Nunavut Film Development Corporation Monthly Newsletter
September 2018 
Jesse Wente, Marcia Nickerson, Adam Garnet Jones
BE OUR GUESTS - Consultation Presenters
A consultation event for Canadian film industry organizations is being held on October 1, 2018 at Baffin Room, Frobisher Inn, Iqaluit. Multiple representatives will be presenting and discussing their programs but also want to hear from Nunavummiut on our perspectives and experiences. Below is a short question and answer to get to know the guests. In attendance will be Jesse Wente from Indigenous Screen Office, Marcia Nickerson with ImagineNATIVE, Adam Garnet Jones from Telefilm. We encourage you to RSVP by September 14, 2018 to

Have you been to Iqaluit or Nunavut before?
Jesse Wente - Yes, I was in Iqaluit last year and have visited before. It's a beautiful place with beautiful people. 

Marcia Nickerson - My first visit to Iqaluit was in September 2012. I brought a group of senior bureaucrats to teach them about the Nunavut governance structure. It was interesting meeting with all of the government officials; even more so watching in real time as bureaucrats began to understand the complexities of Indigenous governance and the impacts of colonization on the Inuit people.

Adam Garnet Jones - I have never been to Iqaluit or Nunavut before. I am so excited and honoured to have the opportunity to visit Inuit territory, even for a short time.
What do you individually hope to accomplish with the upcoming consultation? 
JW -  I hope to update those in attendance on the Indigenous Screen Office, it's activities so far, and planning for the future. I would like to hear what screen creators in Iqaluit need to grow their careers and their industry, any barriers that may exist and what they would like to see the ISO prioritize.
MN - imagineNATIVE is seeking input from Inuit film and television industry members on the development of "On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories”. I have done consultations across the country, and so far the practices and approaches when working with Indigenous communities, content and stories are remarkably similar. I am fascinated to see what the practices of Indigenous creators in the north are like, and what similarities and differences there may be.
AGJ - I hope to make meaningful connections with as many amazing filmmakers as possible. There is no substitute for meeting someone face to face.
What inspires you to work within the film industry - be it creative or supportive? 
JW - Well, originally Star Wars and Alanis Obomsawin were my inspiration, and in many ways, they still are. For me, it's really about storytelling, both being able to tell stories creatively, but also being able to make space for others to tell their stories, to support Indigenous narrative sovereignty in those spaces, and help create their own if needed. I fell in love with movies first, so the storytelling has always taken a cinematic form for me, but it all boils down to the importance of stories and the importance of who gets to tell those stories.
MN - Until working with the Canada Media Fund on the creation of the Indigenous Screen Office, I was a volunteer on the imagineNATIVE board for 14 years, serving 8 years as Board Chair. I stayed with imagineNATIVE because it is such a dynamic organization, and I continue to work in the film industry because of the incredible artists I have the opportunity to work with. The Indigenous film industry has changed so much in Canada in the past few decades and the hope is that the protocols created will strengthen the industry for Indigenous creators.
AGJ - The passion of our people, and their stories inspires me every day. Most of my work is in support of Indigenous filmmakers; it’s a gift to be in a position to amplify the voices of our artists and our communities.
What is your favourite film?
JW - My favourite film is a hard one! It changes over time. These days, I vacillate between Touch of Evil, Alien and The Battle of Algiers. I'd also include Dr. Strangelove, The Story of Floating Weeds, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, and Star Wars as favourites as well. There's so many I love!
MN - Which genre? Which country?? Which decade? I guess I would have to say that my favourite film, since the age of 5, is the Wizard of OZ. The monkeys still scare me.
AGJ - It is impossible to pick a favourite film, but an Indigenous film that has had a profound impact on me is The Journals of Knud Rasmussen. I was at the world premiere at TIFF in 2006, and I left the theatre absolutely breathless. It was a great moment for Indigenous cinema.
First Contact airs on APTN from September 11-13th, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS to Qaggiavuut Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Susan Avingaq of Iglulik, Madeline Ivalu of Iglulik and Sidone Nirlungayuq of Kugaaruk !

CONGRATULATIONS to Stacey Aglok-MacDonald, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril!! Nominated along with Miranda de Pencier, Damon D’Oliveira and Zanne Devine, for the Canadian Media Producers Association’s Indiescreen Established Producer Award for The Grizzlies. 
Toronto International Film Festival goes from September 6 - 16th with The Grizzlies premiere on September 12

Nuuk International Film Festival September 19-22nd is featuring Nunavut-filmed Silaup Putunga and Iglu:Angirraq with NFDC CEO Huw Eirug set to speak at the panel "What is the future for Indigenous film production in the Arctic?"

APTN has announced its Fall 2018 lineup, including IBC’s Nunavummi Mamarijavut, which is set for a September 3 debut. The adventure culinary series follows Inuit families and outfitters and showcases how food is a means of sharing culture.

Final filming has begun on the Nunavut/Quebec copro Restless River in Kuujjuaq, the same town where the team shot Restless River‘s winter scenes last March. The story follows a young Inuk woman who comes to terms with motherhood after being raped by an American soldier. Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu both direct and produce. The two previously collaborated on Before Tomorrow and Uvanga. Restless River‘s cast includes Inuit actress Malaya Qaunirq Chapman, Kuujjuaq’s Etua Snowball.
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. During the focus groups, all attendants 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.

Register here

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