Winners announced for 1st Annual NWT Film & Media Awards

The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) is excited to announce the winners of the First Annual NWT Film & Media Awards! These awards recognize excellence in the NWT film and media industry. The five categories and their winners are:

  • Best Narrative Short – She Keeps Me Warm
    • Directed by Scott Clouthier, Produced by Scott Clouthier & Heather Heinrichs
  • Best Documentary Short – I Hold the Dehcho in My Heart / Sedze Tah Dehcho E’toh
    • Directed by Lesley Johnson, Produced by Lesley Johnson & Amos Scott
  • Best Commercial Piece (Government) – Opening of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway
    • Commissioned by Department of Infrastructure, GNWT
    • Directed by David Stewart, Produced by Peter Clarkson
  • Best Commercial Piece (Non-Government) – Canadian Brilliance – Showcasing the 20th anniversary of the Ekati Diamond mine
    • Commissioned by Dominion Diamond Corporation
    • Directed by Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja, Co-produced by Artless Collective and Kellett Communications
  • Impact in Industry Award – Terry Woolf, Owner of Lone Woolf Film and Television Production Services
    • As the first recipient of this annual award, the NWTPMA recognizes Mr. Woolf’s four decades worth of accomplishments in the film and television industry in the NWT, as well as his countless hours spent mentoring the next generation of media producers.

The awards were presented during the Yellowknife International Film Festival Gala on Saturday, September 29th. The winners represent the best in film and media in the NWT!  

Jen Walden, President of the NWTPMA states: “It was amazing to see the level of competition in the first year of the awards, we had so many amazing entries! It is a privilege to recognize excellence in film and media in the NWT.” She expands to add “The NWTPMA hopes that with initiatives like the awards, the YK Film Festival, local film competitions, and our efforts to create training opportunities for local filmmakers, we will see industry growth in film and media. We look forward to seeing more projects coming out of the creative and dynamic population that lives in the Northwest Territories!”  

Award trophies handmade by North Soul Glass Studio.

About the Organization: The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) was founded in 2011 to create a sustainable media industry that generates economy in the NWT. We do this by cultivating the professional growth of our members and influencing policy. The NWTPMA membership is made up of industry professionals who work in the film, television and media industries within the NWT.

For more information on the awards, please contact:

To interview the winners, please contact Jesse Reid, Awards Organizer to get individual contact information | 867-445-3559 | jesse@talkingraven.ca

Shortlist released for 1st Annual NWT Film & Media Awards

The judges’ shortlists for all four categories in the upcoming NWT Film & Media Awards have been released.

Represented among the nominees are filmmakers from Yellowknife, Behchoko, Inuvik and Hay River. The shortlists for the Commercial categories include entries from two GWNT departments, a diamond mine, a print shop and a clothing store.

Winners in all categories will be announced during the awards ceremony taking place at the Yellowknife International Film Festival Gala, hosted by the NWT Film Commission on Saturday, September 29th at the Yellowknife Ski Club.


Best Narrative Short

FIREWEED
Produced & Directed by Mason Mantla
Behchoko

SHE KEEPS ME WARM
Produced by Scott Clouthier & Heather Heinrichs
Directed by Scott Clouthier
Hay River

TO YOU GO
Produced & Directed by Ben McGregor
Yellowknife


Best Documentary Short

BIRCH SONG
Produced & Directed by Keith Robertson
Yellowknife

I HOLD THE DEHCHO IN MY HEART / SEDZE TAH DEHCHO E’TOH
Produced by Lesley Johnson & Amos Scott
Directed by Lesley Johnson
Somba K’e/Yellowknife

RECKONING AT ST. ANNE’S
Produced & Directed by Cullen Crozier/APTN
Yellowknife


Best Commercial Piece – Government

CANYON CREEK ALL-SEASON ACCESS ROAD PROJECT
GNWT Department of Infrastructure
Produced by David Stewart
Inuvik

DON’T GET SHAMED BY YOUR DOG
GNWT Industry, Tourism & Investment
Produced by Cabin Radio
Yellowknife

OPENING OF THE INUVIK TO TUKTOYAKTUK HIGHWAY
GNWT Department of Infrastructure
Produced by Peter Clarkson
Inuvik


Best Commercial Piece – Non-Government

CANADIAN BRILLIANCE
Dominion Diamond Corporation
Produced by Kellett Communications & Artless Collective
Yellowknife

IT’S A SIGN
Signed
Produced by Signed & Artless Collective
Yellowknife

NEW LOOK
GL Workwear
Produced by Sherry DaRosa, Scott Clouthier & Craig Kovatch
Hay River

YK Film Fest returns for 12th edition

The 12th annual Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) is set to take place from September 26-30, 2018 in NWT’s capital city.

A flagship event for the NWT film community, YKIFF presents a program of the best NWT-produced films as well as those from the circumpolar world along with a handpicked selection of international works.

Though an official program for 2018 has yet to be released, it is anticipated the NWT-produced feature film Elijah and the Rock Creature, written and directed by Jen Walden, will make its premiere.

The festival will also include a program of free filmmaking workshops as well as a gala reception hosted by the NWT Film Commission.

For more information on the Yellowknife International Film Festival, visit: www.ykfilmfest.com.

Scott Clouthier is a filmmaker, editor and colourist based in Hay River, NWT. He currently serves as Vice President of the NWTPMA

NWTPMA announces NWT’s first Media Industry Awards

The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) is excited to announce the First Annual NWT Media Awards! The awards will recognize excellence in the NWT film and media industry. The four categories are:

  • Best Narrative Short
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Commercial Piece (Government)
  • Best Commercial Piece (Non-Government)

Applications are open until August 31st at 11:59 pm. All entries will be judged by a panel of NWT industry professionals. The awards will be presented during the Yellowknife International Film Festival Gala on Saturday, September 29th. Each winner will receive a prize that is intended to encourage future projects in film and media.  

Jen Walden, President of the NWTPMA states: “It is about recognizing the amazing contribution to film and media in the NWT, as well as the talent that exists in the North. Over the past few years, there has been such growth and interest in this industry, and we see further development on the horizon, including the creation of local jobs. The NWTPMA feels that it is time to start recognizing individuals and teams that are making important contributions to this industry. The board hopes that this initiative will encourage individuals to continue pushing technical and artistic boundaries, and ultimately inspire people to consider careers in film and media.”

About the Organization: The Northwest Territories Professional Media Association (NWTPMA) was founded in 2011 to create a sustainable media industry that generates economy in the NWT. We do this by cultivating the professional growth of our members and influencing policy. The NWTPMA membership is made up of industry professionals who work in the film, television and media industries within the NWT.

Submissions can be made on NWTPMA’s website: https://nwtpma.com/awards

For more information on the awards, please contact: