Don't miss out on this great mentorship opportunity!
Yukon Film Society, YF&SC and SPYA have teamed up to offer the Yukon Mentorship Initiative. This program provides Yukon based producers, directors and crew with the opportunity to be mentored by a filmmaker or industry professional of their own choosing.
Next deadlines for intake are: September 12, 2016 (Intake #2)
October 17, 2016 (Intake #3)
November 21, 2016 (Intake #4) More Info
Yukon Film & Sound Commission
Department of Economic Development
Department of Tourism & Culture
867-667-3535 (Evelyn) or 867-667-5264 (Corrie)
Community TV Broadcast License
Northwestel Community TV and the Government of Yukon have partnered through a contribution agreement that will allow successful Yukon television producers to receive a broadcast license from Northwestel valued up to $10,000.
When I sat down with Neil Macdonald for an interview, I had known him from his work as creator of Yukon Paranormal, a short web series documenting reports about strange-happenings in the Yukon. Already, I was excited about discussing ghost stories. Neil told me about some mysterious activities happening in the theatre at the University of British Columbia, which is where he obtained his BA in Film Production. Could this be where he drew inspiration for spooky productions like Yukon Paranormal? When I inquired, I found out that Neil had been making movies since he was a kid and had always enjoyed scary movies. It’s no surprise then that he was involved in Everyone Knows Me, which won Best Film at the Dead North Film Festival last winter and Subject Six which won Best Editing the previous year. Neil and frequent collaborator David Hamelin also premiered their short film Fragments at the Screamfest Horror film festival in 2011. His passion for making horror films is something we should expect to see continued in the future, as Neil's company White Hole Productions is focused on developing genre content.
During his time at UBC, Neil started working the film scene in Vancouver, which is where he lived and worked for 10 years before moving back up North. Some of his first gigs were PAing for small indie films and productions like Smallville, which quickly grew to work as a lighting technician on block-busters like The Twilight Saga and Hot Tub Time Machine. Though, his favourite gig, he says has been working on Tron: Legacy.
Since returning to the Yukon Neil has continued to work as a DOP and Gaffer, but has focused on Directing and Producing. He has Directed episodes of Gold Rush and Hors Des Sentiers Battus, and has several Feature Film and Television projects in development, including a TV series focusing on paranormal stories from around the Yukon.
We look forward to his future projects and are proud to have Neil as a member of SPYA!
We want to give these nostalgic pieces of memorabilia away!
We'll give these to anyone who is the first to answer the following questions:
What were the three Yukon landmarks featured in Neil MacDonald's Yukon Paranormal?
What BC artist was featured in Andrew Connor's Hands, Head and Heart?
Check out this great reporton the impact of documentaries and social change! A perfect boost for anyone working on their upcoming submission for HotDocs!
The Yukon Filmmaker’s Roundtable is a filmmaker’s forum put on for filmmakers and run by filmmakers. Hosted by local organizations, Yukon Film Society and SPYA this monthly forum is meant to provide a space for filmmakers of all levels to share knowledge, collaborate, socialize and discuss industry challenges.
The Filmmakers Roundtable will be held on the third Thursday of every month alternating between Yukon Film Society and SPYA. If you are interested in hosting a Yukon Filmmaker’s Roundtable or would like to offer your specific expertise to make a presentation or want the opportunity to do a cold read of a script or screening of a work in progress or simply have a topic you’d like to open for discussion please contact Naomi Mark (Naomi@spya.ca) or Andrew Gilbutowicz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Join us on September 22nd from 7-9 pm for the Inaugural Yukon Filmmaker’s Roundtable hosted at SPYA (204D Strickland Street - Third floor) where we will be launching the Yukon Filmmaker's Calendar Year online calendar. We will also be having Ross Burnett as our very first guest presenter who will be delivering an info session for Tourism and Culture’s Advanced Artist Award.
Lo and Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 5:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre YFS is screening: LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, the Oscar-nominated Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. More Info
Embrace of the Serpent Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 7:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre
YFS is screening: Embrace the Serpant. At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. More Info
National Screen Institute Deadline: September 9, 2016 More Info
Victoria Film Festival Deadline: September 11, 2016 More Info
Available Light Film Festival Deadline: October 10, 2016 More Info
Alchemy Film and Moving Images Festival Deadline: October 31st More Info