International Polar Year Film Festival

by NationTalk on September 23, 20091428 Views

Role out the red carpet the International Polar Year (IPY) Film Festival has arrived! The Canadian Film Institute has put together a fascinating collection of films about the polar regions to celebrate IPY and Arctic research and raise awareness of the many challenges the region faces in the 21st century. A variety of films are being featured, including a number of films supported as part of Canada’s contribution to IPY. There are animated short films, documentaries, silent archival film footage, and a TV series, to name a few. And what are they about? Everything from climate change and Arctic seabirds, oil and gas development, and Inuit health, to riding a bike in -40°C Whitehorse.Ottawa Event
Together, the IPY Federal Program Office and the Canadian Film Institute are hosting a three-day IPY Film Festival in Ottawa, September 28 – 30, 2009. Please join us for an evening of film and see the wonders of the Arctic, its history and peoples on the big screen.

Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada,
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Tickets are free, to secure your spot, please contact the Canadian Film Institute at:
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120
Tel : 613-232-6727
Email :


Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year
10 Wellington St, Room 745
Tel : 819-934-1974
Email :


September 28 – 6:30pm
IPY Trailer (5-10 min.)
Archival Film Footage (10 min.)
Field Techniques for Sea-Ice Research – Introduction to Sea-Ice Research, Barrow, Alaska(Maya Salganek, 2009, 15 min.)
Arctic Cliffhangers(Steve Smith, 2009, 52min.)
Guest: Steve Smith

September 29 – 7:00pm
IPY Trailers (5-10 min.)
Archival Film Footage/Films d’archives (10 min.)
Qanuqtuurniq – Finding the Balance-excerpts/extraits(National Aboriginal Health Organization, 2009, 20min)
Arctic Shadows(David Gray, 2009, 52min.)
Guest: David Gray

September 29 – 9:00pm
IPY Trailers (5-10 min.)
Arctic Circle – Episode II: Battle for the Pole(Wally Longul, 2009, 39min.)
Arctic Hip Hop(Randy Kelly, 2007, 53min)

September 30 – 7:00pm
IPY Trailers (5-10 min.)
Archival Film Footage (10 min.)
From the Ashes (Dan Sokolowski, 2009, 4min.)
This Land (DianeWhelan, 2008, 34 min.)
Southern Exposure (Geoff Green, 2009, 60min.)
Guest: Geoff Green

September 30 – 9:00pm
IPY Trailers (5-10 min.)
Melting Lands (Greg Hemmings, 2008, 53 min.)
Guest: Greg Hemmings
Painting Red Square (Max Fraser, 2009, 5 min.)
-40°C (PaulW. Davis, 2009, 13 min.)

Descriptions of Films

IPY Film Festival Roadshow

Interested in learning more about International Polar Year (IPY)? Want to see some cool Canadian and international films about the polar regions? We’d like to help you organize your own IPY Film Festival. Whether at your local movie theatre, museum, community centre, or school, we have a package of materials available to assist you with organizing and showing IPY films in your community!

Interested local organizers will be supplied with the Roadshow Package and you will have an opportunity to create your own IPY Film Festival.

How Do I Get a Roadshow Package?

In order to request an IPY Film Festival Roadshow Package please submit an email proposal with the following information:

Proposed date(s)
Sponsoring organization(s)
Lead organizer
Venue and capacity
Target audience
Promotion plan

To submit your proposal or for any questions please contact the IPY Federal Program Office at, or write to us at:

Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
10 Wellington St. 7th Floor, Room 745
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
K1A 0H4
Phone: (819) 994-1803
Fax: (819) 934-0584

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