Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Baltasar Kormakur to support the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund
Danish “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, his wife Danish-Greenlandic multi-hyphen NukÃ¢ka Coster-Waldau, who is a former Miss Greenland, and Baltasar KormÃ¡kur, the The Icelandic filmmaker whose Hollywood credentials include “Everest” have joined forces to put their promotional force behind the Arctic Indigenous Cinema Fund, established by the International Sami Film Institute in Norway.
The trio of top Nordic talent came on board as ambassadors of the AIFF Fund, launched in 2018 to support the development of Indigenous filmmakers of the Arctic and to support the production of their films and television series.
The Sami are an indigenous people of around 100,000 inhabitants spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and northern Russia; they have a traditional song form called yoik. The group made their mark on the film circuit, with Sami director Amanda Kernell’s âCharterâ representing Sweden in the 2020 Oscar race.
âWe are delighted and honored to support the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund,â the three ambassadors said in a joint statement.
âWe all have deep personal and professional connections to the Arctic and we know the incredible talent that exists there. Indigenous voices must be heard and those in the circumpolar region have urgent, vital and powerful stories of the kind that the world has not yet heard or seen. We hope that the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund will be successful in achieving its goals of supporting Indigenous filmmakers, which will fill a gap in funding and funding for these artists, âthey added.
The AIFF fund was launched in 2018 at the Indigenous Film Conference in Kautokeino, northern Norway. Besides the Sami Film Institute, the the other four fund partners are the Sundance Film Institute, the Canada Media Fund, Greenland Film Makers, the Nunavut Film Development Corporation in Canada and the Archy Film Association based in Yakutia, Russia.
They are currently get more international partners and donors.
Through its existing partnerships, the AIFF Fund recently awarded its first list of Development Grants to the following filmmakers and projects: Kelvin Redvers (Canada) âIce Roadâ; Pipaluk K. JÃ¸rgensen (Greenland) âThis road to meâ; Marja BÃ¥l Nango (Norway “I love my Guodoheaddji”; Eduard Novikov (Republic of Sakha “” At the end of the world “; and Nyla Innuksuk (Canada)” Slash / Back. ”
These projects are in addition to the horror anthology âArctic Chillsâ also supported by AIFF and directed by the International SÃ¡mi Film Institute and ImagineNative,
âIndigenous stories from the terrestrial Arctic can inspire the world towards a more sustainable future,â Anne Lajla Utsi, executive director of the International Sami Film Institute said in the statement.
âOur stories offer immense potential to studios and broadcasters, while also serving a global audience eager to see original stories.â
âWe are delighted to be working with Nikolaj, NukÃ¢ka and Baltasar to continue on our important journey of supporting Indigenous stories and Indigenous filmmakers of the Arctic. There is so much more to come.
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