22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024


Canada, 2022: 89 minutes: Alberta Premiere
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A young girl raised by a polar bear pursues her destiny after escaping capture by brutal warriors’ intent on killing her mother.

Set in 2144 against the harsh backdrop of a frozen wasteland, Sumi, a human child raised by Mama Polar Bear, narrowly escapes capture from a brutal Morad hunting party and sets out across the vast winter landscape. When Sumi stumbles across Frozen Girl, an unlikely friendship is forged and together they race ahead of the vindictive hunters towards the only guiding light Sumi knows, the Polaris star.

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Writer/Director KC Carthew’s multiple-award winning debut feature, THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT (2017) starring Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (RESERVATION DOGS), sold worldwide and was released theatrically in Canada, the USA and Australia. Recognized for spectacular world-building in her visual storytelling, Carthew excels in bringing forth award-winning performances, cultivating innovation and pushing both technical and narrative elements to new heights in her work. POLARIS is her second feature film.

press for Polaris

"A post-apocalyptic trudge through the Canadian wilds with tinges of Mad Max and an all-female-identifying cast."
- Ryan O'Rourke, Collider
"When taken for its visuals, incredible performances and world-building, Polaris is a worthy entry in post-apocalyptic cinema’s hallowed halls."
- Rue Morgue Magazine
"Kirsten Carthew’s post-apocalyptic ice-age adventure mystery sees a young girl raised by a polar bear and elevated to the stars."
- Projected Figures


Narrative / Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Adventure / Woman Director

- Without dialogue
89 minutes


KC Carthew

Max Fraser
Paul Cadieux
Alyson Richards
KC Carthew

KC Carthew

David Schuurman

Viva Lee
Muriel Dutil
Charlene Abraham
Dinah Gaston



Winner, Audience Choice Award, Sydney Science Fiction Film Festival 2022

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