NFB Inuit and Arctic films showcased in Canadian Museum of Nature’s Extraordinary Arctic Festival
Montreal, March 27, 2013 ― As the world’s leading producer of Inuit cinema, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has worked with artists and communities across the North to create a rich audiovisual legacy of Inuit and Arctic history, culture and stories. From April 4 to 28, a selection of some of the NFB’s finest works will be on display in the nation’s capital, as part of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Extraordinary Arctic Festival.
Twenty-four NFB films will be featured in total: new and classic documentaries, including a special screening of the 2012 documentary Vanishing Point, as well as animated shorts from each of the four Inuit regions: Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit. There’ll also be an interactive igloo experience for children and families.
This new partnership with the museum is part of a far-ranging commitment at the NFB to make the stories of Inuit and Arctic peoples available to Canadians everywhere, in the North and South, in communities large and small. The NFB’s involvement in the Extraordinary Arctic Festival follows its release of the landmark audiovisual project Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories, which brings together more than 70 years of NFB films by and about the Inuit.
The Extraordinary Arctic Festival is organized by the Canadian Museum of Nature in partnership with the NFB, Students on Ice, and in collaboration with the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene, the largest gathering of northern artists ever presented outside the region; the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, and Nunavut Sivuniksavut.
NFB daily and weekend programs have been selected from Unikkausivut: Sharing Our Stories, and all screenings will be preceded by a short film presentation about the NFB’s landmark audiovisual project (except on April 11).
Daily and weekend program
NFB Arctic films will be presented on Thursday evenings, April 4, 18 and 25. French-language versions will be screened at 5:15 p.m., with screenings in English beginning at 7:00 p.m
On weekends and Earth Day, the Extraordinary Arctic Festival will feature a daily animation program along with five different family programs, on April 6 and 7; April 13 and 14; April 20, 21 and 22 (Earth Day); and April 27 and 28. The animation program will screen at 9:30 a.m., with afternoon family programs presented in French at 2:30 p.m. and in English at 3:45 p.m.
Special screening of Vanishing Point
On April 11 at 7:30 p.m., there will be a special screening of the new NFB feature documentary Vanishing Point. Directed by Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs, it tells the story of two Inuit communities of the circumpolar north—one on Canada’s Baffin Island, the other in Greenland—facing rapid social and environmental change.
Presented as part of the Museum’s de Natura series, Vanishing Point will be shown in its Inuktun version, with English subtitles. Stephen A. Smith will be at the screening to answer questions after.
NFB animation at Nature Nocturne
On April 26, a program of NFB animated films will be showcased during Nature Nocturne, a thought-provoking, interactive, immersive and musical experience, from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Build an Igloo interactive activity
Using the NFB’s popular classic How to Build an Igloo as inspiration, Build an Igloo will allow children and families to create a snug, life-sized shelter just like the Inuit in Canada’s North. Offered April 6 and 7, April 13 and 14, and April 20, 21 and 22 (Earth Day) in the rotunda of the museum, this activity will include screenings of How to Build an Igloo, one of the NFB’s most popular films online, as well as projections inside the igloo structure.
For complete details, visit the Canadian Museum of Nature website or call 800-263-4433 or 613-566-4700.
About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada creates groundbreaking interactive works, social-issue documentaries and auteur animation. The NFB’s award-winning content can be seen at NFB.ca and on apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV. Canada’s public producer and distributor since 1939, the NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 6 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.
Jennifer Mair, NFB Publicist
Lily Robert, Director, Corporate Communications, NFB