imagineNATIVE & Charles Street Video 8th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVe residency

New Opportunity for Enhanced Support
for Projects-in-Progress

Application Deadline: April 26th, 2019.


imagineNATIVE is accepting applications for the annual Charles Street Video/imagineNATIVE Residency professional development commission program for Greater Toronto and Hamilton-Area based Indigenous filmmakers. 

The eighth iteration of the annual Residency provides a mid-career artist support and skills development with new video-making technology which for THIS YEAR ONLY enhances the completion of a current production with a commitment to be completed for the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 22-26, 2019.

Past Recipients include Jennifer Dysart, Cara Mumford and most recently Jonathan Elliot for Her Water Drum (2018).

This program offers the opportunity to enhance a current project create a short film (5-10min) using in-kind and monetary resources of the partnering artist-run centre (upto $5000 value), plus a $1,000 CAD bursary, along with mentorship support.

Eligible applicants must adhere to imagineNATIVE's Artistic and Programming Policies.

Full listings for the individual programs with the partner organizations are listed below:

Please note: We welcome projects of any subject matter or treatment that further develops your artistic practice. However, projects must be realistic in scope within the services provided by the residency and must be completed and be delivered as a digital file to imagineNATIVE by September 9, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

• This call is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit, other international Indigenous) candidates only

• Individuals who will be working on existing commissions received by or through imagineNATIVE for the 2019 festival are not eligible to apply for this project

• Preference will be given to mid-career and senior artists. Emerging artists may apply if they have completed a minimum of 2 projects

• Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend CSV training workshops (schedule to be determined upon selection). We strongly encourage applicants who are independent, deadline driven and self-starters

• You must live in Toronto or within commuting distance from the city in order to access CSV workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship.

Your Application Must Include:

• One to one-half page short video idea and treatment between 5-10 minutes (max).

• A half to one-page statement on why you would like to participate and how you would benefit from this residency.

• Your bio (no resumes or CVs please). Please be certain to indicate past experience with film and other artistic mediums, if any, and your Indigenous affiliation.

• One to two samples of previous work as online links or DVD (please contact if this is your preference) of maximum 20 minutes in length

• Contact info, including email, mailing address and phone number.

• Email application to: and

Should you have additional questions, please contact Adriana Chartrand at (416) 585-2333 ex. 5 or

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 26, 2019.

About Charles Street Video

Charles Street Video is a video production/post production facility for artists and is dedicated to providing its members with affordable access to a range of electronic media production tools, technical support and training. The centre provides opportunities through residencies and a youth production program. It also supports opportunities through workshops, orientations, scholarships, a newsletter, and sponsorship of screenings.

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the largest international festival of its kind that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. The imagineNATIVE Institute, a department within the organization, also runs year-round professional development opportunities for Indigenous screen creatives, and hosts a series of industry relevant talks each Spring.

Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival's screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. This year’s festival runs Oct. 22-27, 2019.