20th Anniversary Festival – October 22-27, 2019

The 20th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival – the world’s largest Indigenous Festival – is fast approaching with works by Indigenous screen-content creators, running October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto.

imagineNATIVE will present 126 film and video works in 30 languages from 18 countries and 101 Indigenous nations, including 40 World Premieres. The Festival will include nine feature films, 13 documentary features, and 12 shorts programmes.

With support from APTN, imagineNATIVE’s Opening Night Gala on Tuesday, October 22 will be One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. On Sunday, October 27, the Closing Night Gala, supported by MADE-NOUS, will be The Sun Above Me Never Sets by first-time feature film director Lyubov Borisova at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Industry Days at imagineNATIVE, October 22 – 26, 2019 will present over 30 panels, workshops, networking, and social activities specifically focused on advancing the careers, artistry, and networks of Indigenous screen content creators. This year marks the largest Industry Days in imagineNATIVE’s history as the organization continues to expand its industry initiatives to further support the development of the Indigenous screen sector in Canada and internationally.

iNDigital Space at imagineNATIVE, October 23-27, 2019, will present 19 Digital and Interactive Media Works. This exciting, interactive and educational space, is dedicated to enhancing the presentation, development and discourse on Indigenous-made digital and interactive media.

imagineNATIVE will once again present A Wall Is A Screen on Wednesday, October 23. Part walking tour, part film screening, A Wall Is A Screen projects short films onto various surfaces across Toronto’s downtown core along a secret, designated urban path. The event will begin outside the E.J. Pratt Library at Victoria University (University of Toronto) at 7:30pm.

imagineNATIVE’s Art Crawl, Thursday, October 24, includes stops at five galleries showcasing a dynamic selection of visual art works, curatorial and artist talks and a live performance. Beginning at the Onsite Gallery, the Art Crawl moves to the 401 Richmond Building, before ending at the Toronto Media Arts Centre.

imagineNATIVE and the Art Gallery of Ontario are honoured to co-present Lisa Reihana‘s in Pursuit of Venus [infected], a sixty-four minute, multi-channel projection and immersive experience, curated by Dr. Julie Nagam, on now until March 29, 2020.  Guests are invited to join Lisa Reihana in Conversation with Dr. Julie Nagam at the Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario on Friday, October 25 at 6:00pm.

imagineNATIVE will feature 14 audio works with radio, podcast, and sound pieces – plus imagineNATIVE‘s music showcase The Beat, co-presented by Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), with live performances and the $10,000 iN Bullseye Prize award presentation, in partnership with Slaight Music.

The 20th Anniversary festivities cultimate with imagineNATIVE’s 20th Birthday Party on Saturday, October 26. The Festival’s biggest social event is an evening of dance, music, performance, food and fun at Pilsner Hall at Steamwhistle Brewery.

imagineNATIVE is proud to honour this year’s winning filmmakers at the Awards Presentation, October 27, 2019 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Hosted by comedian Ryan McMahon, this event features a very special performance by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin. imagineNATIVE is also pleased to announce the 2019 August Schellenberg Award of Excellence to Michelle Thrush. The August Schellenberg Award of Excellence was launched in partnership with ACTRA and Joan Karasevich Schellenberg to honour her late husband, the legendary actor August (Augie) Schellenberg, and the spirit of his work.

Tickets for the 20th Annual imagineNATIVE are on sale now.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 22-27, 2019
Tickets On Sale Now
Call – TIFF Box Office on 416-599-2033
Online – TIFF Festival Partners and Third Party Events
In Person – TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON

For more information please call 416.585.2333

or visit www.imagineNATIVE.org

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