Dead North: enough weirdness to keep you awake a week straight

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There are a bunch of kind-of insane things about Yellowknife, not the least of which is a town of 20,000 people having its own homegrown genre festival, complete with its own set of awards: Dead North.

To put this ridiculousness in perspective, with 20 films being made across the North, it’s likely someone you know volunteered dozens of hours to help create a horror, fantasy or sci-fi flick to be screened at the festival. But then, that’s just what happens when an event pulls in so many members of the North’s creative community.


DEAD NORTH 2015 from Dead North on Vimeo.


Two Screenings!

On Tuesday, March 17, all films will be shown at Yellowknife’s Northern Arts and Cultural Centre. The following evening, the winners will be shown at the snowcastle.

The NACC showing is $22 for three hours of uninterrupted insanity and expected to sell out faster than fake blood freezes in minus 30. While they last, you can click to pick ‘em up right here. Tickets for the snowcastle show are the same price and go on sale at noon on Wednesday, March 18, and there’s more event info here.

Want to see what hit the screen last year? It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway), the films are only suitable for people 18 and over with viewer discretion advised. Warning delivered, here’s the Vimeo page.

This festival is all about nurturing the local industry, which means there are also a number of wicked workshops. They even have limited-edition t-shirts for $25 that will likely be sold out in mere minutes:



Here are the various Dead North facebook event pages:

World Premiere – DEAD NORTH – All of the films! @ NACC

Awards Ceremony & Screening – DEAD NORTH @ Snowcastle

Special FX Makeup Workshop – DEAD NORTH – (total eight hours over two days)

Festival Strategy – DEAD NORTH –  Free Workshop @ NACC

This post was sponsored by the crazed creative clan at aRTLeSS Collective, the same damned people who work tirelessly to bring you Dead North. You’re welcome.

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