Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 16-20

Female Filmmakers Dominate at the 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Where Artists are Heroes!
October 16 – 20, 2013

The 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, running October 16 – 20, 2013, returns to Toronto this fall to host the world’s largest festival of Indigenous film and media arts. The Festival has announced 101 films, including documentaries, features and shorts, and proudly presents a program dominated by female filmmakers with more than half of the screening works at the Festival made by women, a noteworthy representation.

Meanwhile, with TIFF premieres of both Jennifer Podemski’s indie drama Empire of Dirt and Jeff Barnaby’s debut feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, the Native-Canadian presence at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival did not go unnoticed. With both of these films, and 99 more, screening at this year’s imagineNATIVE festival, Aboriginal art will idle no more with increased presence at the world’s most foremost festivals.

“When the Toronto International Film Festival decides, as it decided this year, to premiere not one, not two, but three full-length movies about Canada’s aboriginal peoples, it fairly screams to media types, ‘Attention must be paid!’” – James Adams, The Globe and Mail

imagineNATIVE previously announced that Mystery Road, directed by Ivan Sen – which also appeared at TIFF – will open the Film Festival at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, October 16. Mystery Road tells the story of Indigenous cowboy-detective Jay Swan as he returns to his outback hometown to solve the murder of a teenage girl.

The closing night film, Uvanga, co-directed by Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and Marie-Hélène Cousineau, will screen on Sunday, October 20 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Uvanga is the story of a young man discovering the land and culture of a father he never knew in Igloolik, Nunavut.

Beyond Canada, the Festival presents Indigenous films and media arts from around the world, while also utilizing its annual platform to shine a spotlight on an Indigenous nation outside of Canada. This year, the Festival will feature works from the Māori nation of New Zealand with groundbreaking feature films, Mana Waka and The Neglected Miracle, and comedy short film Fresh Meat, plus the Festival’s Radio Works program, all to be presented at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The 2013 Festival will also see the launch of the indigiTALKS Video Essay Project, where female artists continue to prevail. Taking place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the inaugural indigiTALKS challenges three Ontario-based Indigenous artists, Wanda Nanibush, Rachelle Dickenson and Ariel Smith, to each produce a 10-minute video essay and give a public presentation on a new thesis of artistic discourse in Indigenous-created film and video work.

The 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival kicks off at 2pm on Wednesday, October 16 with a Welcome Gathering at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, co-presented by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and TD Bank Group. FREE and open to the public, this reception features traditional Indigenous prayers and performances, craft vendors, food, and a welcome address from imagineNATIVE and its international delegates in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

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The 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 16 – 20, 2013

Screening Pass: $32 (Early Bird Special)
Includes all regular screenings, all installations, and all workshops/panels
All Access Weekend Pass: $52 (Early Bird Special)
Includes all regular screenings October 18-20; all installations;
all workshops/panels; Awards Show; and The Beat concert
All Access Pass: $88 (Early Bird Special)
Includes all regular screenings; all installations; all workshops/panels; Opening Night Gala and After Party; Awards Show; and The Beat concert
The Beat featuring A Tribe Called Red: $20 in advance, $25 at the door,
or $15 with a Festival Screening pass
All pricing includes HST and are subject to service fees
Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
In-person: 10am to 10pm daily • 350 King Street West
By Phone: 10am – 7pm daily • 416.599.TIFF (8433)

Opening Night Film: Mystery Road
Presented by: Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema • 506 Bloor Street West

Closing Night Film: Uvanga
Presented by: Global Toronto
TIFF Bell Lightbox • 350 King Street West

The Beat featuring A Tribe Called Red
Presented by: Slaight Music with support by Red Bull Canada
and co-presented by The Music Gallery’s X Avant Festival
Saturday, October 19, 2013 • BLK BOX Theatre • 1087 Queen Street West
Doors are at 9:00pm, Concert at 10:00pm

Radio Works
Presented by: Bell Media
TIFF Bell Lightbox • 350 King Street West
The Radio and New Media Lounge (2nd Floor)

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