Weekly Newsletter
May 4, 2020


NFDC is committed to playing a key role in keeping you informed of the latest news and support systems in place for screen-based artists during the COVID-19 outbreak.


  • "Corona Virus Closures Hit Inuit Performers" Check out this article from the Inuit Art Foundation that explores the effects that the pandemic has had on Inuit performers. 
  •  A Nunavut Taskforce has developed a comprehensive document entitled Covid Measures for public use. The document contains up-to-date information on the regional support that is available for artists. Thank you to Anne-Cécile Grunenwald for preparing the document. You can access and download the most up-to-date document on the NFDC website.
  • Small businesses in Nunavut can now apply for a one-time grant from the territorial government of up to $5,000. Small businesses are defined as any business that makes less than $500,000 in gross sales each year, or that has fewer than 10 employees. The grant is also available to Nunavut artists and craft persons and to harvesters who make all or most of their income through hunting or fishing through commercial quotas. 
  • With support from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), Kakivak Association has allocated $1.5 million to create two new temporary COVID-19 programs to help address the needs of the smallest, most vulnerable Inuit-owned businesses in the Qikiqtani Region, and to help ensure that Inuit remain employed. 
  • The Northern Business Relief Fund (NBRF) provides short term support, in the form of a non-repayable grant, for ongoing operational costs to small and medium-sized territorial businesses impacted by economic disruptions due to COVID-19. The Fund will provide eligible territorial SMEs with short-term relief for operational costs in the form of a non-repayable grant ranging from $2,500 to a maximum of $100,000. The funding will cover a maximum period of 4 months, retroactive to April 1, 2020.
  • Check out this initiative created by British Columbia's motion picture industry unions to assist in providing mental health resources for motion picture industry workers. 


  • Feeling the urge to get creative, but feeling a bit overwhelmed by being quarantined? Keep it simple! Keep it short! Submit your 1-3 minute video to our $200 Short Video Challenge! Deadline is May 20, 2020 and participants will receive $200 from NFDC and a chance to win a trip to a film industry training workshop in the future. More information can be found here.
  • The *NEW* C-19 Story Telling Fund gives creators an opportunity to receive up to $7,500 for a project that does not fit into NFDC's other available funding programs. The fund is open to all innovative screen-based ideas from development to distribution. 
  • Tune in May 9 for the Nunavut Artist Pop-up Shop on the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum Facebook page!
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