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Date: March 26, 2007

Renowned Canadian filmmaker Allan King headlines Yorkton Festival

Yorkton, SK – Legendary Canadian filmmaker Allan King is attending a special anniversary screening of his classic film Who Has Seen The Wind at this year’s Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, May 24 to 27.

One of the most influential and important figures in Canadian cinema, King will field questions following the screening and will instruct a master class at the festival.

“It’s a great privilege to welcome such a prominent Canadian filmmaker as Mr. King to join us for our 60th anniversary celebrations,” says Fay Kowal, Executive Director of the Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival. “He is one of the most innovative directors in the history of Canadian cinema and his knowledge and expertise will be of great value to experienced and up-and-coming filmmakers.”

With a career spanning 50 years, King is renowned for making great dramas and provocative documentaries. His numerous accolades include the Prix d’art et d’essai at Cannes and lifetime achievement awards from Hot Docs, Arts Toronto, and the Directors Guild of Canada. King was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. After Who Has Seen The Wind, King focused on drama and television before returning to documentary filmmaking. His recent films include the groundbreaking and often controversial documentaries Memory, Dying at Grace and EMPz 4 Life.

The screening of Who Has Seen the Wind marks 30 years since the release of this Canadian classic, which earned a Golden Reel Award for being the highest grossing Canadian film in 1977. Set in depression-era Saskatchewan, the touching and emotional film is based on W.O. Mitchell’s novel of the same name and follows a young boy as he learns about life and death on the prairies. An important part of the history of Saskatchewan’s film industry, it inspired a new generation of Canadian filmmakers.

The Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival is the longest running film festival in North America. In the 60 years of its existence the festival has developed a tradition of recognizing excellent films and providing great professional development and learning opportunities. The Festival recognizes outstanding Canadian short films and rewards the very best with the annual Golden Sheaf Awards. Visit www.yorktonshortfilm.org for more information.

For more information please contact:
Fay Kowal
Executive Director
Email: director@yorktonshortfilm.org
Telephone: (306) 782-7077

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