MAY 2019


The Nunavut Film Industry Training Program (Nunavut FIT) kicked off this past month with the Train the Trainer workshop, held at the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation. The initial four-day training course was facilitated by the revered Tsilhqot'in filmmaker Helen Haig-Brown who co-directed the recent feature film Sgaawaay K'uuna/Edge of the Knife, the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language.
“The workshop was a particular challenge for me," Haig-Brown explained. "I didn’t understand how to be useful at first. The experience of working in a community that involved and included mentors, it was an interesting puzzle.  We as a team are essentially designing something that's never been done before.

The cross-collaboration and idea sharing that happened this weekend are the sort of thing we don’t get to do enough as filmmakers. So, when we get together and share our process - it is so great. What is cool about the training workshops is that NFDC has a commitment of funding from Makigiaqta. You can keep building and growing this initiative, and that in itself is amazing.
Seeing this initiative, which is investing in Indigenous media and the commitment to getting Inuit to be part of the broad spectrum of filmmaking is something Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada will be able to look up to.”

The trainers make their first venture on May 13-16 to Cambridge Bay. They will visit 15 communities in the next three years. If you know of someone who may be interested in joining the workshops, please contact

Filmmaker Asinnajaq's (Isabella Weetaluktuk) essay in Canadian Art Magazine highlights the unique model that differentiates Inuit production company from its counterparts. will be representing Canada at this year’s Venice Biennale festival. Several live broadcasts from the hamlet of Igloolik will be featured on Make sure to tune in, and a big congratulations to all involved!

May 8,9,10
9am-12pm EST- Live hunting from the floe edge
6pm-8pm EST- Discussions live from the floe edge camp

May 11
12pm-8pm EST: Live hunting from the floe edge

“When I attended film academy one of the first things we learned was the hierarchy that exists on a film set…. Isuma’s workflow and structure follows a route that is more culturally relevant to Inuit ways of working. Many people are valued, and many opportunities are created. Starting at the beginning of each film’s production cycle, many people help form the core ideas of the film’s subject matter. Multiple minds give input on the right way for a story to be told, especially if it is something based in historical events and customs. A huge part of creating these films is the foundation of knowledge that Elders in Igloolik hold. Isuma follows the values of the collective culture while making films, and the results of all those conversations become what appears onscreen.”

Check out the full article here!
Anaana’s Tent, an educational children’s show with Inuit songs, Inuktitut language and legends is being recognized for its host Rita Claire Mike-Murphy's talent! The Youth Media Alliance has given the Emerging Talent Award to the young star. The award aims to improve quality of screen-based media for youth across the country. 

Former Projects Manager at Nunavut Film, Jessica Kotierk, accepted a new position at the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum. Read about her big plans for incorporating film into the traditional museum space! Way to go Jessica!

Nunavut were represented at the Canadian Screen Awards this past month! Dan Shub General (DJ Shub), Hyper-T (Adam Tanuyak) and Thomas Lambe took home the award for original song "Trial" from the Grizzlies score. Also a big congratulations to Thomas's sister Anna Lambe and Paul "Ike" Nutarariaq for their nominations. Check out an interview with hometown heroes Paul and Anna here on ET Canada!
Welcome Corinne Dunphy to the NFDC team as Projects Manager!
You can contact her at
SUBMIT YOUR SHORT FILM before June 14, 2019 for the NSI Online Short Film Festival. Films chosen during this call period will play in the festival from June 24 to September 13, 2019.
Check out BEDTRACKS- Canada's first Indigenous created production media library.
First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program 
FNICECP provides funding to First Nations and Inuit cultural education centres on reserves or Inuit settlement regions to support the development and promotion of First Nations and Inuit cultural heritage.

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