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imagineNATIVE INSTITUTE - Overview

The professional development component of the Festival, the imagineNATIVE Industry Series, has grown to become a tent-pole event for Indigenous creatives and industry professionals looking to engage networking opportunities with Industry decision makers, and panels, workshops and master classes on the art, craft and business of media arts from an Indigenous perspective. In addition, other year-round activities and initiatives focussed on this arena as well and the realization of a new permanent, publicly accessible facility for the organization has brought about a change in perspective from a Festival-focussed Industry event to a year-round facility implementing a diversity of professional develop program opportunities in the coming years, including:

The Festival Industry Series (8-10 events): The only annual event for Indigenous creatives and industry professionals looking to engage networking opportunities with Industry decision-makers, and panels, pitching events, workshops and master classes on the art, craft and business of media arts from an Indigenous perspective. Activities include:

  • 2-3 panels on Industry-focussed trends or topics engaging attending artists and Industry leaders attending or in proximity to the Festival (ex. Content discoverability, digital co-productions, Micro-budget management and creativity);

  • 1 practical workshop on a specific sector of the industry (ex. creative rights management, post production workflow, music rights, marketing 101);

  • Pitch Training + Development for Short Drama and Short Documentary;

  • Micro Meetings: Networking event pairing 25 Industry Decision makers and 50 Indigenous creatives in 300 one-on-one meetings to develop, finance, distribute or sell Indigenous media content

Mentorship Commission Programs (5): maintenance and expansion of mentorships and artist-run centre residencies which provide in-kind services and a commission fee to develop skills in the culmination of a new work that premieres at the Festival. Currently five in activation with centres - LIFT (ON), CSV (ON), CSIF (AB), NBFC (NB) and Flat Bay (NL)

Director, Producer and Screenwriter Labs: 3 x 2.5 day curated programs for selected individuals featuring talks, screenings and practical workshops aimed for each key creative position occur during three days of the imagineNATIVE Festival.

imagineNATIVE/Harold Greenberg Fund Story Editing Mentorship: An 8-month mentorship introducing one selected Indigenous professional the opportunity to learn processes and evaluation skills in short and feature film story editing with guidance from HGF staff and contracted script readers.

imagineNATIVE/NFB Digital Residency: This application-based program allows for one Indigenous artist to immerse themselves in the 8-month development of a digital media piece through mentorship, training and access to human and fiscal resources provided by the National Film Board of Canada’s digital studio in Vancouver.

Advocacy and Research: Building upon imagineNATIVE’s modest collection of creative and industry publications (Indigenous Feature Film Production in Canada, Coded Territories: Tracing New Pathways in New Media), the Institute would spearhead any new research, development and industry or creative publications. This will include the upcoming on Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts & Stories.

NATIVe Indigenous Cinema Stand, Berlinale European Film Market (www.indigenouscinema.com): A market stand dedicated to promoting Indigenous-made films and videos at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. The Stand is a focal point for international producers, sales agents, distributors, exhibitors and financiers interested in developing artistic and business relationships in the rapidly growing and dynamic Indigenous media arts industry. 

NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema spotlights a roster of remarkable dramatic and documentary works made by Indigenous filmmakers from Canada, Latin America, Sápmi (Norway, Finland regions) Aotearoa (New Zealand), Greenland, and the USA. Select films are available for preview, with promotional and sales information at the NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema stand.

The NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema initiative brings together a consortium of international Indigenous media arts partners from around the world including the Canada Council for the Arts, Berlinale NATIVe, Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC), International Sámi Film Institute (ISF), Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program, Vision Maker Media, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Māoriland Film Festival and New Zealand Film Commission, Indigenous Film Initiatives, Greenland Film Makers, and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which serves as the project lead. 

The stand is presented in partnership with the Berlinale special series, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema. 

Complete details about the featured works and participating individuals can be found at here. 




Bull's Eye is imagineNATIVE's annual indigenous music talent search contest. Every summer, imagineNATIVE with support from Slaight Music searches for Canada’s newest, unknown music talent and provides them $10,000 cash towards unprecedented opportunities to turn their talent into a career!

The contest winner is announced and awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, The BEAT. 

Find out more about Bull's Eye here.