imagineNATIVE Partners with Hot Docs for this year’s Doc Summit



March 1, 2017 - imagineNATIVE will partner with Hot Docs to focus on Indigenous stories and storytellers at this year’s Doc Summit. An annual town-hall gathering of Canadian industry and policy makers, the Doc Summit explores documentary industry issues through a series of presentations and discussions. The 2017 Doc Summit will open the Hot Docs Conference on Monday, May 1, during the Hot Docs Festival, April 27-May 7.

“We are honoured to collaborate with imagineNATIVE to co-author a dedicated Doc Summit that will focus a conversation Indigenous storytelling and representation in, and from, different aspects of the Canadian documentary industry,” said Hot Docs industry program director Elizabeth Radshaw.

“imagineNATIVE has longed to have a deeper dialogue with the documentary community to build on the growing success of some award-winning and eye-opening films by, and about, Indigenous Canadians,” said Daniel Northway-Frank, industry director for imagineNATIVE. “We’re at a watershed moment of inclusion and equality in 2017, and we’re excited to move proactively further through this interactive engagement with filmmakers and the industry at Hot Docs’ Doc Summit."

Inspired by Screen Australia’s Pathways and Protocols: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Working with Indigenous People, Culture and Concepts, imagineNATIVE is leading the creation of a similar, practical tool to provide protocols and guidance for working with Indigenous stories and storytellers in a Canadian context.

At this year’s Doc Summit, imagineNATIVE will outline the guide’s upcoming process and need, and will hold a conversation around these issues with representatives from different parts of the Canadian documentary industry. The goal for the session is to offer industry members initial steps forward when working with Indigenous stories and storytellers and to showcase and amplify some success stories of organizations, programs, films, and filmmakers who are already working collaboratively and cohesively with Indigenous people and stories.


About Hot Docs

North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 24th annual edition from April 27-May 7, 2017. An outstanding selection of over 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.


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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