Author: Jessie Hale


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.

Anaana’s Tent Casting Call


ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᐊᑕᖃᑦᑕᕋᔭᖅᑐᒥᒃ: ᐊᕐᓇᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓕᒃ 20-40ᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓗᓂ ᓴᐃᓕᓗᓂ ᓂᐱᖓ ᓴᐃᓕᓇᖅᑑᓗᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓰᖕᓂᒃ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᕈᓐᓇᕐᓗᓂ, ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᖕᒥᐅᔭᕐᓗᓂ

ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᒐᐅᖃᑦᑕᓛᕐᒥᔪᓂᒃᑕᐅᖅ: ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᒍᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ: ᐊᖑᑏᑦ, ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ, ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᕈᓰᑦ (ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖃᑦᑕᖏᓪᓗᑎᒃ)

ᑎᑎᕋᕆᐊᓕᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᕈᒃ ᓇᓂᔪᓐᓇᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᐸᒍᑎᒍᕕᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᓛᖅᑕᐃᑦ ᓯᑎᐱᕆ 25ᒥ, ᐊᑯᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ 11:00 ᐅᓪᓛᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ 4:00 ᐅᓪᓗᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᒐᓕᐊᖑᖃᑦᑕᕋᔭᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᕿᓂᓕᖅᐸᑕ. ᑕᑯᓛᕈᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᐃᓕᖕᓂᒃ! ᐊᐱᖅᑯᑎᒃᓴᖃᕈᕕᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕆᑦ [email protected].

Lead role: Woman Aged 20-40 Gentle and kind demeanor Soothing voice Fluently bilingual, with a Baffin dialect

Secondary roles: Open to all: men, women, youth, and children (Speaking and non-speaking)

Please fill out the form available online ( and on location and bring it to the Arctic College on September 25th, between 11:00am and 4:00pm for this open casting call. We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Production photos for The Owl and the Lemming

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.

Production of The Owl and the Lemming

Production of The Owl and the Lemming

Production of The Owl and the Lemming

Production of The Owl and the Lemming

Production of The Owl and the Lemming

Production of The Owl and the Lemming

Amaqqut Nunaat screens at Toronto Animated Image Society

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 screens at Comic-Con

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 honoured at imagineNATIVE

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 wins at LA Fear + Fantasy Film Festival

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.

Another Best Animation win for The Orphan and the Polar Bear

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.

Three Taqqut films officially selected for FilmQuest

All three of our completed films–Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of WolvesThe 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.