Saturday, May 22, 2010

Call for Submissions: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2010

A call for submissions from the imagineNATIVE Film Festival for Indigenous artists:

11th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 20 - 24, 2010

DEADLINE: June 1, 2010

Be a part of imagineNATIVE's 11th great year! The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the best works by Indigenous artists on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works and voices from around the globe. The festival's screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, industry and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the breadth and diversity of the world's Indigenous cultures and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.

We are currently seeking film/video/media art/new media and radio works in all genres by international and Canadian Indigenous filmmakers and producers. We invite all genres and lengths and encourage submissions from first-time and emerging directors. Student films are welcome.

The film and video submissions form is available on our website at
imagineNATIVE considers film, video, radio and new media works made by Canadian and international Indigenous artists. The festival strives to represent a diversity of ideas, themes and genres in its programming. The festival prioritizes works that balance unique content, cultural and social relevance, and a creative approach to form characterized by innovative expression, distinctive style, and personal vision. Priority is given to works that have not yet been broadcast in Canada. International and Canadian premiere status is also a consideration.

Dramatic or documentary series, news reports, extended reportage, television magazine formats, and information programming or segments (such as PSAs) are not eligible.
Please contact or for more information.

  • imagineNATIVE exhibits Indigenous-made works only.
  • Films must have been completed after January 1, 2008.
  • Dramatic or documentary series, news reports, extended reportage, television magazine formats, and information programming or segments (such as PSAs) are not eligible.
  • All non-English language films must have English subtitles for final viewing and English transcripts for the programmers.
  • Preview and exhibition tapes must have no commercial blacks or broadcaster promos.
  • Each film must have its own screening copy and submission form. Compilations will not be accepted.
  • Illegible or incomplete submission forms will not be accepted.
The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2010, but if your work is not ready for screening by June 1 and you wish it to be considered for this year's festival, please contact immediately.

imagineNATIVE charges no submission fees.
Please send the following post-marked on or before June 1, 2010:
  • Completed and signed submission form OR the completed online submission form at
  • Preview DVD (region one) OR VHS (NTSC) clearly labeled with the title, running time, year completed and contact information. DVD is the preferred format.
  • Two or more stills (JPEG or TIFF files, minimum 350 dpi) on CD or emailed to Please use the title of the work as the file name.
  • Short and long synopsis and director's biography.
  • Press kits, clippings or trailer (if available).
  • Label the outside of your package FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES - FESTIVAL PREVIEW ONLY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. Do not value the package any higher than $5 Canadian.
DO NOT courier tapes to Canada via UPS (United Parcel Service) as you may be liable for customs' duties, which the festival will not pay, and your tape will be returned.

DO NOT send COD or the package will NOT be accepted.

DO NOT send submissions in fibre-filled envelopes as the dust can damage tapes and viewing equipment.

Please note:

Preview tapes/DVDs will not be returned unless specifically requested and a self-addressed envelope with Canadian postage is provided.

There is a separate form for new media works. Please contact to receive the applicable form.

Participants will be notified by email of the selection results. If selected for the festival, exhibition copies must be sent in by September 10, 2010.

This submission form is for FILM and VIDEO only. To submit new media and radio works, please contact for the applicable form.

For more information visit

imagineNATIVE is a non-profit charitable organization that relies on public, private, and individual support. To donate, Click Here or contact Kerry Potts at Charitable receipts will be issued for all donation amounts.


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