September 13, 2019 ∙ iNDigital Space


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Presenting Partner: Bell Media



imagineNATIVE is excited to announce iNDigital Space, a large-scale presentation of indigenous-made digital works and games. Located in a newly curated space on the main floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, this year’s iNDigital Space will be designed by the Indigenous arts collective Article 11 multi award-winning set designer Andy Moro

Running throughout the 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 23-27, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, iNDigital Space is an exciting, interactive and educational space, unlike any other, dedicated to enhancing the presentation, development and discourse on Indigenous-made digital and interactive media at imagineNATIVE. 

With over 15 contemporary Indigenous digital and interactive media works to explore and play, we promise an experience you won’t forget! Special guest and award-winning game designer, Elizabeth LaPensée, will be presenting her newest project When Rivers Were Trails, a choose-your-own adventure about the Anishnaabeg in the 1890’s dealing with the impacts of allotments Acts on Indigenous communities.  

iNDigital Space will also feature VR works by multiple award-winning Dene singer-songwriter and VR artist Casey Koycza, who utilizes a wide skill-set within media-based outlets such as experimental video and virtual reality as a platform to present his visions. Play as BB the bouncing bannock and dodge hungry crows as long as you can in Dallas Flett-Wapash’s web game Waskwetin Pahkwesihkan (Bannock Bounce) or start learning and practicing Baybayin, the ancient writing script of the Tagalog people of the Philippines in Mylene Haus’s Tower of Baybayin. 

And if you’re looking to find out more about the games, works and VR experiences, join us for our daily Art Talks at 1:00PM in the iNDigital Space where we will be discussing Audio, Video Games, VR and Interactive Education. For a special treat join us for our Night of the Indigenous Devs special event on Friday Oct 25th from 6-9 PM. Listen to a handful of iNDigital Space creators talk while you watch their game played live all in the comfort of a TIFF Theatre—tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students/seniors and free for industry pass holders! (get your pass here)

If that all sounds exciting to you, join us at the iNDigital Space to explore, play and see an exciting showcase of indigenous VR, video games, AR, interactive websites and more! Best of all, it’s all free and open to the public! 


Wednesday, October 23 - Saturday, October 26 | 10am - 7pm
Sunday, October 27 | 10am - 5pm
Price: FREE