Circumpolar Arctic Film Festival

The Circumpolar Arctic Film Festival will bring together films from across the Arctic related to:

  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Action
  • Clean and Affordable Energy
  • Good Health and Well-Being

Films are open to North by North participants, Museum Passholders, or by registering for the NxN Festival.

Submissions still being accepted at 

Film Festival Schedule

Friday, April 27

12:00p in the ConocoPhillips Gallery, 2nd floor

Film – Between Earth and Sky     Run Time:  1hr 25 min     Directed by Paul Hunton, USA

Alaska has been the source of myth and legend in the imagination of Americans for centuries, and what was once the last frontier of American expansion, has become the first frontier in climate change. Between Earth and Sky examines climate change through the lens of impacts to native Alaskans, receding glaciers, and arctic soil.

2:00 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Gallery, 2nd floor

Film – Keep Talking     Run Time:  1 hr 20 min     Directed by Karen Weinberg, USA

Keep Talking follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders. Their small community travels to remote Afognak Island to start teaching kids Alutiiq. Keep Talking reveals the ultimate impact of language and culture revitalization; joy and hope.

3:00 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Gallery, 2nd floor

Film – The Illuminators     Run Time:  1 hr 8 min     Directed by Antti Haase, Finland

The story of a Baltic German refugee who became the father of light to Lapland, The Illuminators recounts how Lapland was electrified.

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

Film – WE UP:  Hip Hop & the Arctic

Pre-production screening of Anchorage Museum film project, includes discussion

8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Special Festival Film – When They Awake     Run Time:  1 hr 8 min     Directed by Antti Haase, Finland

When They Awake is a vibrant celebration of a remarkable generation of Indigenous musicians in North America, at a watershed moment of social, cultural, and political resurgence.

Saturday, April 28
Noon in the ConocoPhillips Gallery, 2nd floor

Film – Children of the Arctic     Directed by Nick Brandestini, 2016, USA

2:00 p.m. in the ConocoPhillips Gallery, 2nd floor

Film – Angry Inuk     Directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, 2017, Canada

Seal hunting has been a way of life for generations in arctic regions. It is also a very contentious topic on the world scene.  This documentary takes the Indigenous perspective of this topic.

6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium

Feature Film – Sami Blood

Film discussion led by Melissa Shaginoff & Aaron Leggett

Sunday, April 29
12:00 pm in the Art of the North Gallery

Film – Journey to Alaska      Run Time:  1 hour     Directed by Fritz Mueller, Canada

Journeys to Adäka is the story of seven Indigenous artists who look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process. This documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens, and community halls.

1:00 p.m. in the Art of the North Gallery

Film – Three Thousand     Run Time:  14 minutes     Directed by Asinnajaq, Canada

Diving into the National Film Board’s vast archive, Inuk artist, Asinnajaq, parses through a vast and complicated cinematic representation of Alaska Inuits, harvesting fleeting truths and representations via newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and works of Inuit filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, Asinnajaq conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility.

2:30 p.m. in the Art of the North Gallery

Film – Whale Hunting with My Ancestors     Run Time:  40 minutes     Directed by Carol Kunnuk & Zacharias Kunnuk, Canada

Inuit have hunted bowhead whales for thousands of years, using stone tools to hunt these 25 tonne mammals. In 2016, Igloolik received a tag to harvest a bowhead; the filmmakers document this hunt, shedding light on this rich history and culture of Inuit whale hunting.

4:30 p.m. in the Art of the North Gallery

Film – Shift     Run Time:  30 minutes     Directed by Kelly Milner, Canada

“SHIFT” is about the Indigenous youth from Carcross, Yukon who have spent the past 10 years transforming traditional trails around their community into a world-class mountain biking destination – and changing themselves along the way.


Thank you to our 2018 North by North Festival Sponsors