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News Release: Yellowknife filmmakers take France by storm

YELLOWKNIFE (February 11, 2016) – The Northwest Territories (NWT) film industry is receiving major international exposure at one of the world’s most prestigious short film festivals thanks to the work and talents of two of its longtime ambassadors.


Yellowknife filmmakers Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulckaert of the Artless Collective presented Conibear — an original horror short — to a packed audience at the Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival last night.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our local producers and their international success,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Bob McLeod. “Their production is serving to build the profile of our local industry, facilitating the creation of international partnerships, and effectively marketing our talent worldwide.”

In true Northern fashion, Saravanja and Bulckaert’s offering takes place in the depths of winter on the trapline and features Andrew Stanley;  the Northwest Territories’ best-known practitioner of the trade.

The made-in-the-NWT film was created for the Dead North film festival, an annual event supported, in part, by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) through its Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Program.

Thanks to its success, Conibear, is realizing international exposure for the NWT film sector and valuable professional growth for its producers. Perhaps its biggest return, however, is in the networking opportunity it has provided for its creators on behalf of the NWT industry.

The identified goals of Take One, the NWT Film Strategy and Action Plan are to increase the number and quality of local independent film and television production with market interest and increase the number of guest productions that engage NWT residents and their services.

The NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy recommended investment in the film industry as one that would generate benefits in other sectors of the economy and, through its products, expose the NWT to future visitors and residents. The direction is endorsed by the 18th Legislative Assembly’s priority to lead economic diversification through investment in the arts and tourism.


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Drew Williams

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications 

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1-867-767-9202 (ext: 63037)