste Bohelay. Vincent will discuss his interactive film projects, including a short film for the NFB and recent music videos with internationally-acclaimed Montréal band Arcade Fire. Sponsored by Northwestel Community Cable 9.


The Message and the Medium: Alternative Media This panel discussion investigates how the internet is shaping content production. Our panel will seek to define terms like alternative media and trans-media. The discussion will examine the development of a creative interactive media production industry, as well as how the internet is affecting the distribution of traditional films and forms of content. With Siobhan McCarthy, Ellen Pittleman, Vincent Morisset, Teri Snelgrove, with host Dan Sokolowski.




Trends in Distribution How do you get your film to an audience? Things are happening in the world of distribution. In addition to alternative media distribution opportunities there’s an upsurge in fee-for-service distribution, particularly in the US. It’s changing the game and empowering independent filmmakers. Ellen Pittleman (Hybrid Entertainment, L.A.), brings a wealth of information from her base in California. Tom Alexander (Mongrel Media) represents the biggest distributor of independent and art-house films in Canada. Emily Alden (Pacific Northwest Pictures) is a Vancouver-based film and media producer who also helms an emerging distribution company. Host Daniel Janke.

12:00–1:15pm Fire Hall Film Talk — Dennis Allen, Teri Snelgrove and Kirk Tougas, with host Geoff Pevere Dennis Allen will discuss his new film Crazywater in a film talk that also features renowned director of photography Kirk Tougas. Sponsored by Northwestel Community Cable 9.


Spotlight on Co-productions and Partnerships Filmmaking and the media industry is a team effort that involves creative and business partnerships. Our panel will discuss what they might be looking for in a possible co-production with a Yukon-based producer. From process, content, and genre, to the nitty-gritty of interpersonal relations in a co-production deal, this session is sure to be informative for those looking for partnerships to bring their ideas to life. With Lesley Grant, Lisa Richardson (Reunion Pictures), Siobhan McCarthy, Gina Dineen, Maureen Levitt, Teri Snelgrove, Karen Vallevand and Emily Alden and host Carol Geddes.


Upcoming opportunities in the film and media industry This information session will provide those interested in becoming involved in film and media production with an update on the state of the industry in Yukon. It will include information about equipment rentals, training programs, upcoming productions, crewing and job opportunities, industry organizations, and production and postproduction services. Hosted by Northern Film and Video Industry Association.


TUESDAY, FEB 4 9:00–11:30am

NFVIA Pitch Sessions A collaboration between Yukon Film Society and the Northern Film and Video Industry Association, this simultaneous event is a series of one-on-one 30-minute pitch sessions with a focus on co-productions with Yukon producers. By appointment only. Upstairs at the Old Fire Hall. For more information please contact NFVIA at 867-456-2987.


Canada Media Fund – Media Industry Research showcase Stéphane Cardin, Vice President of Industry and Public Affairs. Introduced by Iris Merritt. The CMF “session on industry research designed for a global economy” provides a great deal of information on the television and digital media industries that we think would be of interest and value to ALFF forum participants. In addition, Iris Merritt will give a brief overview of Yukon Film and Sound Commission production and development programs.


Fire Hall Film Talk – Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs Introduction by Shirley McLean. Kawennáhere will discuss her starring role and the unique production process for the making of the powerful black-comedy horror film Rhymes For Young Ghouls. Sponsored by Northwestel Community Cable 9.


Documentary Filmmaking Master Class with John Walker Facilitated by Geoff Pevere. Award-winning director John Walker will discuss his opening night film, Arctic Defenders, and his illustrious documentary career. This master class gives participants insight into the process of telling a story through audio-visual media. Story ideas, research, narrative forms, and personal essay elements are all topics of discussion. The workshop will include a sharing of stories, ideas and work approaches based on some samples of work John has made over his 40 years in the film industry.


Mixer - Dirty Northern Public House





Screenwriting Master Class with Don McKellar Introduced by Daniel Janke. Actor, director, writer Don McKellar is a great believer in the power of story, and in telling one’s own stories. In this snap-shot of the writer’s process he’ll share some of his ideas for transforming a story to script. Topics touched on will include the use of archetype, allegory, and structure. We’ll hear anecdotes from his work on Twitch City, Last Night, The Red Violin or The Grand Seduction. This is a great opportunity to gain insights into McKellar’s trademark re-jigging of reality through story and character creation.

9:00am–4:30pm Digital Cinematography for Independent Production Workshop with Kirk Tougas Facilitated by Jayden Soroka. For this all day intensive training session, renowned Vancouver-based cinematographer Kirk Tougas looks at the latest developments in camera technology and their uses in the field. Kirk has filmed more than 100 documentaries in his 30+ year career, including award-winning films A Place Called Chiapas, The Corporation and A Rustling of Leaves. Sponsored by Northern Film and Video Industry Association. Location: Hellaby Hall, 4th Ave and Elliot St.


Fire Hall Film Talk with Yukon Filmmakers Local producers with long-form projects in development or production will have an opportunity to show a trailer or script excerpt, and discuss their current work. Learn about productions that are currently in the pipeline, and how you might become involved. With Lulu Keating, Neil Macdonald, Suzanne Crocker, Allan Code, Andrew Connors, Max Fraser and Daniel Janke. Sponsored by Northwestel Community Cable 9.







ALFF Comedy Pitch Competition Yukon Film Society and Northwestel Community Cable 9 present the ALFF Comedy Pitch Competition. This Media Industry Forum 'satellite event' allows a selected group of writer/performers to step up to the mic and pitch the next great comedy show to our panel and studio audience. Two winners will receive support for a pilot production on Northwestel Community Cable 9. The event will also be filmed for broadcast on Cable 9. The panel for this event is Carl Bessai, Don McKellar and Chris McNutt. Host TBA. This will be a popular and entertaining live event! Location: Yukon Arts Centre Stage


9:30am–12:00pm Micro-Budget Documentary Filmmaking with Charles Wilkinson and Tina Schliessler Introduced by Andrew Connors. This Media Industry Forum 'satellite event' takes a look at strategies for building compelling documentary films on a shoestring budget. The workshop examines the evolution of documentary filmmaking in the 21st century, focusing on creative production skills, non-traditional financing opportunities, audience behaviour and film market trends. Location: Yukon Arts Centre Gallery


ALFF Media Industry Forum Presenters

Forum Sponsors

Yukon Film Society Annual Support

thank you Duane Ghastant' Aucoin, Michael Vernon, Sandy Johnston, Iris Merritt, Greg Karias, Steve Martindale, Christopher Griffiths, Josh Jansen, Cinematronix, John Dippong, Vancouver International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Mongrel Media, Kinosmith Distribution, eOne Films, Films We Like, Michael Boyuk, Streel Films, Jane Gutteridge, National Film Board of Canada, John Walker Productions, Tom Alexander, Chris Emery, Nova Alberts, Alberta Yukon Productions, Gkids, Chris McNutt, Northern Town Films, Yukon Female Mustangs Hockey Team, Necessary Illusions, Films Boutique, James Brown, Ravens West Films, Shore Films, Kevin Eastwood, John Christou, The Film Collaborative, Kino Lorber, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, Mary Bradshaw, Douglas Drake. The staff and volunteers at: Yukon Arts Centre, Kwanlin D端n Cultural Centre & Old Fire Hall. YFS Board of Directors: Noel Sinclair, Victoria Kennedy, Daniel Janke, Shaunagh Stikeman, Chris Ross, Mark Pindera, Baptiste Bohelay, Alyssa Friesen, David MacKinnon Our festival volunteers, sponsors, supporters, guests and audiences over the last 12 years. 19 19

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Available Light Film Festival

Available Light Film Festival Community Screenings Thursday, February 13 Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Multi-purpose room 6:00pm


Dir. Dennis Allen, Yukon/BC, 2013, 55 min Director Dennis Allen in attendance.


Hi Ho Mistahey!

Dir. Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, 2013, 60 min Director Alanis Obomsawin in attendance.

Free event, refreshments served


The Soniferous aEther of the Land Beyond the Land Beyond Charles Stankievech Former faculty member of Yukon SOVA, now living in Berlin, Charles was the first civilian to do an artist residency at CFB Alert on Ellesmere Island. This 11-minute video and sound fieldwork is the result.

Opens Sunday, Feb 2 at 6pm, Yukon Arts Centre Studio Runs Noon to 9pm during the Available Light Film Festival






1-800-554-4471 4051-4th Ave

867-667-2572 101 Main St

1-800-661-0539 411 Main St



Roll Credits!

BRAVO... To the Yukon Film Society for another fantastic Available Light Film Festival. The Yukon Film & Sound Commission is proud to be a presenting partner of the Media Industry Forum and congratulates YFS on twelve years of successfully entertaining and promoting the Yukon filmmaking community to the world!

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Presented in partnership with Yukon Film & Sound Commission, the Media Industry Forum is for anyone interested in learning about the filmmak...