Nunavut Film Development Corporation Monthly Newsletter
June 2018 
On-Set with Qanurli?

May 25, 2018
            NFDC was lucky to visit the Iqaluit set of Inuktitut television show Qanurli? which has been airing on APTN since 2010. In the past, the half-hour comedy has filmed across Nunavut, in Nunavik and in Greenland. Produced by Iqaluit-based Qanukiaq Studios Inc., we asked producer, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, what is special about filming Qanurli? in Iqaluit?
            "Using our community as a location has us seeing so many different parts of our community. Iqaluit really thinks of Qanurli? as theirs so we get a lot of support and encouragement. People know us and the show. We get a different kind of support than I have seen working on other projects. It feels special for Qanurli? to be a part of the community. I also think, since we are a small crew, we have to tackle problems in a different way than if we were working in the south. We have to be adaptable and quick-thinking. Thankfully we have developed Qanurli? into a show that is able to do that. We have the right people and the right storyline with enough skit in it that the same person can play two characters. We have a lot of fun with it.”
            On set, the team was focused on task, moving between scenes with actors, lighting and sound, but there is emotion in the air. This is the final season. The small team is very invested in the production after working on it for 6 seasons. Many team members take on multiple roles behind and in-front of the camera. Everyone involved can claim Qanurli? as their baby.
            Qanurli?, the show and the team behind the show, has evolved and grown throughout the seasons. The audience has matured with it. The show has always tested the limits with its storylines which is the exciting factor for the production team. Can we get away with going this far? Season 7 is special by delving into and fleshing out the storylines of many of the characters not often seen. This season follows supporting characters and their own stories, sometimes with their own episodes. The writing for Season 7 has been different and fun since the challenge has been to bring known characters but their unknown stories to life.
Filming for the remaining 2 episodes continues in Kingston, Ontario. Follow the production team for a behind the scenes look:

Qanurli? Crew 
Stacey Aglok MacDonald 
Vinne Karetak
Joshua Qaumariaq

CRTC has released a website and study on the future of programming and distribution in Canada:

Nunavut Film Development Corporation Welcomes New Board Members

We are pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has grown. We welcome Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Heather Igloliorte, and Carol Kunnuk. 


Resource Database

We receive many requests from writers and producers seeking people in Nunavut to either consult with, to co-write or to offer cultural advice on their projects and productions. If you would be interested - or maybe you know someone who would interested - in being on our resource database for future enquiries, please let us know by contacting

The NFB's North West Studio Filmmaker Assistance Program is open to independent filmmakers. Recipients can win up to $5,000 in post production services. To be eligible, applicants can not be enrolled in film school or have produced more than three film/video projects. The deadline for submission is June 25thApply here

Apprenticeship for Women Directors Program

The Canadian Academy’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors program is set to return for a second year, this time with Netflix as a principal partner. The six-month program, which aims to support emerging female directors from across the country, provides training and professional development opportunities. The program includes access to discussions with industry filmmakers, a one-year membership to the Canadian Academy, a conference pass to TIFF and a two-day summit meeting with industry execs at the fest. Applications for the program open on May 18 and will be reviewed and shortlisted by August 6, 2018. Click here to apply.

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