Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2014 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival announces complete programming

This morning, the complete 15th Anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival programme was announced at the TIFF Bell Lightbox by Executive Director Jason Ryle, and guests including TIFF's Cameron Bailey and actor Glen Gould.

The 15th Annual imagineNATIVE returns October 22-26, 2014 with the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe featuring: 130 films and videos; nine Radio Works; seven multi-platform New Media works; four art exhibitions featuring 19 media artists; 11 industry panels and public workshops; and 17 commissions. imagineNATIVE will feature 175 artists representing over 70 distinct Indigenous nations from 12 countries.

Tickets on sale now at

imagineNATIVE is proud to announce the premiere of Storyteller Screenings, a cinema-meets-storytelling experience, on Saturday, October 25 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Storyteller Screenings combines a new screen-based video work and a live reading. This year Joseph Boyden, one of Canada’s true literary stars, will present a new work with master of animation Terril Calder. Following next, legendary author, artist and activist Maria Campbell will share a new short story created in collaboration with Shane Belcourt, a leading filmmaker in Canadian Indigenous cinema. Together these artists–each from a Métis or mixed culture–combine craft, transcend media and explore new territory to tell a story unlike any other.

As imagineNATIVE celebrates 15 years, they will also honour the 10th anniversary of Wapikoni with a special program curated by Caroline Monnet, presented entirely in French on Thursday, October 23. Wapikoni is the world’s largest producer of short films made by francophone Indigenous artists, many of whom are youth. imagineNATIVE has a long history with Wapikoni who has contributed a vital and significant body of work to international Indigenous cinema.

In celebration of today's announcement, imagineNATIVE will hold a free Festival Preview screening of Wayne Blair’s hit film The Sapphires on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm. Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal singers and their makeshift manager, played by Chris O'Dowd, as they learn about love, friendship and war in 1968.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, radio and new media. The Festival presents the most compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and excellence of Native art and culture in contemporary media.


Welcome Gathering
FREE and open to the public (all ages)
Wed, Oct 22 | Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
16 Spadina Road
Welcome to the landmark 15th annual imagineNATIVE as we celebrate the Festival’s commencement with an opening prayer, dance performances, local craft vendors and a community feast served by beloved First Nations food provider Tea-N-Bannock. Join us to welcome this year’s filmmakers –– some have travelled from as far as Australia –– before going to imagineNATIVE’s Opening Night Screening of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s latest film, What We Do in the Shadows.

Opening Night Party
$12 or FREE to Opening Night Gala Ticket Holders and Pass Holders (19+)
Wed, Oct 22 | Time: 9:00pm – 2:00am
The Everleigh*
580 King Street West
Celebrate the 15th annual Festival launch following the Opening Night Screening with music and dancing at The Everleigh. Come early and savour some culinary delights, as the house DJ spins us into the night.

Audio Showcase
Audio + New Media Lounge
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Fri, Oct 24 1:45pm – 3:00pm
Join a selection of artists as they present and discuss their radio and audio programming works.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl
5 Shows | 5 Venues | FREE
401 Richmond St. W., Various Galleries
Fri, Oct 24 | Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
imagineNATIVE’s media art extravaganza returns! Join us on our annual art crawl of exhibitions and co-presentations with gallery partners A Space, Trinity Square Video, Gallery 44, WARC Gallery and the UrbanSpace Gallery at the 401 Richmond Building, featuring contemporary Indigenous
new media art, commissions, retrospectives and talks by leading curators and artists.
(See in order, below.)

I:ke - I have motion
By Rebecca Belmore,
Scott Benesiinaabandan, Faye HeavyShield,
Qavavau Manumie, Meryl McMaster, Nadia
Myre, Jeffrey Thomas
Curated by Lee-Ann Martin
A Space Gallery, Suite 110
Sep 23 to Nov 1, 2014
Reception: Fri, Oct 24, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Artists & Curator Talk: Fri, Oct 24, 5:30pm

Ice Fishing
By Jordan Bennett
Trinity Square Video, Suite 376
Oct 22 to 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 24, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Artist Talk: Fri, Oct 24, 6:30pm

By Bev Koski, Christian Chapman, including new edited works by Sébastien Aubin and Caroline Monnet, Marja Bål Nango and Nathan Young
Curated by Lisa Myers
Gallery 44, Suite 120
Oct 24 to Nov 22, 2014
Opening Reception:
Fri, Oct 24, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Artists & Curator Talk: Fri, Oct 24, 7:00pm

Trove: Unearthing the Embargo Collective II
By Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Lisa Jackson, Caroline Monnet and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Curated by Rebecca Baird
Women’s Art Resource Centre (WARC) Gallery, Suite 122
Oct 18 to Nov 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Fri, Oct 24, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Artists & Curator Talk: 7:30pm

New Media Multi-Platform Showcase
By the Blackout Collective, Lily Ginnish-LaValley, Sean Muir, Jude Norris, Cheyenne Scott, Theresa Stevenson, Skins 4.0 Collective
Urban Space Gallery, main floor outside WARC Gallery
Artists Talk: Fri, Oct 24, 8:00pm

Coded Territories Book Launch: Jackson 2Bears, Stephen Foster, Candice Hopkins, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Jason Lewis, Steven Loft, Archer Pechawis
Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street
Fri, Oct 24, 11:00am
imagineNATIVE’s first book hits the shelves! Created in partnership with Ryerson Image Centre, Coded Territories: Tracing Indigenous Pathways in New Media Art is an anthology of essays written by leading Canadian Indigenous new media artists, edited by Steven Loft and Kerry Swanson, and published by the University of Calgary Press. Light refreshments will be served.

Awards ShowHosted by comedian Candy Palmater
FREE and open to the public (19+)
Presented by APTN
This is a FREE ticketed event. Tickets can be obtained at our Festival Box Office.
Sat, Oct 25 | Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00 PM sharp
Revival, 783 College Street
The winners of the 15th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be announced. Join us to celebrate the world’s top Indigenous film, video, radio and new media works as we award the winners with over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Winning films will have repeat screenings on Sunday, October 26 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox beginning at 8:30pm.

imagineNATIVE’s 15th Birthday Party
Presented by Super Channel
$10 (Free for Delegate Pass holders) (19+)
Sat, Oct 25 | Doors open at 9:00pm
Until 1:00am
Hart House, Great Hall, 7 Hart House Circle
Join us to celebrate 15 years of hard work and dedication to making imagineNATIVE one of the most important Indigenous film and media arts festivals in the world. Come share and be a part of our history. Bear Witness of DJ collective A Tribe Called Red returns in this most special event yet!

* All venues except The Everleigh are accessible.

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