Join us for family-friendly films and fun! This year’s REELkids at ReFrame program features animated and live-action shorts from the North, as well as a live circus performance!
Live performance by circus artists, Guillaume Ittukssarjuat Saladin from Igloolik and Yamoussa Bangoura from Guinea, the stars of Circus Without Borders
Tide | Ericka Chemko | 4 min. | Canada
A beautiful short film that captures the majesty of ice sculpted by wind and water. Time-lapse imagery reveals the dynamic intertidal dance of water and ice in the Arctic.
Inuit High Kick | Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | 3 min. | Canada
An ancient test of athleticism and skill is dramatically and sensuously portrayed in this short film. Johnny Issaluk, a long-time Inuit games athlete from Chesterfield Inlet who now lives in Nunavut’s capital of Iqaluit, shows the viewer how truly awe-inspiring the one-foot high kick event is. In super slow-motion, Johnny jumps several feet into the air, kicks a seal skin target, and lands on the same foot he kicked with, never losing control or balance.
Family Making Sled | Rosie Bonnie Ammaaq | 5 min. | Canada
A man threads rope through runners and slats, expertly tying the knots that hold them together. Meanwhile, a woman and her child cut up cardboard, shaping and decorating the pieces to create their own stylized sleds. Family Making Sleds is an homage to the skill of building sleds, and the sheer joy of racing down a hill.
If You Want to Get Married… You Have to Learn How to Build and Igloo | Allen Auksaq | 5 min. | Canada
In the spirit of the 1949 NFB classic How to Build an Igloo, Director Allen Auksaq records Dean Ittuksarjuat as he constructs the traditional Inuit home. From the first cut of the snow knife, to the carving of the entrance after the last block of snow has been placed on the roof, this is an inside-and-out look at the entire fascinating process.
Little Folk of the Arctic | Neil Christopher | 3 min. | Canada
This short vignette introduces viewers to the little folk of the Arctic. In the folklore of most cultures around the world there are stories of magical little folk. And the Arctic is no exception. Inuit traditional knowledge is filled with references to many different races and tribes of little folk. These beings always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have gathered stories and experiences to help us understand these small inhabitants.
The Bear Facts | Johnathon Wright | 4 min. | Canada
In this animated short, a self-important colonial explorer emerges from a sailing ship and plants a flag on the Arctic ice as a bemused Inuit hunter looks on. Then the explorer plants another, and another, and another, while the hunter, clearly not impressed that his land has been “discovered,” quietly goes about his business. In this charming and humorous re-imagining of first contact between Inuit and European, Jonathan Wright brings us the story of a savvy hunter and the ill-equipped explorer he outwits.
Hila | Adam Bentley | 3 min. | Canada
A woman fulfills her two passions of snowshoeing and dancing.
Inngiruti – The Thing That Sings | Nyla Innuksuk | 5 min. | Canada
In Pangnirtung, 2 elders reminisce about the dances held in their community 50 years ago. One of the elders is master accordion player Simeonie Keenainak, and pretty soon he is making toe-tapping music with his instrument. In this celebration of the pleasures of music and dance, Keenainak plays for the enjoyment of friends, family and the community at large.