2015 KIAC Annual Report | Page 10

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Dubbed the “Sundance of the North,” the Dawson City International Short Film Festival remains one of the crown jewels of the Yukon arts scene. Among the most northern film festivals in the world, the DCISFF has been showing short films of all genres every Easter weekend since 2000. In addition to the films shown in the KIAC Ballroom, this year festival goers could also see select cinematic works at the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation’s Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre. Over 1,500 cinephiles came out to the various screenings, workshops and social events around the 2015 version of the Festival. The opening night featured two sold out screenings of the highly anticipated documentary All the Time in the World by Dawson filmmaker Suzanne Crocker. The 2015 DCISFF also saw the third instalment of Cold Cuts, a curated exhibition of experimental video projects and installations. In addition to providing some great entertainment, Dawson’s cinematic festival also offered several well-attended workshops for aspiring and established filmmakers. Although the Film Festival weekend is the apex for Dawson’s short film season, KIAC offered several other programs for filmmakers and cinema goers during the rest of the year. As well as ongoing master classes and special screenings, November’s popular Yukon 48-Hour Film Challenge saw 15 Dawson filmmakers contribute 8 films, including the winner – Freeze Up Melt Down by David Curtis, Chris Clarke and Francis Bouffard. Look for it at the 2016 DCISFF March 24 to 27. 10 DAWSON CITY ARTS SOCIETY