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Indigenous film office needs permanent funding, says Nunavut film corp. CEO – Nunatsiaq News

Apr 24, 2023

3-year federal funding commitment to Indigenous Screen Office expires in 2024; no word yet on possible renewal

It’s “unfathomable” that the federal government would not commit to permanently funding an organization that supports Indigenous filmmaking in Canada, says the chief executive officer of the Nunavut Film Development Corp.

“It’s a total surprise,” Huw Eirug told Nunatsiaq News in an interview.

The Indigenous Screen Office funds and advocates for Indigenous filmmaking projects, including Inuit projects. It has a three-year funding commitment with the Department of Canadian Heritage where it receives $13 million per year.

That funding is set to end in 2024 with no commitment of future funding.

Nunavut Film Development Corp. has received more than a million dollars from the Indigenous Screen Office over the past few years to support Nunavut projects, according to Eirug.

“It’s substantial,” he said.

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