imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Full industry series Programming and Schedule for the 18th Annual Festival

October 18-22, 2017

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media



The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will once again offer their FREE Industry Series, presented by CBC and CBC Docs, running October 19 to 21. The Industry Series brings leading professionals from around the world to teach and discuss topics relevant to Indigenous media creators.

The Industry Series will open with a launch the new imagineNATIVE Institute, a new year-round home for Indigenous professional development in media arts at The Commons, the newly renovated space in the 401 Richmond Building.

The Industry Series panel topics will include Indigenous protocols, narratives and cosmologies in film and media, with panels such as Insiders and Outsiders: Developing New Collaboration Models, Protocols in Process and Practice, Breaking the Mould: Developing Indigenous Narrative Models, 2167: Indigenous Storytelling in VR and Maximizing Opportunity for Online Short + Feature Film Exhibition.

Professional development opportunities will include Industry Labs for directors, producers and screenwriters, a BreakFEAST with NBC’s Talent Development & Inclusion Division, Micro Meetings Networking Event, and the APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Live Pitch Competition.

Special events as part of the Industry Series include: VICE Connects, where VICE content leads and associate producers will be engaging with imagineNATIVE delegates on their content vision and how to make formal submissions succeed; and Sound Design Masterclass with Māori artist Dave Whitehead, with credits on major motion pictures and shows including District 9, The Hobbit, Arrival and Netflix’s Okja.

The full schedule for the Industry Series is now available online at

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

October 18-22, 2017

Tickets for regular screening are $6!

Tickets On Sale Now

Call - TIFF Box Office on 416-599-TIFF (8433)
Online - TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person - TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON


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The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, audio and digital media. The Festival presents the most compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and excellence of Native art and culture in contemporary media.