Dead North Film Festival

Dead North Film Festival
Dead North Film Festival

The biggest genre film-making festival in the circumpolar world.

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Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
From one King to another. @snowking_yk and @s_nobudy were a huge inspiration for Dead North founding member @jaybulckaert, Dead North filmmaker @erikanyyssonen  and Dead North visual effects artist @lucasartgreen graphic novel, King Warrior. The Snowking and his crew have encouraged an entire town (and beyond) to reconnect with their childhood wonder for over 25 years now and we are forever grateful. All hail the Monarchy. @lucasartgreen @erikanyyssonen #kingwarriorcomic. On sale at @ykbookcellar, Down to Earth Gallery and in person at: info@kingwarrior.ca. $25.

Dead North Film Festival

From one King to another. @snowking_yk and @s_nobudy were a huge inspiration for Dead North founding member @jaybulckaert, Dead North filmmaker @erikanyyssonen and Dead North visual effects artist @lucasartgreen graphic novel, King Warrior. The Snowking and his crew have encouraged an entire town (and beyond) to reconnect with their childhood wonder for over 25 years now and we are forever grateful. All hail the Monarchy. @lucasartgreen @erikanyyssonen #kingwarriorcomic. On sale at @ykbookcellar, Down to Earth Gallery and in person at: info@kingwarrior.ca. $25.

Dead North Film Festival

Dead North Film Festival

Need to sneak a last minute gift in like a ninja assassin? Now you can because King Warrior is here! 5 years in the making and hot off the presses, get your copy of NWT’s newest and wildest graphic novel. From the creative minds that brought you the Dead. Roth Film Festival, Brrrlesque and the Snowking Winter Festival, @erikanyyssonen, @lucasartgreen and @jaybulckaert couldn’t be more proud to release this baby into the world. Big love to Halima Mahamud, their cultural consultant who guided them through the beauty of Somalian culture, the NWT Arts Council for their support and of course @snowking_yk and the North in general for always inspiring us over the years. $25 at the Down to Earth Gallery, @ykbookcellar and directly at: info@kingwarrior.ca

#YKIFF2020 Starts next Wednesday, November 4th! Check out @ykiff for info on the film program, workshops, giveaway contests and merch!

Dead North Film Festival

#YKIFF2020 Starts next Wednesday, November 4th! Check out @ykiff for info on the film program, workshops, giveaway contests and merch!

The real reason we are taking a break...there was only room for 8 posters on our wall (jokes, but ironic)

Dead North Film Festival

The real reason we are taking a break...there was only room for 8 posters on our wall (jokes, but ironic)

Dead North Film Festival
#DeadNorth is taking a break for a while. 

Deadlies and fans of Dead North,  there is no way to sugar coat this or soften the blow, so we will just be direct; we have decided to give the Dead North Film Festival a rest for the foreseeable future. We know this comes as a shock to many of you and are sorry for that. The 2021 festival would have dramatically changed this year anyways due to COVID-19 restrictions and was no doubt going to negatively impact Dead North. The reality is that our decision to put it to bed has been on our minds for a long time. We were considering this even before the pandemic occurred. 

Organizing Dead North for nearly a decade now has been one of the greatest honours and privileges of our careers. We could not have done it without our core funders (the GNWT and the NWT Arts Council), our board members over the years (Jay Bulckaert, Pablo Saravanja, Meagan Wohlberg, Mandee McDonald, Pat Kane, Loren McGinnis and Andrew Silke) and our family of friends, partners, volunteers and sponsors. We are tired. It’s time for us to take a break, catch our breath and refocus our energy. This could mean Dead North goes away for a year, or maybe two (or five, or...?). In truth, we don't know right now. It is not dead though (wink wink), merely resting for a while, like a Lovecraftian beast, just below the surface, biding time until an inevitable, terrible and triumphant return. 

As always, Dead North wouldn't exist without all the filmmakers who made 220 films over the life of this beautiful experiment. These films travelled far and wide, and together, we showed the world that Northern genre filmmaking is a force to be reckoned with. This festival changed so many lives for the better all across the North, and it certainly changed ours. We are deeply proud of our Dead North community. You are the stuff of legend, and we thank you all for coming out to play with us for the last eight years. 

It has been the wildest of rides.

Stay Deadly,

@deadnorthfilmfestival

Dead North Film Festival

#DeadNorth is taking a break for a while. Deadlies and fans of Dead North, there is no way to sugar coat this or soften the blow, so we will just be direct; we have decided to give the Dead North Film Festival a rest for the foreseeable future. We know this comes as a shock to many of you and are sorry for that. The 2021 festival would have dramatically changed this year anyways due to COVID-19 restrictions and was no doubt going to negatively impact Dead North. The reality is that our decision to put it to bed has been on our minds for a long time. We were considering this even before the pandemic occurred. Organizing Dead North for nearly a decade now has been one of the greatest honours and privileges of our careers. We could not have done it without our core funders (the GNWT and the NWT Arts Council), our board members over the years (Jay Bulckaert, Pablo Saravanja, Meagan Wohlberg, Mandee McDonald, Pat Kane, Loren McGinnis and Andrew Silke) and our family of friends, partners, volunteers and sponsors. We are tired. It’s time for us to take a break, catch our breath and refocus our energy. This could mean Dead North goes away for a year, or maybe two (or five, or...?). In truth, we don't know right now. It is not dead though (wink wink), merely resting for a while, like a Lovecraftian beast, just below the surface, biding time until an inevitable, terrible and triumphant return. As always, Dead North wouldn't exist without all the filmmakers who made 220 films over the life of this beautiful experiment. These films travelled far and wide, and together, we showed the world that Northern genre filmmaking is a force to be reckoned with. This festival changed so many lives for the better all across the North, and it certainly changed ours. We are deeply proud of our Dead North community. You are the stuff of legend, and we thank you all for coming out to play with us for the last eight years. It has been the wildest of rides. Stay Deadly, @deadnorthfilmfestival

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Dead North Film Festival

Behold, RATED-N, a new tv series where we dive into the most unique Dead North films and talk to the filmmakers about what inspired them to make such visionary work. Airing on Northwestel Community TV starting July 3 on channel 209 at 7pm/10pm/Midnight. Stay Deadly.