imagineNATIVE Launches On-Screen Pathways and Protocols Initiative at Hot Docs’ Doc Summit



May 1, 2017 - The 2017 Hot Docs Conference kicked off today with the launch of imagineNATIVE’s On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with Indigenous Canadian Communities, Cultures, Concepts & Stories, a ground-breaking new initiative that will help create a blue-print for informed and collaborative media production practices with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian creators and communities.


On Screen Protocols & Pathways will serve as an essential educational tool for First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) creators and the larger Canadian film and television industries. The 18-month special project will engage in nationwide consultation and research processes to develop a framework in which a protocol document can be constructed, implemented and adapted to the diversity of practices and experiences of FNMI communities. This document will provide valuable information to non-Indigenous filmmakers and production companies on how to approach and receive consent from FNMI for film, television and digital media works that feature any form of FNMI references, content and concepts. Similarly, it will be a useful tool for FNMI in order to articulate their protocols, expectations and restrictions for film and TV works that feature their land, members, culture, language, practices, and concepts.


On Screen Protocols & Pathways commences in May 2017 and is made possible through the generous support of The Ontario Media Development Corporation, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Canada Media Fund. Additional support for the project will be obtained by provincial agencies.


Speaking about the project during imagineNATIVE’s key note address at the Hot Docs’ Doc Summit, imagineNATIVE’s Industry Director, Daniel Northway-Frank remarks: “We are thrilled to be leading and realizing this unique and practical guide for informed, collaborative and authentic media production practices with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian creators. On Screen Protocols & Pathways will identify past challenges and successes and work towards a protocols guide that ensures accurate, informed and authorized portrayals of Indigenous people on-screen.”


imagineNATIVE will very shortly issue a Request For Proposals for the On Screen Protocols & Pathways Project Lead who will help undertake the majority of the consultation, research and production of the guide. The final guide will be completed by October 2018 and will be unveiled to the public at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto.


imagineNATIVE’s key note address at the Hot Docs’ Doc Summit can now be viewed here. 


About imagineNATIVE

The 18th annual 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. 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 October 18–22, 2017.


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