Industry Release


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces Second Annual iNstitute Industry Days Including Netflix + You and interNATIONal Networking Day

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media

Running October 22 - 26, 2019 at the Artscape Sandbox in Toronto, Industry Days at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival continues to grow and be the most important gathering for Indigenous creatives and Industry in screen, digital and audio content advancement. With over 30 panels, workshops, networking and social activities, this year’s offerings push Indigenous perspectives forward in the industry, activate collaborative potential in considerations of new protocols best practices, and share new Canadian and International professional development opportunities.

With lead support from Netflix, the Industry Days main event will be the new imagineNATIVE Industry Centre at the Artscape Sandbox. Industry Days begins October 22 with a welcome keynote by indie film and cultural curator Dana Claxton, followed by Netflix +You providing updates and special programme announcements from Indigenous screen organizations who recently partnered with Netflix. Program funders and supporters for the recently published On-Screen Protocols and Pathways Guide will also join to discuss their active incorporation of the Guide into practical and institutional practice.

On October 23, with support from APTN and the Canada Media Fund, imagineNATIVE is presenting the first Indigenous Series Day, exploring the rich landscape of Indigenous Series work in Canada and inspirational genre and adaptation case studies from international creators. The day will close with the pitch and prize awarding of the $60,000 APTN / imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Prize and the $50,000 NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize.

October 24 highlights include: 0%: Changing the Industry Now, a hard look - after damning Industry reports - to change the complete absence of Indigenous women in key creative roles in the Industry; the exciting return of Sesame Street at imagineNATIVE; and a new program announcement for all Indigenous creators.

October 25 means business - and the return of interNATIONal Networking Day, a full-day event of project networking between Indigenous creators and deal memos in 2018 totalling over $800,000, more than 75 programming invitations to Festivals and curated digital and broadcast programs, and numerous project-building partnerships.

The Industry Series concludes October 26 with imagineNATIVE Animation Activation!, the first panel of its kind presenting industry and practical understanding of opportunities in animation, with filmmakers presenting behind the scenes processes of programmed work, and in Docs: Truth & Ethics, Indigenous doc filmmakers discuss the art and challenges of telling a true story on screen, and how they keep Indigenous values at the forefront of their storytelling. 

Full Industry Series programming will be released on October 2, 2019. Industry passes are available for sale until September 23, 2019.

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Media Contact: Damien Nelson, Want & Able, 

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous-made screen content. It presents the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival in Toronto and the imagineNATIVE Film + VR Tour nationally in Canada. The imagineNATIVE Institute is a department within the organization that presents professional development programming for Indigenous screen content creators year-round and as part of the Festival’s Industry Days. imagineNATIVE is an international leader in the presentation and promotion of Indigenous screen-based content and its Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary on October 22-27, 2019.

Thanks to the support of our Presenting Partner Bell Media.