The Owl and the Lemming (2016)

The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.
This short puppet film utilizes composited photographs and a set made with actual Arctic plants and lichen to create an authentic retelling of this ancient Arctic fable. This short film provides a glimpse of traditional Inuit values and beliefs.

3 minutes, Puppet animation 


Directed by Roselynn Akulukjuk
Produced by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher
Screenplay by Roselynn Akulukjuk and Neil Christopher

Awards and Nominations:

Award Winner
  • 2017 Short. Sweet. Film Fest (Cleveland, OH, USA) – Honourable Mention in Animation
  • 2016 American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco, CA, USA) – Best Animation Co-Winner
Award Nominee
  • 2017 West Chester International Short Film Festival (West Chester, PA, USA) – Nominated for Best Animation Film
  • 2017 Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, SK, Canada) – Nominated in Children’s & Youth Category
  • 2017 Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum – Native Cinema Showcase (New Mexico, USA) – Nominated for Best Animated Short
  • 2016 LA Skins Film Fest (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Nominated for Achievement in Animation Filmmaking
  • 2019 Nuuk International Film Festival (Nuuk, Greenland)