The Indigenous Film Conference in Guovdageaidnu 2018 has been yet another important step in our continued fight on behalf of Indigenous peoples worldwide to tell our own stories, in our own voices. On film and in any other medium.
Inspired by the words of the conference participants who came to Sápmi from all across the globe we remember that our cinema is the cinema of survival. That Indigenous filmmakers share the right to and responsibility of telling our own stories. That we can bring alive the images of our past, report the realities of our present, and envision the potentials of our future through screen storytelling. And that we will stand stronger when we are standing together.
• Following the Indigenous Film Conference we declare our commitment to make the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund function as a self-sustainable financing, co-producing, and distributing partner for Indigenous filmmakers and screen storytellers all across the Circumpolar Arctic.
• Following the Indigenous Film Conference we declare our commitment to establish more formal film training and education opportunities for the Indigenous peoples of the Arctic through the "Stories from the Ice"-project in an effort to create economic growth and new job possibilities in our regions.
• Following the Indigenous Film Conference we declare our commitment to work on a Nordic strategy for Sami films in cooperation with the established film financing institutions and the governments of the Nordic countries.
• Following the Indigenous Film Conference we declare our commitment to find ways of taking our content closer to audiences on our own terms through new distribution channels and platforms such as sapmifilm.com.
• Following the Indigenous Film Conference we declare our commitment to help protect ourselves and each other from misrepresentation in Indigenous narratives by non-Indigenous filmmakers.
With all of our hearts we thank our sisters, brothers, participants, guests and contributors to the 2018 Indigenous Film Conference in Guovdageaidnu.
Photo: Ulannaq Ingemann