Montreal Event Provides Showcase for NWT, filmmakers and Fish Out of Water

Aug 5 2015

MONTREAL (August 5, 2015) – Support and funding from the Northwest Territories Film Commission and the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) ensured that the NWT was well represented last week at the prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

NWT Producer Jay Bulckaert (aRTLeSS Collective) was invited to attend the event’s Frontières International Co-Production Market to showcase the Yellowknife-based
pan-territorial genre film festival, Dead North and represent the NWT to producers who are increasingly becoming intrigued with shooting in Canada’s Arctic. 

Northern filmmaker Kirsten Carthew’s Fish Out of Water, winner of the Best Screenplay category of this year’s Dead North film festival, was selected for screening at the prestigious event. Carthew’s film played on the big screen Friday (July 31) and Monday (August 3) to a sold out show.

The Fantasia International Film Festival and Frontières are a major networking destination for industry professionals seeking to stimulate the co-production and
co-financing of genre films. The festival’s relationship with the NWT began when Mitch Davis, Festival Director of Fantasia, was invited to be one of the judges for the 2015 Dead North Film Festival.

“Our government’s film strategy and action plan is focused on increasing the number and quality of local independent film and television productions,” said Minister of ITI David Ramsay. “The strategy also encourages and facilitates guest productions that will work to engage and grow our industry and its services. Our new rebate program and improved government supports attracts and supports increased participation and association with key industry events and helps generate interest and investment in our northern film sector – and our economy overall.”

Media inquiries:

Drew Williams
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696
Email: drew_williams@gov.nt.ca