The Yukon Film Society (YFS) announces it is shifting its 20th annual Available Light Film Festival (ALFF) to online and moving the dates to February 11- 28, 2022. The annual festival will feature 60+ films online, an online industry conference, and other virtual events over the 18 days of the festival.

ALFF 2022 highlights Indigenous and Circumpolar cinema alongside Canadian and International films, guests, exhibitions, and the annual ALFF Industry Conference, which presents speakers and industry leaders from across Canada.

ALFF 2022 film highlights

Wildhood (Opening Film), dir. Bretten Hannam, Nova Scotia

A rebellious two-spirit teenager runs away from home to find his birth mother and reclaim his Mi’kmaq heritage in this stunning coming-of-age drama that features the Mi’Kmaq language.

Night Raiders, dir. Danis Goulet, Ontario

In her feature debut, Danis Goulet delivers one of the most important and thrilling Canadian films in recent memory digging deep into Canada’s painful past. In the post-apocalyptic future, a mother joins a band of vigilantes to rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.

Rob is Analog, dir. Jessica Hall, Yukon, Canada, WORLD PREMIERE

Rob “radiorob” Hopkins is an analog guy in a digital world. A communications pirate fighting for the public’s right to something they don’t even know they want. This charming and funny documentary tracks Rob’s quixotic quest to attain a CRTC licence to operate an over the air community tv channel while capturing Radiorob’s eccentric passion for all things related to broadcasting and technology.

Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, dir. Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Canada

Filmmaker and actor Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (also starring in Night Raiders) creates a vital and intimate portrait of her community, Kainai First Nation in southern Alberta, and the impacts of the substance use and the opioid epidemic.

DƏNE YI’INJETL – The Scattering of Man, Luke Gleeson, British Columbia

An unravelling of decades of an Indigenous community’s trauma and grief. The Tsay Keh Dene Nation tells its own story of displacement by the construction of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, capturing the devastating damage felt across generations.

The Worst Person in the World, Joachim Trier, Norway

Shortlisted for the 2022 Oscar for Best International Feature Film, this modern dramedy about the quest for love and meaning in contemporary Oslo chronicles four years in the life of a young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.

More ALFF 2022 feature films:

Someone Like Me, Sean Horler, Steve J. Adams, British Columbia

We Are the Thousand, Anita Rivaroli, Italy

The Noise of Engines, Philippe Gregoire, Quebec Food For the Rest of Us, Caroline Cox, NWT/Ontario Sisters with Transistors, Lisa Rovner, United Kingdom Not About Me, Kelly Milner, Yukon

A Small Fortune, Adam Perry, Prince Edward Island Skymaster Down, Andrew Gregg, Ontario/Yukon Scarborough, Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson, Ontario Run Woman Run, Zoe Hopkins, Ontario

Hive, Blerta Basholli, Kosovo

Boneyard Alaska, Paul Lawrence, Alaska

The In-Laws, Jakub Michalczuk, Poland

Last of the Right Whales, Nadine Pequeneza, Ontario

Dropstones, Caitlin Durlak, Ontario

Fanny: the Right to Rock, Bobbi Jo Hart, Quebec

Daughter of a Lost Bird, Brooke Pepion Swaney, USA

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, Robert B. Weide, Don Argott, USA

ALFF 2022’s All-Access Online Passes on sale now for $100. Individual screening tickets will go on sale January 18. Learn more about the festival, tickets, and online passes here.

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