Back from the great white north! Erica Landrock was invited to be a part of the industry forum and speak on some panels at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon. It was her first time in Yukon and the north did not disappoint! While temperatures were tickling -45 prior to the festival starting, when Erica arrived it was a balmy -15 to -2 while in town! Blue skies, great films, a talented Yukon film community and lots of new friendships made.
A great festival run by Andrew Connors, Neil MacDonald and the rest of the staff. The ALFF crew made the time up north one none of us will soon forget. If you have an opportunity to check out this festival from both an industry and film side of things I highly encourage you to do so. Erica had the pleasure to sit on panels discussing how to get Northern stories told, the big pitch day, Working with Funders, Broadcasters and Distributors as well as taking one-on-one pitches. It was also a great opportunity to network with other industry folks from across the country that ALFF brought to the festival.
One of the highlights of the festival was having the opportunity to go dog-sledding. Along with filmmaker Peter Mettler, Erica got to try her hand at dog-mushing! While it was no Yukon Quest, they did have 2 hours of fun exploring the trails and getting some Yukon scenery outside of Whitehorse. Definitely something to cross off the bucket list.
Erica is already trying to figure out how to get back up to the north! Here are a few pictures to tempt you to do the same.