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The imagineNATIVE Institute is a new department within the organization that houses year-round professional development programs, events, and talks for Indigenous screen content creators. The Institute also presents the Industry Days at the annual imagineNATIVE Festival, including the popular Micro Meetings Networking event, the only dedicated market of its kind for Indigenous screen creators. Much of the Institute's year-round programming takes place in the 401 Commons, a multi-purpose arts space including a gallery/screening room, located on the 4th floor of the historic 401 Richmond building in downtown Toronto, ON. The Institute strives to provide Indigenous-led professional development opportunities, some of which will be open to international applicants, that will address well documented gaps within the industry.

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imagineNATIVE + NFB Hothouse animation filmmaking apprenticeship!

We're partnering with NFB to seek submissions from #Indigenous artists for the Hothouse apprenticeship in all-inclusive, real-world animation filmmaking!

The 22-week paid apprenticeship is open to Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Metis) artists residing in Canada, and will take place at the NFB Animation Studio in #Montreal. 

Application Deadline is January 9, 2019. For details and to apply → http://nfb.ca/hothouse 

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2018 imaginenative institute PROGRAM RECIPIENTS


We've announced the first recipients of seven annual professional development commission programs: CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency, LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship, NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program and the HGF/imagineNATIVE Story Editing Mentorship and HGF/imagineNATIVE Screenwriting Intensive and the NATIVe Producer Fellows.

For full announcement and recipient bios, click here.



A full list of deadline dates for annual Industry Programs can be found here


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NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema is a market stand at the at the European Film Market (EFM), February 15-23 2018 at Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival! showcasing market-ready feature films made by Indigenous artists from around the world. This initiative is presented within the framework of the Berlinale NATIVe special series.

In addition to feature films, a roster of international Indigenous producers will be attending, with projects promoted at the Stand for interested delegates

Complete details about the featured works and participating individuals can be found at www.indigenouscinema.com

For queries or to learn more contact us at efmindigenouscinema@gmail.com.





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imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music 2018 iN Bullseye Prize!  

The iN Bullseye indigenous music talent search contest seeks to nurture Canada’s newest music talent with unprecedented opportunities, including a $10,000 cash award, to turn their talent into a career. 


Applications for iN Bullseye 2018 are now closed.

For questions or support, please contact: inbullseye@imaginenative.org   

NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize

Deadline for applications: August 30, 2018

NFB and imagineNATIVE are seeking proposals that offer culturally, creatively and technologically daring visions, with a focus on innovative experiences for any digital media—including but not limited to mobile phones, social media, virtual reality, and augmented reality, as well as any other new-media format.

The selected artist and proposal will be announced at the 2018 imagineNATIVE festival’s new iNdigital space at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Applications will be accepted as of July 19, 2018.



imagineNATIVE TV and Web Series call for Mediatheque submissions

Deadline for applications: August 30, 2018

imagineNATIVE is accepting recent TV series submissions produced and led by Indigenous owned production companies to imagineNATIVE’s on-site Mediatheque available during imagineNATIVE Industry Days (October 15-19) through the Festival, October 17-21, 2018.

Deadline for submission forms is August 30, 2018.



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

Open Call begins: July 5, 2018

Deadline for applications: August 9, 2018 by 10 am ET

Decisions: August 29, 2018

APTN Maximum Licence Fee: $30,000

Submission Form here

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

Drama or Documentary

Deadline for applications: August 9, 2018 by 10 am ET

Decisions: August 29, 2018

APTN Maximum Licence Fee: $30,000

Submission Form here



Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Explore Digital or Bolex filmmaking through the New Brunswick Film Co-operative’s workshops, equipment and facilities. Shoot and edit your project to completion and then see it on the big screen at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival in Toronto! Your film may also be shown at the Silver Wave Film Festival in New Brunswick.

You will be provided with a full NBFC Membership and be eligible to enroll in a number of training workshops offered during their Winter and Spring 2018 calendar of workshops. You will be helped by NBFC’s knowledgeable staff and Producer Lisa Jodoin will act as your mentor, providing advice and assistance through the development, production, post-production and distribution stages of your project. 

For complete information, click HERE.



Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Are you an Indigenous mid-career or senior video artist/filmmaker looking to deepen your knowledge of video making through the creation of a new work? imagineNATIVE and Charles Street Video present an exciting opportunity to expand your familiarity with new film and video technologies and processes.

This residency is an opportunity to create a new short work (5-10 mins) to premiere at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 17-21, 2018). After the festival, you will also have the opportunity to deliver a workshop/artist talk to CSV and imagineNATIVE members that details your work and creative process. 

For complete information, click HERE.



Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

CSIF and imagineNATIVE are proud to present their 5th annual Mentorship Program. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore filmmaking and shoot, edit and produce your short film through the use of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ workshops, equipment and facilities. 

Your film will have its world premiere on the big screen at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE film + media arts festival from October 17–21, 2018 in Toronto!

For complete information, click HERE.



Application Deadline: December 15, 2017

Celebrating 14 years of supporting independent Indigenous film, the LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship program welcomes you to explore 16mm filmmaking through the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto’s (LIFT) workshops, equipment and facilities (other mediums may be employed in addition to 16mm). 
Shoot and edit your idea on film and see the completed project on the big screen at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival which will take place in Toronto from October 17–21, 2018!

For complete information, click HERE


imagineNATIVE + Toronto Screenwriting Conference Bursary

We're partnering with Toronto Screenwriting Conference to offer #FREEWeekend Passes to their 2018 Conference (June 23-24) in #Toronto

#Indigenous filmmakers/creatives with writing credits on personal or contracted projects are eligible to participate in this contest. Travel and accommodation are not provided.

To have your name entered for a chance to win a pass, please e-mail: achartrand@imaginenative.org by May 31st, 2018. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Good luck!



Application Deadline: December 8, 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.



Application Deadline: December 8, 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. 

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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. 



In partnership with the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, WICC is a database of all films by Indigenous creators or with Indigenous content are now available in an online search engine. Users can search by a variety of advanced options including themes, Indigenous affiliations and language.

The World Indigenous Cinema Catalogue can be accessed here

For more information or to add to the WICC, please contact wicc@imaginenative.org



The Indigenous Industry Opportunities Database (IIOD) is a new online tool for Indigenous film and media creators looking for professional development, training and project support - from development to exhibition - in film, video, audio and digital media. Indigenous media creators provide a set of criteria based on their interests. Once submitted, the IIOD aggregates opportunities available by funders, exhibitors and professional training institutions - both open for general application or specifically for Indigenous creators - with program overviews and the ability to add those of interest to their personal calendars. This is a one-stop portal for Indigenous media creators to develop their career and workWe welcome new additions to the IIOD and welcome you to submit opportunities to us for review.

You can access the Database 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 www.indigenouscinema.com



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. 


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