THE 6TH ANNUAL imagineNATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL HAS LANDMARK YEAR
The 6th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has come to a close after five highly successful days of bringing together the best Aboriginal works in the world. The 2005 Festival has expanded upon last year's success with significantly higher attendance to all films and workshops. With each record breaking year, imagineNATIVE continues to grow and excitement is already in the air for next year's Festival which will run October 2006.
"This year's imagineNATIVE Festival has completely surpassed expectations; it is by far the best year we've ever had. In the past, the Festival sat on the cusp of something that has truly come into fruition in 2005" says imagineNATIVE Executive Director Danis Goulet. "There has been has been an enormous explosion in indigenous cinema and the overwhelming response we've had from filmmakers, delegates and the public is both humbling and inspiring. 2005 has seen a fulfillment of the Festival's envisioned concept and scope, making this is a landmark year for everybody involved."
The 2004 imagineNATIVE Awards Ceremony took place on October 23rd and the winners list is a reflection of the diversity and quality of the talent at the festival.
CLICK HERE TO LINK TO AWARD WINNERS
CLICK HERE TO LINK TO FESTIVAL PHOTOS
imagineNATIVE is proud to announce the world premieres of Shirley Cheechoo's newest film, Johnny Tootall preceding by Alanis Obomsawin's Sigwan, as the CHUM Ltd. Opening Gala, kicking off this year's Festival. The Gala will take place at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West on October 19th at 7:00PM. The film features Adam Beach (Windtalkers, Smoke Signals) as Johnny Tootall, a young man who is forced to deal with the ghosts of his past and the realities of the present. The film stars an elite cast of Canadian and international actors including Nathaniel Arcand (Ginger Snaps 3, Black Cloud, North of 60), Alex Rice (On the Corner, Thunderbird) and Sheila Tousey (Law and Order, Ravenous). Shirley Cheechoo and Alanis Obomsawin will be in attendance.
This year's Closing Gala film is the Canadian premiere of Trudell, a feature-length American documentary about radical Lakota activist/songwriter/poet John Trudell, which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Director Heather Rae spent 12 years chronicling Trudell's life, from the occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late 1960's to interviews with Robert Redford and Kris Kristofferson about Trudell's work in music and film. Heather Rae will be in attendance as Trudell makes its Canadian debut with imagineNATIVE at 7:00PM on October 23rd at the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue.
From October 19-23, 2005, this year's festival will feature over 100 of the finest Indigenous produced film, new media, radio and art installations from all corners of the world including Finland, India, Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Film program to be announced online Wednesday, October 5, 2005.