This year’s Yellowknife International Film Festival has achieved some new milestones.
This year has seen over 500 films submitted to the Festival between May and September. The 2023 festival boasts 13 feature films and 39 short films, with 50% of the feature films created by women-identifying filmmakers.
Additionally, steps have been taken to make the Yellowknife International Film Festival more accessible to the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and ASL speaking community by offering a film each day with Closed Captioning. The YKIFF has been working with Rio Tinto to make sure that their programming is accessible to all, which follows their beliefs that film is for everyone.
According to Matthew Breen, General Manager of the Diavik Diamond Mine, “Rio Tinto and Diavik proudly support the creative arts in the NWT and are committed to finding better ways to improve accessibility. We are pleased that our sponsorship will help provide accessible programming for the deaf and hard of hearing, and those with disabilities, along with English subtitles and closed captioning on each day of the festival.”
Throughout the week, Yellowknife’s Capitol Theatre will be playing five different films presented by the YKIFF, and the Western Arctic Moving Pictures group.
On November 1st, they will be playing Cold Road at 9:00 pm.
On November 2nd, they will be playing Lynx Man at 9:00 pm.
On November 3rd, they will be playing Solo at 9:00 pm.
On November 4th, they will be playing North of Normal at 7:00 pm.
Finally, on November 5th, they will be playing Jacques at 2:00 pm.