The battle has begun!
Pang has had an eventful summer. The community was invaded by 40 cast and crew members from the production Slash/Back, and even a few unfamiliar and eerie visitors. The sci/fi horror flick transformed Pang into a working movie set. Read more about the resourcefulness of the crew here!

The film is written, produced and directed by Nyla Innuksuk, the first Inuk woman to do so. She is co-producing Slash/Back with Red Marrow Media (Stacey Aglok MacDonald & Alethea Arnaquq- Baril). It has been very helpful for Nyla, as she has expressed how in previous productions she continuously had to explain why Inuit films should be directed by Inuit.
This ostentatious genre film wraps up September 1 and as much as we (and you!) want to see this flick now, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Nyla hopes for Slash/back’s release spring of 2020.

In the meantime, follow their fun Instagram page (@slashbackfilm) where you will find behind the scenes snapshots of the adventurous summer in Pang.
News from the Office Desk!
  • NFDC is currently on a tour across the territory to consult with community members on the future of filmmaking. These consultations will help inform NFDC’s five-year strategic plan. If you are, or know of anyone interested in meeting with NFDC and are based in Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak, Rankin Inlet, or Arviat please contact We would love your thoughts/advice/feedback!
  • Nunavut Film’s AGM will be held Tuesday, September 17 at 11 am. We are interested in having lots of engagement from diverse perspectives. Please email for more information, or keep an eye on our social media page. There will be an election for the BOD. Please consider serving on our board. We look forward to seeing you!
Restless River
Featuring Malaya Qaunirq Chapman
Set to Release this Fall

A new film with a strong Nunavut connection is set to release this fall. The protagonist, Elsa, is played by Nunavummiut Malaya Qaunirq Chapman. Not only was it her first lead role in a feature film, but she ended up falling in love on the side. To make matters a bit more complicated, both Malaya and Elsa fell in love with the same man. Etua Snowball played her boyfriend “Isaki” on set. “This film has forever changed my life in more ways than one!” Malaya exclaimed.
Malaya has been working in the entertainment business for 10 years. She was a foundation to Qanurli? and Executive Producer on the 2015 feature drama of Heaven’s Floor. She has an impressive background with the IBC as a host for Qanuq Isumavit, and is presently travelling across the territory hunting, cooking, and tasting traditional Inuit flavours on Nunavummi Mamarijavut. “I’ve always had high expectations of myself" she told us. “I know I have found my calling and I feel so grateful. I’ve tried many things and enjoyed all those different experiences outside of film and television. However, I’ve always had an ache in my heart knowing I want a challenge in a field I love. I am fully me now, whole. I am genuinely happy and hope opportunities continue to come my way.”
Restless River was different from the work she had done on TV with Qanurli? (a comedy) and Nunavummi Mamarijavut (unscripted). Malaya had to dig deep and get into the psyche of her character Elsa, and imagine life as it would have been during a different time and foreign space. “I love Elsa’s character because she’s so incredibly different from me. She’s quiet and reserved. She has little control over the surroundings in her life. The times were so incredibly different then.”
As Malaya sat down to read the novel Windflower by Gabrielle Roy, she certainly could visualize her character, and from then on Elsa’s spirit never left her mind. Elsa became a friend to Malaya. And more than that, Malaya was able to slip into Elsa every day thanks to the incredible costume designers. She even wore a fake pregnancy suit, a bit of a wild experience for anybody!
“Filming is demanding in every single aspect of production,” she said. “I was exhausted each night. Every day we shot for 12 hours or so, with so many costume and location changes. Everyone worked so hard, but I wasn’t in this alone. We were all a team and together we did it. Not one person quit. I appreciate them so much.”
Although she hasn’t seen the film in its totality yet, she looks forward to sharing it with the world. “I don’t really know how to prepare myself, I imagine it to be a super nerve-wracking experience!”.
Restless River will have its Canadian premiere in Montreal in October. In the meantime, Malaya isn’t taking any breaks. She graciously gave NFDC some of her valuable time to talk to us in between shooting Nunavummi Mamarijavut, where she just stepped in from a successful bowhead whale hunt with the hunters of Repulse Bay. What a life well-lived!

Read more on Restless River directed by Marie Helene Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu.
Watch the trailer here!
Qujannamiik Qanurli?!

Qanurli’s sketch adventures that fill every living room with laughs each Monday, aired its final episode July 7. The all-Inuktitut language production was imagined and constructed by a group of dreamers with limited access to resources. They worked collaboratively, made mistakes, learned from them, found the humour in it all, and developed a unique Qanurli? family. This family has become a foundation for Nunavut’s Television scene, and a key example of the talent that lives and works in the territory.

You've accomplished your goal of creating Inuktitut language tv!

We are so excited to see what foolery this family will come up with next! Stay tuned…

"Tracing the Lines of Alethea Aggiuq Arnaquq-Baril’s Tunniit" by Stacey Aglok-MacDonald is featured in the summer 2019 issue of Inuit Art Quarterly. 
Meet the charismatic Canadian creatures that star in "Our Planet" in last months publication of The Narwhal.

APTN + imagineNATIVE Web Series Open Call!
Over $60,000 in Prizing Support for Indigenous FNMI Creators in Canada

Deadline: Sept 11, 2019

Industry leaders including sales agents, distributors, funders, producers and development executives are invited to apply to imagineNATIVE’s International Networking Day, on October 25, 2019. The event connects industry leaders with filmmakers and others in creative positions.

The application deadline is August 27, 2019.

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