Instigating Critical and Creative Discourse on Indigenous-Made Cinema
indigiTALKS Video Essays Now Available Online for Viewing
(November 15, 2013 – Toronto) This year imagineNATIVE presented its inaugural indigiTALKS Video Essay Project. Entertaining, daring and investigative, three Ontario-based artists and curators took the stage at a TED Talks-style production during imagineNATIVE 2013 to present and discuss their commissioned essays. The three artists/curators – Wanda Nanibush, Ariel Smith and Rachelle Dickenson - were challenged to initiate new theses about Indigenous-created film and video works, stimulating and contributing to the much-needed discourse surrounding artistic and cultural themes found in Indigenous-made film and video.
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Last Chance to See: imagineNATIVE Exhibition
On until November 23
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124
Trade Marks presents a new generation of Indigenous artists who, through newly commissioned photographic, video and audio works, challenge working assumptions of who they are. The exhibition contributes to the recently revived conversation on what it is to be Indigenous in Canada today. It also considers how these artists have responded to the imposition of Western systems of classification on non-Western arts and how their artistic practices have been informed by methodologies of decolonization. Curated by Betty Julian, artists include Keesic Douglas, Nigit'stil Norbert, Bear Witness and Meryl McMaster.
More information: imagineNATIVE.org
In the Similkameen/Similkameen Crossroads
On until November 23
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120
imagineNATIVE and Gallery 44, with the support of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), are excited to announce the premiere of In the Similkameen, a photo installation by Tyler Hagan. Photographs are gathered as part of the upcoming interactive web documentary Similkameen Crossroads, which is the second project produced under the NFB/imagineNATIVE Digital Media Partnership. The interactive project is available online at nfb.ca/crossroads.
More information: imagineNATIVE.org
Call for Submissions
ReelWorld Film Festival, Toronto
Deadline: December 6, 2013
Each spring, ReelWorld Film Festival presents more than 65 dramatic features, documentaries, shorts and music videos, all of which reflect Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, South Asian or other racially diverse communities. Do you have a film you would like to submit? Send it before December 6, 2014.
More information: www.reelworld.ca
Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, Toronto
Early Bird Deadline: November 22, 2013
Regular Deadline: December 13, 2013
The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America's largest documentary festival, conference and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.
More information: www.hotdocs.ca
VELOBerlin Film Award 2014
Deadline: January 17, 2014
The love for bicycles is still on the rise! Celebrating the worldwide cycling movement, the second edition of VELOBerlin Film Award calls for short films that relate to the theme of “The Love Cycle”. With more than 300 film entries, 20 great nominees and thousands of online voters in the first successful edition held in early 2013, VELOBerlin Film Award 2014 will expand its worldwide scope to include mobile phones and tablets as well as screenings at three bicycle trade shows in Germany.
More information: www.veloberlinfilmaward.com
Call for Applications
Nominate a Trailblazer or Visionary Award Recipient, ReelWorld, Toronto
Deadline: November 15, 2013
Has someone inspired you to reach beyond what you thought you were capable of? Consider nominating them for a Trailblazer Award or a Visionary Award. Each year ReelWorld Film Festival (ReelWorld) recognizes excellence and outstanding achievements by people who are making a difference within Canada’s entertainment industry. The Trailblazer Award recognizes the accomplishments of racially diverse Canadian entertainment industry professionals whose work has broadened our horizons. The Visionary Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the Canadian entertainment industry by opening doors to others and creating lasting change.
More information: www.reelworld.ca
Live! Ammunition! Pitching Contest, Raindance Toronto
November 20, 2013, 5:30PM to 9:30PM, $10 / FREE for members
Revival Bar, 783 College St. West
This is the number one skill you need to cultivate in the film industry: Describing your film project in a few words with the most powerful imagery so that actors want to act in it, bankers want to bankroll it, and THEY all want to watch it! Your chance to pitch your idea to a panel of experts - and hone this skill. Put a fiver in the hat and two minutes are yours to convince them to read your screenplay in this intense and emotionally charged evening followed by networking drinks.
More information: www.raindancecanada.org/toronto
English Production Incentive Program, Canada Media Fund, Toronto
Deadline: November 26, 2013 or until all funds have been depleted.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) would like to remind stakeholders that the second round of funding for the English Production Incentive Program is now open for eligible applicants. The Program will close on November 26th or until all funds have been depleted, whichever comes first. Only eligible applicants in the following provinces can apply to the English Production Incentive Program: Alberta, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Please note that all CMF applications must be submitted by eTelefilm. Register now to receive a PIN by mail within 5 days if you do not already have one.
More information: www.cmf-fmc.ca
Super Channel Development Fund, Edmonton
Deadline: November 29, 2013
Super Channel, Canada's only national English pay television network, is now accepting submissions for the Super Channel Development Fund. Super Channel is committed to helping launch Canada's next generation of filmmaking talent and to enabling established filmmakers reach audiences in Canada and around the world. Through the Super Channel Development Fund they offer crucial financing to Canadian feature films, feature-length documentaries and series.
More information: www.superchannel.ca
Workshops + Training
Script Development Workshop, Film Training Manitoba, Winnipeg
November 30 - December 1, 2013, 10AM to 5PM, $100
Red River College, Princess Street Campus, Room W411
Veteran Story Editor, Ken Chubb, will lead this two-day advanced workshop on screenwriting. Participants will learn how to develop their projects for the screen and how to set up an effective script development process. By using examples and showcasing video clips, the instructor will focus on training participants in the craft of storytelling, screenwriting, script analysis, genres and styles, development of story structure, characters, and re-writing skills. Participants will be required to pitch a story they currently have in development. Each pitch will take place in a group environment and will be approximately 3 minutes in length.
More information: www.filmtrainingmanitoba.mb.ca
Fall Workshops, Charles Street Video, Toronto
Charles Street Video (CSV) offers a number of workshops on an on-going basis on the use of their most commonly-rented production gear and post-production software, as well as occasional special sessions on other available technologies, or on particular issues of interest. Workshops are open to both members and non-members. Members pay reduced rates. Student Special: Students attending a Canadian institution pay only 50% of the non-member rate for workshops. Student rate registrations must be done in person, with valid student ID, at CSV during office hours.
More information: www.charlesstreetvideo.com
The Oberhausen Seminar, Oberhausen
Deadline: February 1, 2014
The International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, in conjunction with LUX (London) and The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York), is introducing a new programme segment which will be held for the first time during the 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (1 to 6 May, 2014). The Seminar is an experimental course exploring contemporary artists' moving image practice in the context of a renowned international film
festival. Led by a curator, it is designed to provide a platform where art and cinema meet. The first edition will be led by curator, filmmaker and historian Federico Windhausen.
More information: www.kurzfilmtage.de
Jobs + Volunteer
Part-Time Faculty Positions, Humber College, Toronto
Deadline: November 17, 2013
Humber is a leader and innovator in postsecondary and postgraduate education, and the perfect place to embark on an exciting career in higher learning. At Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, they strive for excellence in polytechnic education. They stand behind the people they employ and support them in reaching their personal and professional goals. They work together as a team to provide our students, faculty and staff with an inspiring, innovative and energetic academic environment.
More information: www.nationtalk.ca
Events + Announcements
Empire of Dirt - In Toronto Theatres November 22
Going home was never an option for single mother Lena Mahikan (Cara Gee). But when her 13-year-old, Peeka (Shay Eyre) overdoses in the streets of Toronto, she is forced to return home to her estranged mother and face a life-long legacy of shame and resentment. Empire of Dirt is a story about second chances and summoning the power of family to soothe the pain of cyclical damage.
More information: www.imagineNATIVE.org