About YFS

The Yukon Film Society is a non-profit organization for media artists including filmmakers and art lovers to create, share, learn, explore and network. Our community is vibrant and growing.

Explore

Explore

To support exploration of film and media arts, we produce the Available Light Film Festival every February, Canada's largest feature film festival north of 60. It is a feast of contemporary Canadian and International cinema whose success has brought audiences and creators together from well beyond our territory. We also commission works from filmmakers and other media artists that are presented during the festival and in site-specific gallery installations.

The Available Light Cinema series allow the festival experience to carry on year round by offering festival films of all genres every month with state-of-the-art projection and excellent sound on the biggest screen in the Yukon.

Create

Create

To foster creation we rent professional audio and video equipment that will see you through the beginning stages of film making to the finishing touches. Our team is also available to provide you with advice and support for your projects.

Share

Share

To share your work we host a Local Light Cinema Night twice a year, which is always well attended by the local film community and visitors to the Yukon. We also have a substantial and growing library of films that are available to borrow for members.

Learn

Learn

To support ongoing learning we put on workshops that keep our aspiring and professional media artists including filmmakers current in audio and video techniques and equipment. They range from evening presentations to more substantial learning experiences, such as Mise-en-Scène, or more recently Yukon Voices, an intensive week-long filmmaking workshop.

Network

Network

To provide an opportunity for our members to network, we host a number of events year-round for our members and the public. Also, we have a very inviting space open to members who want to come work on their media art projects.

We take pride in working in partnership with many community organizations and events to promote media art and filmmaking through the territory. We are members of the Independent Media Arts Alliance, a National network of media art organizations that share the same passion of bringing independent media arts to all audiences.

Our Mandate

The Yukon Film Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing filmmakers and film lovers by committing to the following mandate:

  1. To exhibit independent and alternative moving picture, audio and new media art works to Yukon audiences.
  2. To support the production and distribution of Yukon independent moving picture, audio and new media art works.
  3. To provide training, and access to production equipment for Yukon moving picture, audio and new media artists.

Our History

The Yukon Film Society is a non-profit organization that has been sharing artistic, social and political films with Yukon Residences since 1984. Originally YFS formed to exhibit and promote the appreciation of alternative film, however by 1995 YFS had evolved to include facilitating the creation of film and media art as a personal, cultural and artistic practice. Since its creation, YFS has moved from a volunteer run to a professional organization which offers a consistent core program of activities which run independently and in partnership with like-minded organizations.

Staff and Board of Directors

Karen Baltgailis

General Manager

Andrew Connors

Artistic Director

Andrew Connors is the film and media arts Programmer of the Yukon Film Society and the Festival Director of the Available Light Film Festival. He is the producer of the multi-disciplinary production The Grub-Stake Revisited. Andrew has directed and written short and medium length film and television productions that have been screened on CBC Newsworld, Bravo! and at film festivals around the world.

Andrew Seymour

Technical/Communications Coordinator

Andrew has recently relocated from Ottawa where he acquired a Film degree at Carleton University and worked with the Canadian Film Institute. He has produced film essays and other short experimental videos. Previous to his time in Ottawa Andrew lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut working within the fields of tourism and communications. Andrew applied his communications, social media, and community outreach experience to this year's Available Light Film Festival as the Press and Media Contact.

Jessica Hall

President

Jessica Hall is a producer, director, shooter and editor, with a focus on music video productions, from live events to promotional videos. She also works as an editor for hire and consultant. Jessica has been a YFS producing member of YFS since 2000.

Noel Sinclair

Vice-President

Noel joined the Yukon Film Society Board as Treasurer in 2012. He is past Vice-President of the Yellowknife Film Society, where he and other volunteers brought the finest in 16 mm cinema to that fair city, including an industrial park drive-in screening of Planet of the Apes.

Aileen Horler

Treasurer

Anyes Fabre-Dimsdale

Board Member

Leo Lane

Board Member

Moriah MacMillan

Board Member

Shaunaugh Stikeman

Board Member

Contact the
Yukon Film Society

212 Lambert St.
Whitehorse, YT
Y1A 1Z4

Phone
867 393 3456

Fax
867 393 3456

E-mail
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Volunteer with YFS

There are opportunities to volunteer for the Available Light Film Festival, the Available Light Cinema and other events as they come up. Volunteers are given free access to the screening. Contact YFS for more details.

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