NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema returns to prestigious European Film Market

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January 27, 2017 - The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is pleased to announce its participation in the NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema market stand dedicated to promoting Indigenous-made films and videos at the European Film Market (EFM), February 9-17 2017 in Berlin, Germany. For the third year running, the market stand is one of imagineNATIVE’s numerous activities at the 67th Berlinale, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. 

The stand is an initiative enabled by the special series, NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema which is in its fifth year. In 2017 NATIVe presents films, talks and panels with a focus on the circumpolar region.

The NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema stand (Gallery, Stand Number: G6, Martin-Gropius-Bau) will be a focal point for international producers,sales agents, distributors, exhibitors and financiers interested in developing artistic and business relationships in the Indigenous media arts industry. 

“imagineNATIVE is thrilled to continue be an active role in the NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema stand, which plays an important part in promoting Indigenous-made film in one of the world’s biggest film markets,” says Daniel Northway-Frank, imagineNATIVE’s Industry Director. “This year we’ve fine-tuned our approach bringing Partner representatives and film decision makers “fellows” together to support promoted works to advance careers and their film prospects during the EFM. We will have over 50 people affiliated with the stand and NATIVe programming. This is an exciting time for EFM delegates to take notice of these artists and stories in the film arena.” 

The NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema initiative brings together a consortium of 13 international Indigenous media arts partners from around the world including the Canada Council for the Arts, Berlinale NATIVe, International Sámi Film Institute, the Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program, Vision Maker Media, Indigenous Media Initiatives, Greenland Film Makers, Māoriland Film Festival, New Zealand Film Commission, territorial partners in Canada (Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC), Government of the Northwest Territories, Government of Yukon) and imagineNATIVE, which functions as the project head. The stand will spotlight a roster of remarkable works made by Indigenous filmmakers from these regions. 

Additional details about the featured works and participating individuals can be found at starting January 29, 2017.
Berlinale NATIVe has also partnered with the Embassy of Canada in Berlin to present a series of free, Indigenous specific programming of panels and screenings. Full details can be found at here.

The Canada Council for the Arts, imagineNATIVE and the Embassy of Canada partner once again to present Reel Kanata V (Feb 13th 3.30pm) a collection of short films from rising and leading short filmmakers in Canada.

imagineNATIVE’s Executive Director, Jason Ryle has been an Advisor for NATIVe since its launch at the 63rd Berlinale in 2013. 

The full listing of contacts, films and events in association with NATIVe – Indigenous Cinema at the EFM can be found at starting January 29, 2017.

For individual distributor and/or sales agent contact information or booth inquiries, or to book at meeting at the EFM, please contact