ᓇᓄᕐᓗᒃ (Giant Bear)

ᓇᓄᕐᓗᒃ (Giant Bear)

  • 2018 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 12 m 01 s

Centered on a confrontation between the last monster bear and an Inuit hunter, Giant Bear is a chilling short that brings an ancient story out of the North. In Giant Bear, we follow a hunter in the depths of starvation. The snow is thick, his dogs are mysteriously dying and food is nowhere to be found. A quest for answers leads him straight to a nanurluk, an iceberg-sized polar bear, setting up a “kill or be killed” battle that pits one man’s wits against a fearsome foe.

Screening Information
Ngā Mātauranga Shorts

12:45 PM
Thursday 24 September 2020

The Civic Theatre

Recommended for rangatahi aged 13 and up – screening contains strong language & mature themes

Bingo Shorts

6 pm
Saturday 26 September 2020
The Civic Theatre

TRAILER: ᓇᓄᕐᓗᒃ (Giant Bear)
  • Language Inuktitut
  • Subtitle English
  • Indigenous Nation Inuit
  • Country Canada
  • Director Neil Christopher / Daniel Gies
  • Indigenous Key Creative Monica Ittusardjuat & Nadia Mike
  • Indigenous Key Creative Bio Monica Ittusardjuat is an Inuit Language Coordinator working on the Unification of the Inuktut Writing System. Monica is an Inuit educator (M.Ed.), Inuktitut language expert, and Inuktitut editor. Monica worked at the Nunavut Teacher Education Program, with Neil and Louise training the next generation of Inuit teachers. Monica also worked at Nunavut Arctic College’s Inuktitut Centre of Excellence with Louise. Most recently, Monica worked with ITK to travel across Canada working with the various Inuit groups to develop a common orthography standard. Nadia Mike is an Inuit educator, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina. Although Nadia has lived in many communities across the North, she considers Iqaluit, Nunavut, her home. Nadia has two daughters, Leah and Jaime, who constantly teach her to be less serious and enjoy every day. These two girls have also reminded Nadia of the importance of children’s literature, and having stories with settings, characters, and themes that show children that their lives and cultures are important enough to be in books. Nadia loves to travel, cook, sew, and drink strong coffee. In 2014, Nadia published her first book, an Inuktitut-language first-words board book. In 2016, she published Leah’s Mustache Party, her first picture book, followed by Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing in 2017.
  • Producer Neil Christopher
  • Premiere New Zealand Premiere
  • Awards 2019 Athens Animfest (Athens, Greece) - Audience Award Short 2019 2019 Athens Animfest (Athens, Greece) - Audience Award Short 2019 2019 Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, QC, Canada) - Special Jury Mention for Short Film in Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation 2019 Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal, QC, Canada) - Special Jury Mention for Short Film in Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation