As the traditions -- and contemporary representation -- of First Nations people gain more mainstream exposure through film, video and multimedia, the appetite of both First Nations and mainstream audiences has been whetted to see more. People sense, now in the new millennium, that a traditional, indigenous perspective can infuse our latest technologies with additional purpose and meaning. And that these technologies can be used to build community and a shared vision.
The Festival promotion will also concentrate on Ontario-based First Nations Communities to ensure the stories and talents of Aboriginal artists are shared within those communities. Promotion will focus on these communities through libraries, schools, community and friendship centres.
Specific outreach will be focused on young people and school groups for the specially-programmed childrens screening, Childrens Voices, within the Festival. Developing special programs and doing outreach to schools will ensure that the important works of Aboriginal film, video and multimedia artists are shared with the audiences of tomorrow.
International delegates to the Festival will participate in person. Indigenous people from Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Taipai and Sweden will be in attendance. Others will be part of a world wide indigenous peoples video conference , Aboriginal Media Arts in the Millennium, where artists will meet to discuss their interpretation of Aboriginal arts and culture while defining its global direction.