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July 19 Facebook Live panel and info session for NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize applicants. Looking for daring, innovative proposals from Indigenous creators.


(Images provided by the NFB and imagineNATIVE)

July 9, 2018 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

As the fall deadline approaches for the 2018 NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize’s call for submissions, applicants have a new resource to help them put together the best possible pitch—a Facebook Live discussion on July 19 that will offer valuable insights and tips on how to apply for the sixth edition of this exceptional program for Indigenous creators. This partnership has resulted in works that have been programmed nationally and internationally, including at the Venice Biennale and Berlinale Forum (Berlin).

Taking place on Facebook (hashtag #iN19) from 4 to 5 p.m., EDT, the conversation will feature past winners of the NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Project Prize: Ahnahktsipiitaa (untitled), Cara Mumford (Red Card), Tyler Hagan (Similkameen Crossroads) and Jordan Bennett (Ice Fishing). It will be moderated by Dana Dansereau (NFB Producer, Digital Studio) and Meagan Byrne (Digital + Interactive Coordinator, imagineNATIVE), who will also provide an overview of the Interactive Partnership and the submissions process. Viewers are invited to ask questions.

The NFB and imagineNATIVE selection committee is looking for proposals that offer culturally, creatively and technologically daring visions, with a focus on innovative experiences for any digital media—including but not limited to mobile phones, social media, virtual reality, and augmented reality, as well as any other new-media format.

An Indigenous Canadian (or international Indigenous artist with Canadian citizenship), working with the NFB Digital Studio in Vancouver, will develop the winning project during the course of one year starting in October 2018. The NFB Digital Studio will have the option to produce or co-produce the project, with a target launch date of October 2019 at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The budget for the development phase will consist of cash and in-kind support of up to $50,000, while the final budget for the production phase will be determined by the overall scope of the project.

The selected artist and proposal will be announced at the 2018 imagineNATIVE festival’s new iNdigital space at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Applications will be accepted as of July 19, 2018, at www.imaginenative.org, with a submission deadline of August 30, 2018.


Associated Links

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Project Proposals

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  • About imagineNATIVE

    Founded in 1999, imagineNATIVE is the international centre for Indigenous-made media arts. Its annual Festival celebrates 17 years from 19-23 October 2016 and is the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio, and digital media works created by Indigenous directors, producers, and screenwriters. Year-round imagineNATIVE presents a national tour, screenings across Canada and internationally, and a community screening series based in the Greater Toronto Area. imagineNATIVE is committed to the professional development of Indigenous artists through its numerous workshops, labs, and panels through its Industry Series and through strategic partnerships internationally. imagineNATIVE showcases, promotes, and celebrates Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists and is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won over 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.