The Little Film Festival that could

It’s a film festival in a town that doesn’t have a theatre.

It’s an international film festival in a town that doesn’t have an international airport.

But the 6th Dawson City International Short Film Festival is still a hot ticket. Its producer, Lulu Keating, says she was impressed when she first attended as a guest. And, now, she is hearing that film heavy hitters are telling their friends, “You gotta get your film entered up there.”

Keating has seen the result of that kind of buzz: “We keep attracting larger and larger


There is one group of women that will be attending just so they won’t have to make the family Easter dinner.

And, as for that theatre issue, it is solved with a screen set up in the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. “It’s a beautifully restored building,” says Keating. “It’s an old Odd Fellows Hall.”

There will be some spill-over to Diamond Tooth Gerties, where a children’s film festival will be held. But the program won’t be dumbed down for the eight and up crowd: “There’s a beautiful little film from Alaska called Raspberry Bushes and a 58-second film from nine-year-old Cooper Moss Hart from Whitehorse.”

And there will be a film produced by the students of Elijah Smith Elementary School.

The adults can enjoy a wide selection of Yukon-made films, too. Carol Geddes, who had a film in the first Dawson City film festival, will be a special guest and will show her most recent film, Two Winters: Tales from Above the Earth.

And KIAC artist in residence, Andrea Dorfman, will be speaking about her career and showing excerpts from her many short films and features.

The schedule is available at

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