imagineNATIVE & Charles Street Video 8th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVe residency

Application Deadline: January 16th, 2019


Calling all mid-career to senior Indigenous filmmakers – expand your filmmaking experience by creating a 5-10 min short with the CSV/imagineNATIVE residency!

Expand your familiarity with new technologies, and work hands-on with the knowledgeable staff at CSV who will train you on how to you use new equipment, such as the RED EPIC Camera and ARRI compact primes, and new editing software.

This residency is an opportunity to create a new short work (5-10 min), to premiere at the 20th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto (October 22-27, 2019). You will also have the opportunity deliver a workshop at CSV, regarding your work and process, after the Festival.

The selected recipient will be provided with a one-year CSV Membership and be eligible to enrol in any production and post-production training workshop offered during their residency. The recipient will also be paired with CSV’s knowledgeable staff to help during development, production and post-production stages.

The successful applicant will receive a $1,000 CAD commission fee and will receive a delegate pass to attend screenings and industry activities at the 20th imagineNATIVE Festival in October 2019. All rights to the created work will be retained by the artist.

Please note: We welcome projects of any subject matter or treatment that further develops your artistic practice. However, projects must be realistic in scope within the services provided by the residency and must be completed and be delivered as a digital file to imagineNATIVE by September 9, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

• This call is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, Inuit, other international Indigenous) candidates only

• Individuals who will be working on existing commissions received by or through imagineNATIVE for the 2019 festival are not eligible to apply for this project

• Preference will be given to mid-career and senior artists. Emerging artists may apply if they have completed a minimum of 2 projects

• Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend CSV training workshops (schedule to be determined upon selection). We strongly encourage applicants who are independent, deadline driven and self-starters

• You must live in Toronto or within commuting distance from the city in order to access CSV workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship.

Your Application Must Include:

• One to one-half page short video idea and treatment between 5-10 minutes (max).

• A half to one-page statement on why you would like to participate and how you would benefit from this residency.

• Your bio (no resumes or CVs please). Please be certain to indicate past experience with film and other artistic mediums, if any, and your Indigenous affiliation.

• One to two samples of previous work as online links or DVD (please contact if this is your preference) of maximum 20 minutes in length

• Contact info, including email, mailing address and phone number.

• Email application to: and

Should you have additional questions, please contact Adriana Chartrand at (416) 585-2333 ex. 5 or

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 7th, 2019.

About Charles Street Video

Charles Street Video is a video production/post production facility for artists and is dedicated to providing its members with affordable access to a range of electronic media production tools, technical support and training. The centre provides opportunities through residencies and a youth production program. It also supports opportunities through workshops, orientations, scholarships, a newsletter, and sponsorship of screenings.

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the largest international festival of its kind that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. The imagineNATIVE Institute, a department within the organization, also runs year-round professional development opportunities for Indigenous screen creatives, and hosts a series of industry relevant talks each Spring.

Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival's screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. This year’s festival runs Oct. 22-27, 2019.