Nunavut Film Development Corporation Monthly Newsletter
March 2018 
Avalusiniq Sivuniksaq / Framing The Future Conference Agenda

Less than two weeks until the Avalusiniq Sivuniksaq / Framing The Future Territorial Industry Conference begins in Iqaluit at the Francophone Centre (Building 981). Details on the packed agenda are ready. Before the conference gets into full swing, the Iqaluit premiere of The Grizzlies happens on March 11th at 6pm the AstroTheatre with producers in the house.

The morning of Tuesday, March 12th includes: Nunavut Communities Update panel with speakers from each region, a discussion on the Nunavut Film Development Corporation funding programs, and an exploration of the Training Opportunities in Nunavut. The afternoon has talks on the Indigenous Screen Office and TV Nunavut

Activities of March 13th look beyond Nunavut with sessions on Meeting the Funders such as Telefilm, Canada Media Fund and Meeting the National Broadcasters: APTN, CBC. We are happy to host two guests from Greenland who will speak in the afternoon on the circumpolar region. 

We appreciate and thank our funders the Government of Nunavut, Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund. 

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"Fans get more motivated that they can do it too!"

Since Uakallanga! debuted on APTN in January 2019, the public reception has been very positive. The 13-episode show features processes from start to finish of creating Inuit tools, arts and crafts. It is a resource for learning and enjoyment. Host Annabella Piugattuk meets with skilled Iqaluit Inuit each episode to learn how to make a drum, for example. Annabella has received rave reviews from members of the public, "Fans get more motivated that they can do it too!"

This cultural knowledge promotion is what motivates Annabella. Originally from Igloolik, Annabella auditioned for the host role from her summer camp. Making a sleep mask on camera while her daughter held the iPad. It is the skills and knowledge that that are highlighted in each episode that make the show. The show relies on the talented guests - often having to search out for those who are not camera shy. 

Her favourite part of season one which was filmed in 2017-2018, has been the tool making (hook and long knife) for the butchering of bowhead whale. "Being part of butchering was like a homecoming for my namesake", says Annabella, as bowhead whale hunting has been banned in the past.

Currently, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation cast and crew are working on finishing the second season, which has expanded outside of Iqaluit. Second season will see Annabella in Pangnirtung, Igloolik, Clyde River. She has also added the new role of producer. The behind-the-scenes skills such as sound and editing interest Annabella so that she can be part of creating more resources to protect and promote Inuit culture. Her advice to others is that it is worth reaching out and using television as a tool, if they have a passion for Inuit culture. There are roles in-front and behind the camera for those who are camera shy - pitch the ideas, work to bring your ideas to life.

We are happy to keep watching how Annabella brings her ideas to life!

Uakallanga! Media Coverage
New IBC series will shine spotlight on Inuit innovation
Inuit innovation focus of new tv series 
Talented guest, Myna Ishulutak with host, Annabella Piugattuk

Finding True North Article in Indiescreen Magazine
Almost 20 years after Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Nunavut’s small but mighty cast of producers and directors are telling the stories they want to tell. In the process, they’re building an industry that punches far above its weight... Read more

Canadian Screen Arts Festival in Iqaluit at AstroTheatre

Every Saturday at 4:30pm during the month of March there will be a screening of a nominated film for a Canadian Screen Award. Join on Saturday March 2nd at 4:30pm for the first film titled Dans La Blume

Watch the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards on March 31, 2019 on CBC. Nominations from The Grizzlies include, Paul Ike Nutarariaq for Performance By An Actor in A Leading Role, Anna Lambe for Performance By An Actress in A Supporting Role, and Dan Shub General (Dan General), Thomas Matthew LambeHyper-T (Adam Tanuyak) for Achievement in Music - Original Song. Congratulations!!

Position at Nunavut Film Development Corporation
Nunavut Film Development Corporation is seeking a qualified individual to help promote and support the growth of the film, television and digital media industry in the territory of Nunavut, across Canada and globally. 

Apply for Projects Manager by March 29, 2019 by emailing
Find details here
Natar Ungalaq in Iqaluit
Inuit Art Quarterly ProfileNatar Ungalaq
The Inuit Art Quarterly Profiles highlights the contributions of Inuit artists, including filmmakers, to the cultural and artistic heritage of their communities, Canada and the world through a centralized online resource. An extension of the Inuit Art Quarterly, the world's only magazine dedicated to Inuit and circumpolar art, published by the Inuit Art Foundation. 

Medium: Film, Sculpture/Carving, Theatre
Artistic Community: Igloolik, Nunavut
Biography: Natar Ungalaq is a talented filmmaker, actor and sculptor from Igloolik, NU. Ungalaq has acted and appeared in many films and television shows most notably starring as the lead in Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. He made his directorial debut in 2016 with the film Maliglutit (Searchers) (2016). Ungalaq’s carvings have been exhibited across Canada and are in major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON. He has been written about in multiple publications including many times in Inuit Art Quarterly and his piece Sedna with Hairbrush was on the cover of the Fall 1993 issue. And Publications, Exhibitions.

Reach out to the Inuit Art Foundation and Ashley to add yourself or suggest edits. 
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