Thursday, March 7, 2013

Call for submissions: imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Be part of imagineNATIVE’s 14th Anniversary Year!


Complete submission details and film/video, radio, new media and TV Series submission forms:
It’s that time of year once again for you to submit your film, video, radio and new media works for the 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

This year’s Festival runs from October 16-20, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE is an international Festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the Festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from Canada and around the globe. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.

If you are planning to submit, let us know!
Send an email to Daniel Northway-Frank, Programming + Industry Manager, In the email “Subject” line, type “Tracking 2013 -” followed by the title of your work. Include in the body of the email your name, email, title, length, type (film/video, radio or new media) and genre (documentary, drama, experimental, music video, animation). This helps us track your work and provide follow-up if we don’t receive your submission.

Free submission deadline is June 1, 2013. Late submissions past June 1st are subject to a $25 CAD processing fee and forms can only be submitted online with a valid credit card via imagineNATIVE’s PayPal page. See Submission Instructions below for details.

imagineNATIVE considers film, video, radio and new media (web-based) 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 or on the Internet. International and Canadian premiere status is also a consideration. News reports, extended reportage, television magazine formats, and information programming or segments (such as PSAs) are not eligible.

Dramatic or documentary episodic series led and produced by Indigenous production companies are eligible to submit programs and episodes to the Festival’s Mediatheque, an on-site video library of all submitted work to the Festival, which industry distributors, broadcasters and programmers screen for acquisition and programming needs. NOTE: TV Series works are not screened publicly at the Festival, nor are eligible for awards.
  • imagineNATIVE exhibits works that have been created by an Indigenous person in a key, active creative role as director, writer or producer.
  • Films must have been completed on or after January 1, 2011.
  • All non-English language films must have English subtitles on screeners or English transcripts for the programmers.
  • Preview and exhibition tapes must have no commercial blacks or broadcaster promos.
  • Each film must have its own screening copies (2) and submission form. Compilations will not be accepted.
  • New! In addition to DVD discs, submitters are encouraged to provide an online screener link (private, password protected on Vimeo or YouTube) for the programming team to review. This is strongly encouraged if your work is submitted past the June 1 free deadline.
  • Illegible or incomplete submission forms will not be accepted.
The deadline for all submissions is June 15, 2013, but if your work is not final (ie. rough cut) for screening by June 15 and you wish it to be considered for this year’s Festival, please prior to the free submission deadline of June 1. Late submissions without previous contact with the Programming Team will be subject to a $25 CAD fee and may not be considered.

imagineNATIVE charges no fees for submission forms received online or written with DVD packages postmarked by June 1, 2013. Late submissions must have online forms received and DVD packages postmarked by June 15. Note: Rough cuts are not preferred, but eligible to submit.
Please send the following post-marked on or before June 1, 2013 (free), or June 15, 2013 (late, $25 fee):
  • Completed and signed submission form (PDF) emailed to OR the completed online submission form at under “Festival Info” then “Artists”.
  • Two (2) Preview DVDs (NTSC or PAL) clearly labelled with the title, running time, year completed and contact information.
  • Two (2) or more stills (JPEG or TIFF files, minimum 350 dpi) on CD, submitted online, or emailed to Please use the title of the work as the file name.
  • Short and long synopses of your film/video.
  • Indigenous creative’s biography.
  • Press kits, clippings or trailer (if available, via email or online link).
  • 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 DVDs will be returned.
  • DO NOT send “Cash on Delivery” (C.O.D.) or the package will NOT be accepted.
  • DO NOT send submissions in fibre-filled envelopes as the dust can damage screeners and viewing equipment.
  • Preview tapes/DVDs will not be returned unless specifically requested and a self-addressed envelope with Canadian postage is provided.
Participants will be notified of acceptance of their submission, and of selection result by email by the end of August. If selected for the Festival, exhibition copies must be sent in by September 12, 2013.

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