25/5 — 1/6/2022
62nd International Film Festival
for Children and Youth

About film


Section: International competition of animated short films for children

The Orphan and the Polar Bear (2013) 10

Canada | 2013 | 9 min.

According to Inuit oral history, long ago animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear's guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive.

Duration9 min
SubtitleSimultanneous translation into
Directed by Neil Christopher
Screenplay Neil Christopher
Director of Photography Daniel Gies
Music Daniel Gies
Edited by Daniel Gies
Contact Taqqut Productions


Neil Christopher is a screenwriter, director and producer. For his authorial film and literary works he uses themes from Inuit myths and legends, which he's dedicated many years to their research. His filmography includes the short animated works Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves (2011), The Orphan and the Polar Bear (2013) and The Amautalik (2014). The director is the co-founder of the production company Taqqut Productions.This film is a part of the set Competitive animations 8.

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