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Stéphane Rituit, Producer

Stephane Rituit has been producing feature films, documentaries and shorts for over ten years. He produced the latest films from the renown filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, as well as several award winning projects such as the feature film Before Tomorrow (2008 Canada’s Best Top Ten by TIFFGroup), the documentary Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change and shorts like Tungijuq (Sundance, TIFF, etc.). He is also the coproducer of the web distribution platform www.isuma.tv (2009 CNMA finalist).

Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Producer

Marie-Hélène Cousineau has been producing and co-directing documentaries, web projects and fiction with Arnait Video Productions for 20 years. She has co-directed the feature Before Tomorrow with Madeline Ivalu which won Best First Canadian Feature at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008.

Susan Avingaq, Executive Producer

Susan Avingaq has been a regular participant in Arnait Video Productions since 1991. She was a key member of the production team for Qulliq, Ataguttaaluk Starvation and Piujuq and Angutautuq as writer, actor and musician. A renowned seamstress and artist in the Baffin region, she is also active locally in teaching sewing traditions to younger Inuit women. Susan was born on the land and moved into town in Igloolik in the mid-1970s, although her family still hunts and camps on the land part of the year. In October 1997, Susan received a travel grant from Canada Council to present a compilation of Arnait works, Taravut/Our Reflections, at the Montreal Maison de la Culture Cote-des-Neiges and the Ottawa School of Art. She also participated in the Pan Arctic Women Artists Workshop organized by the Inuit Art Foundation in 1997. In 2010, Susan was nominated for three Genie awards for her work in Before Tomorrow as screenwriter (adapted screenplay), composer (original song) and art direction.

Madeline Ivalu, Executive Producer

Producer, actress and co-director at Arnait Video Productions. Uvanga is the second feature she co-directs with Marie-Hélène Cousineau

Zacharias Kunuk, Executive Producer

Zacharias Kunuk is a renowned filmmaker whose dramatic feature films include Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, which won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2001, and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, co-directed with Norman Cohn, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Kunuk is the winner of a National Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.