Danish “Game of Thrones” star Nicholas Coster-Waldo, his wife Danish-Greenlandic multihyphenate Nukka Coaster-Waldo, Who is a former Miss Greenland and Baltasar Karmakur, Icelandic filmmakers whose Hollywood credentials include “Everest” Arctic Indigenous Film Fund, Established by International Sumi Film Institute In Norway.
The top Nordic talent trio has come as ambassadors on the board The AIFF fund was launched in 2018 to support the development of indigenous filmmakers from the Arctic and the production of their films and TV series.
Sami is an indigenous people with a population of about 100,000 across Norway, Sweden, Finland and northern Russia; They have a traditional thematic song form called yoik. The team has made its mark on the film circuit, with Sammy’s director Amanda Cornell’s “Certificate” representing Sweden in the 2020 Oscar race.
We are delighted and honored to have the support of the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund, ”the three ambassadors said in a joint statement.
“We all have deep personal and professional connections to the Arctic and we know about the incredible talent there. Indigenous voices must be heard and those of the sarcopolar region have urgent, important and powerful stories that the world has not yet heard or seen. It is our hope that the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund will succeed in supporting indigenous filmmakers that will fill the funding and funding gaps of these artists.
AIFF was funded Launched in 2018 during the Indigenous Film Conference in Cautocino, Northern Norway. Except Sami Film Institute, The other four partners in the fund are the Sundance Film Institute, the Canada Media Fund, the Greenland Film Makers, the Canadian Nunavut Film Development Corporation and the Yakutia-based Archie Film Association of Russia.
They are currently Protect more international partners and donors.
Through its existing partnership, AIFF Fund recently provided the first slate of development grants to the following filmmakers and projects: Kelvin Redverse (Canada) “Ice Road”; Pipaluk K. Marja Bull Nango (Norway “I love my Guado Hedge”; Eduard Novikov (Sakha Republic) “End of the World”; and Nayla Inukusuk (Canada) “Slash / Back.”
These projects are supported by “Arctic Chills” horror anthology as well as AIFF and are being observed by the International Sumi Film Institute and Imagine Native,
In a statement, Ann Lazla Utsi, managing director of the International Sumi Film Institute, said, “Indigenous stories from around the world can inspire the world for a more sustainable future.”
“Our stories offer endless possibilities for studios and broadcasters, as well as serving a global audience that wants to see original stories.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Nichols, Nukka and Baltasar on our important journey to support indigenous storytelling and indigenous filmmakers from the Arctic. There is much more to come.”