A new Arctic Indigenous Film Fund has been launched at the Indigenous Film Conference in Kautokeino last week.

The fund aims to support the development and production of indigenous film projects in the Arctic as well as encourage co-productions and strengthen collaboration between film institutions, companies, producers and universities.Activities will focus on capacity building, climate, environment, indigenous land rights and indigenous knowledge. The Fund aims to be self-sustaining with return on investments.

It aims to support films from Canada, Greenland, Sapmi, and Russia.

The International Sami Film Institute is the main organiser of the fund, but other partners include the Canada Media Fund, Greenland Film Makers, Nunavut Film Development Corporation in Canada, and Archy Film Association based in Yakutia, Russia. The Sami Film Institute is hoping to add an Alaskan partner later this year.

Filmmaker David Lynch sent a message of support for the new fund to be shared at the three-day conference, which has welcomed 130 participants from across the globe.

Cover image via Canada Norway

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.


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