January 22, 2021
Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Selections for 2021 Northern Shorts Program
Congratulations to Northwest Territories (NWT) writer/producer Sadetło Scott and writer/producer/director Heather Heinrichs who will receive funding from Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund for their project: nihtâkwikihew/She Gives Birth.
Image: 2021 Harold Greenberg Fund winners: Writer/Producer/Director Heather Henrichs (left image) and Writer/Producer Sadetło Scott (right image).
Co-sponsored by the NWT Film Commission, the Harold Greenberg Northern Shorts fund is designed to finance narrative short films from filmmaking teams across Canada’s three territories, showcasing their creative visions and furthering careers of writers, producers, and directors as they develop their skills.
TORONTO (January 21, 2021) – Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund announced today the latest round of selections for its newly renamed Northern Shorts Program (previously the Territories Shorts Program). The initiative – developed in partnership with Northwest Territories Film Commission (NWTFC), Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC), and the Government of Yukon’s Media Development Unit – provides filmmakers from the three territories with financing for short film production.
The following short film projects each receive $20,000 in financial contributions from the Northern Shorts Program: Irninnu Unikaara from writer/director Ipeelie Ootoova and producer Sarah Jancke; Snow Bear from writer/director Iantha Greer and producer Ely Boivin; nihtâkwikihew/She Gives Birth from writer/producer Sadetło Scott and writer/producer/director Heather Heinrichs.
“Our second round of the Northern Shorts Program has proven once again the wealth of compelling and unique stories being told by the talented filmmakers of Canada’s territories,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “This is an incredibly challenging time for the film industry all across Canada, and we are proud to help keep the cameras rolling and to support these important projects.”
“The Government of Northwest Territories is proud of its filmmakers, and this partnership with Harold Greenberg Fund gives us the opportunity to support a talented team of short-filmmakers,” said Industry, Tourism, and Investment Minister Caroline Wawzonek Northwest Territories. “Congratulations to Sadetło Scott and Heather Heinrichs, the winning filmmaking team from the Northwest Territories, and to all the other well deserving recipients of the Northern Shorts Program.”
“We are pleased to partner with The Harold Greenberg Fund for the second year running, in support of Yukon writers, directors, and producers,” said Ranj Pillai, Minister of Economic Development, Government of Yukon. “This tremendous initiative gives northern filmmakers a boost and helps advance our media industry. Such programs make significant contributions to building capacity and strengthening this industry, which helps diversify our economy.”
“Congratulations to all three projects,” said Huw Eirug, CEO, Nunavut Film Development Corporation. “We look forward to working with the team behind Irninnu Unikaara!”
About the films:
When a young Inuk finds out his girlfriend is pregnant, old trauma is triggered and he flees the house and goes caribou hunting. Out on the land he is led astray by a shape shifter that forces him to face his demons and decide whether or not he can be the father.
When Ali’s twin sister Dea passes away, her spirit returns from the northern lights in the form of a snow bear to console Ali and her family and play an important role in the family's survival.
nihtâkwikihew/She Gives Birth
A young woman only wants to bring her baby safely into this world, but quickly realizes the horrors of the medical system.