ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival

Summary of organization/program

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festivalis an international festival in Toronto that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.

Contact information


 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 349, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

 (416) 585 2333


Geographic region

  • The film festival takes place in Toronto
  • the film tour that lasts for 4 days, takes films to remote indigenous communities (does not state where specifically)
  • submissions are accepted from all over the world (restricted to indigenous media artists)


  • The film festival is open to the public through ticket purchases
  • Films are only accepted from both canadian and international indigenous media artists

History/Background Information

Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. 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

Dominant Media Forms

video production

web production



  • imagineNATIVE showcases, promotes, and celebrates emerging and established Canadian and international Indigenous filmmakers and media artists.
  • imagineNATIVE is committed to dispelling stereotypical notions of Indigenous peoples through diverse media presentations from within our communities, thereby contributing to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous artistic expression.

Statement of Principles

not provided


  • Festival screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals
  • ImagineNATIVE focuses on new and innovative film, video, radio, and new media works. Programming includes annual retrospectives, curated programmes, and presentations of significant groundbreaking and legacy works.
  • ImagineNATIVE plays an important role in the dissemination and exportation of Indigenous works by promoting and exhibiting artists’ films, videos, radio, and new media artworks to Canadian and international festivals, markets, distributors, and broadcasters and by facilitating sales and acquisitions.
  • ImagineNATIVE provides Indigenous filmmakers, media artists and curators with professional development opportunities in the form of workshops and other activities geared to enhancing creative and professional skills.

Samples of work

Click here to access the program and schedule.

Funding Sources

  • Presenting Sponsor: CTV 
  • Gold: Aboriginal People’s Network, Astral Radio
  • Silver: Astral harold Greenberg Fund, CMF|FMC, Casino Rama, Deluxe, NBC Universal, Global Toronto, RBC
  • Bronze: CBC, Isuma, TD, TVO
  • Media: The AVR Radio Network, Eye Weekly, Media Indigena, Movieola, NOW, SAY Magazine,