What does it mean to be Inuk? Historically depicted as welcoming and friendly people in remote snowy landscapes, in reality, Inuit live across the globe. Using antique wind-up bears, layered animation, and analogue techniques, McIntyre constructs an animated documentary in an exploration of identity and belonging by Inuit, both in and outside of community.
Lindsay McIntyre is an award-winning filmmaker of Inuit and settler descent whose body of short documentaries, animations, and experimental films engage with themes of portraiture, place and personal histories. With a strong interest in DIY, alternative processes, analogue technologies, and making things more difficult, she also creates expanded cinema performances and sometimes makes her own handmade emulsion for 16mm film. After more than 40 short experimental and documentary films, she is stepping up to narrative with her first feature The Words We Can’t Speak (in development) which won the Women in the Director’s Chair coveted Feature Film Award (worth $250K). She is also a skilled Cinematographer (Ste. Anne by Rhayne Vermette, LAKE by Alex Lazarowich, Films Gouvernementaux by Matthew Rankin), and has won awards for her work as Editor and Production Designer.
She is a COUSIN Collective Fellow, a Media City Festival Chrysalis Fellow and she participated in WIDC Story & Leadership, Women in View: 5 in Focus, Whistler Screenwriters Lab and Tricksters & Writers. She has been honoured with the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award (Hnatyshyn Foundation), the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Excellence in Media Arts (Canada Council) and many festival awards. Recent projects include the short drama NIGIQTUQ ᓂᒋᖅᑐᖅ, which won Best Short Fiction Film at imagineNATIVE 2023 and qualifies for the Academy Awards, the animated documentary Ajjigingiluktaaqtugut (We Are All Different), the short documentary Where We Stand, made on handmade emulsion, about the state of analogue film in the digital age, and a monumental projection-mapping installation on the Vancouver Art Gallery about the legacy of residential schools, If These Walls.
Many of her films and expanded cinema performances have been seen around the world including at Oberhausen, MONO NO AWARE, Rotterdam, Berkeley Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Analogica, Anthology Film Archives, WNDX, VIFF, imagineNATIVE, Images, FNC, VIFF, Raindance, One Flaming Arrow, and Black Maria. She has an MFA in Film Production (Concordia) and is an Associate Professor of Film + Screen Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design on unceded Coast Salish territories.