imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Industry Days


October 10, 2019 - Running October 22 - 26, 2019, imagineNATIVE Industry Days presents over 30 events -- panels, workshops, networking, and social activities --- specifically focused on advancing the careers, artistry, and networks of Indigenous screen content creators. This year marks the largest Industry Days program in imagineNATIVE’s history.

With support from Institute lead partner, Netflix, Industry Days panels and industry receptions will take place in the new imagineNATIVE Industry Centre at the Artscape Sandbox, with additional events at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Complete programming for the five-day event is available at

The imagineNATIVE Institute, the department responsible for Industry Days, announced new initiatives and professional development finalists at the Festival’s recent launch event:

Finalists for the APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition:

  • Roxann and Shian Whitebean come from Kahnawake with their project The Indian Day School Series 

  • Trevor Solway and Colin van Loon for their horror anthology, Tales from the Rez

  • Mary Galloway & Jessie Anthony for their coming of age LGBTQ2 series Querencia

  • Darcy Waite and Cynthia Murdok with their comedy DJ Burnt Bannock + the Métis Kid

Prizing for the competition includes a $30,000 licence and additional $10,000 production prize, from lead partners APTN and the Bell Fund, respectively, and $17,500 worth of in-kind support. The winner will be awarded at the last event of imagineNATIVE’s first Indigenous Series Day, supported by APTN and the Canada Media Fund, on Wednesday October 23.

imagineNATIVE is excited to reveal a new business pilot -- the first event of its kind in the world: the Indigenous Feature Futures Forum (IFFF) on Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

This one-day event invites eight Indigenous-led dramatic feature film teams from Canada to present their in-development projects to high-profile executives to further project development, financing, impact, acquire key partners, and create lasting professional relationships. This event involves a meet and greet cocktail with project teams, and an introduction circle including an on-screen protocols presentation setting the stage for a collaborative environment, feature project presentations by teams to executives, and a series of curated 20 minute meetings with project teams and leaders in the afternoon.

The following projects and teams presenting for this initiative:

  • 2 Funerals, a Round Dance and a Wedding - Alexandra Lazarowich, Writer | Eva Thomas, Producer

  • Evil Fire - Thirza Jean Cuthand, Director/Writer | Sera-Lys McArthur, Producer

  • We Got This - Shane Belcourt, Director/Co-Writer | Duane Murray, Co-Writer | Michelle St. John, Producer

  • Rosie - Gail Maurice, Director/Writer | Jamie Manning, Producer

  • Running Home - Zoe Hopkins, Director/Writer | Paula Devonshire, Laura Milliken, Producers

  • Slash/Back - Nyla Innuksuk, Director/Co-Writer | Nate Wilson, Co-Writer | Daniel Beckerman,  Christopher Yurkovich and Alex Ordanis, Producers

  • Wildhood - Bretten Hannam, Director/Writer | Gharrett Paon, Producer

  • Monkey Beach - Loretta Todd, Director/Writer | Lisa Richardson, Paddy Bickerton and Matthew O’Connor, Jason James, Producers

On the digital and interactive front, Digital Development Day, on October 23rd is the first dedicated professional development training for Indigenous Digital + Interactive creators. It includes a digital pitch development workshop, a lunch and learn program, and the return of the Dream Big Digital Meet-up, pairing Industry representatives and Indigenous creatives in knowledge sharing and opportunity building roundtables. Scholarships to attend the event were given for this program to four Ontario non-GTHA based creators - Phoebe Sutherland, Janet Rogers, Evelyn Patinewatik, and Raven Murray.