NFB/imagineNATIVE Seek Innovative Interactive Project Proposals by Indigenous Artists in Canada

Deadline: Monday September 26, 2016


An ideal candidate for this residency:
The person ideally suited for the Residency is an artistically forward-thinker with an interest or basic experience in digital art and technology. The candidate should be a team player; open to evolving their concept into new -- and sometimes uncharted artistic and technological directions; Able to commit to the entirety of a formal development phase for the project including up to three (3) visits to the NFB Digital Studio in Vancouver (minimum 3 days per visit, length to be determined in relation to project.)

What kind of work is eligible?
The sky is the limit – dream big. We’re looking for audacious, innovative, socially relevant interactive media works. Proposals can be for works in any digital medium and genre, including interactive documentary, mobile apps and locative media, interactive animation, virtual reality/360 experiences, interactive photo essay, data visualization and physical installation. The development phase of the project needs to be realized within a $50,000 maximum budget. A separate budget for the production phase of the project will be completed should the project move forward with the NFB. The overall budget range for the production will be determined by the nature and ambitions of the project.

Who can submit?
Aspiring and established Indigenous digital media artists with Canadian citizenship.

Project Idea/Theme?
Theme is wide open. The selection committee will consider innovation in form, content, message and impact.


Selection Process:

  • Submission and selection process will be administered and coordinated by imagineNATIVE with a join selection process between the two organizations
  • The NFB would be the producer of the project during the development phase and the successful applicant should expect to collaborate on the creative development of the project with NFB digital staff.
  • The standard NFB procedures and regulations apply for the project during the development phase.
  • Ownership of the project is retained by the artist if the work does not advance to the production phase.
  • There is no obligation for the NFB to produce the project beyond the development phase. NFB’s normal process for green-lighting a project for production would apply..
  • Should the NFB choose to produce the project to completion, imagineNATIVE would have first rights for the world premiere launch of the project upon its completion at the next annual imagineNATIVE festival; NFB will make best efforts to time the launch of the project to respect this right;
  • Should the NFB choose not to green-light the project for production, they will work with the artist to enable them to take the project elsewhere for completion.

How do I submit?
1. Email the following to
a. Set your project idea down in two pages. Your proposal should answer the following questions:

  • What’s the story?
  • How does it work? (Discuss form, platform, technology/software and intent.)
  • What will happen? (What’s the user experience – how do users navigate and interact with the story you are creating? Describe the project as best you can, step-by-step. How does interactivity enhance the story and the user experience? Note: You may include up to two pages of visual mock-ups as supplemental material to this question.) The Selection Committee should be able to imagine what its like for an average person coming to experience your piece.
  • Who’s it for? (Who is your audience, how will they connect with the work? What methods or strategies would you work employ to create interest, engagement, interaction with the work or between users?)

b. include a short biography, CV and one or two examples of (or private online screening links to) previous, relevant work (this is in addition to your two page project idea.)
c. If this is your first interactive project, please send us links to your other creative work.

Submit any questions regarding the application to imagineNATIVE Industry Director, Daniel Northway-Frank.

What’s the submission deadline?
September 26, 2016.

When will you announce which project has been selected?
During the imagineNATIVE Festival’s Awards Gala: October 22, 2016 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto.

What if I have a question about what to submit?
First, take a look at our guidelines for digital projects down below. 

How many projects will be selected?
One project will be selected jointly by imagineNATIVE and the NFB for development.

What happens if my project is selected?
Your project will proceed through a phase of development up to a maximum of $50,000. You will work collaboratively with NFB digital staff and producers to develop your idea, create a budget and a plan, and then take the initial steps to make it all happen. Sometimes you’ll do a lot of this work on your own or with people you’ve worked with in the past. Other times the NFB will bring skilled people to work with you and help deliver on your vision. The NFB is not a funding agency or a granting organization. As creative producers the NFB will be actively involved in defining the project, providing technical development, and will provide all financing and administer the budget for the development phase of your project. You’ll receive a fee for your work as the lead creator/developer. imagineNATIVE will also provide creative input at key stages throughout the development phase..

Can you give me some relevant examples of interactive work to look at?
Relevant examples of work to view:
Take a look at
2013 NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Digital Project, Similkameen Crossroads.


If you still have questions, please contact Dana Dansereau (Producer) at the NFB by email and cc Daniel Northway-Frank or call +1-778-835-2079.