Indigenous Film Conference 2011 Topics and Lecturers
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Nils Gaup
A Pathfinder in Indigenous Film

Nils Gaup, Director, Sápmi, Norway. After acting in several movies, he rose to international prominence in 1987 with his film Ofelaš (Pathfinder). It was the first full-length movie with all of the dialogue in Sámi. This movie earned him an Academy award nomination for best foreign language film. In his lecture he shared his experience as a director and his immense knowledge in fundraising Indigenous film. His film, “The Kautokeino Rebellion 1852”, made Gaup to a true nestor for Sámi film, he had the courage to visualize a true story that has been a trauma for the Sámi community.
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Erica Glynn
Success Stories from Indigenous Australian Film

Erica Glynn, Screen Australia, Head of Indigenous department. She worked for the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs. Erica’s award-winning short film. My Bed, Your Bed was an international success. She has also made many documentaries including A Walk With Words and Ngangkari about traditional healers of the Central Desert Region. Her lecture was based on the successful work that Screen Australia is doing for the development of Indigenous Film, legally, artistically, and culturally, certainly of big inspiration for the entire film industry.
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Paul Quassa
An Inuit Testimony for Future Generations

Paul Quassa, Isuma, Mayor of Nunavut, Canada. Former broadcaster and journalist, now the key figure in both the political and cultural landscape of Nunavut. As one of the leaders of the Inuit delegation he was instrumental in negotiating the settlements that led to the creation of Nunavut. Quassa has been a major advocate working in the relationship between climate change and its impact on cultural transformation and development in the Arctic region. As a representative for Isuma Productions and Isuma TV, his lecture contained the creation of Canada’s first Inuit independent production company. Whose mission is to produce independent community-based media – films, TV and now Internet – to preserve and enhance Inuit culture and language; to create jobs and economic development and to tell authentic Inuit stories to Inuit and non-Inuit audiences worldwide.
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Cory Generoux
NFB and the Landscape of Aboriginal Filmmaking in Canada

Cory Generoux, Producer of the National Film Board of Canada. Generoux was born and raised in Saskatchewan and is a registered band member of Sturgeon Lake First Nation. His credits include directing the acclaimed documentary “Dogz Lyfe”; Burdens of a Gangsta Rapper. In his lecture he combined his remarkable knowledge in traditional culture of his tribe with his producer skills. His position in National Film Board of Canada is unique, his roll is to produce film with national money. A model that rose very much interest, because many similar institutions finance films but do not follow the work through production.
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Bird Runningwater
Native Filmmaking Through 20 Years

Bird Runningwater, Director of Native American and Indigenous Program, Sundance Film Institute, USA. Has had an amazing career as an associate director, for the, Fund of the Four Directions, the private philanthropy of a Rockefeller family member. The Fund focused on supporting the revitalization of the languages and lifeway of North America’s indigenous peoples. For the Sundance Film Institute he scouts worldwide and across the United States for Indigenous artists with projects that can be supported through the Institute’s Feature Film Program and Documentary Program, He has identified and supported numerous award-winning film projects. In his lecture he shared his rich experience and skills developing an outstanding program for reinforcing Indigenous screen storytelling.
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Mikisoq Lynge
Filmmaking Challenges in a Small Community

Mikisoq Lynge, Greenland, produced the first Greenlandic feature film called Nuumioq. Greenland’s film industry is very limited. And because the country's few filmmakers don't qualify for subsidies from the Danish Film Institute, it has been impossible until now to raise the funds to make a professional feature. “Nuummioq” was possible because Lynge sold a 49 percent share in his company, 3900 Films, to a Greenlandic investment company. The rest of the budget was provided by a slew of sponsors, including Carlsberg and Royal Arctic. In his lecture he shared his struggle a true uphill climb. No doubt “Nuummioq” is a spearhead, the seeds of Greenlands first feature will enrich the Indigenous screen storytelling movement.
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Jason Ryle
The Construction of a Successful Indigenous Film Festival

Jason Ryle, Executive Director ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Canada. The festival showcases, promotes, and celebrates emerging and established Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. Jason Ryle expressed the mission of imagineNATIVE. The festival is the worlds largest Indigenous film festival; it is committed to dispelling stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples through diverse media presentations from within our communities, thereby contributing to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous artistic expression.
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Ole-Henrik Magga
Indigenous Self-determination and Film as Freedom of Speech

Ole-Henrik Magga, Professor, Kautokeino, Norway. Former two-time president of the Sami parliament in Norway, unanimously elected chairperson for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 2001. His outstanding cultural knowledge in Indigenous peoples cultural issues brought great encouragement to the conference. Through his skills he penetrated the UNs Indigenous rights document, regarding rights to express culture. A true inspiring moment, for all who burn for film and Indigenous screen storytelling.
Other Lecturers:
Anne Lajla Utsi, Director of the International Sámi Film Centre
Åsa Simma, Dramaturgist and Script Developer, International Sámi Film Centre
Laila Susanne Vars, Vice President, Sámi Parliament of Norway

Photographer: Sergey Gavrilov

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