Seven filmmaking teams take home top prizes in 2023 Yukon 48 Film Challenge

November 2, 2023

Over the October 20th weekend, 29 teams completed films in the 2023 Yukon 48 Film Challenge.

At the start of the challenge, filmmakers received a ‘key’ to use in the film physically, verbally, etc. The teams then had 48 hours to write, shoot, edit and submit their film.

Three screenings were held in Whitehorse, Dawson City and West Dawson last week. Juries and audiences have voted and our winners are in! 

Whitehorse Jury Awards

Trader Time by Curtis Allen, Best Comedy

Qimmiq by Isaiah Antony, Best Documentary

Deminted by Rebecca Pratt, Thomas Owen, Ts’ëla Owen, Best Drama

Observational Film by Jessica Hall, Best Experimental

The Sandwich by Salix Madsen, Best Youth

Each film will receive a $125 cash prize and a $200 YFS equipment rental credit

Whitehorse Audience Choice Award

Trader Time by Curtis Allen

Dawson City Jury Awards

Subarctic Glitch by Cud Eastbound

Dawson Audience Choice Award

Subarctic Glitch by Cud Eastbound

Cud Eastbound will receive a $500 cash prize

Honourable mentions from Dawson City include: Isaiah Anthony’s Qimmiq, Mark Giles’ Zippo Freeze Frame, Amy Ball’s In Studio Contemporary, Jake Armstrong’s Ungulatide and Benny Allain and Bobby Ronda’s Big Sale, and Craig Hunter’s Rerouting.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated in this year’s challenge. It was another great year of immensely creative and diverse films.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped put on the screenings and juries who reviewed and deliberated over the works created this year.

And a big thank you to this year’s sponsors and funders who supported the 2023 Yukon 48 Challenge, including: Yukonstruct, Andrew G Smith. The Yukon Film Society is graciously supported by Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, The Government of Yukon, Lotteries Yukon and The City of Whitehorse.

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