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Inuit girl descending into the underworld, her skeleton leaving her body, and the TIFF laurel in the corner

Angakuksajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice to screen at Toronto International Film Festival

We are thrilled to announce that Angakuksajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice has been accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival. As the largest public film festival in the world, TIFF has become an essential part of Canadian and global film culture. This year, the festival will run from September 9-15, and non-members can purchase individual tickets on their website beginning September 6. 

Scene from the Shaman's Apprentice with FIPRESCI award laurel

Angakuksajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice wins FIPRESCI Award at Annecy Film Festival

We are so honoured to announce that Angakuksajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice has received the FIPRESCI Award at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival. We would like to congratulate everyone at Taqqut Productions, Kingulliit Productions, and the Stop Motion Department whose tireless work paid off. For a full list of this year’s festival winners, click here.

Rita-Claire holding berries with the YMA symbol in the corner of the image

Anaana’s Tent nominated for the Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence

The Youth Media Alliance (YMA) is an organization that seeks to improve the quality of Canadian children and teens’ screen-based media. Each year, the YMA offers awards of excellence to the best productions aimed at English- and French-speaking Canadians. We are honoured to announce that Anaana’s Tent has been nominated for a 2021 YMA Award of Excellence! Winners will be announced at the gala on May 26th. 

Title image of Tundra Friends

Production begins on Tundra Friends

Production has started on our new show, Tundra Friends! Tundra Friends is a children’s animated series designed to help kids develop emotional literacy. It follows a group of anthropomorphic arctic animals (each representing a simple emotion/perspective) as they go to school, play games, and navigate life issues that are common among the target age range of viewers. The show is expected to air next year. 

Scene from Giant Bear with the Canadian Screen Awards 2020 laurel

Giant Bear wins Canadian Screen Award

 

We are excited to announce that Giant Bear has been selected as the winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Short. We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team at Taqqut Productions and edFilms, without whom this achievement would not have been possible. You can view all of the 2020 winners and nominees here.

Thank you speech
We are honoured to be this year’s winners of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Animated Short. We would like to extend our gratitude to the entire team that brought the project to life at Taqqut Productions and edFilms. In particular, we’d like to acknowledge the work of Beatrice Deer, the film’s vocalist and part of the score team, Solomon Awa, who gave our film a voice, and Jose Angutinngurniq, who shared the traditional story the film was based on. We are incredibly proud to be recording and sharing the stories and voices of the North. Thank you!

Thank you speech in Inuktitut

 

 

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Giant Bear to appear in CBC Short Film Face Off

We are so excited that Giant Bear will be a part of the CBC Short Film Face Off! Now in its 13th season, the CBC Short Film Face Off is a series that features short films from all across Canada, each one competing in front of a panel of judges. Tune in starting August 1st to watch Giant Bear and hear Louise Flaherty talk about it!

Scene from How Nivi Got Her Names and What's My Superpower with BCFF laurel

How Nivi Got Her Names and What’s My Superpower? to screen as part of the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

Located in Washington’s Bellingham, the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival is a weekend of fun for all ages, with workshops, interactive activities, and screenings of some of the best children’s content. How Nivi Got Her Names and What’s My Superpower? Will be screening Saturday, March 7th at 12:00 PM. Click here to see the full festival program. 

Scenes from What's My Superpower and How Nivi Got Her Names with the Seattle Children's Film Festival laurel

How Nivi Got Her Names and What’s My Superpower? to screen at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle

We are so excited that What’s My Superpower? and How Nivi Got Her Names is included in this year’s Children’s Film Festival Seattle. The CFFS showcases films from all over the world. In focusing on diversity, racial equity, inclusivity, social justice, and global awareness, the CFFS works hard to bring some of the greatest and most impactful films to the next generation of movie-lovers. The CFFS will run from February 27th to March 8th, 2020. 

Scene from Leah's Mustache Party where Leah's Mom draws a Mustache on Leah

Taqqut’s Nadia Mike receives funding for Leah’s Mustache Party

We recently received news that Nadia Mike will be getting funding from the The Harold Greenberg Fund/Territories Shorts Program for her short film Leah’s Mustache Party. The film is based on Nadia’s book of the same name, and tells the story of a young girl who loves dressing up with a mustache so much that she holds a mustache party with her friends and family. The film will be directed and produced by Nadia Mike, and written by Thomas Anguti Johnston.

A man being lifted by a group of people at Unikkaaqtuat

Unikkaaqtuat featured in Ottawa Citizen following world premiere

Unikkaaqtuat is a live-action performance that blends music, theatre, poetry, and circus arts in a captivating rendition of traditional Inuit stories. The show is a co-production by Taqqut, The 7 Fingers, and Artcirq. Last Friday, Unikkaaqtuat premiered at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Following the premiere, Unikkaaqtuat was featured in the Ottawa Citizen, and was described as a feast for the senses, not only beautifully executed and gracefully performed, but also important.” You can read the full review here.

YMA conference poster (text reads: Children's Youth and Media conference, Toronto November 6-7-8 2019) next to Nadia Mike's headshot

Nadia Mike to speak at YMA conference

Our very own Nadia Mike will be speaking at the Youth Media Alliance’s Children, Youth & Media conference on Wednesday, November 6th. She will be a guest speaker on the “Growing up with Indigenous Stories” panel which will run from 1:15 – 2:30 PM and will speak alongside Monika Ille (APTN) and Jerry Thevenet (Indigenous Writer, Director & Producer, JerryCo Animation). For more information on the conference and where to buy tickets, please visit the Youth Media Alliance website

The characters of Tundra Friends standing together on the tundra with the show's logo in the top left

Melody McMullan and Leslie Pulsifer to pitch Tundra Friends at OIAF Pitch THIS!

Taqqut’s Melody McMullan and Leslie Pulsifer will be heading to Ottawa to pitch our new show Tundra Friends at the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s Pitch THIS! competition. As semi-finalists, we will be competing with ten other semi-finalists for the chance to win the grand prize. Our pitch will occur on Wednesday, September 25th, and you can visit the OIAF website for more information. 

NUNAVUT CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL 2018 WINNERS!

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.

Filming wraps on Anaana’s Tent!

That’s a wrap! After a month of filming the first season of Anaana’s Tent, to air on APTN this coming Fall, we wrapped filming in December.

 

Anaana’s Tent is an entertaining and educational children’s series that mixes animation, puppets, and live action. This series is designed for preschool children between 2 and 5 years old. Anaana’s Tent is loosely modelled after classic educational series such as Sesame Street, Mr. Dressup, and Dora the Explorer. Each episode of Anaana’s Tent will be built around an educational theme and provide developmentally appropriate activities with the help of our cast of recurring characters, cultural performers, musical guests, and animated sequences. Set in the Arctic, this distinctly Northern show will showcase talent from across Nunavut and introduce new cultural traditions and language to children across Canada.

 

Here’s a sneak peek! Check out the photos below for scenes from the set of Anaana’s Tent, featuring our host, Rita-Claire, and guest Celina Kalluk.

 

 

 

 

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.

The Orphan And The Polar Bear Wins Best Animation

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.

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.