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Canada – Nunavut

Nunavut Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Nunavut? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Nunavut? See below for an introduction to Nunavut locations, permits, when to shoot, talent, crew, equipment, transportation, tax incentives, and film friendly hotels.

Film Locations. Nunavut is a vast frozen wilderness with ice-capped mountains, ice floes, deep fjords, and a rugged Arctic coast. It is both the least populous and the largest in area of the provinces and territories of Canada. The capital Iqaluit is home to less than 7000 people. Alert is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world. Nunavut is known for spectacular other-worldly landscapes such as Baffin Island, Polar bears wandering endless frozen tundra, and 500,000 migrating caribou roaming the Thelon Wildlife Sanctuary. National Parks of note include Auyuittuq, Sirmilik, Quttinirpaaq, and Ukkusiksalik.

Nunavut has hosted films including Two Lovers and a Bear, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, and Map of the Human Heart.

Nunavut Film Location Permits are required for filming in Territorial Parks and National Parks. Wildlife Permits are required for productions involving close interactions with animals. Filming on Inuit lands also requires consultation and permission from local authorities. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Nunavut has a polar climate with severely cold winters and mild summers. Most of the Arctic is a polar desert where rainfall is uncommon.

Summer months above the Arctic Circle have 24 hours of sunlight. Colorful Arctic flowers bloom, some for just a few days. Summers have very intense light conditions so camera filters may be required. Note, summers see a lot of mosquitoes.

Winter comes early with average temperatures well below freezing. Winter months above the Arctic Circle experience 24 hours of darkness.

Nunavut experiences the meteorological phenomenons Diamond Dust and Sun Dog. The Aurora Borealis is best photographed from September to March.

January sees Inuit celebrations marking the return of the sun and April sees festivities marking the return of spring. Events include everything from igloo building and seal skinning, to dog sledding and snowmobile races. The Northwest Passage Marathon takes place in July / August every year.

Talent. The majority of the population is Inuit.

Crews and equipment can be flown in from Toronto or Montreal. Canadian crews are very experienced in working in cold and challenging conditions.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Nunavut.

Transportation. Access to Nunavut is only possible by air and sea. Distances are vast and roads are very limited so getting to and from the different communities is best done by air. Shorter distances can be covered by ATV, snowmobile or dog sled.

Tax Incentives. Nunavut offers eligible productions a rebate of 17% on costs of production goods and services purchased and consumed in Nunavut.

Accommodation. Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Iqaluit and other areas of Nunavut.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Nunavut, please see below:

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Nunavut, please contact us.

Down Time. Stay the night in a real igloo.