Telefilm to partner with Sámi Film Institute and Nunavut Film Development Corporation to foster Indigenous coproduction

Montréal, September 5, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is proud to partner with Sámi Film Institute and Nunavut Film Development Corporation to develop a pilot project to fund an Indigenous coproduction, in the aim of fostering collaboration between the different film communities in the Arctic Circle.

In keeping with the objective of building a funding portfolio that better reflects the Canadian population, Telefilm is committed to supporting creative stories that put diversity at the forefront.

“Coproduction is an important driver of our industry that also exports Canadian talent and content to countries around the world,” said Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. “This pilot project contributes to the growth of the creativity and expertise of Arctic Indigenous communities.”

“International Sámi Film Institute is looking forward to this excellent initiative from Telefilm Canada and we hope this collaboration can be the first step towards better international funding opportunities for indigenous filmmakers,” said Anne Lajla Utsi, Managing Director of the International Sámi Film Institute.

“We look forward to working with our colleagues at the Sámi Film Institute and Telefilm,” said Huw Eirug, CEO of Nunavut Film Development Corporation. “There is an abundance of creative talent in Nunavut and this initiative offers an excellent opportunity to collaborate with our fellow creatives in Sápmi to foster and develop circumpolar Indigenous productions.”

About the d International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI)
The International Sámi Film Institute is dedicated to providing Sámi people with the skills and economic opportunities in developing, producing, and distributing Sámi films in the Sámi language. In addition, the ISFI is an institute for promoting cooperation and encouraging productions with other indigenous filmmakers and organisations internationally.

About the Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC)
The Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC) is the film commission and funding agent for the territory and is responsible for fostering and promoting the development and growth of the film, television and digital media industry in Nunavut.