Indigenous Feature Film Production in Canada: A National and International Perspective Illustrates Growth Potential of Sector

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Toronto, 15 October 2013 – A new study examines the current state of Indigenous feature film production in Canada and demonstrates the potential for growth in this burgeoning sector of the nation’s film industry.Indigenous Feature Film Production in Canada: A National and International Perspective focuses primarily on dramatic feature film production during the five-year period to 2012.

This report documents the rise of Indigenous cinema worldwide and examines Canada’s public funding landscape, identifying barriers and significant opportunities for Aboriginal content creators in Canada.

Commissioned by the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, this report was researched and written by consultants Danis Goulet and Kerry Swanson. Funding was provided by the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s (OMDC) Research Grant Program and Telefilm Canada.

“We are at the threshold of something incredible,” says Jason Ryle, Executive Director of imagineNATIVE. “This report illustrates the great potential that exists throughout the country to tell stories that are uniquely Indigenous and uniquely Canadian. I extend my thanks to the artists and industry professionals who were interviewed for this study, and to our funding partners who made this report possible.”


About imagineNATIVE

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest exhibitor of Canadian and international Indigenous film and media. With a mandate to foster and promote the Aboriginal film and media sector, the organization has created the largest industry event for Aboriginal filmmakers at its annual Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto and is recognized globally as the leading presenter of Indigenous film and media content. The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival was launched in 2000 and is held in October of each year.


About the Ontario Media Development Corporation

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario’s cultural media industries including film and television, book and magazine publishing, music and interactive digital media industries.


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For more information contact:

Jason Ryle, Executive Director, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
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