imaginenative industry labs

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imagineNATIVE continues to grow the industry’s key creatives’ skills from development to delivery and is providing professional development intensives in each creative discipline with more impactful development supporting artists before, during and after the Festival.

The imagineNATIVE/DGC Ontario Lab for Indigenous Directors from Canada invites four emerging Canadian Indigenous directors – with credits on professionally presented short film work – to participate in a three-day lab with returning, established and award-winning director Tracey Deer, whose breadth of quality work and leadership role in the sector and community will brings valuable perspective and insight for the participants.

This year’s participants are Jade Baxter, Mary Galloway, JJ Neepin and Cole Forrest.

Sponsored by DGC Ontario


The imagineNATIVE/CMPA Lab for Indigenous Producers from Canada is designed to hone the skills and knowledge base of four emerging Indigenous producers through dedicated one-on-one engagement with an established Indigenous creative industry leader moderating and guiding a series of Industry discussions and practical workshops. Ojibway producer Laura Milliken (Fire Song, 2015) will lead the initiative for 2017. This year’s participants are Darcy Waite and Erica Marie.

Sponsored by CMPA


imagineNATIVE/HGF Script Lab

Redesigned for the 2017 Festival, the imagineNATIVE/HGF Screenwriting Intensive brings together the success of imagineNATIVE’s Screenwriter Lab initiative in 2014 and story editing mentorships aimed to bring Indigenous perspectives to the evaluation process of feature film screenplays completed with the Harold Greenberg Fund from 2016 and 2017.

Through an application process imagineNATIVE will support feature film scripts by Indigenous screenwriters through a year-long development program of their work from treatment through draft and final writing stages to packaging and polishing for optioning.

HGF- and imagineNATIVE-supported Indigenous story editors will support the writers throughout the process, and artists will financial support to dedicate themselves to the stages of script development.

Full details will be announced at the Festival and available on the imagineNATIVE website.

Sponsored by: HGF