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May 25, 2022

Call for Submissions: 2022 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Hosted by imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

We are proud to announce that our Call for Submissions for the 2022 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is now open!

Submissions will remain open until Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. We are accepting Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio works for our Festival, which will take place October 18-29, 2022. The 23rd annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 18-23, 2022, and move to our online streaming and iNdigital Space platforms from October 23-29, 2022.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world's largest Indigenous Festival of its kind. The Festival is imagineNATIVE's primary event hosted annually every October in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At our Festival, we present Artistic and Industry programming 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 presentations of these works.

As an Indigenous-led and Indigenous artist-centred 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.

We are excited to announce that our Festival submissions will now take place using FilmFreeway!

Extended deadline May 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.


How do I get accessibility assistance to submit my work? Please feel free to email us at submissions@imagineNATIVE.org and we will work with you to ensure that you can submit to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival!

**Does my final work require subtitles or a closed-caption file? ** To ensure that that we are accessible, imagineNATIVE requires a closed-captioning file. However, if you already have a version of your film with open captions embedded, you can submit that version! During the Festival we take the submitted closed-caption files and embed them, forcing them to become open-captions — all our publicly screened films with in-person screenings will have open-captions. Any films presented online will have closed-captions, meaning that the viewer has control.


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 446, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8

Phone number: 416 585 2333

Email: info@imagineNATIVE.org

imagineNATIVE is the world's largest presenter of Indigenous screen content. The organisation is recognised locally, nationally, and internationally for excellence and innovation in programming and as the global centre for Indigenous media arts. imagineNATIVE (legal entity: The Centre for Aboriginal Media) is a registered charity committed to creating a greater understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures through the presentation of contemporary Indigenous-made media art including film, video, audio and digital media.