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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 20-25, Online)

“The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announces the 21st Annual Festival will move online from October 20 – 25, 2020. imagineNATIVE will gather community for an online Festival to celebrate Indigenous storytelling in film, video, audio, digital and interactive art. This six-day online gathering will feature over 100 Indigenous artists from all over the world with an offering of live screenings, featured discussions, interactive engagements, live pitches, performances, virtual exhibitions, and other special events. 

In addition to artistic and industry offerings, imagineNATIVE will be ‚Äėgifting from the spirit and for the spirit‚Äô. Items and goods will be gifted through physical and digital giveaways throughout the Festival highlighting Indigenous artists and companies. Grounded in expressions of generosity, the giveaways will acknowledge the continued support and work from our communities. This year will mark an opportunity for imagineNATIVE to mobilize and connect in new, creative and exciting ways!  

‚ÄúWith the community as a priority, the 2020 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be guided by Indigenous practices of gifting and reciprocity. To gift is an act of acknowledgement,‚ÄĚ said Niki Little, Artistic Director. ‚ÄúIt comes with notions of collective responsibility and opportunities to name relationships between nations.‚ÄĚ  

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world‚Äôs largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.”

For more information, please visit:

-from imagineNATIVE

iNdigital Youth Collective Workshop Series (ImagineNATIVE)

imagineNATIVE is excited to introduce the iNdigital Youth Collective to our year round Programming initiatives.

The iNdigital Youth Collective is a group of emerging digital and interactive Indigenous artists based in Toronto and was formed out of a collaboration between imagineNATIVE and ENAGB-IYA. The goal of this initiative is to support Indigenous youth in learning digital creation and building engagement as creatives within the Digital + Interactive sector. Skill- building takes place through practical learning and making, professional development activities, and networking opportunities.

This Collective offers an honorarium and participation in digital media workshops, access to equipment, and an Artists Pass, which includes tickets to films, special screenings, Industry events, and a digital meetup to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2020.

Our first set of activities will be a series of Skins workshops developed and produced by AbTeC as part of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF). These workshops will take place online and require a computer with a stable internet connection.”

For more information, please visit:

-from imagineNATIVE

Open Immersion II: Call for VR Storytelling Ideas by Indigenous Creators

“We‚Äôre looking for Indigenous creators across Turtle Island to bring your nonfiction VR ideas to the Open Immersion Creative Development Lab.In 2016, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Canadian Film Centre‚Äôs Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and the JustFilms | Ford Foundation co-presented OPEN IMMERSION: A Virtual Reality Creative Documentary Lab. This groundbreaking project supported knowledge exchange between six Indigenous Canadian artists and six artists from the American South.

In July 2020, OPEN IMMERSION II will launch as a remote Lab featuring mentorship, training and creative ideation with an opportunity to present final pitch packages to key industry with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

We’re looking for exciting, boundary-pushing, original works that are in the earliest stages of ideation.As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to redefine our relationship with digital technologies, we are excited to bring this opportunity into the homes and workspaces of creators. The framework for the Lab consists of:

  • Three phases of virtual labs
    • Lab Phase 1: Ideation (July 20-21)
    • Lab Phase 2: Creative Development (August 17-18)
    • Lab Phase 3: Proof of Concept Presentation/ Pitch (September 21-22)
  • Project check-ins to guide creators as they work remotely to meet creative targets
  • Presentation of projects to key industry (October 2020)

You’ll develop these creative presentations with CFC Media Lab, JustFilms | Ford Foundation, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the Toronto studio of the world-renowned National Film Board of Canada

We want to know what VR storytelling looks like in a pandemic and we want to push the boundaries of who it‚Äôs made for.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from The Indigenous Screen Office

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 22-27)

“The 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the full programming of works by Indigenous screen-content creators for the Festival, running October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario.

imagineNATIVE‘s previously announced opening night gala on Tuesday, October 22 will be One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On Sunday, October 27, the closing night gala will be The Sun Above Me Never Sets by first time feature film director Lyubov Borisova at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. 

The 20th imagineNATIVE will screen a dynamic selection offeature films including The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, directed by Elle-M√°ij√° Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn;Red Snow, an Indigenous military drama directed by Marie Clements;the world premiere of FUKRY, directed by Blackhorse Lowe; the Toronto premiere of Top End Wedding by Wayne Blair; The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, directed by Shelley Niro; the world premiere of Ruthless Souls directed by Madison Thomas; and the Toronto premiere of Rustic Oracle, by Sonia Boileau.”

The full schedule and tickets for the 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are available here:”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
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Call for Applications: 8th Annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE residency

imagineNATIVE is accepting applications for the annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE Residency professional development commission program for Greater Toronto and Hamilton-Area based Indigenous filmmakers.

The eighth iteration of the annual Residency provides a mid-career artist support and skills development with new video-making technology which for THIS YEAR ONLY enhances the completion of a current production with a commitment to be completed for the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 22-26, 2019.”

For more information, please visit:

-from imagineNATIVE’s website
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Call to Indigenous Creators: Hothouse 12, Paid Apprenticeship at the NFB Animation Studio

“The National Film Board of Canada, in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, is seeking submissions from Indigenous filmmakers and artists of any age who are intrigued by animation art, for the 12th edition of Hothouse. This edition will be a 22-week paid apprenticeship in all-inclusive, real-world animation filmmaking and will be a mix of full-on training and part-time creating.

Orientation, initial training and post production services will take place at the NFB Animation Studio in Montreal, which is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters as Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Once orientation is completed, selected participants will have the option of continuing to work on their projects either from Montreal or their residing territory (urban or remote). Equipment can be provided for those working from their home territory.

We are looking for two Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Metis) artists residing in Canada who are willing and able to create in a hands-on animation experience. This is a chance to explore Indigenous storytelling/artistic practices through animation. Selected applicants will be supported by and paired up with an Indigenous Associate Producer, as well as an Indigenous Mentoring Director, who will both be there to assist each project through production from start to finish in this intensive experience. Hothouse is about re-imagining ways of making animation, ways that are faster, more flexible, and which embrace the many possibilities in the animation process while maintaining creative and technical excellence.”

For information on submission requirements and more, please visit: The National Film Board of Canada’s website.

-from The National Film Board of Canada

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 18-22, Toronto)

“The 18th Annual¬†imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival¬†today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.¬†imagineNATIVE¬†will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

imagineNATIVE’s¬†opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be¬†Waru¬†a film directed by eight MńĀori women, telling the story of Waru, a young boy who dies at the hands of his caregiver. Each director tackles a ten-minute segment of¬†Waru¬†to create one complete, remarkable story through the lens of multiple family and community members as they deal with the horrific loss. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be¬†The Road Forward, a musical documentary by M√©tis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements.


Highlights from¬†imagineNATIVE‘s feature film programs include¬†Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier, the true-crime story revolving around a captivating reclusive woman from a small northern Manitoba reserve whose catfishing of an NBA superstar made international headlines;¬†Sweet Country, from director Warwick Thornton and starring Hamilton Morris and Sam Neill in a period western set on the Northern Territory frontier;¬†Juliana & the Medicine Fish, starring Adam Beach and Emma Tremblay;¬†Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film; and¬†Kayak to Klemtu, the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

imagineNATIVE¬†will also include a diverse selection of short film programs including the return of¬†The Witching Hour, the annual¬†midnight horror/comedy series;¬†Receptors, a series of experimental, dramatic, and documentary shorts;¬†Ambient Light,¬†shedding a light on the polar region with five shorts from Sweden, Greenland and North America; and¬†Channel 51 Igloolik,¬†celebrating 30 years of Inuit video art¬†with a world premiere screening of¬†Bowhead Whale Hunting with My Ancestors¬†by¬†Carol Kunnuk¬†and¬†Zacharias Kunuk¬†‚Äď the first episode from the seven-part television series, Hunting with my Ancestors.

imagineNATIVE is also proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence. Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE will present A Wall is a Screen, a nighttime event that is part-walking-tour and part-film-screening that transforms the way people look at and interact with their city by projecting short films onto various surfaces. This will be the first time ever A Wall is a Screen will feature all Indigenous-made short films.

imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase¬†The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), returns with live performances from¬†Mob Bounce,¬†Kayla Bri√ęt,¬†Ziibiwan, and¬†DJ Kookum, and a screening of eight music videos by Indigenous filmmakers and musicians.

The¬†Digital Media Art+Cade, sponsored by Rezolution Pictures/School√ľ, returns to¬†imagineNATIVE¬†with projects including:¬†The Cache, a digital photo essay from the Ammaaq family, who live north of the Arctic Circle;¬†Standing Rock: People and Pride, an audio documentary by Kim Wheeler;¬†Coyote‚Äôs Crazy Smart Science Show, a video game testing the mental might of the player;¬†Impossible to Contain, a 360 video doc about the aftermath of a diesel spill in the waters of Bella Bella, BC;¬†Purity & Decay, a video game utilizing the popular Telltale adventure game style;¬†Thunderbird Strike, a 2D sidescroller game with the player flying from the Tar Sands to the Great Lakes as a thunderbird protecting Turtle Island;¬†He Ao Kotahi, a web series featuring MńĀori artists in Palestine; and¬†XINONA, a digital animation essay set in an alternative universe where planets are made of kale, kombucha and beer.

imagineNATIVE‚Äôs Art Crawl¬†will include three different locations, showcasing eight exhibitions at seven different galleries. This year‚Äôs¬†Art Crawl¬†will begin at OCADU with two exhibitions:¬†For This Land: Inside Elemental¬†and¬†raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000‚Äď2015).¬†The¬†Art Crawl¬†will then move to the 401 Richmond building with five Exhibition Premieres including:¬†Mourning and Mayhem: The work of Adrian Stimson¬†at¬†A Space Gallery;¬†Channel 51: Igloolik ‚Äď The Filmmaking Process, at¬†Trinity Square Video;¬†Skawennati: for the ages, at The Commons;¬†Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints¬†at Prefix Gallery; and¬†Raven Chacon: Report¬†at YYZ Artists‚Äô Outlet. The evening will end with¬†Installation Preview: Transmissions Part II¬†at Wallace Studios, a behind-the-scenes preview of filmmaker Lisa Jackson‚Äôs first art exhibition¬†Transmissions,¬†as well as watching the filming of¬†Unearthed, a live performance that will be a centrepiece of the installation.

imagineNATIVE‚Äôs FREE¬†Industry Series,¬†presented by CBC and CBC Docs, returns with leading professionals from around the world teaching and discussing topics relevant to Indigenous media creators. The¬†Industry Series¬†running October 19 to 21 will open with a launch and details of the new imagineNATIVE Institute, panels including topics surrounding Indigenous protocols in film and media, the first ever Web Series pitch competition, networking events, and a Sound Design Masterclass with MńĀori artist¬†Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix‚Äôs Okja.

The full schedule for the 18th Annual¬†imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival¬†is now available online at¬†”

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
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The 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Oct 19-23, Toronto)


“The 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is excited to announce the final round of programming for the 2016 edition, running October 19 – 23 in Toronto, Ontario.

On Saturday, October 22, imagineNATIVE will present A Night for Chanie at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, an evening of words, songs, and images, in remembrance of Chanie Wenjack on the 50th anniversary of his death. The event is sponsored by RBC.

Chanie Wenjack was a young Anishinaabe boy who was taken to Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School at the age of nine. At the age of 12, Chanie escaped the school on foot to return to his family. On the night of October 22, 1966, Chanie died alone next to the railroad, over 60 kilometres from the school, but still hundreds of kilometres away from home. His death prompted a coroner‚Äôs inquest ‚Äď the first for a student of a residential school ‚Äď which recognized that the ‚ÄúIndian education system causes tremendous emotional and adjustment problems‚ÄĚ for Indigenous children.

imagineNATIVE presents this special event honouring the memory of Chanie, and all former students of residential schools. Hosted by Connie Walker (CBC), A Night for Chanie will include an introduction by Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission; a reading and book signing by author Joseph Boyden from his new novella Wenjack, illustrated by visual artist and filmmaker Kent Monkman; a screening of the short film SNIP by Terril Calder, written and narrated by Joseph Boyden, which was inspired by the legacy of Wenjack; Keewaydah, a new performance artwork  by Terril Calder as part of her {Re}conciliation project with Joseph Boyden; and a musical performance by Digging Roots.

imagineNATIVE will host the 12th annual Indigenous musical showcase The Beat, presented by FACTOR, on Saturday, October 22 at the Horseshoe Tavern. The Beat will begin by screening eight music videos by artists including Digging Roots, Projek Toombz, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Moe Clark, Clayton Michel, Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, and Sofia Jannok. Live performances will follow the videos featuring DJ Ariel, Shawnee, Wolf Saga, and DJ Shub.

The 3rd Annual¬†indigiTALKS, the Festival’s lecture series, will feature¬†Son of a Sun: The Life, Art, and Politics of Willie Dunn, presented by filmmaker and writer Zachary Johnston, and sponsored by the R&M Lang Foundation. Son of a Sun: The Life, Art, and Politics of Willie Dunn will focus on the life and legacy of this trailblazing filmmaker, musician and artist of Scottish/Irish and Mi‚Äôkmaq blood. Son of a Sun: The Life, Art, and Politics of Willie Dunn will take place on Thursday, October 20 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

imagineNATIVE‚Äôs free¬†Industry Series¬†brings leading industry professionals from across Canada and around the world to an intimate and welcoming setting designed to help advance professional careers of emerging and established filmmakers. The Industry Series will include an Indigenous VR Spotlight, pitch competitions, and panels about marketing and “discoverability”.

The full program and schedule for the 17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is¬†online now. Previously announced programming includes: the Opening Night Gala film¬†Angry Inuk¬†by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril; the Closing Night film¬†Bonfire¬†by Dmitrii Davydov;¬†We Can‚Äôt Make the Same Mistake Twice¬†by Alanis Obomsawin;¬†Maliglutit (Searchers)¬†by Zacharias Kunuk; an International Spotlight on Greenland; and the annual Art Crawl featuring the Canadian exhibition premiere of¬†Wairua, and¬†Indigenous Movie Monsters¬†by multimedia artist Jay Soule.”

For more information about the Festival, please visit:

-from ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival news release
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Call for Illustrations: imagineNATIVE and Setsuné Tote Bag Project


Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival are partnering for the second year on the Tote Bag Illustration Project! In 2015, Victoria Ransom (Mohawk of Akwesasne) was the selected artist for this project. Her work, Turtle Island Harmony, used traditional Iroquois motifs that aesthetically represented the uplifting feeling that happens when Indigenous people from all over gather for special occasions. This year we are seeking an illustration that shows and tells your perspective for the revolution and future of the global Indigenous community.

We are seeking one-colour illustrations from around the world by young, self-identified Indigenous artists aged 16-35. Your illustration expresses Indigenous revolution and the future and will be printed on imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Delegate Tote Bag. We will select one totally rad illustration to be printed on imagineNATIVE’s 600 delegate bags. Delegate bags are gifted to local, national and international guests in Toronto who work in film, TV, broadcast, new media and entertainment. A limited run will also be sold at the Festival’s Welcome Gathering event on opening day of the Festival (October 19, 2016).

Deadline: September 16, 2016


  • Standard CARFAC artist fee (from section B.4.3.1. Cards, Etc. Distributed Free of Charge)
  • Artwork and name printed on 600 delegate bags
  • Networking opportunity, with one (1) imagineNATIVE Festival pass
  • Participate in and/or oversee the product development process
  • Two (2) Delegate Bags for your archives
  • Full sponsorship for the Setsun√© Indigenous Fashion Incubator‚Äôs 2017 Research & Development Workshop Series (Toronto-based, travel/accommodations are not provided at this time)


  • Self-identifying Indigenous woman artist
  • From anywhere in the world
  • Aged 16 ‚Äď 35


We are accepting digital applications to The email subject line should read: ‚ÄúApplication: imagineNATIVE/Setsun√© Project‚ÄĚ

1. In 1 ‚Äď 2 pages, please provide the following as a PDF:
◦ Contact Information

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Indigenous Nation
  • Email
  • Phone

◦ Biography
◦ One paragraph Artist Statement as it relates to future, revolution and Indigeneity.

2. As a JPG, please provide the following copy of your artwork, which should be:

  • One-colour
  • Within 13‚ÄĚW X 14‚ÄĚH dimensions
  • An expression of future, revolution and Indigeneity

If your work is selected, we will require a high-quality vector file of your artwork. We can provide some assistance for this, if needed.


imagineNATIVE and Setsuné artistic leads will select the artist and their work. We will select artwork based on creativity, quality, messaging and aesthetic.
Only the artist whose work is selected will be contacted. The selected artist will be announced on September 19, 2016.

** Email is preferred ** /¬†416 459 8280″

-from imagineNATIVE newsletter
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Bull’s Eye: imagineNATIVE’s search contest for emerging Indigenous music talent ‚Äď Deadline Aug.31



imagineNATIVE with support from Slaight Music are searching for Canada’s newest, unknown music talent and providing them $10,000 cash towards unprecedented opportunities to turn their talent into a career!

Through an online contest, Canada’s newest Indigenous musicians will be invited this summer to submit a sample track of their work to be considered by a jury of music and media arts industry leaders.

Leading up to the imagineNATIVE Festival in October, contest finalists will be promoted through imagineNATIVE social networks with the final nominee announcement the week of the 17th annual Festival. The contest winner will be announced an awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, THE BEAT.

After the Festival, the contest winner will access $10,000 to create a professionally recorded demo of up to three original songs, and to produce their first music video.

The video will then be promoted through imagineNATIVE with the opportunity to travel on the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour to Indigenous communities across Canada.

This is a new, rare and impactful opportunity for supporting new Indigenous music talent in Canada that we hope to build and make an annual celebration.

Get inspired by watching some of imagineNATIVE award-winning music videos on this page!

Share this opportunity (or submit yourself!) under the ‚ÄúSubmit‚ÄĚ button. See Contest rules and regulations for complete details. For any questions, please contact 416-585-2333 or email with the subject line ‘Bullseye 2016’.”


Posted with permission from Savanna Chiblow
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