imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Announces iNstitute Industry Days

International Networking Dayand
How to Get to Sesame Street (via imagineNATIVE)

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The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is happy to announce programming for iNstitute Industry Days, October 16 - 20, 2018 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This new, expanded five-day conference of FREE panels and workshops is the world’s only dedicated market for Indigenous screen content. These professional development activities bring together industry leaders from around the world in discourse and discussion relevant to Indigenous media creators.

Day one will focus on the digital realm, with activities in the iNdigital Space such as VR Roundtables and the panel discussion The Camera is Now an Actor: How and Why VR is Different from Filmwhere VR makers, designers, developers and reviewers will discuss both the difficulties and the boundary-breaking potential of virtual reality media.

On Wednesday, October 17, three teams vie for $30,000 in cash and $20,000 of in-kind prizing and mentorship at imagineNATIVE’s popular Web Series Pitch Competition, presented by APTN and supported by Technicolor, Innovate by Day, William F White International, TIFF, WIFT-T, T.O. Webfest and new supporters Bedtracks and Bizable Media.

On Thursday, October 18, iNstitute Industry Days will include: On-Screen Protocols and Pathwayssharing insights on new advocacy and structural directions happening in Canadian screen production and protocols; Jesse Wente will bring industry and artists up-to-speed on his directorial role at theIndigenous Screen Office and what’s in store for the coming year; Up Close with NBC, where NBC’s Talent Development & Inclusion Division share over 20 programmes that support diverse professional development and how Indigenous screen creators can get involved; and How to Get to Sesame Street (via imagineNATIVE), an exploration intoSesame Street’s upcoming 50th season with content producers from the world's most beloved children's program.

The first imagineNATIVE Industry Awards Reception on Thursday, October 18, will present the winner of the 2018 APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Open Call and Pitch Competition, along with the inaugural Rising Producer Mentorship Award. Presented by The Canadian Media Producer’s Association, imagineNATIVE and Big Soul Productions, this award will be the first Indigenous focused, executive level producing mentorship that supports one recipient in a one-year tailored program, responding to the gap of advanced Indigenous producer development in the sector.

The DGC Ontario and imagineNATIVE also present a joint Rising Director Mentorship Award. Mentor lead Tracey Deer and a selection committee of Indigenous directors from Canada will create a curated program of professional development, shadowing and networking opportunities to advance one recipient’s artistic and professional goals over the course of one year. Contributions from the DGC Ontario will go directly for mentorship and training.

imagineNATIVE will have their biggest market event in the Festival’s history on Friday, October 19 with International Networking Day. This full-day expanded networking activity, supported by Ontario Creates, will provide nearly 400 separate one-on-one round-robin style meetings for indigenous creatives and industry decision-makers, giving valuable face-to-face time to discuss Indigenous-led projects for screen development, acquisition, sale or festival programming. The closing reception for International Networking Day will include an announcement of the NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize, supporting the development and production of a new interactive screen work by one Indigenous creative team.

The final iNstitute Industry Day on Saturday, October 20 will include: Indigenous Production Roundtable, informing mindful practices and policies for the larger industry of collaborators; Indigenous Creatives in Podcasting - and Beyond!, where podcasting powerhouse Ryan McMahon and contributors share Indigenous success stories in the audio space; and Music + Screen: Inside Storytellers: Indigenous Music for Media, celebrating the world’s first screen production music library created solely by Indigenous Canadian composers and producers, in partnership with imagineNATIVE and Bedtracks.

The  full schedule for the 19th AnnualimagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now available online.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 17-21, 2018

Tickets for single screenings and events go on sale October 1
Call - TIFF Box Office on +1 416-599-TIFF (8433)
Online - TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person - TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON


imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is presented by BellMedia and further supported by TD Bank Group, Royal Bank of Canada and APTN among many others.

Media Contact: Damien Nelson, damien@wantandable.ca, +1 416.693.4425


Last Call for Screening Sponsors!

imagineNATIVE is currently accepting sponsorship for screenings at our 19th Annual Film + Media Arts Festival. Ignite your brand through this interactive sponsorship opportunity. imagineNATIVE offers great benefits that help you reach an Indigenous and non-Indigenous audience from a national and international level (approximately 30,000 guests).

For more information, please contact our fundraising team before October 4, 2018 at fundraising@imaginenative.org.