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.

Helen O'Connor

Programs Coordinator

Takashi Simon-Sakurai

Technical Coordinator

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.

Caitlin Beaulieu

Vice-President

Caitlin was brought up in a very film savvy family, carrying on her dad's passion for film, she has worked hard to involve herself with the film community in Nova Scotia, where she started her careeer, currently she lives in Whitehorse as a writer, art director, and animator.

Aileen Horler

Treasurer

Leo Lane

Secretary

Carol Geddes

Board Member

Carol Geddes (Tlingit) is a director from Teslin, Yukon. She is presently writing and directing a six-part live-action animation series on Tlingit people's interaction with Russians in the 1800s. Her animation Two Winters: Tales from Above the Earth swept the 2004 Nextfest Digital Motion Picture Festival, winning the Best of Fest Award, along with awards for Best Convergence/Experimental, Best Animation and Best Post-Production Sound. To date the production has won eleven awards. Geddes has directed many documentaries about Aboriginal Canadians, including Picturing a People, which had its US premiere at the 1997 Native American Film and Video Festival and won the Best Story Award at the 1997 American Indian Film Festival. She was a producer at Studio One, the Aboriginal production unit of the National Film Board of Canada, when her first major film Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief (1988) won a silver award for Educational Documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival. She continued working with NFB to head Studio One until it was closed in 1995. Geddes sits on the board of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Women in Media Foundation. She has participated in working groups of the Cultural Human Resources Council, which builds capacity for arts employment in Canada, and has served on the Yukon Heritage Resources Board. She was educated at Concordia University and Carleton University.

Kerry Barber

Board Member

Kerry Barber is an award-winning filmmaker. She moved to Vancouver after transferring from Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, YT, her hometown, to Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She holds a BFA in Film, Video + Integrated Media. As a filmmaker, Barber’s work deal with serious issues in a humorous way, to show audiences how we are all connected. Her first documentary, My Indian Bum, breaks through the superficial way we relate to our bodies, to reveal what really matters. Her work expands First Nation traditional story-telling into a contemporary mode. She recently completed work on Dear Hatetts, a documentary about endometriosis and its effect on relationships. Her Grad film Dear Hatetts has won two awards so far, the Saralee James Memorial Award and the President's Media Award for Best Live Action at Emily Carr University. Barber is now working for the Yukon Government as a Multimedia Producer, for a one-year internship in Whitehorse.

Moriah MacMillan

Board Member

Noel Sinclair

Board Member

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.

Tiffani Fraser

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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