The regular submission deadline has passed. To proceed to the submission forms and to submit your film or video work, please make your $25.00 CAD late submission payment.
Deadline: August 1, 2012
Download the submission form and guidelines (PDF)
Deadline: June 1, 2012
Download the new media submission form and guidelines (PDF)
Download the radio submission form and guidelines (PDF)
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, new media and radio. Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival's screenings, panel discussions, industry initiatives, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our arts and cultures in contemporary media.
imagineNATIVE considers film, video, radio and new media works made by Canadian and international Indigenous artists.
To be eligible, an Indigenous person (ie. self-identified as Indigenous, Aboriginal or First Peoples and their descendents) must have held a key creative role on the project as a writer, director, or producer.
Indigenous communities, First Peoples, and Aboriginal nations are those that are self-identified as having a historical continuity with societies that developed on recognized territories before colonization or transformation of that region into a nation-state and may consider themselves distinct (with often unique cultural, linguistic, traditional, social and other characteristics) from other sectors of the societies or nation-states now prevailing on those territories.
Priority is given to works that have not yet been broadcast in Canada or over the Internet. International and Canadian premiere status is also a consideration. Made-for-television films and documentaries are eligible for submission (consideration will be to given to their broadcast status). Music videos are eligible for submission to the festival, regardless of their Canadian broadcast status. Episodic television series (dramatic and documentary), news reports, extended reportage, television magazine formats, and information programming or segments (such as PSAs) are not eligible for programming consideration. However, episodic television series (dramatic and documentary) led and produced by Indigenous production companies are eligible to submit their work to the Mediatheque only.
Selection criteria for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is based on:
- imagineNATIVE will not pay customs duties, cash on delivery or any other charges incurred during shipping, and will return the package to the sender.
- Do not send submissions in fibre-filled envelopes as the dust can damage discs and viewing equipment.
- Preview DVDs will not be returned unless specifically requested and a self-addressed envelope with Canadian postage is provided, after the Festival.
- There is a separate form to submit TV series, new media and radio works. Please visit www.imaginenative.org to receive the applicable form.
- Participants will be notified by email of the selection results by end of August (date approximate).
- If selected, artist/screening fees are issued to the Indigenous creative as indicated on the Submission Form, or to a recognized distribution company.
- If selected for the festival, exhibition copies must be sent in by September 12, 2012.