NFDC travels to Greenland for the
Nuuk International Film Festival

NFDC’s CEO Huw Eirug, Projects Manager Corinne Dunphy, alongside eight ambassadors for the Nunavut film industry attended Greenland's Nuuk International Film Festival September 18- 23 2019. The Canadian delegation was welcomed by Film.GL with warm greetings and hospitality. Rich discussions were had to support and strengthen the partnership between Nunavut and Greenland. The delegates shared the passion and optimism necessary to break down the “colonial borders” dividing Greenland and Canada.
A selection of nine animated shorts from Taqqut Productions was featured during the NIFFKids programming. Alongside the traditional theatrical screening in the Katuaq cinema, a kid-friendly space was also created with mattresses and pillows sprinkled amongst the floor. Soft, dim lighting made a relaxing atmosphere for children to enjoy films all the while being able to move around the space at their leisure.
Writers Roselynn Akulujuk and Aviaq Johnston participated in the four-day workshop of ten participants. The workshops centered around animation and storytelling. The participants drew inspiration from the book Bestiarium Groenlandica, an illustrated guide to the mythical creatures, spirits, and animals of Greenland. Roselynn and Aviaq took part in the storytelling sessions facilitated by director Aïda del Solar. The writers partook in an organically collaborative process with the animators where their stories took life through stunning visual interpretations. The week ended with pitches to an invited audience and members of the French Embassy.
The Grizzlies had two jam-packed screenings to the Greenlandic audience, exciting standing ovations, and meaningful and moving Q&A’s. Producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Stacey Aglok MacDonald and actor Jamie Takkiruq (Vinny) represented the film. The film took away Best Film of the 2019 festival. Congratulations to the team!
Huw and Stacey spoke on the On- Screen Pathways and Protocols document commissioned by ImagiNATIVE earlier this year. The document provides a framework on how to work with Indigenous content and communities within Canada in a culturally sensitive way.  Currently, the only other country that has a document parallel to this is Australia. You can read the free report here.

Alethea also participated in a panel talk titled “Cinema as Nation Building”.
Thank you to the Nuuk International Film Festival for being such a great host, and sharing their stories with us. We were also treated to a wonderful “Kaffemik”, which is a social occasion with coffee, tea, sweets, and often bearing traditional Greenlandic food. We look forward to what the next year brings!
News from the Office Desk!
  • NFDC is proud to announce the launch of its new website! The website has a fresh and contemporary face and visitors can navigate in Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun. A special thank you to web designer Travis Daley for creating the new user-friendly, yet glossy interface!
  • Nunavut Film has been visiting various communities to meet with the public who have an interest in film. The purpose has been to better understand the needs specific to each community. It has been a positive, knowledge building, experience for NFDC. Thank you to the filmmakers and community members who gathered with us!
  • We are delighted to announce a new Chair of NFDC's  Board of Directors. Please welcome Stacey Aglok MacDonald! Stacey, originally from Kugluktuk, is a writer/producer for Red Marrow Media. She has a wealth of knowledge in the film and television industry with big titles like Qanurli, Throat Song and The Grizzlies to name a few. Her lived experience working in Nunavut as a female Inuk filmmaker is invaluable to NFDC. We look forward to her contributions and strong leadership skills as the new chair!
    Graham Dickson of Iqaluit serves as Vice-Chair and Joey Evalik of Cambridge Bay holds the seat of Secretary/Treasurer.

Stacey Aglok MacDonald
One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk
Kicks off Autumn Film Festival Season

September marks the beginning of film festival season with TIFF having a powerful international presence, screening a selection of the most acclaimed films of the year. Zacharias Kunuk’s One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk was selected to join the prestigious group.
“The film flips the colonial narrative on its head by showing the exchange – full of mistranslations, jokes in Inuktitut that go untranslated and misunderstandings – through an Inuit lens.” – Now Magazine
 “The real-time effect, in one single setting on the ice where the group has stopped for tea with sugar and biscuits off the white man’s sled, is compelling as its languor and its repetitions gradually reveal the deep cultural misunderstanding that is going on.”- The Globe and Mail
The film will also open Toronto’s ImagiNative film festival on October 22 at the Opening Night Gala Party. Tickets go on sale October 1. If you are in the city, we hope you will join us in an evening to celebrate Indigenous film!


Onwards to Arviat!
Nunavut FIT gears up for second round of workshops

The Nunavut Film Industry Training workshops continue from October 4-7 in Arviat. Arviat has a strong history rooted in filmmaking. The Arviat film society is a non-profit organization guided by teachers and mentors. The society began in 2010 to support Inuit and their passion for media through training and mentorship.
There has been a solid number of applicants registered for the upcoming workshop. Vinnie Karetek, Mark Aspland, David Poisey will be facilitating the program, and Cheryl Ashton is the training coordinator.
Our next location for the FIT workshops will be Iqaluit. The workshops will take place November 29-December 2, 2019. For those interested, please contact
  • The Nunavut Film Development Corporation, in partnership with the Harold Greenberg Fund, NWT Film Commission and the GN of Yukon’s Media Development Unit are proud to announce the HGF/Territories Short Program for dramatic content. The winner will receive $20,000 towards supporting their short film. This marks the first time that the three territories have been brought together under one film funding program. The deadline is November 6 2019.

For more information please contact:
Corinne Dunphy @
Nicolle Stranges @ 416-384 2056,

  • The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has launched an Indigenous-focused streaming service APTN lumi.
  • Prime Time in Ottawa celebrates its 25th anniversary this year taking place January 29-31, 2020. Registration is now open! 

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