imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Announces:

NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema
Call for Indigenous Producers:
NATIVe Fellows at the Berlinale EFM

Application Deadline: December 4, 2017


NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema Stand is now taking applications from international Indigenous producers for a tailored career development program at the largest European film market.

NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema (NIC) is a special market-driven initiative during the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15-23, 2018) to promote, present and develop Indigenous-made feature films and to develop the professional skills and networks of associated Indigenous producers. Led by imagineNATIVE, this initiative is centred on a dedicated “NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema” stand at the European Film Market (EFM) - Europe’s largest - and includes free public screenings and numerous networking opportunities to advance projects and careers of Indigenous producers. This project begins in mid December 2017, as it builds to the primary activities which take place February 15-23, 2018. Canada is the Spotlight Country at the 2018 EFM. 

As part of NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema, The NATIVe Fellows program is a rare fellowship/lab opportunity exclusive to Indigenous feature film producers. This fellowship programme will bring together a small group of Indigenous producers from the Stand Partners’ regional areas whose EFM activities will be enhanced through specific training, meetings, networking events, panels, and social activities to orient and help them take full advantage of the EFM and the Berlinale. The Fellows will be overseen by a dedicated, Berlin-based coordinator with expertise in the EFM who will curate the program and work collaboratively to develop strategic plans and goals with each producer. NATIVe Fellows will be international, with one selected from each region and two from Canada with a special focus on producers from British Columbia (in partnership with the Country spotlight on Canada at the EFM for 2018).

Stand Partner regions that will be accepting applications include: Canada - with a special focus on British Columbia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Sápmi Territory (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia), USA, Chile and Greenland/Denmark.

Note: Acceptance to the NATIVe Fellows Program does not cover or coordinate travel or accommodation. Selected producers may work with Stand Partners or apply to regional funding programs to subsidize their presence at the EFM. Applicants will receive EFM Accreditation as part of their selection and will be provided support for discounted hotel via the EFM Coordinator.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must identify as a producer with Indigenous heritage. They must also have a “market ready” feature film work (documentary or drama) to bring to the program:

  • a completed work or work in the final stages of packaging for sales and/or distribution rights availability OR

  • an in-development work - a feature with domestic funding (development or production) looking for co-production or pre-sales distribution support.

Applicants are expected to commit to pre-Festival communications for the program via email, phone or skype from January 2 - February 13, and to participate on-site, arriving in Berlin February 13 to February 21

Application forms and full submission details for the NATIVe Fellows Program at the Berlinale EFM program can be found HERE.

Deadline for applications: December 4, 2017.

For questions about the program or for further inquiries, please email imagineNATIVE Industry:
 Daniel Northway-Frank and Adriana Chartrand



NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema at the European Film Market showcases and supports market-ready feature films made by Indigenous artists from around the world. This initiative is presented within the framework of the Berlinale NATIVe special series. Stand Partners include: Berlinale NATIVe, the International Sámi Film Institute (ISF), Sundance Institute, Vision Maker Media, Indigenous Media Initiatives, Maoriland Film Festival and the New Zealand Film CommissionGreenland Film MakersCreative BC and Arica Nativa (Chile).