Sámi and Arctic Indigenous producers in Marhcé du Film, Cannes 2023

Arctic Indigenous Film Fund and International Sámi Film Institute (ISFI) together with Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) in Canada will organize a series of meetings and film events during the Cannes film festivals 2023.

We are presenting Arctic Indigenous filmmakers and their work:

  • Linn Henriksen, producer, Norway / Sápmi
  • Oskar Östergren Njajta, producer, Sweden / Sápmi
  • Emile Hertling Péronard, producer, Greenland

The main outcomes for filmmakers and their careers are to get direct contact with the world film business. They will meet and pitch their films and ideas during these events to the film funders, distributors, and sales agencies, which can lead to direct sales now or in the future.

Having an opportunity to be part of bigger Arctic Indigenous film delegation, one filmmaker will get more attention and visibility for their films.  One of the outcomes will be also to give our filmmakers the key to the professional film markets like Cannes Marché du Film to give them more confidence and experience in the future.  Attending the events gives also the filmmakers good credit for their CVs and it will higher their credibility in the global film business.

Time: May 17-21 2023
Place: Canada Pavilion, Scandinavian House / Marché du Film

More information: Liisa Holmberg, , +47 930 36 145


May 18 2023            Indigenous Co-production Forum at 11:00–17:00 in Canada Pavilion

May 19 2023            AIFF Reception at 17:00–19:00 in Scandinavian House


May 18, 2023

Place: Canada Pavilion, International Village

11:00 am            Delegates arrive and day begins

11:15 am            Welcome remarks

11:20 am            Producer introductions

11:50 am            Panel #1: Co-Production case studies with international producers. Moderated by Kerry Swanson, Indigenous Screen Office

12:35 pm           Networking break and lunch 

1:15 pm              Panel #2: Decision-maker panel with funders from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Samiland. Moderated by Erin Creasey, Ontario Creates

2:15 pm              Networking break 

2:30 pm              Roundtables

  • Hosts rotate every 20 minutes for small group discussions
  • Roundtable hosts include representatives from the Government of Canada, Eurimages, New Dawn Fund, TIFF, Berlinale Talents, and Sundance Institute

5:00 pm              Reception with wider Industry attendance

7:00 pm              Event concludes

Special film event from AIFF and American-Scandinavian Foundation on April 21st

The American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund AIFF present a special film event “Climate Action — Future Changes,” exploring the Arctic Indigenous peoples’ fight against climate change through films and media. Arctic Indigenous peoples have a vivid and active storytelling tradition, with stories that have played an essential role in maintaining sustainable living in the Sámi and other Indigenous people’s traditional living areas. By telling their own stories and being in charge of their narratives, they create a new future for their people. This is why all Indigenous peoples must have the ultimate right to tell their own stories about climate change in the Arctic tipping points — ice caps melting, permafrost collapsing, and changing the Oceans and vanishing the snow. How we can fight back?

This panel is being held held in coordination with the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues 2023, tonight will feature a panel discussion with film director Elle Máijá Tailfeathers (Sámi/Blackfoot, Canada), film producer Emile Hertling Péronard (Inuk, Greenland), director Anna Hoover (Unangax̂, USA), and AIFF’s Liisa Holmberg (Sápmi), moderated by Jason Ryle (Canada). Welcoming notes to the program will be provided by Dariio Mejia Montalvo (Chair of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues) and Aslak Holmberg (President, Saami Council). The discussion will be followed by a screening of the documentary short Salmon Reflection (dir. Anna Hoover, Alaska, 2022), and a reception. Read more about the speakers and program here.

This event has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation with Arctic Indigenous Film Fund and the International Sámi Film Institute (Kautokeino, Sápmi), Saami Council (Sápmi), Film.gl Greenland Film Makers (Nuuk, Greenland), University of the Arctic — UArctic — Education & Research Network in the Arctic.

Arctic Indigenous Film Fund AIFF was founded in 2018 at the Indigenous Film Conference in Kautokeino, Norway. The goals of the AIFF are to support, advocate and change financial structures so Indigenous peoples can tell their own stories on their own terms. The founders were the major film institutes and organizations in every Arctic Indigenous area in Canada, Russia, Greenland, and Sápmi.