JULY 2019
Zacharias Kunuk Receives the Order of Nunavut!
“We’ll be filming walrus hunting possibly in August. We have to make sure the people are informed. We have to find out what Inuit are afraid of and what they’re joyful about, and what their challenges are. That’s why Isuma was created.” - Zacharias Kunuk

Well-known filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk recently received the highest honor in the territory for his pioneering and innovative contributions to Canadian cinema. Zacharias’s work challenges stereotypes of the north and demonstrates Inuit culture, tradition, and language through a creative and modern lens. His collaborative approach is distinctly unique, involving his whole community in production, and working with egalitarian principles. His film Atanarjuat was regarded as the greatest Canadian film of all time by critics at the Toronto International Film Fest in 2015. We have copies of revered film at the Nunavut Film Development Corporation office if you would like to borrow a copy!
Read more on Kunuk’s social and economic contributions to Nunavut

Films of Nunavut Exhibit at 
Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum

Nunavut films have received worldwide recognition but are not often easily found for home viewing. At Iqaluit's Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, a collection of short and feature films are available for your viewing pleasure. Perhaps you have seen them before and your visit will give new light to a fond favourite, or you will find something new to entertain. The Nunavut audience is the most important to these homegrown productions! Stop by and be entertained. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 1pm-5pm.
Netflix partners with Indigenous cultural
groups to foster talent in Canadian film

Great news for Canadian Indigenous Filmmakers! Netflix has partnered with Imaginative, the Indigenous Screen Office and Wakiponi Mobile to develop film talent across the country. The initiative is part of a $25 million-dollar commitment Neflix made in 2017 to invest in supporting the next generation of filmmakers in Canada. Check out the details of the new agreement here!

Congratulations to Nunavut's newest Inuit owned and operated production company Red Marrow Media! Red Marrow is co-founded by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok-MacDonald.
Taqqut Productions attended the Annecy International Festival of Animation in France this past June. Giant Bear was well-received with lots of engagement with respective partners. Watch the Giant Bear teaser here!
What We Heard Report 
The Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review: What We Heard Report was released last week, providing a summary of submissions and consultations. Over 2000 submissions were received by the Committee, including a meeting in Iqaluit with the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. The Committee will deliver its final report in early 2020.
The CRTC has launched a review of its nearly three-decade old Indigenous broadcasting policy. In an effort to maximize opportunity for Indigenous people to shape the new policy, the Commission is taking a three-phase co-development approach. Nunavut Film has registered its interest in participating in this process. Read more here.
The Canada Council for the Arts and CBC/Radio-Canada have launched The Creation Accelerator, an opportunity for Canadian artists to develop an original concept and create a digital project for potential distribution on CBC/Radio-Canada’s platforms.

Successful recipients will receive a grant to develop an original idea, work with an independent producer, and receive an orientation from CBC/Radio-Canada. The next deadline is October 16, 2019. For more information visit here.

Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive II is a support program for Indigenous screenwriters offered by imagineNATIVE. Participants take part in a yearlong workshop culminating in a live script reading at imagineNATIVE festival in 2020. Deadline for application is August 1st, selected candidates will be notified in September. For further information and application form click here.

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