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.
Join Co-Hosts Andre Morriseau (Ojibway) of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and Melanie Nepinak Hadley (Ojibway) of the CBC, as we announce the Juries’ picks for this year’s prizes!
Our 19th Annual Awards Presentation is an afternoon to celebrate and recognize Indigenous achievement in film and media arts.
Memory, culture and identity are often intertwined within a societal pursuit to archive, collect, transcribe or interpret. This collection of films explores the process of archiving and contemplates what - or who - is an “object” and “subject”, meanings of which can at times be an act of captivity and other times an act of freedom.
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”.