ALFF Program

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Friday, February 2

Stop Animation Workshop with Amanda Strong

4:00pm Stop Animation Workshop with Amanda Strong

A two-day workshop led by Amanda Strong of Spotted Fawn Productions, where participants can make their own puppets and use animation software. MORE INFO + REGISTER

Saturday, February 3

ALFF 2018 Keynote Address: Jesse Wente

1:00pm ALFF 2018 Keynote Address: Jesse Wente

ALFF 2018 will kick-off with a day of Indigenous programming at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. The festival is honoured to host Anishinaabe broadcaster, film critic, producer and guest curator of ALFF 2018, Jesse Wente, who will deliver a Keynote address on the importance of storytelling. FREE EVENT MORE INFO

Jeneen Frei Njootli: Screening + Media Art Performance

3:00pm Jeneen Frei Njootli: Screening + Media Art Performance

Performance, screening of the short documentary Being Skidoo and artist talk. Jeneen Frei Njootli is an interdisciplinary Vuntut Gwitchin artist and a founding member of the ReMatriate Collective. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Four Faces of the Moon: Amanda Strong Animations

4:30pm Four Faces of the Moon: Amanda Strong Animations

Dir. Amanda Strong, British Columbia, 2014-2017, 52 min

Amanda Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker, media artist and stop motion artist whose body of work explores the effects of colonialism and the artists’ family history. This program includes eight short films from the filmmaker. MORE INFO + TICKETS

North by Northeast: NWT shorts

8:00pm North by Northeast: NWT shorts

Dir. various, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, British Columbia, 2017, 68 min

New short films by Nunavut and Northwest Territories filmmakers and one shot in the NWT, including the world premiere of two films: Escape a doc about a Montreal man setting a record for longest continuous bike ride in one country and the documentary End of the Ice Age: The Last Winter of the Inuvik to Tuktoyuktuk Ice Road! Filmmakers in attendance. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Best of Dead North Film Festival 2017

10:00pm Best of Dead North Film Festival 2017

Dir. various, Yukon+Northwest Territories, 2017, 75 min

Horror, fantasy and thrillers produced by Northern filmmakers for the annual Yellowknife based genre film festival presented by the Artless Collective. Festival organizers Pablo Saravanja and Jay Bulkaert will introduce. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Sunday, February 4

Adventures in Public School

11:00am Adventures in Public School

Dir. Kyle Rideout, British Columbia, 2017, 86 min

Socially awkward Liam has been home-schooled his whole life. When he falls in love with a popular girl he abandons his mother’s suffocating love and enrolls in public school entering a world of sex, drugs and social studies. Co-writer and producer, Josh Epstein in attendance. MORE INFO + TICKETS

ALFF Video Art Exhibition

11:00am ALFF Video Art Exhibition

Enjoy 3 video art pieces from Yukon: Conduits by Lindsay Tyne, news from the future by Christopher Healey and Said, Unsaid by Brendan Preston and Peter Jickling. Works will be featured February 4 – 11 in the Yukon Arts Centre lobby. MORE INFO

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life

12:00pm The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life: or how to be smarter, happier, and better without trying at all is a multimedia installation by Selene Vakharia (YT) and Kieran Oudshroon (NU) at the Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery from February 4 – February 24, 2018 MORE INFO

In the Name of All Canadians

1:30pm In the Name of All Canadians

Dir. Various, Canada, 2017, 88 min

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms gets six fresh perspectives with In the Name of All Canadians, a compilation of short documentaries commissioned by Hot Docs.  Includes Last Resort by local filmmakers Vivian Belik and Jennifer Bowen. MORE INFO + TICKETS

The Lazy Girl’s Guide - Video Projection in Progress

3:30pm The Lazy Girl’s Guide - Video Projection in Progress

Selene Vakharia demonstrates video mapping for The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Life. MORE INFO

Journeys to Adäka

4:00pm Journeys to Adäka

Dir. Fritz Mueller, Yukon, 2017, 70 min

This one-hour documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens, and community halls. Director Fritz Mueller, producer Teresa Earle and special guests in attendance. Screens with the short animation Mountain of S’Gaana directed by Chris Auchter, based on a Haida legend.  MORE INFO + TICKETS

Shut Up And Say Something (ALFF Opening Gala)

6:30pm Shut Up And Say Something (ALFF Opening Gala)

Dir. Melanie Wood, Canada, BC, 2017, 92 min

Internationally acclaimed spoken word artist Shane Koyczan gives a poignant and powerful voice to the inaudible and the imperceptible: the bullied, the awkward, the visibly different. Yellowknife-born, Penticton-based Koyczan allows us to join him on a deeply personal and momentous journey to meet his long-estranged father. Dawson City born and bred filmmaker, Kerry Barber’s short documentary Dear Hatetts will also screen in the ALFF 2018 Opening Gala Screening. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Monday, February 5

The Quiet Zone + Ice Flow

12:00pm The Quiet Zone + Ice Flow

Dir. Elisa Gonzalez + Daniel Froidevaux, Ontario, 2017, 60 min

In the The Quiet Zone, a community of electrically sensitive people is fleeing to a remote mountainous region of West Virginia called the National Radio Quiet Zone. Screening with Yukoner Cynthia Hunt’s Ice Flow. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Incident at Restigouche + Rise: Standing Rock Part 1&2

3:00pm Incident at Restigouche + Rise: Standing Rock Part 1&2

Dir. Alanis Obomsawin (Incident), Michelle Latimer (Rise), Canada, 2017, 133 min

Alanis Obomsawin’s Incident at Restigouche chronicles two raids on the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation by the Sûreté du Québec in 1981. Two vital episodes from the series Rise chronicle the Standing Rock Indian Reservation fight to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. Guest curator, Jesse Wente in conversation with Rise series director, Michelle Latimer to follow screening. MORE INFO + TICKETS

North by Northwest: Yukon Shorts

6:30pm North by Northwest: Yukon Shorts

Dir. Various, Yukon Territory, 2017, 71 min

New Yukon short films! With many filmmakers in attendance! Including: Pond (5 min), Snake Hips Lulu (4 min), Deconstruct/ Reconstruct (16 min), Hands Don’t Lie (9 min), Left Hand Path (13.33 min) and Camera Trap (24 min). MORE INFO + TICKETS


8:30pm Waru

Dir. Various, New Zealand, 2017, 86 min

A sisterhood of Māori female directors bravely share their insights into the complexity of child abuse in this film. At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. Introduction by ALFF 2018 guest curator, Jesse Wente. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Tuesday, February 6


12:00pm TBA

Dir. tba, tba,

This screening will be announced in 2018.

In Search of Fellini

3:00pm In Search of Fellini

Dir. Taron Lexton, USA, 2017, 93 min

A sheltered small-town Ohio girl who loves movies but dislikes reality, discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a strange, beautiful journey across Italy to find him. MORE INFO + TICKETS

For Dear Life

5:45pm For Dear Life

Dir. Carmen Pollard, British Columbia, 2017, 75 min

When 46-year-old theatre producer James Pollard learns he has terminal cancer, he sets out to turn his dying into a lasting final project—rallying friends and family to become involved in preserving his body after death. Director, Carmen Pollard, and producer, Melanie Wood, in attendance. MORE INFO + TICKETS

The Queen of Spain (La reina de España)

8:00pm The Queen of Spain (La reina de España)

Dir. Fernando Trueba, Spain, 2016, 128 min

Eighteen years after fleeing Nazi Germany, Spanish film actress Macarena Granada, played by Penélope Cruz, becomes a major Hollywood star. She returns to Spain to play Isabella I of Castille, surrounded by showbiz hype. MORE INFO + TICKETS

ALFF Cabaret - Jim Bryson

8:30pm ALFF Cabaret - Jim Bryson

As part of the ALFF Cabaret Series, singer-songwriter Jim Bryson will be joining ALFF from Ottawa, ON. Opening for Jim will be Whitehorse’s Rob Dickson. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Wednesday, February 7

The Road Forward

12:00pm The Road Forward

Dir. Marie Clements, British Columbia, 2017, 101 min

Marie Clements’ powerful musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of British Columbia First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.  MORE INFO + TICKETS

A Cambodian Spring

3:00pm A Cambodian Spring

Dir. Chris Kelly, Ireland/Canada, 2017, 120 min

This stunning documentary is an intimate and unique portrait of three people caught up in the chaos and violence shaping modern day Cambodia. This film is about the complexities and costs, both political and personal, of fighting for what you believe in. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Spontaneous Collaborative Creation

5:30pm Spontaneous Collaborative Creation

Collaborate with K!mmortal - learn to use collaboration, fashion and performance as a tool of community empowerment, resistance, and education. Participants will collectively discuss collaboration and put together a piece involving fashion, dance, poetry and music.  MORE INFO

Let There Be Light

6:00pm Let There Be Light

Dir. Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko, Canada, QC, 2017, 88 min

Nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of energy for many decades now.  Let There Be Light chronicles the work of the passionate scientists who are struggling to make it work. Preceded by the short film, The Tesla World Light.  Director/ Producer Mila Aung-Thwin in attendance.  MORE INFO + TICKETS

The Disaster Artist

8:30pm The Disaster Artist

Dir. James Franco, USA, 2017, 104 min

James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. Nominated for two Golden Globes. MORE INFO + TICKETS

ALFF Cabaret - Kim Beggs CD Release

8:30pm ALFF Cabaret - Kim Beggs CD Release

Kim Beggs CD Release Concert with special guest Justin Haynes MORE INFO + TICKETS

Thursday, February 8

Black Kite

12:00pm Black Kite

Dir. Tarique Qayumi, Canada/ Afghanistan, 2017, 82 min

Against oppression, change, and seismic political shifts, a father and his daughter find solace in the seemingly clandestine act of kite flying, in the latest by Afghan filmmaker Tarique Qayumi. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Unarmed Verses

3:00pm Unarmed Verses

Dir. Charles Officer, Canada, ON, 2017, 86 min

This feature documentary presents a vivid portrait of a Toronto community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute 12-year-old girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. MORE INFO + TICKETS

My Father From Sirius

6:00pm My Father From Sirius

Dir. Einari Paakkanen, Finland, 2016, 80 min

When filmmaker Einari was a boy in smalltown Finland his father Veikko was an ordinary guy with a job at the local tax office. Until he disclosed to his 12 year old son that he was a messenger between Earth and Outer Space. Director Einari Paakkanen in attendance.  MORE INFO + TICKETS

A Fantastic Woman

8:30pm A Fantastic Woman

Dir. Sebastián Lelio, Chile/ Spain, 2017, 104 min

A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend. Nominated for a Golden Globe award for best foreign language film.  MORE INFO + TICKETS

ALFF Cabaret - The Sputnik Experiment: Live Score

8:30pm ALFF Cabaret - The Sputnik Experiment: Live Score

Whitehorse space-rockers; Aiden Tentrees, Zach Pelland and Patrick Hamilton, unleash a newly improvised live music score to 1920’s horror film Nosferatu. It will be freaky!  MORE INFO + TICKETS

Friday, February 9

Secrets from the Ice

12:00pm Secrets from the Ice

Dir. Andrew Gregg, Ontario, 2017, 53 min

A mystery is emerging out the Yukon ice: human hunting tools hidden for as long as 9,000 years have started to melt out. And each new find is another piece to the puzzle of who these people were. This documentary was produced for CBC’s The Nature of Things. The International version will be presented. Director Andrew Gregg and many of the subjects of this film will be in attendance.MORE INFO + TICKETS

Sami Blood

2:00pm Sami Blood

Dir. Amanda Kernell, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, 2016, 110 min

Amanda Kernell’s powerful feature debut follows a teenage Sámi girl in the 1930s who is forcibly removed from her family and sent to a state boarding school that is intended to raise its Indigenous charges to a level “acceptable” to the rest of Swedish society. MORE INFO + TICKETS

A Better Man

4:30pm A Better Man

Dir. Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan , Ontario, 2017, 80 min

Following a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse, A Better Man infuses new energy and possibility into the movement to end violence against women. MORE INFO + TICKETS

The Square

7:00pm The Square

Dir. Ruben Östlund, Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017, 142 min

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. A sharp-witted, dark comedy starring Elizabeth Moss and Claes Bang that skewers the high-minded ideals of the art world. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Aavailable Light Cabaret - K!MMORTAL

8:30pm Aavailable Light Cabaret - K!MMORTAL

YFS presents K!mmortal -“Her voice is unwavering, her style is razor sharp, her candor is as refreshing and infectious as her electro soul hip-hop beats” – Beatroute MORE INFO + TICKETS

Les Affamés (The Ravenous)

10:00pm Les Affamés (The Ravenous)

Dir. Robin Aubert, Quebec, 2017, 100 min

One of the most unique voices in Québécois cinema, Robin Aubert’s latest film plunges head- and brains- first into a riveting zombie film that’s informed as much by Aubert’s own obsessions as it is by established conventions. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Saturday, February 10


10:30am Blue

Dir. Karina Holden, Australia, 2017, 70 min

The crisis of ocean change lapping on our shores has critical implications for the future of our country and our way of life. This documentary is about how the very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Les Rois Mongols (Cross My Heart)

12:00pm Les Rois Mongols (Cross My Heart)

Dir. Luc Picard, Quebec, 2017, 106 min

During the height of Quebec’s FLQ Crisis in 1970 four children stage their own rebellion by kidnapping an elderly woman and hiding her in the country. What results is a heartwarming and unflinching view of the tumultuous times as seen through the eyes of children. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Never Steady Never Still

3:00pm Never Steady Never Still

Dir. Kathleen Hepburn, British Columbia, 2017, 111 min

Never Steady, Never Still is a tender and heartbreaking story of a mother and son each alienated and struggling to manage in the face of grief, guilt and chronic disease. Named one of TIFF’s top 10 films of 2017. Director Kathleen Hepburn and producer James Brown in attendance. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Indian Horse

6:00pm Indian Horse

Dir. Stephen Campanelli, British Columbia, 2017, 100 min

Adapted from Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, this moving drama sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s residential schools and the indomitable spirit of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Porcupine Lake

9:00pm Porcupine Lake

Dir. Ingrid Veninger, Canada, ON, 2017, 84 min

During a hot and hazy summertime in Ontario cottage country, 13-year-old Bea wants a best friend more than anything else, but when she meets Kate she gets more than she had imagined. Director Ingrid Veninger in attendance. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Sunday, February 11

The Breadwinner

10:00am The Breadwinner

Dir. Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, 2017, 93 min

Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. MORE INFO + TICKETS

City of Ghosts

12:00pm City of Ghosts

Dir. Matthew Heineman, USA, 2017, 91 min

A real-life international thriller City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. MORE INFO + TICKETS


2:00pm Untitled

Dir. Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi, Austria, 2017, 107 min

Untitled is a restless film about movement and travelling, about the unknown and the other. Two years after filmmaker Michael Glawogger’s sudden death, editor Monika Willi uses his footage of Africa, the Balkans and Italy to create an image of the world. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Sweet Country

4:30pm Sweet Country

Dir. Warwick Thornton, Australia, 2017, 114 min

Accused of murder, an Aboriginal stockman and his wife try to stay ahead of a fervent posse in the harsh outback of the Northern Territory, in this period drama from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Faces Places (Visages Villages)

7:30pm Faces Places (Visages Villages)

Dir. Agnes Varda, France, 2017, 90 min

Eighty nine-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. MORE INFO + TICKETS

Monday, February 12

ALFF: ENCORE screening

5:30pm ALFF: ENCORE screening

Dir. tba, tba, 2017, 90 min

Canada’s largest cinema event North of 60˚ includes 60+ events: Canadian and International cinema, exhibitions, guest filmmakers, ALFF Industry conference and multi-disciplinary performances. This will be a repeat screening of a popular film at ALFF 2018. MORE INFO + TICKETS

ALFF: ENCORE Screening

8:00pm ALFF: ENCORE Screening

Dir. tba, tba, 2017, 100 min

Canada’s largest cinema event North of 60˚ includes 60+ events: Canadian and International cinema, exhibitions, guest filmmakers, ALFF Industry conference and multi-disciplinary performances. This will be a repeat screening of a popular film at ALFF 2018. MORE INFO + TICKETS

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