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COVID-19 Weekly Newsletter June 29 2020

NFDC is committed to playing a key role in keeping you informed of the latest news and support systems in place for screen-based artists during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Resources & Opportunities

  • NU FIT (Film Industry Training) will be hosting “Under the Midnight Sun Video Camp”, a land-based video workshop this July!  These hands-on introductory sessions will provide you with the basics of capturing and editing your footage. To register, email .
  • Inter-community travel within Nunavut and the NWT/NU Bubble have come into effect in recent weeks. Nunavut Film has released guidelines for productions resuming operations. You can find the English/Inuktitut guidelines on our website. 
  • Government of Canada announced $133 million in new funding to support Indigenous business through the pandemic and into recovery. Of these additional funds, $117 million will reach more community-owned First Nation, Inuit and Métis businesses including microbusinesses, who are not eligible for existing business support measures. 
  • Producers’ trade body, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), has confirmed it has asked the federal government to contribute CAD$100 million ($75 million) to top up a “pledged reserve” of funds, pooled from the sale of coronavirus-specific insurance policies. Read more here.
  • TIFF has announced that the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival will take place September 10-19.  This year will be a bit different, with the festival offering not only physical screenings but drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets and press conferences. This year’s selection includes 50 new feature films, five programs of short films and industry sessions.
  •  Screen Daily’s article “Telefilm Canada chief talks gender Parity, Indigenous creators and diversity” features Nunavut born and raised Nyla Innuksuk’s Slash/Back and detailed information on financing a representative portfolio of diversity for Telefilm. “To foster the work of filmmakers from Indigenous communities around Canada, Telefilm earmarks $2.89m (c$4m) a year, including production funding and, starting this year, dedicated development funding. The latter funding is intended, says Dickenson, “to get the Indigenous stories properly crafted and written to begin with. If we don’t have that as a starting point, we’re never going to see the right stories on our screens or that Indigenous lens we’re looking for.” Upcoming Telefilm backed Indigenous films include filmmaker Nyla Innuksuk’s Slash/Back.
  • Newest CMF Trend article examines distribution in the age of COVID-19. “While the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled television production, the distribution of Canadian television content has remained strong. With people around the world stuck at home for weeks on end, demand for new content surged.” Read the article here.
  • The Winnipeg Art Gallery is inviting aspiring or entry-level Inuit filmmakers/multi-media specialists to apply to create one or more short (3-5 minute) videos for Gallery’s new digital platform. Deadline for submissions is July 17, 2020. For more information contact
  • A feel good, community driven article in our local paper Nunatsiaq News! Actor/Filmmaker Vinnie Karetek uses the power of storytelling to celebrate Inuit culture. Read more here!