Yukon, famed for its 1897 Gold Rush, has been supporting film work since the 1980s through various programmes and services. A film commission was established in 1998 then reorganised as the Yukon Film & Sound Commission (YFSC) in October 2004.
Although there is not a high turnover of production, the commission offers a wide range of incentives and services – not to mention great scenery.
Yukon crews have staffed productions from documentaries and commercials, to feature films and TV series. Go to website of The Northern Film and Video Industry Association www.nfvia.com/directory/crewstaff for credits and resumes.
The Big Year (2011 movie with Jack Black and Owen Wilson), Whisper (2007 movie), Anash and the legacy of the Sun-Rock (2007 Canadian TV production), Northern Town (2006 Canadian TV production). By far the biggest recipient of funding in the latest financial year was Raw TV Limited for its documentary series Gold Rush (season five).
Film location permits are not required in most areas. But check with the YFSC regarding permits for specific activities. There is also a production guide online, which provides useful information.
“During summer, we enjoy near 24-hour daylight, creating the lasting magic hour," says the YFSC on its website. "During winter, you’ll find those reliable snow conditions so sought-after by filmmakers. Yukon is a place where nature works on a larger scale, where vast ice fields reproduce Antarctica and living towns look like sets.
"But the Yukon offers more than snow locations and rugged mountainous terrain. You'll find it adaptable, diverse and full of character. Add to this the fact that we are accessible, with daily air service from Alaska and Vancouver, and an extensive system of roads that will take you to unbelievable landscapes and eclectic towns.”