The Orphan and the Polar Bear

A film by Neil Christopher

Canada, Animation/Family Friendly, 2013
9 min, Digital, Color

This film was screened as a part of the 2014 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF17)

This short film preceded the screening of the feature Miradas múltiples, la máquina loca [Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine)]


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 boy learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself. The film has recently begun to play on the international festival circuit, including appearances at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival and the West Chester Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Animated Film.

Texas Premiere

Print Source: Jessie Hale – Taqqut Productions,


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