imagineNATIVE Announces 2016 Mini-Lab call for applications

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imagineNATIVE and DGC Ontario grow partnership with inaugural Mini-Lab for Canadian Indigenous Film Directors

imagineNATIVE with support of the Directors Guild of Canada - Ontario announces the organisation’s first professional development lab for emerging Indigenous Directors in Canada looking to gain perspective and expand connections within the media arts industry’s directorial platforms.

The imagineNATIVE Mini-Lab for Indigenous Canadian Indigenous Film Directors is designed to hone the skills and knowledge base of emerging Canadian Indigenous directors through dedicated one-on-one engagement with an established Indigenous creative industry leader.

For 2016, imagineNATIVE has invited mentor Tracey Deer (Mohawk) to lead this new initiative. 

Through a public application process, imagineNATIVE will invite four emerging Canadian Indigenous directors – with minimal credits on professionally presented short or feature film work – to participate in a three-day “mini-lab” with Deer. The lab itself will be grounded in Indigenous traditional concepts of respect, sharing and knowledge acquiring which make this a unique professional development opportunity. 

The imagineNATIVE Mini-Lab for Indigenous Canadian Indigenous Film Directors is now accepting applications. You can read more about the application here. Deadline for submission is September 25, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their results by October 1, 2016.

Find out more about this Mini-Lab here!


imagineNATIVE Story Lab

Born of the desire to give support for works in progress and to create development opportunities for screenwriters at the Festival, the Story Lab brings together industry professionals and some very lucky scripts.

Up to six (6) selected script and participants will be assigned in groups of three to industry mentors, who will spend 90 minutes helping to strengthen these short film projects forwards production. Participants will be expected to contribute to the discussion of two other projects at the table (scripts to be sent a week before the Festival), and will also receive feedback/suggestions on their project in a group-learning environment led by the mentor.

Each project is allotted 30 minutes of discussion time.

Confirmed 2016 Screenwriting Mentors include John Galway (President, English Language Program at Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund) and 2015 Story Editing Mentorship recipient, Eva Thomas .

The deadline for submissions is September 28 at 9AM EST.

Find out more about this Mini-Lab here!


imagineNATIVE / CMPA Mini-Lab for Canadian Indigenous Film Producers

imagineNATIVE producer-focused professional development lab for emerging and mid-career Canadian Indigenous Producers looking to hone their skills in dramatic feature film production.

The imagineNATIVE/CMPA Canadian Indigenous Film Producer Mini-Lab, generously sponsored by the Canadian Media Producers Association, is designed to hone the skills and knowledge base of emerging Canadian Indigenous producers through dedicated one-on-one engagement with an established Indigenous creative industry leader.

For 2016, imagineNATIVE has invited Laura J. Milliken (Ojibway) to lead the initiative.

Through a public application process, imagineNATIVE will invite four emerging Canadian Indigenous producers – with minimal credits on professionally presented short or feature film work – to participate in a three-day “mini-lab” with Milliken. 

Deadline for applications is September 28, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their results by October 4, 2015.

Find out more about this Mini-Lab here!