The imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour is one of imagineNATIVE's largest initiatives outside of our annual Festival. The Tour brings Indigenous-made film and video works, community engagement activities, and youth workshops to communities across Canada.


The 2017 Tour Runs until the end of 2017 from March-August and is still taking bookings!

To inquire about having the imagineNATIVE Tour visit your community, please contact or +1 416.585.2333 ext 4.


new! 2167: An Indigenous VR Project on Tour!

imagineNATIVE in partnership with TIFF are touring 2167 - a special Indigenous VR commission, and are inviting communities, artist-run centres and galleries to be part of their 2017 National Tour until the end of 2017.

This FREE tour will add the VR experiences, with permission, to existing scheduled tour stops currently on the tour, and can travel distinctly on their own to new locations for singular experiences or week-long installations. All expenses are paid to deliver the program.

For more information, please contact or 416 585-2333 ext. 4

What is 2167?

2167 is virtual reality project commissioned and produced by TIFF, ImagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative Canada on Screen, five Indigenous filmmakers and artists — Jeff Barnaby, Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman, Scott Benesiinaabandan, and the interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity — were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future. Three of these works premiered at TIFF Bell Lightbox in June 2017, and the remaining works will be presented during the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in October 2017.

Canada on Screen is made possible by presenting partners the Government of Canada, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Government of Ontario, and supporting partner Telefilm Canada. 

2167 is supported by The Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Harbinger Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Concordia Research Chair in Computational Medea and the Indigenous Future Imaginary.

Film + Video Tour Programming

Our Tour is currently focused on First Nations (Reserves), and other Indigenous communities, as well as on cities with large Indigenous populations. This year we are presenting Two Shorts Programmes as well as Two Features. Communities can choose to screen one or more of the following options:



Documentary Feature – 2016

In this highly anticipated film, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril sheds a powerful and hard light on anti–seal hunting campaigns and the relevance of the hunt to the lives of the Inuit. Long a vital source of food and income for the Inuit, the seal hunt has been disrupted by high profile, international campaigns fronted by celebrities and led by well-funded animal rights organizations. The ensuing bans on seal products – particularly from Europe – have caused financial devastation to northern communities, creating what the filmmaker calls the Inuit Great Depression.


The tides, however, are beginning to turn as an emerging group of Inuit activists – armed with their own sense of humour and justice – insert themselves into the international discussion. Utilizing social media, these thoughtful, grassroots warriors push back against corporate profiteering and political might to ensure their place in the global economy while also protecting the fragility and stewardship of the Arctic. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril has created a landmark work that challenges, informs and – like all great documentaries – convinces us that the world must change.



Dramatic Feature - 2016

Director Zacharias Kunuk brings us another cinematic masterpiece from the north.

In 1913 Nunavut, a community’s well-being hangs in the balance. After an elder senses a foreboding, four men are exiled for the misfortune and trouble they will surely bring to the small group of Inuit. Angry and dangerous, the men roam the snowy tundra with a sickness in their hearts and minds.

Farther away, a man and his son are on hunt for caribou, having been shown the way by his spirit helper, Kallulik, the loon. While the pair had a successful hunt, upon their return the man finds his wife and daughter kidnapped, and the other members of his family murdered by the marauding exiles. Coming to his aid, Kallulik sets him on course to find his family and avenge the deaths of his loved ones.

Swapping stagecoaches for sleighs, the riveting, beautiful and exciting Maliglutit is the dramatic reimagining of the John Wayne western The Searchers. This remarkable film is a must-see and an instant classic of Indigenous cinema.



Walking In Two Worlds Shorts Programme


Kinoomaage Asin (Teaching Rock) (2013) (4:56)

Eddy Robinson (Ojibway)

The heartbeat of Mother Earth is felt in the urban jungle in this visual tribute to the connection between the Anishinaabe and the land.


Ou Tu Vas Toi? – Diane (2013) (3:29)

Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)

Is a series of short experimental documentaries showcasing five young aboriginal individuals

(25-35) living in an urban environment. Each video is approached as an internal monologue that reflects the thoughts, emotions, experiences and perspectives of these individuals.


Boxed In (2009) (3:05)

Shane Belcourt (Metis)

A young woman’s job application turns into an embodiment of identity and challenges her to break out of the confines of prescribed individuality


The Divide (2014) (6:20)

Myesha Collins (Anishinaabe)

Winner of 2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour’s Youth Video-making contest, The Divide takes a personal and honest look at the cultural rifts that exist between students at Parry sound High School.


Wapawekka (2010) (16:10)

Danis Goulet (Metis)

In this gorgeously shot, powerful story of intergenerational conflict, hip-hop loving Josh is dragged to their families remote cabin for one last visit by this traditional Cree dad.


Choke (2011) (5:37)

Michelle Latimer (Metis)

After leaving his northern community, a young man experience the ominous and foreign landscape of city life. Terril Calder’s breathtaking animation captures Michelle Latimer’s heartbreakingly beautiful story of lost souls and the power of home. Inspired by the short life of teenager Kyle Morrisseau, grandson of the painter Norval Morrisseau.


Fighting Chance (2012) (10:00)

Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)

This cutting-edge animated film follows 13- year old Joey Lightning as he follows in the dangerous footsteps of his older brother. As Joey takes on a challenging journey of rediscovering his Aboriginal identity, he learns that although you can’t change the past, you can learn from it to break its sometimes negative cycle perimental documentaries showcasing five young aboriginal individuals (25-35) living in an urban environment. Each video is approached as an internal monologue that reflects the thoughts, emotions, experiences and perspectives of these individuals.



New Voices/Fresh Takes Shorts Programme


Akoo (Mature Themes and Language)

Director: Amos Scott (Tlicho)

Nunavut, Canada

7mins 2016 Short Drama

On a chilling winter night at a northern bush party, two young men plot to take advantage of two young women. Unbeknownst to them, something is watching them from the cold, dark woods and their sinister plan is about to take an unexpected turn.



Director: Glenn Gear (Inuk)

Labrador, Canada

11mins 2016 Experiemental

Based on an Inuit legend from Labrador, “Kablunat” explores the complex and intersecting histories of early Inuit and Settler life on the coast. Employing archival images, animation, collage, and time-lapse video, the retelling of this origin story unfolds in a poetic space between past and present, myth and lived experience.


Beyond Hope

Director: Jade Baxtor (Nlaka’pamux)

British Columbia, Canada

11mins 2016 Short Drama

This slow-burn short film creeps up on you as the young woman goes about her day. While working at the community radio station, she recounts and tries to impart a lesson from a Nlaka’mapux tale of the Boy and the Owl.


M’tik Woop

Director: Daniel Lewis (Wikwemikong)

Montreal, Canada

8mins 2015 Short Documentary

In this charming short, two lovable young characters, Daniel and Harvey, are highly skilled archers. As they head to a local archery competition, they talk shop and share stories as they hone their hunting skills.


Crash Site

Director: Sonya Ballantyne (Swampy Cree)

Winnipeg, Canada

13mins 2015 Short Drama

After the death of her parents, Kaley struggles with her anger.

After running away from her sister’s home and hiding out in a comic store, Kaley connects with a First Nations superhero called Thunderbird, who teaches her the power of family.


God’s Acre

Director: Kelton Stepanowich (Metis)

Fort McMurry, Canada

15mins 2016 Short Drama

Lorne Cardinal stars in this unsettling, powerful short of a man determined to protect his land at all cost. As the water slowly rises in a frighteningly familiar future, the man must choose to abandon all that he knows or give in to the rising


Video Making Workshops


Our video making workshops have given Indigenous youth across Canada the opportunity to work with professional Indigenous filmmakers to learn how to make a short video which, once completed, is screened for their community! We have facilitated the creation of hundreds of short videos to date! A selection of videos can be found below.


imagineNATIVE 2017 Tour Stops

N’Amerind Friendship Centre - March 21, 2017: Three Wise Cousins: 6pm

Western University Indigenous Awareness Week - March 22, 2017 -  Taking Aim: Shorts Program:1:45pm - Angry Inuk: 3pm

Chippewa of the Thames - March 23, 2017, Three Wise Cousins: 6pm

Oneida Community Centre - March 24, 2017, Three Wise Cousins: 6pm

Woodland Cultural Centre - March 29, 2017, Angry Inuk: 7pm

Moosonee - Northern Lights Secondary School - WI2W Shorts Program - May 25

Moose Factory - Delores D Echum Composite School - May 26

Parry Sound - Parry Sound Secondary School - Born to Dance - Jun 8

Manitoulin Island (Manitowaning), Debajemujig Creation Centre - August 24, 2017, Angry Inuk: 7pm


Thank you to our 2017 Tour Funders: