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Biidaaban: First Light

Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada
2018 | 6-8 min
Virtual Reality

Selections and Awards

  • Best Immersive Experience Fiction Canadian Screen Awards 2019

  • Official NomineeBanff World Media Festival - Rockie Awards 2019

  • Official NomineeWebby Awards 2019

  • Award Best Interactive WorkimagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival 2018

  • Official Selection New Orleans Film Festival 2018

  • Official selectionRIDM 2018

  • Best Virtual Reality FilmTacoma Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionTribeca Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionLos Angeles Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionMelbourne Film Festival 2018

  • Official SelectionCamden International Film Festival, Rockport and Rockland, Maine, USA (2019)

  • Official Nominee – Best AnimationAmerican Indian Film Institute, San Francisco, California, USA (2019)



About Biidaaban: First Light

Promotional Materials



Credit: Mathew Borrett

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Lisa Jackson
Creative Director and Story by

Photo : Michael Labre

Mathew Borrett
3D Artist and Environment Design


Designer and Developer

Photo : Dean West

Dana Dansereau
Producer (NFB)

Photo : Emily Cooper

Rob McLaughlin



By Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett,
Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada. 

Creative Director and Story by
Lisa Jackson

3D Artist and Environment Design
Mathew Borrett

VR Designer and Developer

Soundscape Design by
Fader Master Sound Studios

Thanksgiving Address adapted by
Jeremy Green

Thanksgiving Address spoken by
Jeremy Green
Kawennakon Bonnie Whitlow
Tehanenhrakhas Green

“Nayendamowin Mitigwaaking” by
Margaret Ann Noodin

Spoken by
Gabe Desrosiers

Wendat spoken by
Andrée Levesque

Wendat Translation
Craig Kopris

Digging Woman
Jeneen Frei Njootli

Digging Woman Shoot
Director of Photography
Vince Arvidson

Paul Dombrovskis

Scot Proudfoot

Mike Southworth

Set Designer
Angelyne Martin

Assistants Set Decorator
Matthew Campbell
Cam Ziegler
Brett Lennan

Min-Jee Mowat

David Tomiak

Online Editor
Ryan Mance

Executive Creative Director
Pablo Vio

Creative Director
Dirk Van Ginkel 

Associate Creative Director
Vinicius Araujo

Executive Producer
Media Ridha

Jason Legge

Technical Directors
Peter Altamirano

Production Coordinator
Erin Ray

Motion Artists
Cyrill Durigon
John Flores

Mike Lamont

Technical Artists
Shaun Larkin

Game Developers
Michael Phan
Luis Guajardo Diaz
Reuben Pereira

Juan Manuel Codó

National Film Board of Canada
Dana Dansereau & Rob McLaughlin

Executive Producer
Rob McLaughlin

Executive Director
Loc Dao

Creative Technologist
Vincent McCurley

Project Manager
Camille Fillion

Studio Administrator
Carla Jones

Production Coordinator
Jasmine Pullukatt

Director of Production and Operations
Janine Steele

Marketing Manager
Tammy Peddle

Marketing Coordinator
Stéphanie Quevillon

Thank you
Zoe Hopkins
Noel Habel
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Gordon Cobb
Jon Ritchie
Michael Price
Kat Cizek
Anthony Wallace
Shaun Nakatsuru
Linda Maness

Biidaaban: First Light was created
in Toronto, on the traditional territories
of the Wendat, the Anishinaabeg,
Haudenosaunee, Métis and the
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation,
as well as in Vancouver on the unceded
territory of the Coast Salish peoples,
including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm
(Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),
Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh
(Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

“Nayendamowin Mitigwaaking/Woodland Liberty”
adapted from Weweni by Margaret Noodin.

Copyright © 2015 Wayne State University Press,
with the permission of Wayne State University Press.

Skymap provided by NASA/Goddard
Space Flight Center Scientific
Visualization Studio.

© 2018 National Film Board of Canada

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