imagineNATIVE Announces iN19 Air Canada Audience Choice Award Winner!

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is happy to announce our Air Canada Audience Choice Award, with a $1,000 cash prize presented by Air Canada, has been awarded to Falls Around Her by Darlene Naponse. Full announcement here.

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Announcing the 2018 Festival Award Winners

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media | October 17 - 21, 2018

On Sunday, October 21, 2018 at imagineNATIVE’s Awards Presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the esteemed Sun Jury and Moon Jury considered film, video, audio, and digital media works from Canadian and international Indigenous artists to select winners in over a dozen categories with over $30,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services. Full announcement here.

imagineNATIVE 2018 Highlights and Must-sees!

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media | October 17 - 21, 2018

The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 17 - 21, 2018 in Toronto to present an incredible selection of film, video, audio, and digital & interactive media made by Indigenous screen content creators. Full announcement here.

MICHAEL GREYEYES TO RECEIVE
2018 AUGUST SCHELLENBERG AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce that Nêhiyaw actor, choreographer, director and educator Michael Greyeyes will receive the 2018 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence.

The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence (the “Augie”) is an annual prize that recognizes significant professional and personal achievement by an Indigenous actor, of any gender, from Turtle Island (North America). Michael Greyeyes will receive his award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 21 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Full announcement here.

FREE Friday at imagineNATIVE 2018

All Festival Screenings | FREE on Friday, October 19 | as part of TD Bank Group Free Friday Initiative

The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce that all screenings on Friday, October 19 for FREE thanks to the generous support of TD Bank Group. For the first time the TD Bank Group Free Friday Initiative welcomes everyone to enjoy a day of world-class Indigenous films and digital media. With over 40 titles screening in nine different programmes, there is something for everyone. Full announcement here.

IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES INSTITUTE INDUSTRY DAYS

Including International Networking Dayand and How to Get to Sesame Street (via imagineNATIVE)

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is happy to announce programming for iNstitute Industry Days, October 16 - 20, 2018 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This new, expanded five-day conference of FREE panels and workshops is the world’s only dedicated market for Indigenous screen content. These professional development activities bring together industry leaders from around the world in discourse and discussion relevant to Indigenous media creators. Full announcement here.

IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2018 FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Including works by Zacharias Kunuk, Marjorie Beaucage and Darlene Naponse

The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 17-21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present 153 individual media artworks, including 10 dramatic feature length films - the most in imagineNATIVE history. This year’s Festival features work by 156 Indigenous artists representing 109 Indigenous nations from Canada and around the world; 55% of the works have female directors with 42% male and 3% non-binary or Two-Spirit. Full announcement here.

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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces Exhibitions and Art Crawl

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 17 – 21, 2018, is proud to announce this year’s visual arts programming including seven exhibitions, installations and the annual Art Crawl. Full announcement on all visual arts programming is available here.

Please visit our partner gallery websites for complete exhibition details and stay tuned for the full programming announcement for the 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on September 18th.

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2018 IMAGINENATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

The 19th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce two Canadian features as the Opening and Closing Night Galas for the Festival, running October 17-21, 2018 in Toronto.

imagineNATIVE's Opening Night Gala on Wednesday, October 17 will be Darlene Naponse’s Falls Around Her at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. 

On Sunday, October 21, the Closing Night Gala will be Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Sgaawaay K’uuna - directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown - makes history as the first Haida language feature film. Sgaawaay K’uuna will be preceded by the short film dukʷibəɫ swatixʷtəd (Changer’s Land), directed by Tracy Rector. Full announcement here.

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imagineNATIVE CO-presents Lisa Jackson's Biidaaban in collaboration with NFB and City of Toronto

From September 18 to 24, Torontonians and visitors alike can explore this extraordinary vision of Indigenous futurism as the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) virtual reality work Biidaaban: First Light has its Canadian premiere in Nathan Phillips Square, in a custom-built installation featuring five individual stations with VR headsets.

This event is free for the public. For hours of operation and info on reserving a free spot, visit nfb.ca/BiidaabanTO. Tickets are available starting September 11. Full announcement here

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imagineNATIVE announces The Beat

Our music showcase The Beat returns for imagineNATIVE 2018 with live performances by Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Silla + Rise, Chhoti Maa, and DJ Boogey the Beat!

Co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) #iN19's The Beat takes place on October 20, 2018 at Lee’s Palace and will also include an awards's presenation for imagineNATIVE's $10,000 iN Bullseye Prize! Full announcement here

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imagineNATIVE and Bedtracks Partner on Storytellers: Indigenous Music For Media;
The world’s first Indigenous Music Library

August 16, 2018 - imagineNATIVE and Bedtracks are proud to partner on the world’s first production music library created solely by Indigenous Canadian composers and producers -  ‘Storytellers: Indigenous Music For Media.’

Bedtracks is the 60,000 track production music division of Soleil Sound, a Toronto based audio house supplying music and post services to all media. Founded in 2011, Bedtracks has created the soundtrack to hundreds of hours of television, documentaries, animations, advertisements and online videos.

Full announcement here.

 

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IMAGINENATIVE CELEBRATES NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MONTH

June 1, 2018 -  The 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 17-21, 2018, but imagineNATIVE is kicking off celebrations early by commemorating National Indigenous Month in June with several FREE events across Ontario. 

This year, four works from our virtual reality project 2167 will be available for FREE drop-in Public viewing at our offices for the entire month of June. (Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm, 401 Richmond St W, Suite 446)

Full announcement here

Check our social channels FacebookTwitter and Instagram for all the latest updates and coverage of events and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter here

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NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema expands at the prestigious European Film Market

February 1, 2018 - imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce the launch of its continued participation in the NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema market stand dedicated to promoting Indigenous-made films and videos at the European Film Market (EFM), February 15-23 2018 in Berlin, Germany. For the fourth year, the market stand is one of imagineNATIVE’s numerous activities at the EFM during the 68th Berlinale, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The stand is an initiative enabled by the special series of the Berlinale, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema which is in its sixth year. Full announcement here.

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INAUGURAL 2018 IMAGINENATIVE INSTITUTE PROGRAM RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

January 25, 2018 - The imagineNATIVE iNstitute is pleased to announce the first recipients of seven annual professional development programs including: CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency, LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program and the HGF/imagineNATIVE Story Editing Mentorship, HGF/imagineNATIVE Screenwriting Intensive and the NATIVe Producer Fellows

Congratulations to all of the recipients. For full announcement and recipient bios, click here.

 

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

Application Deadline: FEBRUARY 23, 2018

imagineNATIVE is currently accepting applications for a Fundraising Director.

We are looking for a dynamic individual to lead our private sector fundraising and development initiatives. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of one of Canada’s most successful arts organizations and one of the leaders in Toronto's vibrant independent film festival scene. Full posting here

 

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NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema
Call for Indigenous Producers:
NATIVe Fellows at the Berlinale EFM

Application Deadline: December 4, 2017

NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema Stand is now taking applications from international Indigenous producers for a tailored career development program at the largest European film market.

NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema (NIC) is a special market-driven initiative during the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15-23, 2018) to promote, present and develop Indigenous-made feature films and to develop the professional skills and networks of associated Indigenous producers.

 
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OCTOBER 28, 2017 - PIIKANI NATION FILMMAKER/ARTIST AHNAHKTSIPIITAA CHOSEN FOR THE 2017 NFB/IMAGINENATIVE INTERACTIVE PARTNERSHIP

The National Film Board of Canada and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announced on October 19 that the 360-degree video experience by Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon) is the 2017 winner of the NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Partnership, which aims to support new forms of Indigenous artistic expression by offering Canadian Indigenous artists an opportunity to create audacious, innovative and socially relevant new-media works.

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october 24, 2017 - AIR CANADA AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER ZOE HOPKINS FOR KAYAK TO KLEMTU

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is happy to announce The Air Canada Audience Choice Award, with a $1,000 cash prize presented by Air Canada, has been awarded to Kayak to Klemtu by Zoe Hopkins (Heiltsuk/Mohawk).Kayak to Klemtu, which had it's world premiere on Friday, October 20 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, is the first feature film by Zoe Hopkins.

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october 23, 2017 - the 18th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces Festival Award Winners

On Sunday, October 22, 2017 at imagineNATIVE’s Awards Presentation at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the esteemed Sun Jury and Moon Jury considered film, video, audio, and digital media works from Canadian and international Indigenous artists to select winners in over a dozen categories with over $42,500 in cash prizes and in-kind services.

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October 19, 2017 - imagineNATIVE Launches the imagineNATIVE Institute Year-Round Professional Development Hub For Indigenous Film And Media Content Creators

As the kick-off event at imagineNATIVE’s annual Industry Series this morning, the Festival announced the launch of the imagineNATIVE Institute, a new organizational department for a year-round professional development hub in their new spaces The Commons.

OCTOBER 12, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE ANNOUNCES industry series programming FOR THE 18TH ANNUAL FESTIval

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will once again offer their FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, running October 19 to 21. The Industry Series brings leading professionals from around the world to teach and discuss topics relevant to Indigenous media creators.

OCTOBER 2, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMMING AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 18TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival today announced the full programming for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

OCTOBER 2, 2017 - TINA KEEPER TO RECEIVE 2017 AUGUST SCHELLENBERG AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce that Cree actor, humanitarian and activist Tina Keeper will receive the 2017 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence (the "Augie"). The Augie is an annual prize that recognizes significant professional and personal achievement by an Indigenous actor, of any gender, from Turtle Island (North America). Tina Keeper will receive her award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival’s Awards Presentation on Sunday, October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE ANNOUNCES A WALL IS A SCREEN, ART CRAWL AND EXHIBITIONS

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 18 – 22, 2017, is proud to announce this year’s visual arts programming including exhibitions, installations, interactive pieces and the annual Art Crawl.  

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE ANNOUNCES DIGITAL AND AUDIO WORKS INCLUDING DIGITAL MEDIA ART+CADE AND THE BEAT MUSIC SHOWCASE

The best in Indigenous Music, Digital Media and Audio Works can be found at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada, with the annual Digital Media Art+Cade, and The Beat music showcase.

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AUGUST 28, 2017 - imagineNATIVE Announces Film + Video Line-Up for 2017 Festival

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the film and video works that will be presented as part of the 18th Annual Festival, October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto. With multiple world, international, Canadian and North American premieres, imagineNATIVE will present over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors.

 

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AUGUST 23, 2017 - imagineNATIVE Announces Opening and Closing Night Films Waru, Holy Angels and The Road Forward

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce the opening and closing galas for the Festival, running October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. 

imagineNATIVE's opening night gala on Wednesday, October 18 will be Waru at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On Sunday, October 22, the closing night gala will be The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Métis/Dene award-winning filmmaker, Marie Clements at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

More programming for the 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be announced in the coming weeks

AUGUST 3, 2017 - Nyla Innuksuk named inaugural imagineNATIVE Indigenous VR/AR Artist-in-Residence

imagineNATIVE is delighted to announce filmmaker and media artist Nyla Innuksuk as the participant of the inaugural imagineNATIVE Indigenous VR/AR Residency supported by Canada Council for the Arts. Read more here

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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June 1, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE CELEBRATES NATIONAL INDIGENOUS MONTH

The 18th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival returns October 18-22, 2017, but imagineNATIVE is kicking off celebrations early by commemorating National Indigenous Month in June with several FREE events across Ontario. Read more here

 

 

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MAY 21, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE’S FIRST AUDIO-FOCUSSED INDIGENOUS COLLABORATIVE EXCHANGE BRINGS CANADIAN AND LATIN ARTISTS TO COLOMBIA

imagineNATIVE brings a new commitment to artistic expressions in audio with its first audio-centric Indigenous collaborative exchange. The Territ-Aur(i)al Imprints Exchange will gather - for the first time - five Indigenous Artists from Canada and Latin America, all versed in audio creation techniques and projects that are deeply connected, reflective and exploratory of the Indigenous cultural milieus of their home territories.

Read more here

 

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MAY 17, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE ANNOUNCES 2017 COMMISSION + MENTORSHIP PROGRAM RECIPIENTS

magineNATIVE is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of five annual professional development commission programs: CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency, LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program and HGF/imagineNATIVE Story Editing Mentorship.

Read more here

 

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MAY 1, 2017 - IMAGINENATIVE LAUNCHES ON-SCREEN PATHWAYS AND PROTOCOLS INITIATIVE AT HOT DOCS’ DOC SUMMIT

The 2017 Hot Docs Conference kicked off 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. 

Read more here.

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