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Project Location: Iqaluit, Nunavut
Program: Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development – Innovation and Knowledge
Sector: Skills Development

The North – its people, its landscapes, and its communities – is increasingly being used to create Canadian and international films. In the past few years, several films have been shot in Iqaluit, Nunavut and production companies are looking for skilled local labour.  In response to this growing economic sector, Creative Films Inc., a film production company based in Iqaluit, held educational workshops during production and post-production of the Iqaluit-filmed movie "Two Lovers and a Bear." Supported by funding from CanNor, the workshops were produced by the movie's award-winning director, Kim Nguyen. Workshops focused on key movie production skills including directing, producing, cinematography, production assistance, set design, lighting, sound, camera work, and construction.

CanNor invested $95,000 in this project to increase local knowledge in film production, provide training, and support increased employment of Inuit in Nunavut. Those who received this movie production training are considered professionally trained crew members and are now sought after for new film and television production taking place in Nunavut this year. "Two Lovers and a Bear" had its world premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival in France in May, 2016.

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