Expanded Industry Days Including:

Netflix + You and International Networking Day

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Presenting Partner: Bell Media



Toronto - Running October 22 - 26, 2019, the Industry Days at the 20th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival presents over 30 panels, workshops, networking and social activities specifically focused on advancing the careers, artistry, and networks of Indigenous screen content creators. This year marks the largest Industry Days in imagineNATIVE’s history as the organization continues to expand its industry initiatives to further support the development of the Indigenous screen sector in Canada and internationally. 

With lead support from Netflix, the Industry Days will take place in the new imagineNATIVE Industry Centre at the Artscape Sandbox. Industry Days begins Tuesday, October 22 with a Welcome Keynote (speaker to be announced October 2019), followed by Netflix + You, an update from the Indigenous screen organizations who recently partnered with Netflix. Funders of the industry-changing publication On-Screen Protocols and Pathways Guide will also discuss their active incorporation of the Guide into practical and institutional practices.

On Wednesday, October 23, with support from APTN and the Canada Media Fund, imagineNATIVE is presenting its first Indigenous Series Day, exploring the rich landscape of Indigenous series work in Canada, case studies from international series creators, and more. The day will close with the $60,000 APTN / imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition. Winners will be announced at an industry reception, along with the recipient of the $50,000 NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize.

Thursday, October 24 highlights include: 0%: Changing the Industry Now, a look at current industry data and ways to create meaningful diversity through institutional and policy changes; and, the exciting return of Sesame Street at imagineNATIVE which will feature a new program announcement for Indigenous creators.

Friday, October 25 means business with the return of International Networking Day, a full-day event of one-on-one networking meetings between Indigenous creators and industry leaders from Canada and around the world, generating new partnerships, funding and programming opportunities and countless creative possibilities. 

imagineNATIVE will also host a Discovery Lunch series each day, featuring conversations with leading industry professionals and artists. 

The Industry Days concludes Saturday, October 26 with a day of panels including imagineNATIVE Animation Activation!, a two-part panel with industry professionals discussing production opportunities in animation and filmmakers presenting behind-the-scenes looks at their animation processes, and Docs: Truth & Ethics, Indigenous documentary filmmakers discuss the art and challenges of telling a true story on-screen, and how they keep Indigenous values at the forefront of their storytelling. 

Full Industry Days programming will be released on October 2, 2019. Industry passes are available for sale until September 23, 2019.

For more information please call 416.585.2333 or visit imaginenative.org/institute

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Media Contact: Damien Nelson, Want & Able, damien@wantandable.ca 

imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous-made screen content. It presents the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival in Toronto and the imagineNATIVE Film + VR Tour nationally in Canada. The imagineNATIVE Institute is a department within the organization that presents professional development programming for Indigenous screen content creators year-round and as part of the Festival’s Industry Days. imagineNATIVE is an international leader in the presentation and promotion of Indigenous screen-based content and its Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary Festival from October 22-27, 2019.

Thanks to the support of our Festival Presenting Partner Bell Media and Institute Lead Partner Netflix.