An Iqaluit filmmaker says she's excited her film is up for a big award.

Throat Song was nominated this week for a Canadian Screen Award. The film stars Rankin Inlet artist Ippiksaut Friesen as a young woman struggling to leave an abusive relationship.

Stacy Aglok MacDonald, the film's producer, says the film has been shown at many festivals and events but this is its first award nomination.

MacDonald said she believes the subject matter resonates for many people.

"We've all gone through some sort of abuse or trauma in our life related to alcohol or drugs and violence ... so it really hits home to a lot of people here, because we can all relate to it, and we also want to find the strength to overcome it," she said.

Throat Song was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film award.

The Canadian Screen Awards are new this year. They replace the Genie Awards for film and the Gemini Awards for television.

The awards ceremony will be televised March 3.