Nunavut Film Development Corporation Monthly Newsletter
August 2018 
NFDC at the Nutaqtiq Film Festival 
Utqiaġvik, Alaska  July 15-19, 2018
For a week during the middle of July, the Nutaqtiq Film Festival accompanied the Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly. Featuring films from across Alaska, Canada and Greenland, the film festival was part of the cultural workshops and performances held in the most northern community in the United States. Utqiaġvik, formerly Barrow, has a population of over 4,300 with an Inupiat Heritage Centre and looks out onto the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.
NFDC Projects Manager, Jessica Kotierk was in attendance at the festival organized by ICC Alaska and Holly Nordlum, to get a glimpse of the Alaskan film scene. The film festival contained the premieres of a series of community films supported by the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Patuk Glenn, from ASRC, hosted most evenings of the festival, which was screened at the high school auditorium. The ‘Listening to…’ series (photographed below) featured interviews on local history and beautiful landscape drone footage.
Nunavut’s Alethea Arnaquq-Baril had Tunniit: Retracing The Lines of Inuit Tattoos and Angry Inuk shown with great success, as a traditional tattoo workshop was taking place at the same week.Highlighting that cultural practices can use film as a tool for promotion and connection.
In four years, the ICC General Assembly will be held in llulissat, Greenland, hopefully with an accompanying film festival that is able to create connections between the circumpolar region.
Nutaqtiq Film Festival Schedule

Films with online videos
Kaassassuk by Rikke Hallund (photographed below)
Cooking With Stan - Tuttu Burger by ASRC
Silavut Atlannuraqtuq: Our Changing Weather by Maya Katak Lukin 
Half & Half by Aka Hansen
Nunavut Video Artists - Jamie Griffiths and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
July 30, 2018
Jamie Griffiths and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory are Iqaluit-based artists. The duo’s latest project is a film called ‘Silaup Putunga’ (The Hole of The Universe) which is installed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto as part of the exhibition ‘Tunnirrusiangit’ (The Gifts They Give), a show of the visual art of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak that runs from June 16-August 12, 2018.
As the opening piece in the exhibit, the 25-minute film sets itself as a portal to the discussion of Inuit reality and dreams. As a co-curator, Laakkuluk was commissioned to contribute to the show inspired by the famed Cape Dorset print artists. The experience of the film is shaped by the two-sided, partially luminous framed 4-by-7-foot screen. Framed and matted to match the prints in the exhibition. The soundtrack, recorded in Iqaluit, and performed by Celina Kalluk and Laakkuluk can be heard throughout the gallery. The combination of two projections and sound creates a spontaneous overlapping experience.
The filming took place outside Iqaluit at Laakkuluk’s cabin. With 3 different cameras over 2 trips in March and April 2018. The only limitation being the battery life. The film process was personal with two women capturing close up landscapes both ethereal and modern. With the show coming to a close, Jamie and Laakkuluk are happy with the southern reception. Summer museum visitors have been sitting in the gallery for the whole winter scenes filmed at -15°C.
The team has worked together before with the 2016 film – Timigu, Nunalu, Sikulu which was part of #callresponse exhibition. It is great to see art videos that express Nunavut perspectives included in shows across Canada. With future plans to work together as Laakkuluk recently received the inaugural Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award from Inuit Art Foundation for a residency project on a live performance light tool.
Tunnirrusiangit AGO exhibition
Silaup Putunga teaser trailer
Jamie Griffiths Chickweed Arts 
Timiga, Nunalu Sikulu video
The Grizzlies will premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Congratulations to the webseries Arctic Horror Stories from Nunavut’s Taqqut Productions and Colombia’s Conexion Creativa, which received $59,560 in funding from the Canada Media Fund’s Canada-Colombia Codevelopment Incentive for web series and other digital media projects.
Canada and Ireland Announce Reopening of Co-development Incentive

The total amount of funding available for this second year of the three-year program will be CAD$200,000. The total maximum contribution for each project funded through the Incentive will be $50,000.

Program guidelines, application documents and deadlines for submissions can be found on the CMF’s website here. The deadline to apply is September 28, 2018.


Indigenous Protocol Consultation and Presentation on the Indigenous Screen Office - Frobisher Inn, Iqaluit on October 1, 2018 

Jesse Wente (Indigenous Screen Office), Steven Loft (Canada Council for the Arts), Marcia Nickerson (ImagineNATIVE), Adam Garnet Jones (Telefilm) will be in attendance. Please contact for more details
Congratulations Taqqut Productions , Kingulliitt Productions Inc, Siku Entertainment Inc as Canada Media Fund announced that 4 projects from Nunavut have been awarded funding through the Aboriginal Program! 
Canada Media Fund is having a consultation in Iqaluit, Nunavut on September 27, 2018

The Canada Media Fund is on a cross-country consultation to gather stakeholder feedback. The process will comprise a number of components, including focus groups in 18 cities, in all provinces and territories, as well as a series of industry working groups.

During the focus groups, all CMF stakeholders will have an opportunity to consider how significant shifts in content consumption habits, rapidly-evolving market conditions, as well as policy and regulatory changes will impact the CMF’s funding programs, particularly in light of the government’s Creative Canada Policy Framework and the recently-launched review of the Telecommunications and Broadcasting Acts.

Feedback received from stakeholders will contribute to shaping CMF policy and programs for the foreseeable future.

Please contact us with any news you would like shared.
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