Behind the scenes of Angakusajaujuq : The Shaman's Apprentice

Friday, September 17, 8 PM  EDT

Kingulliit Productions and Taqqut Productions teamed up with Toronto animation studio Stop Motion Department, (co-founded by Philip Eddolls and Evan DeRushie), to create the acclaimed Inuk director Zacharias Kunuk’s first animated short film Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice (director of Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, 2001).


Several members of the production will be joining in this special panel to reveal behind-the-scenes secrets of this spectacular short film!


This presentation will feature Animation Director and Director of Photography Evan DeRushie, Puppet Fabricator Karen Valleau, and Lead Animator Ghazal Tahernia, who will discuss the roles they played in bringing the film to life. A collection of behind-the-scenes photos and timelapse videos will shed light on some of the unique technical processes used for the film, like the custom-made practical lighting effects, and the giant conveyor-belt used to create a snowy landscape.


Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice is an adaptation of a traditional Inuit story from the North Baffin region. The film brings to life the story of a young shaman in training who must face her first test - a journey into the underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, the young shaman must trust the teachings of her grandmother and mentor, Ningiuq Angakkuq, and learn to control her fear.


The film has already debuted in Europe, winning the FIPRESCI award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2021. Its North American premiere will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival with it’s Quebec premiere taking place right here, at Festival Stop Motion Montreal.  


Stop Motion Department Canada (Toronto)

Evan DeRushie

Karen Valleau

Ghazal Tahernia

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Indigenous Cinema

Short films produced by our roundtable discussion guest speakers, Indigenous Stop Motion Productions, will be featured in a specially curated program of Indigenous stop motion films.


Zacharias Kunuk's film Angakuksajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice is in a competition program this year, the French subtitled version is having its Quebec Premiere for Canadian viewers during the Festival.



Roundtable: Indigenous Stop Motion Productions - Voices and Images

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