ALFF Accelerator 2024: Emerging creator development. Call for applications

December 13, 2023

Available Light: ALFF Accelerator: Feb 3 to Feb 13, 2024

The ALFF Accelerator is a specialized mentorship program for up to eight emerging independent filmmakers: writers, directors and/or producers. The goal of the program is to foster up-and-coming Yukon filmmakers by providing real-world skill development for the production of documentary and narrative fiction projects. ALFF Accelerator 2024 is generously sponsored by Warner Brothers Discovery Access Canada and supported by Yukon Media Development.

Program sessions will focus primarily on imparting knowledge and skills applicable to longer form films such as one-hour TV programs and feature length projects, however the skills and learning will be relevant to film and media projects of any length: short films, web series and television (one-off and episodic series). On February 3 and 4, 8 selected filmmakers will participate in closed Lab sessions leading up to the 2024 Available Light Film Festival and ALFF Industry Forum. Participants will hear from a variety of filmmakers about key industry and creative topics and participate in hands-on workshops in a small group setting. Participants will benefit from tailored instruction. Presenters include visiting and Yukon filmmakers and creators. The program coordinator is Paige Galette.

While participating in the ALFF Accelerator, participants will be able to attend all ALFF Industry sessions and networking events, as well as ALFF screenings, during the week of February 8-18. The Accelerator's content will complement other sessions at ALFF Industry, providing participants with a broad and thorough understanding of today's media landscape, with a focus on independent production. Having gone through the program, participants will be well positioned to maximize their time at ALFF Industry, having the knowledge and confidence to ask questions during sessions and to approach industry representatives outside of sessions. To encourage interaction with our industry guests, participants will also be encouraged to participate in the ALFF pitch event, One-on-One meetings and other ALFF networking events.


Key Dates:

January  15 - Application Deadline (5:00pm MT)

January 18 - Selected applicants notified

February 3 – Development workshop and social

February 4 – Directing and 1 to 1 mentorship

February 9 – February 12 - ALFF Industry Forum

February 8 – February 18 - Available Light Film Festival

February 13 to February 18 -  Follow up consultations with each participant

Application and Eligibility 

Applicants to the ALFF Accelerator will apply with their CV, a short statement outlining their professional goals, and a one-page pitch for a project they are currently working on. Projects may be in any phase of production (conception, development, production, or post-production). To be eligible to apply, applicants will need to have completed at minimum one short film on their own or through an intensive workshop at a film and media production organization such as Yukon Film Society, KIAC, National Screen Institute or the ImagineNative Youth video-making workshop. YFS will provide travel assistance and accommodation to participants travelling from a Yukon community outside of Whitehorse. Selection process for ALFF Accelerator will prioritize under-represented applicants: BIPOC, disabled, woman-identified and remote community residents. Any Inquiries please contact Paige Galette,

Applicants must:

be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada legally entitled to work

reside in the Yukon

be able to attend the Available Light Film Festival in person, including key dates , February 3-4 and Feb 9 to 11.


ALFF Industry Pass ($150 value), with access to all ALFF Industry events including Forum sessions, one-on-one meetings, workshops, and networking events

Private post-festival consultation (up to 1.5 hours) for participants to further their professional development, career planning, and skill development

Specialized ALFF Accelerator sessions on fundamentals of film & media production including: storytelling, funding, distribution, and independent production

Travel support to and accommodation while in Whitehorse

50% discount on Yukon Film Society production equipment until December 31, 2024 for use on one project.


Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by January 10. Applicants may be asked to provide references. A jury composed of one ALFF representative and one Yukon industry representative will review all submitted applications.

Applications are now open, with a final deadline of January 8, 2024. Please read ALL guidelines before submitting.

Fill out the application form here.

2024 ALFF Accelerator: Application PDF

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