COVID-19 Resources > Takkuu! Bi-Weekly Newsletter May 3, 2021

Takkuu! Bi-Weekly Newsletter May 3, 2021

Bi-Weekly Newsletter

 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 and Opportunities

  • The Inuit Art Foundation’s (IAF) call for nominations for the Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Award (KAMA) is now live! The award is a bi-annual prize, created to support the practice of a mid-career and established Inuk artist working in visual and performance-based practices. The winner will receive a prize of $10,000 and up to three additional artists receiving a prize of $3,000. 
  • The IAF invites nominations from artists directly, as well as professional acquaintances including curators, gallerists, writers, critics, fellow artists and others in relevant fields, in support of an Inuit artist’s practice. The winner and shortlist will be announced in September 2021.
  • Nominations are submitted through the KAMA website. IAF staff will host a virtual workshop and info session on Wednesday May 19 from 2 to 3:30pm EST. More information, including the meeting link, will be available at the KAMA webpage.
  • Inuit Broadcasting Corporation’s new season of Uakallanga! starts tonight (May 3rd) at 7:30 pm (CT) on APTN’s North feed. Teena Kakee is the show’s brand-new host.
  • The National Film Board is looking to appoint a DIRECTOR OF INDIGENOUS RELATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. The closing date for applications is May 23.
  • CBC Iqaluit have a vacancy for a ‘fluent Inuktut/ English reporter’. They offer training for the successful candidate. Email any questions and your resume to
  • The Minister of Canadian Heritage has begun the process to nominate members to the Canada Media Fund’s (CMF) Board of Directors. The appointment opportunity is for three part-time members starting Summer 2021. The appointment is for a term of four years.
  • The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) announced that its upcoming Indigenous Identity Consultation Process will be managed by the women-led and Indigenous-owned Archipel Research and Consulting Inc.
  • The Canada Media Fund is initiating the process to allocate the remaining $18.9 million in the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund. This additional funding is intended for applicants who have already received funding from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund and who have received funding from the CMF’s Convergent stream or Experimental stream within the last four years. Funding will also be offered to nominated applicants who have previously received support from the Indigenous Screen Office. All eligible applicants will be contacted directly by the CMF Program Officer (CMFPA) to advise them that they can submit their applications from May 4 until the closing date of May 20. Read the news release here.
  • The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has issued its report on the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sports Sectors. The report recommends that the Department of Canadian Heritage strike a committee to study new funding models for organizations in the arts, culture, heritage, and sports sectors. Representatives of the cultural industry, including organizations representing official language minority communities, would be asked to sit on this committee. In addition, the committee structure would take into account Canadian diversity in its membership. 
  • The Canada Council for the Arts published its Strategic Plan for 2021-2026, Art, now more than ever, which focuses on rebuilding the art and culture sector following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Blood in the Snow Film Festival (BITS) is accepting applications for its Horror Development Lab. It’s a development program focused on providing business and production opportunities for genre (horror, sci-fi, action, thriller) scripted projects and shorts films. It will support up to 12 to 15 projects into a feature film or digital web/TV series project. More details can be found here.
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival’s free online industry program has begun! Registration also gets you access to Micro Meetings with CBC Docs, European Film Promotion, TVO and more. Available from April 29 – May 9. Register here: