CSIF and imagineNATIVE 



Make a short film for imagineNATIVE’s 20th anniversary Festival!


Application Deadline: January 16th, 2019


Are you an emerging Indigenous media artist living in Alberta with a great idea for a 5 minute short film?

Explore filmmaking through the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers’ workshops, equipment and facilities, shoot and edit your short film, and then see it play on the big screen at the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto from October 22-27, 2019.

The successful applicant will be provided with a full CSIF Membership, and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Spring 2019 calendar of workshops. You will be paired with CSIF’S knowledgeable staff to help you through your various development, production, and post-production stages.

The successful applicant will receive the opportunity to use CSIF’s extensive equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase at CSIF’s discretion. A CSIF member will mentor the participant with advice and creative support for the completion of the project.

The successful applicant will receive a $1,000 CAD bursary for a commission fee and towards production costs. All other additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Upon the completion of the project, and pending funding availability (confirmed June 2019), the mentorship recipient will be invited and provided FREE travel and accommodation to attend their world premiere at imagineNATIVE in Toronto!

During the Festival the artist will participate in their film screening Q&A and be provided an Artist Delegate Pass to attend all the Festival’s programming, social, and professional development activities.

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as they must be completed and delivered as a digital file by September 9, 2019. Film information and stills for publications (imagineNATIVE catalogue and website) will be required by the end of July 2019.

The successful applicant will sign an agreement contract for their participation in the mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This call is open to emerging candidates of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) heritage living in Alberta

  • This call is open to emerging artists of any age with interest and/or relevant experience

  • Candidates must commit to attending the CSIF training workshops from April – August 2019

  • We strongly encourage applicants who are deadline driven, self-starters with basic education or experience in filmmaking

  • 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

  • You must live within commuting distance of Calgary in order to access CSIF workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered by this mentorship.

 Your Application Must Include:

·      One-page written short film idea (5 min) detailing the story you wish to tell and your treatment (how stylistically you want to present the story)
Acceptable genres: drama, documentary, experimental, music video, or animation. Please include a schedule of how you plan to complete the project by the required delivery date

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

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

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

  • Email your submission package to csif@imaginenative.org and achartrand@imaginenative.org

Should you have additional questions, please contact Adriana Chartrand at imagineNATIVE: (416) 585-2333 ex. 5, achartrand@imaginenative.org or Nick Haywood at CSIF: production@csif.org.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 7th, 2019 by 5:00PM


About the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers


The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is an inclusive, non-profit, arts-based society that exists to encourage film making as art, reflecting and challenging our changing cultural landscape through production and exhibition of the Filmmaker.


We encourage all levels of membership by providing resources and workshops to increase member skills and achieve personal arts-based expression. We encourage our members to volunteer in the activities of the CSIF. Through exhibitions and community outreach we will strive to increase the public awareness of the CSIF, its Producing Members, and their work.

The Mission of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) is to encourage, support and endorse the production and exhibition of film in an artistic, social and cultural context. The CSIF is structured in such a way as to enable filmmakers to learn, develop and practice film making in an environment free from box office pressure, securing integrity of product and allowing for the development of an indigenous film language.



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.


Connect with us: www.imagineNATIVE.org | facebook.com/imagineNATIVE  | @imagineNATIVE