Nunavut Film Development Corporation Monthly Newsletter
December 2018 
Nunavut Film Development Corporation Posters from the Past

Nunavut Film Development Corporation in partnership with the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation is pleased to announce the creation of a three- year skills-based training program for Inuit interested in working in the film, television and digital media industry.
Created with emerging and seasoned filmmakers in mind, Nunavut FIT will provide two opportunities to participate. The first opportunity involves Nunavut FIT visiting 15 communities over the next three years to deliver a four- day, hands on training experience. Taught by Nunavummiut, the community training will help us identify and encourage individuals interested in working as a crewmember in the Nunavut film and television production industry.
The second focus is on seasoned individuals who have demonstrated success in the industry. These individuals will have an opportunity to access up to $6,000.00 to create their own intensive training through partnerships formed by Nunavut Film Industry Training. This training could consist of one on one training with subject matter experts, workshops specifically designed for updating expertise in new technologies, access to master classes being offered in other jurisdictions, job mentoring opportunities etc. This intensive training fund will be available to individuals as well as community groups interested in furthering film skills development.

Further information and an application will be posted on the Nunavut Film Development Corporation website on January 15th.   If you have any questions, please contact
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation has these DVDs available: The Nunavut Elders Series, The Mystery of Arqioq, Takuginai Pack

Now is a time to give gifts and spend afternoons together watching films! If you are looking for ideas, why not give a Nunavut film? Some are available for rental or download on, if you have internet to spare: 

Angry Inuk (2016) In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Also on iTunes

Iqaluit (2016) Carmen (Marie-Josée Croze), a Northern worker’s wife, travels to Iqaluit for the first time to the bedside of Gilles (François Papineau), her gravely injured husband.

Qimmit: The Clash of Two Truths (2010) This feature documentary offers an overview of the changes experienced by the Inuit from 1950-1970 with their loss of sled dogs and semi-nomadic lifestyle.

Vanishing Point (2012) This feature documentary tells the story of 2 Inuit communities of the circumpolar north—one on Canada’s Baffin Island, the other in Northwest Greenland—that are linked by a migration led by an intrepid shaman.

Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos (2011) Director Alethea Arnaquq- Baril, together with long-time friend and activist Aaju Peter, is determined to uncover the mystery and meaning behind this beautiful ancient tradition. Available to watch online at Vimeo

If physical DVDs are more your style. Some great Nunavut films are available on DVD.

Qipisa (2016): Myna Ishulutak wishes to know more about her roots as she grew up in an outpost camp in Qipisa. DVDs of the 36 minute documentary are available through their Facebook page and by email to, if you are in Iqaluit - reach out to Myna to get a copy! 

Inuit Broadcasting Corporation has copies of:

The Nunavut Elders Series (2005) with six 24 minute episodes. Life on the land was given up in the 1950s and 60s. Today's elders lived through the difficult beginnings of community life, witnessed the coming of modern communications and air travel and participated in the creation of Nunavut. Now they are seeing the young people of Nunavut take their place in the global village.  

The Mystery of Arqioq (2008) The fate of the arctic expedition by German geologist Hans Krüger, his assistant Age Rose Bjare and their Greenland Inuk guide Arqioq, which vanished somewhere in the frozen wilderness to the west of Ellsmere and Axel Heiberg islands in 1930, has obsessed travelers in Canada's north for 70 years. Filmmakers Henry Naulaq and Ole Gjerstad discover a dramatic new twist to the story.

Takuginai 8-disc Inuktut pack with segments for Educators (2016) Friendly puppets like Johnny the Lemming take a fun approach to teaching children Inuktitut numbers and syllabics as well as important cultural values, like respect for Elders, sharing, and patience. Its fun and educational for children, but people of all ages are sure to enjoy it.

IsumaTV can help as a contact to order DVDs of Isuma and Kingulliit productions. Check their Facebook page or call 514-486-0707 or email Jenna Amarualik at They have such as films as: 

Maliglutit (2016) Kuanana sets off immediately with Siku to find his wife and daughter. Can be found on iTunes

Uvanga (2013) Anna is nervous when she and her son, Tomas, arrive in the small, close-knit community of Igloolik in the Canadian Arctic. Available on iTunes

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006) a series of events that took place in 1922, when Shamanism was replaced by Christianity – and the balance of life was changed forever.

Before Tomorrow (2008) is the story of a woman who demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her grandson the ultimate challenge of survival.

Atanarjuat (2000) This adaptation of an ancient Inuit legend was filmed in Inuktitut and directed by Inuit filmmakers - making Atanarjuat the first feature film of its kind! Also on Amazon

Also, look out in your local Nunavut Development Corporation shops like Ivalu Ltd in Rankin Inlet, Kiluk Ltd in Arviat, Jessie Oonark Ltd in Baker Lake, Taluq Designs in Taloyoak, Uqqurmiut Arts and Crafts in Pangnirtung.

And Igloolik Vending machine in Igloolik airport!! Has films such as My Father's Land, Going Inland, Kunuk Family Reunion, Maliglutit, Bowhead, Uvanga, Atanarjuat to name a few!!

The is a big film collection through Vtape (Facebook) which is a boxed set of 32 DVDs of more than 20 years of Inuit films by Zacharias Kunuk and Igloolik Isuma Productions. Covering Atanarjuat, Journals of Knud Rasmussen, What Belongs to Inuit, etc.

Be sure to watch films over the holidays and let us know what you think!! 
Inuit Art Foundation - Inuit Art Database Artist Profiles 

Currently only features 4 Inuit Nunavut Film entries:
Alethea Aggiuq Arnaquq-Baril
Joanasie Salamonie
Koomuatuk Curley
Lucy Tulugarjuk

Please follow through here to see the site and add anyone!
December 19th Deadline to Apply to the Dead North Film Festival in Yellowknife
DEAD NORTH is a short genre film-making festival that is open to all the good people freezing their faces off North of 60. Over the course of two months, filmmakers from the circumpolar world produce original films in some of the world's coldest climates. 
Registration is here
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