We Raise the
Voices of the
Arctic Indigenous Film Fund (AIFF) supports films and filmmakers with Indigenous origins. Our activities focus on the environment, Indigenous knowledge and land rights, sharing knowledge of climate change and building capacity for the arctic filmmaking.
OUR PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
Stories of Filmmakers
”AIFF doesn’t only support the filmmakers but also works for the better community and people.”
Suvi West is a Finnish Sámi director and screenwriter. West is especially known for the TV series Märät säpikkät / Njuoska bittut. In addition to making films, she was the head of the Film Center for Indigenous Peoples from 2009 to 2011.
With AIFF’s support and help West has been able to launch her newest documentary film Eatnameamet – Hiljainen taistelumme (Eatnameamet – our silent fight), screened in 2021. The documentary won the Church Media Foundation award and the audience award at the Tampere Film Festival.
AIFF funded the post-production of Nyla’s feature film Slash / Back, which premiered in 2022.
Nyla Innuksuk is an Inuk artist who makes films, media art, and VR content. Nyla was born in Igloolik, Nunavut, and grew up in Iqaluit. Her short film Kajutaijuq premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was featured in TIFF’s 2014 Canada’s Top Ten Festival.
Pipaluk K. Jørgensen
AIFF has supported Pipaluk’s second feature film, This Road of Mine, with a development grant. The anticipated release of the film is in 2023.
Pipaluk K. Jørgensen has built her company, Karitas Production, to be one of the first companies in Greenland to produce international and local productions. In 2019 she opened her first global film company UnoFilm and was a partner in the Icelandic-Greenlandic company Polarama. She is currently working as a writer for a Hollywood TV series.
AIFF has funded the development of Redvers’ first feature film Ice Road, which will be released in 2023.
Kelvin Redvers is Dene from the Deninu Kųę́ First Nation and grew up in Hay River, Northwest Territories. He majored in film production at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he gained proficiency in writing and directing his first short films. Redvers has created the concept for the documentary series High Arctic Haulers while also acting as a consulting producer and director on the show.
Become a part of arctic stories by funding AIFF
AIFF has power to bring indigenous arctic stories to the screen like never before. By funding us you support filmmaking in the Arctic region in sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
Open Calls for Filmmakers
Training program: The Witness Series
Mentoring and production grants for short films.
Open call until: 15th March 2023 (extended)
Production Support and Funding
The application starts in autumn 2023.
Arctic Indigenous Film Fund
Box 203, 9521 Kautokeino
Our Film Commissioner Liisa is a Sámi filmmaker who originates from the Finnish side of Sápmi. She has worked as a producer, production manager, and consultant in the film business. As a film commissioner, she supports Indigenous filmmakers in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Sápmi, and Russia. Contact Liisa if you have questions about ways of funding, AIFF’s activity, or applications!