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Arctic Song

Chanson de l'Arctique
Germaine Arnattaujuq (Arnaktauyok), Neil Christopher and Louise Flaherty
2021 | 6 min 25 s
Hand-drawn images with digital painting and animation
Inuktitut with English subtitles

Awards and Festivals

  • Official SelectionAsinabka Festival *Snowscreen*, Ottawa, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionAvailable Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionNunavut International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionSkoden Indigenous Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionReel to Real International Film Festival for Youth, Canada (2022)

Excerpts

Day and Night (48 sec)


Day (20 sec)


Night (30 sec)



Poster


Long Synopsis


Short Synopses


Animation Technique


Pronouncer (Inuktitut)

Images


In the beginning, there was only darkness, and Inuit hunters had to carry small flames to light their way.

In ancient times, great giants moved across the land.

Light spilled into the world and revealed the land’s beauty because of an argument between a rabbit and a raven.

Long ago, simple words held great power. We now have night and day because of two words spoken by a raven and a rabbit.

A polar bear tried to elude pursuing dogs by escaping into the night sky.

The beauty of the northern lights reminds us that our ancestors are still with us.

Team


Germaine Arnattaujuq
Writer/Director


Photo
Photo : Sarah Pruys




Neil Christopher
Writer/Director/Producer


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Louise Flaherty
Director/Executive Producer


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Nadia Mike
Producer


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David Christensen
Producer/Executive Producer (NFB)


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Photo : NFB




Alicia Smith
Producer


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Credits

Written by
Germaine Arnattaujuq
Celina Kalluk
Neil Christopher

Directed by
Germaine Arnattaujuq
Neil Christopher
Louise Flaherty

Producers
Neil Christopher
Nadia Mike
David Christensen
Alicia Smith

Executive Producers
Monica Ittusardjuat
Louise Flaherty
Danny Christopher
David Christensen

Translators
Monica Ittusardjuat
Louise Flaherty
Jaypeetee Arnakak

Line Producer
Rebeka Herron

Production Managers
Rebeka Herron
Leslie Pulsifer
Halley Roback

Art Director
Germaine Arnattaujuq

Animation Director
Leslie Pulsifer

Design Coordinator
Matthew K Hoddy

Concept Artist
Germaine Arnattaujuq

Storyboard Artists
Tindur Peturs
Justin Heymans
Jonathan Wright

Background Artist
Germaine Arnattaujuq

Background Painter
Amanda Sandland

Art Assets
Germaine Arnattaujuq

Animators
Tindur Peturs
Anne-Marie Latanville
Vivian Zhou
Justin Leal

Compositor & After Effects Animator
Matthew K Hoddy

Digital Colourist
Amanda Sandland

End Credit Animator
Matthew K Hoddy

Music By
Celina Kalluk

Audio Recording by
Aakuluk Music

Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer
Michael Carlucci – Provan Sound

Online Editor
Matthew K Hoddy

Northern Reviewers
Roselynn Akulukjuk
Nadia Mike
Andrea Flaherty
Nancy Goupil

Inuktitut Language Specialist
Monica Ittusardjuat

Studio Coordinator
Samantha Cumerlato

NFB Studio Administrators
Devon Supeene
Bree Beach

NFB Studio Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

NFB Production Coordinators
Jessica Smith
Faye Yoneda

NFB Marketing Manager
Kelly Fox

NFB Production Supervisor
Esther Viragh

Translation Coordinator
Dana Hopkins

Office Production Assistant
Melody McMullan

Production Accountants
John Logan
Kenneth Papa

Bookkeeper
Liz Tomkins

Post Production Accountant
Mike Skolnik – Behind the Scenes

Legal Counsel
Eric Birnberg
Karla Bobadilla
Peter Kallianiotis

Insurance provided by
HUB International HKMB Limited

Special Thanks
Cory Generoux

A Taqqut Productions Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada co-production
© 2021 Artic Song Productions Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada



Press Relations

  • About Taqqut Productions Inc.

    Taqqut Productions Inc. is an Inuit-owned film production company located in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Taqqut is committed to bringing the stories of the North to the world and aims to establish itself as an innovative leader of youth and children’s programming.

    The company’s eleven short films have screened at festivals in eighteen countries and have won over twenty-five international awards. Recently, Taqqut Productions completed production on season two of the television series, Anaana’s Tent, which premiered on APTN in early 2020. Season three is in production and will air on APTN on completion. In addition to the series Tundra Friends, Taqqut has also begun development on the feature film Beyond the Inuksuk. Taqqut has production experience with live action, stop-motion animation, 2D animation, and puppets. Working with the Inhabit Media educational team (an award-winning Inuit publishing company), Taqqut has a wealth of stories of Northern folklore to share with the world.

  • About the NFB

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