Arctic Air takes off with big-screen premiere tonight

Jan 10 2012

YELLOWKNIFE (January 10, 2012) — CBC’s newest television series, Arctic Air, will kick off tonight with a premiere screening event at Capitol Cinema in Yellowknife. Hosted by the Northwest Territories Film Commission in partnership with NWT Tourism and the City of Yellowknife, the event is a celebration of the hard work put in by those in the film and media arts industry who helped bring the production to life.

Arctic Air is a one-hour adventure series set in the Arctic about a maverick airline company and the family who runs it. Shooting for Season One of Arctic Air took place in Yellowknife, Behchoko, Fort Resolution, Dettah and N’dilo over the past few months.

“A show with the profile of Arctic Air that is set and partly shot in the NWT shows the huge potential of the film industry and really puts our territory on the map as a filming destination,” said David Ramsay, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment. “Film production companies that shoot here are also a huge benefit to our economy. They hire local residents, purchase from small businesses, and enjoy the hospitality at our hotels and restaurants.”

The series is produced by Omni Film Productions (OFP) in association with CBC. Tonight’s screening event is free but attendees were asked to RSVP. Event organizers are expecting a full house. 

“A lot of work went into this production and we are glad to have the opportunity to celebrate at the premiere screening tonight,” said Camilla MacEachern, Associate Film Commissioner. “It is also great to hear that OFP has been very pleased with the diversity of locations in the NWT and the resources and services they have been provided with during production by local film and media arts professionals, the service industry and various governments.”

The NWT Film Commission has been working in partnership with the City of Yellowknife to provide OFP with in-kind support by:

  • providing direction on insurance and permit requirements,
  • acting as a liaison with various governments,
  • promoting the local film and media arts industry through the NWT Film Suppliers Guide, and
  • providing support to cast and crew during pre-production and while on location.

The Department of ITI’s increased support for the NWT film industry is an example of its commitment to creating a diverse, sustainable economy as envisioned by the 17th Legislative Assembly.

For more information, contact:
Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
(867) 920-8696