picture of Lily GontardLily Gontard is a settler grateful to be living in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. She is a documentary filmmaker and a writer. Her latest short documentary film “Whalefall” was released in November 2021 and premiered in February 2022 at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, and was screened at seven film festivals in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Lily’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in magazines such as Geist, The Puritan Magazine and Up Here. She had a novel manuscript long-listed for the 2019 Guernica Price for Literary Fiction. Her book non-fiction book Beyond Mile Zero (published by Harbour Publishing from 2017 to 2022) was a collaboration with Yukon photographer Mark Kelly. BMZ won the 2017 gold Foreword Indies travel writing award, and the 2018 silver IPPY travel essay award. Current screenwriting projects include the series Gutleuthof: House of the Good with Tonya Mallet and the feature film Perfect Family with K.G. Green.