Nunavut Film Development Corporation Monthly Newsletter
July 2018 
Iglu: Angirraq Film Premiere at Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre

June 21, 2018

On National Indigenous Peoples Day, the Unikkaarvik Visitor Centre in Iqaluit hosted a film screening, like they do every Thursday evening. This is part of a program where they offer popcorn and juice to the audience while screening a variety of films that have to do with Iqaluit, Nunavut and Inuit.
Aaron Watson, Coordinator at the Visitor Centre, has continued the Movie Night Program, that started well before his time. He has grown the online social media reach of the Visitor Centre so that the weekly film selection can be properly promoted. “With the help of my colleagues, I was able to get the Twitter and Facebook accounts running strong. The audience in the past couple years have gone from single digits and double digits for Twitter and Facebook up to almost 1000 on Facebook and at least a couple hundred on Twitter.”
Nunavut’s art community is small and Aaron can benefit from reaching out directly to a lot of people. The Visitor Centre also gets approached by producers and directors to host screenings. That is how this particular evening was organized. The audience of over 45 people are here to see Iglu:Angirraq a 45 minute documentary directed by Mosha Folger who is based in Ottawa. Mosha was not able to present the world premiere, but his sister, Napatsi Folger lives in town, is featured in the film, and introduced the documentary.
Mosha and Napatsi grew up in Apex and then moved south. Seeing many Inuit homeless in Ottawa and inspired by his step-mother’s experience with homelessness, Mosha filmed in Iqaluit in Spring 2017. Annie Iola is the main personality into the reality of homelessness. A larger context and history is created through interviews with many community members including, Madeline Redfern, Dennis Patterson, Elisapee Sheutiapik, and The Trade-Offs.
A Question and Answer period was held after the film. A community member stepped forward to share that homelessness in Iqaluit is an ever-present problem with new factors such as the opening of the Beer and Wine store. This is an example of the benefits that Aaron and the Visitor Centre see from the Movie Night Program. “One of the benefits, I saw it tonight, is that visitors come in and they get to see people from here enjoying a film about here, and after they interact. I have seen question and answer periods happen where people visiting from the United States or overseas are asking questions of people who live here and were born and raised in the city.”
For the filmmakers, screening in Iqaluit is important. Iglu:Angirraq gave the impromptu speaker a space to voice his experience and thoughts. As Napatsi says about the need to screen in Iqaluit, “It allows people to express that which may have been inexpressible before. The importance is having it shown here because it is about the people here and it is for the people here, to help them the most.” Many in the audience may not have a deep understanding on Iqaluit homelessness and even those with community involvement can learn from the documentary discussion.

Follow the links below for more information on the film and the Visitor Centre: 
Iglu:Angirraq Trailer
Iglu:Angirraq Website
Iglu:Angirraq Facebook
nikkaarvik Visitor Centre Facebook

Happy Nunavut Day!!

Iqaluit Astro Theatre is hosting an Inuktitut Language Program on July 9, 2018 Sponsored by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.The schedule is:

7pm - Ogress on the Gravelbank  by Taqqut Productions 
        - Premiere Screening in Inuktitut of Kappiatai (Fearless), a feature documentary produced by
          NTI on the 25th Anniversary of the Nunavut Agreement

8:30 pm  -Amaulaq by Taqqut Productions 
              - Qipisa a feature documentary by Myna Ishuluktaq

The Canada Media Fund and Northern Ireland Screen have a new funding incentive for Canadian and Northern Ireland producers. A total of CAD$600,000 over three years is being made available. To be eligible, television projects must be in the drama, documentary, animation or education genres, or digital media content made for other platforms, including web series, video games, transmedia projects, and virtual or augmented reality. Click here to access the guidelines. See the CMF release for more information.
Reminder that the deadline for The National Screen Institute Totally Television program is August 13, 2018.

This course provides hands-on development training for producer/writer teams serious about getting their TV series concept made.
Christa Dickenson has been appointed Executive Director of Telefilm Canada for a term of five years, effective July 30, 2018. She is currently President and CEO of Interactive Ontario. See the Canadian Heritage release
Canada's new Creative Export Strategy for Creative Industries
The investment of $125 million over 5 years will be divided into three key pillars to: 1) boost export funding in existing Canadian Heritage programs; 2) increase and strengthen the presence of Canadian creative industries abroad; and 3) establish Creative Export Canada, a new creative export funding program to help companies and organizations connect Canadian creators with buyers and audiences in the global market. See the Canadian Heritage release, and the CMPA statement
The Canada Media Fund and the Celtic Media Festival announced a partnership in view of hosting a Canadian delegation at the 2019 edition of the Festival, which will take place in Aviemore, Scotland, from June 4 to 6, 2019. In 2019, the focus is on Factual Programming, and producers are invited to submit their proposals from September 15, 2018 onwards. See the CMF release for more information.
APTN and ImagineNative Web Series Open Call

Deadline for applications: August 9, 2018 by 10 am ET

imagineNATIVE and APTN invite Indigenous Canadian creatives to learn how to develop and pitch web series projects professionally to industry decision makers for production funding! The program will develop an original Linear Web Series, in English and / or an Aboriginal Language with English subtitles, consisting of three (3) or more webisodes, each of which is no less than two (2) minutes long, with a maximum length of five (5) minutes each. Further details here.

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