imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Call for Submissions

Be part of imagineNATIVE’s 12th Anniversary Year!


Film/Video, Radio and New Media submission forms are available here

It’s that time of year once again for you to submit your film, video, radio and new media works for the 12th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. This year’s Festival runs from October 19-23, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE is an international Festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from Canada and around the globe. 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.

imagineNATIVE considers film, video, radio and new media (web-based) works made by Canadian and international Indigenous artists. The Festival strives to represent a diversity of ideas, themes and genres in its programming. The Festival prioritizes works that balance unique content, cultural and social relevance, and a creative approach to form, characterized by innovative expression, distinctive style, and personal vision. Emerging and Student artists are encouraged to submit their work. Priority is given to works that have not yet been broadcast in Canada or on the Internet. International and Canadian premiere status is also a consideration. News reports, extended reportage, television magazine formats, and information programming or segments (such as PSAs) are not eligible (complete listing of rules and guidelines).

If you are planning to submit, let us know! Send an email to Daniel Northway-Frank, Programming + Industry Manager, Type in the subject line “Tracking 2011 -” followed by the title of your work. The body of your email should include:

  • Your name
  • Email and phone number
  • Title of work
  • Length
  • Type (film/video, radio or new media), and
  • Genre (documentary, drama, experimental, music video, animation).

This helps us track your work and provide follow-up if we don’t receive your submission. If your work is not ready for screening by the June 1 deadline and you wish it to be considered for this year’s Festival, please contact immediately. If the Programming Team is unaware of your late submission it may not be considered.

New this year! Dramatic or documentary episodic series led and produced by Indigenous production companies are eligible to submit programs and episodes to the Festival’s Mediatheque, an on-site video library of all submitted work to the Festival, which industry distributors, broadcasters and programmers screen for acquisition and programming needs. NOTE: These works are not screened publicly at the Festival, nor are eligible for awards. Application forms for television series will be available early summer for submission. Please contact for more information.

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