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Dec. 5

ALFF 2016 Highlights announced

The Available Light Film Festival is in its 14th year and the Yukon Film Society is super excited to bring the Yukon another programme filled with diverse and exceptional cinema from February 7 to 14, 2016. Five film passes are on sale now at yukontickets.com

A full third of the ALFF 2016 program comes from the north, including many new projects by Yukon filmmakers, including Allan Code, Kelly Milner, Daniel Janke, Lulu Keating and Dan Sokolowski.

The ALFF 2016 opening gala film will be the world premiere of documentary icon Nettie Wild’s homage to northwestern BC: Konéline (Our Land Beautiful): a tone poem about people’s relationship to the land in Tahltan country and their reflections on the industrial developments taking place in their backyard.

Highlights of the Canadian and international films include films by Deepa Mehta (Beeba Boys), Nettie Wild (Koneline: Our Land Beautiful), Guy Maddin (The Forbidden Room), Charles Wilkinson (Haida Gwaii), Zacharias Kunuk (Angirattut), Philipe Falardeau (My Internship in Canada), Sonia Boileau (Le Dep), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth), Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher (Fractured Land), Mina Shum (Ninth Floor), Ingrid Veninger (He Hated Pigeons), Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and Alan Zweig (Hurt - the Steve Fonyo film).

Three Yukon films will make their world premiere at ALFF 2016. Daniel Janke’s THE GRUBSTAKE REMIX is an iconoclastic hybrid of performance doc and narrative fiction that re-imagines Nell Shipman’s 1922 northwoods melodrama as a Shakespearean comedy.

Allan Code’s Whitehorse-based company Na Ho productions and Toronto-based White Pine Pictures will premiere the nature documentary series ARCTIC SECRETS with a screening of a stunning episode called The Wild Sea about a bowhead whale sanctuary on the northeast coast of Baffin island. 

Also on the episodic front, director Lulu Keating and producer Max Fraser will present one episode of the two-part episodic comedy-drama Broke Down Dawson Town will have its world premiere.

Fresh from its premiere at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Allan Code’s MEMORY TRAP: The Herd that Wouldn’t Disappear follows the Forty Mile Caribou Herd through the remote wilderness of North Yukon and Alaska, telling the story of how traditional knowledge and science saved the herd from near extinction.

The western Canadian premiere of Igloolik-based filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk’s Angirattut (Coming Home), which documents the emotional journey of a group of Inuit elders who return to the homesite they were forced to abandon after being relocated to settlements more than fifty years ago.

Having picked up awards and accolades across the US and Europe, Nick Brandestini’s year-in-the-life portrait of Inuptiat teenagers from Barrow Alaska, Children of the Arctic, will have its Canadian premiere at ALFF.

Charles Wilkinson’s Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, winner of Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs, is a visually stunning and ultimately hopeful look at the spirited community of Haida Gwaii.

Moving inland to the Peace Region of BC, Damien Gillis and Fiona Rayher’s Fractured Land, winner of Best BC Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival, examines the impacts of oil and gas development on both the land and the people living on it through the eyes of young Dene lawyer Caleb Behn.

ALFF 2016 runs February 7 to 14, 2016 and includes 33 screenings and live performances, a media art gallery installations and ALFF Industry: a 6-day industry summit organized to address the ever-changing landscape of filmmaking in the digital age. A huge shout out to the ALFF 2016 presenting partners Yukon Energy and Best Western Gold Rush Inn.

Stay Tuned for trailers and more programming.

 

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