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Two Wapikoni shorts at Cannes



First-time filmmakers whose work makes it to Cannes are rarer than rare. Indigenous film at the prestigious Festival de Cannes are even more unusual. But the stars suddenly aligned in 2017 and two shorts directed by budding Indigenous filmmakers will be part of the Cannes Film Market.


Wapikoni Mobile, a non-profit First Nations organization founded in Quebec in 2004 whose activities span multiple countries, couldn’t be prouder of the filmmakers it supported throughout the filmmaking process. INUK HUNTER and NACIMIENTOS are part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent programmes and will screen on May 22 at respectively 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

INUK HUNTER (2016, 4 min) was directed by George Annanack, a photographer from Nunavik, in Northern Quebec. George is a one-of-a-kind hunter; het tracks and shoots the northern lights. Discover the poetry of the sky in INUK HUNTER.

INUK HUNTER is part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent programme #1 and will screen on May 22 at 11 :30 a.m.

Watch the trailer here:

NACIMIENTOS (Births) (2016, 7 min 36) was co-directed by Analicia López, Vicente Pérez, Isac Dogirama, Bonarge Pacheco Jr., Luciani Herrera, Fernandilio Garrido, Jorge Luis Gómez Rodríguez, José Manuel Pimentel, Luris Campos, Karina Chávez and François Laurent from Wapikoni Mobile. The forest’s many leaves and trees act as canvas to support the maternal tale of an elder of the Panama Embera people who shares the knowledge of her people surrounding births.

NACIMIENTOS is part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent programme #2 and will screen on May 22 at 1:30 pm.

Watch the trailer here:

About Wapikoni Mobile

Wapikoni Mobile is a travelling audiovisual and musical creation studio dedicated to Indigenous youth. Since 2004, Wapikoni has visited over 20 communities and accompanied over 4,300 participants who worked to direct close to 1,000 short films translated into several languages. These films have received 146 awards and honours at national and international festivals. Wapikoni mobile is under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.


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