The Nunavut Children’s Film Festival 2018 is an Inuktitut literacy initiative developed by the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society (NBES) to support Inuktut LanguageMonth. The festival consists of a 40-minute program of Inuit language films. We asked the participating children to vote for their favourite film and they did! The winner for best short film is The Owl and The Lemming. The film The Fox and The Chickadee is the Honourable Mention.
The Owl and the Lemming was named Best Animation at American Indian Film Festival (AIFF) this Fall in San Francisco! AIFF which marked its 41st Annual this past Fall is dedicated to bringing Aboriginal voices and stories to the big screen. Director Roselynn Akulukjuk was on hand to accept the award in person. You can view all of the winning titles here!
Construction is underway for The Owl and the Lemming, a short puppet film by Roselynn Akulukjuk that will begin filming in November!
In the tundra, there was a young owl whose parents thought it was time for him to learn to hunt by himself. When they saw a lemming nearby, they sent the young owl to hunt it, but the lemming was clever. She tricked the owl by playing a game that she knew she would lose to enable her escape.
Check out some photos below from the first stages of set and character construction for this new film based on a traditional Inuit story.
Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves and The Orphan and the Polar Bear were both nominated for Best Animation at the Long Island International Film Expo, which ran from July 8 to 16 in Long Island, New York. We congratulate all the winners and nominees! For the full list, see here.
On June 18, Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves screened at the Toronto Animated Image Society as part of Welcome to Kanata, a selection of short animated films by Aboriginal filmmakers. An initiative of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the program was presented as part of National Aboriginal History Month and is currently on tour. You can watch the program trailer and read about the other included films here.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear will screen at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival! Comic-Con brings together over 100,000 fans of comics, video games, films, and television, making it one of the biggest conventions of its kind in the world. Director/producer/screenwriter Neil Christopher and animator Daniel Gies will be presenting at a panel following the screening on July 10. View the full film schedule here.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear screened for the first time in the Czech Republic at the Zlin Film Festival on June 2. The screening was part of the Competitive Animations program, which featured films from Israel, Germany, Moldavia, India, and all around the world. You can view the entire lineup here.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear and The Amautalik were both honoured with Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival in Yorkton, Saskatchewan! The Amautalik won Best Children’s and Youth Production, and The Orphan and the Polar Bear was awarded with Best Director (Fiction). You can see all the nominees and winners here.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear was named Audience Favorite, Animated Short at last weekend’s Roseville Festival of Film & Animation! We’re so thankful for everyone who viewed and voted for our film. Visit the festival’s Facebook page to see all of this year’s winning titles.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear has been named an Honourable Mention in the category of Canadian Short Drama at this year’s imagineNATIVE festival! Now in its 15th year, imagineNATIVE presents Indigenous-created film and art from around the world. Our earlier film, Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves, won Best Canadian Short Drama at the festival in 2011, as well as the Cynthia-Lickers Sage Award for Emerging Talent. You can view all of this year’s winning titles here!
Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves was named Best Animated Short at this month’s Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival! The festival took place at Los Angeles’s historic Victory Theater, and director/producer/writer Neil Christopher was on hand to enjoy all the spooky and fantastical films on offer. We are thrilled to have been honoured at this great festival! You can view all the winners here.
Both The Amautalik and The Orphan and the Polar Bear will both screen next Saturday, September 6, at the Bay Street Film Festival in Thunder Bay! The festival takes place September 3-7 and features 16 blocks of programming. Learn more on the festival’s website.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear has been named Best Animation at this year’s Fort McMurray International Film Festival! The festival took place August 8 to 10 and featured over 80 hours of programming from Canada and around the world. The Orphan and the Polar Bear has also received award nods at the Montreal First Peoples’ Festival, the West Chester International Short Film Festival, SENE Festival, and the Mount Dora Family Film Festival. You can view all the winners here.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear, a short film based on our book of the same name, has been awarded Best Animation at the Montreal First Peoples’ Festival! The Amautalik, based on a story from our Stories of the Amautalik, was also honoured as a finalist. View all the winning and nominated titles here, and be sure to check out the trailers for The Orphan and the Polar Bear and The Amautalik.
All three of our completed films–Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves, The Orphan and the Polar Bear, and The Amautalik–were official selections at this year’s FilmQuest Festival!
FilmQuest is a festival of the fantastic, featuring horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. The festival took place June 30 to July 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Learn more about the fest here, and view the trailers for our finished films here.
The Orphan and the Polar Bear has been named Best Animated Short at the Mount Dora Family Film Festival! This kid-friendly festival takes place in June in Mount Dora, Florida. View all the winning and runner-up titles here.
The Amautalik, our newest short film, made its world premiere in June 2014 at the Blue Plum Animation Festival. Part of the Blue Plum Music & Arts Festival in Johnson City, Tennessee, the Blue Plum Animation Festival highlights animated programs from all over the world. The Amautalik has since played at film festivals in Nepal, South Korea, and across North America.