Application Deadline: November 22, 2017

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is currently accepting both internal and external applications for the following role: PROJECT HEAD, ON-SCREEN PROTOCOLS AND PATHWAYS. It's a rare opportunity to work with one of Canada’s leading arts organizations in developing an industry changing resource for the film and cultural media industries. imagineNATIVE is seeking an experienced, well connected and driven Indigenous consultant - with a proven track record in the field - to lead independently or in conjunction with a team of regional representatives.

For complete information, click HERE.


The imagineNATIVE/HGF Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

The imagineNATIVE/Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive builds upon success imagineNATIVE’s Screenwriter Lab initiative in 2014, housed under and revamped as a year-round initiative at the new imagineNATIVE Institute.

Through an application process the Intensive will support four Indigenous screenwriters, two residing in Canada and two international. Through a year-long development program, a new screen-based, feature film work from each applicant will be developed - from treatment through draft and final writing stages to packaging and polishing. With a focus on potential optioning, the program will culminate in a live staged reading of script excerpts, sponsored by ACTRA Toronto, for general audience and Industry professionals at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival.

For complete information, click HERE.


imagineNATIVE/HGF Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

This initiative aims to increase Indigenous expertise in feature film script development from all creative contributing points, by providing one selected applicant a nine-month mentorship (January to September 2018) with established HGF Script Readers and shadow the Indigenous Story Editors of the imagineNATIVE/HGF Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive. Starting in January 2018, the selected mentee will meet with HGF staff in a series of meetings
to learn the behind-the- scenes processes of story development at the national funding organization that supports the development of Canadian dramatic feature films.

For complete information, click HERE.


Applications Closed

Festival Delegate Passholders coming to imagineNATIVE with a roster of films or TV series looking for programming, sales or distribution or with project ideas in development, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to take part in our annual MICRO MEETINGS, an application-based meeting service where you apply to discuss your current and past works for distribution or discuss your new projects for funding to one of our friendly and welcoming Buyers, Funders and Distributors and Festival Programmers!

For complete information, click HERE.

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NFB/imagineNATIVE Seek Innovative Interactive Project Proposals by Indigenous Artists in Canada

The NFB, in partnership with imagineNATIVE, is proud to continue supporting Indigenous artists in Canada’s interactive-media field.

Digital Residency will be accepted as of August 22, 2017

Applications Closed

Application Form Here

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Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and imagineNATIVE Web Series Open Call

Original Linear Web Series in English and / or an Aboriginal Language with English subtitles

Drama or Documentary

Applications closed

Decisions: August 30, 2017

APTN Maximum Licence Fee: $22,000

Application Form here



imagineNATIVE and DGC Lab for Indigenous Film Directors from Canada

Applications closed

Applicants notified: September 8, 2017

imagineNATIVE/CMPA Indigenous Film Producers from Canada Lab

Applications closed 

Applicants notified: September 8, 2017


To view past Industry Programs and Opportunities, click here. 

To view past Industry Events, click here



imagineNATIVE offers Indigenous artists numerous professional development opportunities through the Festival's Industry Series of workshops, panels, and labs, in addition to year-round opportunities with our partners. 

Our Festival also has the world's largest market for Indigenous-made film and video works and attracters buyers and programmers from around the globe. 

We will be populating this section of the website over the coming weeks; please be patient as we continue to update this page. 

Please contact +1 416-585-2333 and ask for Daniel Northway-Frank for more info about our industry and professional development activities.


imagineNATIVE INSTITUTE Events & Opportunities 

All Workshops and Panels from previous imagineNATIVE Festivals can be viewed here!


NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema / Berlinale European Film Market

NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema is 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, 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



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.