imagineNATIVE showcases a selection of shorts recognized with Awards during Sunday afternoon’s Awards Presentation. This Screening is FREE and the selected works being shown will be announced Sunday immediately following the Awards Presentation through imagineNATIVE’s website and social media.
Sgaawaay K’uuna - executive produced by the legendary Zacharias Kunuk - is unlike any you have ever seen or heard. It makes history as the first Haida-language feature film and marks the first narrative feature film for both directors. imagineNATIVE is thrilled to present this electrifying and riveting story as our Closing Night Gala.
As part of our commitment to developing and maintaining Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), imagineNATIVE presents our first "Relaxed Screening" at the Festival. This is one of our first steps in a multi-year commitment to enhancing accessibility at imagineNATIVE. These screenings allow those allows guests with various accessibility needs to have a positive sensory friendly and inclusive environment at the Festival.
The visual storytellers/filmmakers in this programme come from the full spectrum, ranging from experienced filmmakers to the newly graduated from film school. While making selections, curator Dorothy Christian agonized over the conventional genres of filmmaking and what they mean to the filmmakers themselves. Wondering from our Indigenous perspective, what and how would we categorize our visual storytelling? That said, Dorothy Christian characterized the films under an expansive umbrella of “social, political, and cultural” concerns of Indigenous peoples, with sub-themes of “lands and waters” and “spiritual and personal experiences”.
Standing the Middle features portraits and gatherings from a range of perspectives where Marjorie Beaucage stands as witness and conveys important moments for women and Indigenous people. This program features only a few of her many documentary works attendant to social and environmental concerns here on Turtle Island and around the globe.
Join Alanis Obomsawin for a compelling discussion on her perspectives on the current state of Indigenous screen production and what she envisions and hopes for the future. This panel will feature a sneak peek at her documentary currently in production.
imagineNATIVE is pleased to present Falls Around Her as this year’s Opening Night selection. Filled with drama and humour, this film also commemorates the first starring role in a feature-length movie for the legendary Tantoo Cardinal.