imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival



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.

$25.00 CAD

TV (English Only)

Deadline: August 1, 2012
Download the submission form and guidelines (PDF)

NEW MEDIA & RADIO (English Only)

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:

  • Artistic excellence;
  • Innovation in representations, content, aesthetic form and genre;
  • Relevance of the work to the Indigenous community and to general Canadian audiences as a whole:
  • Relevance of the piece in terms of form and content, with consideration to emerging themes and issues that present themselves during the programming process, which create an artistic framework for the overall programme
  • A key member of the creative team (director, writer, producer) must self-identify as Indigenous.
Please contact for more information or click here for our mandate, artistic and programming policies.


  1. imagineNATIVE exhibits Indigenous-made works only (ie. an Indigenous person must have held a key creative role on the project as a writer, director, or producer).
  2. Films must have been completed after January 1, 2010.
  3. All non-English language films must have English subtitles for final viewing and English transcripts for the programmers.
  4. Preview and exhibition tapes must have no commercial blacks or broadcaster promos.
  5. Each film must have its own screening copy and submission form. Compilations will not be accepted.
  6. The post-mark deadline for late submissions is June 15, 2012, but if your work is not ready for the deadline and you wish it to be considered for this year’s festival, please contact immediately.
  7. Read the submission instructions carefully before submitting.
  8. Incomplete Submission Forms will be returned.


  1. There is no submission fee for films submitted online or received post-marked by June 1, 2012. Late submissions past June 1, 2012 are subject to a $25 CAD processing fee and forms can only be submitted online with a valid credit card via PayPal. See online submission form for instructions.
  2. Fill-out a submission form by providing requested information below and submission materials listed in the “Submission Checklist” at the bottom of this application
  3. Label your package FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES – FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Do not value the package any higher than $5 Canadian.
  4. Send submission package to:
    Attn: Submissions
    imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
    401 Richmond Street West, Suite 349
    Toronto, ON, Canada M5V 3A8

Please note:

  • 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 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.