Call for Submissions: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

“The upcoming 24th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 17th-22nd, and move to our online streaming and iNdigital platforms from October 22nd – 29th, 2023.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is our annual primary event hosted by imagineNATIVE in Toronto, Ontario, Canada every October. We present Artistic and Industry programming over the six-day Festival showcasing Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio media work created by Indigenous Artists (Directors, Producers, Writers, Designers) at all levels of experience. Since 2020, imagineNATIVE has further moved into digital and hybrid presentation of these works. Artistic programming consists of works selected through the general Call for Submissions, guest-curated programs, partnership exhibitions, and special curated initiatives. 

As an Indigenous-led and Indigenous artist-centered organization, we support the artistic visions and perspectives of Indigenous Artists working in film and media arts in an inclusive and professional manner. As identified in our mission statement, we are committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions. Works are therefore not required to have overt Indigenous content or themes, and can be productions made at all budget levels. We strive to represent a variety of ideas, themes, and genres, in addition to a diversity of Indigenous languages, nations, and cultures.

Please review the Festival Artistic Policy and the Year-Round Artistic Policy.

Submissions are due by Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET.

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-from imagineNATIVE

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