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Takkuu! Bi-Weekly Newsletter February 22, 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

  • Friends of Derek Mazur are invited to join his family in celebration of his life by ZOOM on Saturday, February 27 at 4:00PM Eastern. Click HERE to join Event Online. If you can’t join online, you can call in by phone: +1 778 907 2071. Meeting ID: 980 2296 8467. *Please login 10 minutes before the scheduled start time* The event will feature friends and family from Derek’s life. Please feel free to post condolences on This site also includes an obituary by his family. An obituary was also posted in the Winnipeg Free Press last week.
  • The Toronto Film Critics Association (TFCA) announced recently that Jason Ryle, the Indigenous producer, curator, story editor and past imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival executive has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Clyde Gilmour Award. Zacharias Kunuk was the award recipient in 2017. Congratulations to Jason who has been a good friend and supporter of Nunavut’s screen industry over the years.
  • Listen to Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, who was featured in the feature documentary Inconvenient Indian, discuss the ethics and responsibility of storytelling on a CANADALAND podcast, and why the Michelle Latimer controversy has been hurtful to so many Indigenous people.
  • Iqaluit’s Miali-Elise Coley-Sudlovenick’s play Blackberries is available to view on CBC Gem. Her play is directed by Alicia Harris (whose film Pick is currently in the Oscar race for Best Live Action Short Film) and acted by Adeline Bird. Season 1 and 2 of Obsidian Theatre’s 21 Black Futures is now available to watch on CBC Gem. Read more about Miali here.
  • Amazon Prime Video has unveiled a significant investment of $1.3 million to programs supporting Black, Indigenous and people of colour creatives. The U.S. streamer has launched a new $100,000 pitch program in partnership with the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO). The pitch program will provide a $10,000 development grant to up to 10 applicants. Those selected will also take part in a two-day pitch event set for early April 2021, where participants will have an opportunity to pitch their project to executives at Amazon Studios. Guidelines available here and all ISO funding programs available here.
  • The Government of Canada has proposed extensions to various financial programs designed to ease the negative economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the proposed changes, the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) could be extended by 12 weeks, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) could be extended to four weeks, and Employment Insurance could be extended to 50 weeks if claimed between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021. Read more in CBC and Global.
  • Telefilm Canada, in collaboration with the Canada Media Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, is now accepting applications from Canadian production companies specializing in documentary production (television format) who would like to take part in a new initiative, RDVCANADA | Meet the Docs 2021. This initiative will enable a maximum of ten producers, representing a production company, to benefit from exclusive and personalized guidance (networking, B2B meetings, consultant, etc.) for six months covering four events (MIPTV, Hot Docs, Sunny Side of the Docs and MIPCOM) by two external experts from the audiovisual industry. More details here.
  • The 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which takes place from September 9 to 18, is accepting submissions through various deadlines until May 28, 2021.