Bait! heads to CBC’s 2018 Short Film Faceoff

A poster for Bait, a movie created by Yellowknife's Keith Robertson
A poster for Bait, a movie created by Yellowknife's Keith Robertson.

A Yellowknifer’s short horror comedy is heading to CBC TV this fall, a year after becoming a hit at Dead North – and Cannes.

Keith Robertson’s movie, Bait!, will feature as one of nine films selected to appear in the 2018 edition of the network’s Short Film Faceoff. One of the nine will then be chosen for licensed broadcast by the CBC.

Robertson’s short, which shows an ice fisherman being introduced to a novel twist on the concept of ‘bait’, was a hit at the 2017 Dead North horror movie festival staged in Yellowknife; then went to Cannes as part of a Telefilm Canada program running alongside the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

“CBC’s flying me to Halifax for a taping in front of a live audience,” Robertson announced via Facebook this week. “This film continues to change my life.”



Robertson is not the first Yellowknife filmmaker to have their work selected for the CBC Short Film Faceoff.

Jen Walden’s short, Painted Girl, was similarly shortlisted and made a TV appearance in the show’s 2016 season.