AIFF participated in Nordisk Panorama 2023

Arctic Indigenous Film Fund participated in the documentary and short film festival Nordisk Panorama, in Malmö from 21–26 September. The film foundation co-arranged a seminar with the festival and presented a short film anthology.

AIFF’s CEO and film commissioner, Liisa Holmberg, moderated a seminar Telling Stories, Creating Futures, that featured three panelists from the Arctic: Alberte Parnuuna (Greenland), Jason Ryle (Canada) and Elle Márjá Eira (Sápmi). In the seminar, discussions revolved around how indigenous filmmaking is shifting and the effects of this change.

Indigenous filmmakers and films have moved out of the margins and more into focus in recent years. Under Holmberg’s lead panelists dug into, what this development entails and how indigenous filmmakers of the Arctic are working together across national borders. It matters greatly, who gets to tell which stories and how they are told. In the seminar, panelists pondered how storytelling through film affects personal and community identity, the role that arts and creative industries can play in potential reconciliation processes, and how film plays a role in shaping the future.

Arctic Chills anthology included films Imajuik, Unborn Biru and Irninnu Unikaara.

Besides the seminar AIFF also participated in the festival film program with a horror short film anthology, Arctic Chills. The series included three supernatural stories created by Indigenous filmmakers from the circumpolar Arctic: Imajuik by Marc Fussing Rosbach, Irninnu Unikaara by Ipeelie Ootoova, and Unborn Biru by Inga Elin Marakatt. Arctic Chills brought audiences into ice-cold landscapes on the edges of survival in the Earth’s Far North, presenting terrifying beings and ancient horrors never before seen on screen.

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