Film Fest screens multi-layered Northern talent issues 14 Tuesday October 6 2015 ARTS CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL 15101CE0 You can vote in advance. If youre ready to vote early you can vote at your advance polling place between October 9 and 12 from noon to 800 p.m. Or you can vote at any Elections Canada office across the country any day until October 13 at 600 p.m. For all voting locations check your voter information card visit elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868 TTY 1-800-361-8935. Elections Canada has all the information you need to be ready to vote. Away or busy on October 19 By BILL BRADEN The depth and breadth of video storytell- ing across the NWT is gaining momentum as shown in the ambitious week-long event staged in Yellowknife last week. TheYellowknifeInternationalFilmFestival after nine years is generating an impressive line-up of talent and sponsors with no short- age of serious political and social messages. Hosted by the Western Arctic Moving Pic- tures Society in partnership with the NWT Professional Media Association the event strives to provide valuable professional de- velopment opportunities for local content creators and inspire creative networks said festival director Jeremy Emerson. Indeed its gaining traction and support with sponsors like Canadian North Dominion Diamonds Bell Media and the Canada Media Fund step- ping up to the table. A total of 39 films were screened nightly from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 with daily workshops ranging from film rights to crowdfunding to stunt acting. The films showcased an impressive range of themes and topics from personal dramas encountered living in the North to suicide the struggles of a lesbian couple in a remote Arc- tic Inuit camp the toxic legacy of Giant Mine and a post-apocalypse comic book fantasy. One of the closing films was the premiere showing of Way Up North a fast-moving 75 minute documentary featuring big Northern names such as Tanya Tagak Leela Gilday and Leanne Goose and wintery community vis- tas from across the NWT. It revolves around the 2013-14 tour called Listen Up NWT a collaborative musical adventure that toured NWT regional centres and pulled original compositions together from junior high school students. Their live concert was performed in Yellowknife in May of this year. The festival will take a selection of films to regional events in the near future. PhotosBillBraden Audiences enjoyed some 39 films over seven evenings at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. GNWT associate film commissioner Camilla MacEachern.