The imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour is imagineNATIVE's largest initiative outside of our annual Festival. The Tour brings Indigenous-made film and video works to communities across Canada, in addition to a brilliant, innovative youth videomaking workshop that utilises equipment and computers already available in the communities we visit!
The videomaking workshops have given Indigenous youth across Canada the skills to make a short video using recording devices they already have access to, such as smartphone, webcams, and consumer digital cameras! We facilitated the creation of hundreds of short videos to date! A selection of the videos are put online for public voting; the young artist with the most votes wins a trip to Toronto to attend a screening of their short at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The video then joins the Tour in the following year.
The Tour is currently focused on Northern Indigenous communities and communities with large Indigenous populations. We will be adding additional information about the Tour in the coming months; please stay tuned.
To inquire about having the imagineNATIVE Tour visit your community, please contact Judith Schuyler jschuyler@imagineNATIVE.org or
imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour goes National
12th Tour Brings Indigenous-made Film & Video Works Throughout Ontario and across Canada!
TORONTO – The annual imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour is back and this year, for the first time, the Tour is going national to bring a selection of Indigenous-made film and video works to communities throughout Canada! Running from February to May 2016, the 12th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour kicked in March Whitehorse, Yukon! The Tour presents a Youth Shorts Programme, Youth Video-Making Workshops, and a Feature Presentation screening for the entire community.
“We are thrilled to take the Tour national for the first time this year and give Indigenous and non-Indigenous people all across Canada the opportunity to see film and video works made by Indigenous artists,” says Jason Ryle, imagineNATIVE’s Executive Director. “The Tour is our largest initiative outside of our annual Festival and it’s our goal to ensure that people across Canada have access to films made by Aboriginal artists.”
imagineNATIVE’s Youth Video-Making Workshop is back this year by popular demand, with an added optional third day this year for advanced editing. The workshop teaches Aboriginal youth to make a short video using recording and editing equipment already available in their communities. This year’s Indigenous workshop leaders are Ontario-based artist Ariel Smith and Programming Tour Coordinator Judith Schuyler. A selection of the completed videos will be placed on imagineNATIVE’s website and open to online public voting. The young director with the most votes will win an all-expenses paid trip to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in October 2015 where their video will be screened. Last year’s winner was Dallayce Smith from Whitehorse, Yukon.
“The Tour’s video-making workshop is an innovative initiative imagineNATIVE pioneered in 2011 that is intended to light the creative fire in these young Aboriginal artists,” Jason adds. “It’s our hope they will continue to explore and share their world through film and video once the Tour has left.”
The Community Feature Presentation this year is Adam Garnet Jones' feature film debut Fire Song, which won the 2015 Air Canada Audience Choice Award at imagineNATIVE.
Confirmed Tour Dates (please check this page and our "What's On" for updated screening details)
Whitehorse, Yukon - March 28th - February 2nd, 2016
Carcross, Yukon - March 2nd, 2016
Inuvik, NWT - March 6th, 2016
Yellowknife, NWT - March 7th, 2016
Old Crow, Yukon - May 24th - 26th, 2016
Thank you to our 2016 Northern Tour Funders: