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A Review of the Arctic Indigenous Audiovisual Sector in Canada

Press Release

15 February 2024

The International Arctic Indigenous Film Fund (AIFF) commissioned the international screen sector consultancy Olsberg•SPI (SPI) to provide an in-depth and comprehensive review of the Arctic audiovisual sector in Canada and across Arctic borders.

Aligned with Telefilm Canada’s circumpolar partnership with the AIFF, Telefilm invested in this study as part of its commitment to improve its support of Indigenous cinema, particularly those in the Arctic region.

The study focuses primarily on the Canadian Arctic region Nunavut, along with some analysis of Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

This extensive review explores the following key focus areas:

  • Current pattern and spread of audiovisual activity across the region.
  • Existing support infrastructure for Arctic Indigenous audiovisual creators, including key gaps.
  • Key limiting factors hindering Arctic Indigenous audiovisual creators from developing creatively and commercially.
  • Opportunities (regional, national, and international) available to the Arctic Indigenous audiovisual sector.
  • Interventions needed to overcome challenges and connect the sector to current and future opportunities.

The Executive Summary of the Review of the Arctic Indigenous Audiovisual Sector in Canada is available here.

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