Call for Entry

24th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – Call for Entry 2023

Dear Asian filmmakers, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Canada) is accepting films directed by indigenous filmmakers until May 19, 2023.

About the festival:
imagineNATIVE presents Film + Video, Digital + Interactive, and Audio media work made by Indigenous Artists (Directors, Producers, Writers, Designers) at all levels of experience for our annual Festival. Our mandate guides the programming and initiatives towards Indigenous narrative sovereignty. imagineNATIVE strives to represent a variety of ideas, themes, and genres, in addition to a diversity of Indigenous languages, nations, and cultures.

imagineNATIVE supports 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. Therefore, works do not need to have overt Indigenous content or themes and can be productions made at all budget levels.

Note: The festival accepts films, audio works, interactive projects, and video games. Here we will only display information to submit films.

– Director must be indigenous.
– The Writer or key Producer must also be indigenous or both.
– The festival accepts short and feature films of any genres (fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation).
– There are no premiere status requirements to submit to imagineNATIVE; however, premiere status may be a consideration in the final selection process.
– Film + Video work permanently and/or publicly accessible for viewing via the Internet WITHOUT a password (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) or via paid/pay-per-view S/VOD platforms (e.g. iTunes, Netflix) are eligible. However, priority will be given to those that are premiering in the final selection process. EXCEPTION: Music videos, Audio, and Digital + Interactive works are not subject to ineligibility due to online or broadcast history.
– Film and video works distributed theatrically or broadcast on television outside of Canada are eligible for programming consideration. Film and video work already distributed theatrically or broadcast in Canada or that have a broadcast commitment do NOT make a work ineligible; however, it may be a consideration in the final selection process as a priority may be given to Indigenous-made works that have not yet had a distribution or broadcast opportunity.
– Film + Video works created by Indigenous community collectives are eligible for submission but will require additional information to clarify the creative and decision-making processes. We do still require the names and Indigenous nations/tribes of each collective member.
– They accept submissions in all languages. However, the Festival presents to a primarily English-speaking audience. All language works with dialogue must have English closed or open captioning to be eligible.
Submission Fee: FREE
Deadline: May 19, 2023
Notification Date: July 4, 2023

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here: (This is also the submission link)

We remind readers that the 24th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place from October 17 – 29, 2023 in Toronto, Canada.

To see other Call for Entries please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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