FRAMED Nunatsiavut

In July of 2015, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival partnered with the Nunatsiavut Government to bring the FRAMED film education series to northern Labrador, creating short films with participants in Nain and Hopedale.

FRAMED Nunatsiavut brought the team to Nain and Hopedale for two weeks, creating two short documentary films with local participants who wanted to learn more about the industry. The finished project was a seven-minute short documentary, katatjanik utippalianinga (The Return of Throat Singing). In Hopedale we continued this route by celebrating local world-class artisans. Handcrafted Hopedale highlights three prominent local craftspeople – two carvers and one traditional sewist.

Both FRAMED Nunatsiavut films were screened at various film festivals, including the Dawson City International Short Film Festival in the Yukon, the First Nations Film and Video Festival in Chicago, the Nickel Independent Film Festival in St. John's, the Atlantic Film Festival and Lunenburg Doc Fest in Nova Scotia, and The Explorers Club Polar Film Festival in New York. katatjanik utippalianinga (The Return of Throat Singing) is also programmed at the Charlottetown Film Fest in PEI, the Yellowknife International Film Festival and the prestigious Air Canada's En Route Film Festival, screening in planes around the world as well as various national events. 

They have also screened at To Light The Fire- the NL Indigenous Art Symposium, the Nunatsiavut Heritage Forum, the 40th Annual Labrador Creative Arts Festival, and several private screenings with the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador. These films attracted the attention of The Walrus magazine, who are adding them to their online film library, as well as The Rooms Coffee & Culture event series, which screened both films to a full house. The NFB supported them through post-production services, and have added these films to their permanent library to be screened across Canada. They were also programmed with the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival’s Films On The Go, a three-month screening tour of a collection of short films at various venues across the province.

For more information about FRAMED Nunatsiavut, please contact Jenn at: jenn@womensfilmfestival.com Visit the FRAMED page to learn more about our film education program.