imagineNATIVE eBulletin, October 4, 2013

imagineNATIVE eBulletin, October 4, 2013

Female Filmmakers Dominate at the
14th Annual
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Where Artists are Heroes!

October 16 - 20, 2013
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media

The 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, running October 16-20, 2013, returns to Toronto this fall to host the world’s largest festival of Indigenous film and media arts. The Festival has announced 101 films, including documentaries, features and shorts, and proudly presents a program dominated by female filmmakers with more than half the screening works at the Festival made by women, a noteworthy representation.

Meanwhile, with TIFF premieres of both Jennifer Podemski’s indie drama Empire of Dirt and Jeff Barnaby’s debut feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, the Canadian Indigenous presence at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival did not go unnoticed. With both of these films, and 99 more, screening at this year’s imagineNATIVE Festival, Aboriginal art will idle no more with increased presence at the world’s most foremost festivals.  

The 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival kicks off at 2pm on Wednesday, October 16 with a Welcome Gathering at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, co-presented by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training and TD Bank Group. FREE and open to the public, this reception features traditional Indigenous prayers and performances, craft vendors, food, and a welcome address from imagineNATIVE and its international delegates in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.

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A Space Gallery and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival proudly present, Lovesick Child
Curated by Elwood Jimmy
Exhibition runs September 21 - October 26, 2013
Co-Presented by Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

Lovesick Child is Toronto's first retrospective exhibition between A Space Gallery and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival on Aboriginal new media pioneer Âhasiw Maskêgon-Iskwêw. Âhasiw's work with the Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Centre on a number of equity and new media initiatives such as Drum Beats to Drum Bytes in 1994 ensured Indigenous presence within the new territory of new media and the Internet. He initiated a number of projects in collaboration with local artists, local youth, and street-involved people in North Central Regina, at the vanguard of interdisciplinary work that privileged and combined community stories and Indigenous worldviews & narratives.

Part of a substantial body of work that spanned several years, practices, and communities, Lovesick Child—the audio/text project from which the title of this exhibition is derived—synthesizes a number of the different streams of art production that Âhasiw undertook in his lifetime. For this exhibition, this piece functions as a foundation for both a discussion of Âhasiw's work and influence on Canadian media art, as well as the two complementary works in the exhibition newly created by artists Adrian Stimson and Leslie McCue. Curated by Elwood Jimmy, Lovesick Child focuses on some of Âhasiw's key works, as well as on artists like Âhasiw, who locate community, collaboration, interactivity, and Indigenous knowledge and practice at the forefront of their respective practices.

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Trade Marks, Prefix, Toronto
September 19 - November 23, 2013
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 124

The exhibition Trade Marks, featuring the work of Keesic Douglas, Meryl McMaster, Nigit'stil Norbert and Bear Witness from September 19 to November 23, 2013. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 19 from 7-10PM at Prefix. The artists and curator will be present. Prefix will also be open on Saturday, October 5 from 7PM until sunrise for Nuit Blanche. This exhibition is curated by Betty Julian and presented by Prefix in association with imagineNATIVE. Prefix gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

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Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. The Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto
Guest Curated by Steve Loft
September 18 - December 15, 2013
Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street 

Please join them for the Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre beginning September 18th. Be sure to visit the gallery to see the exhibition before it closes on December 15, 2013. Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. presents photographs from the Black Star Collection with contemporary works by Aboriginal artists to examine the role of the artist as activist, as chronicler and as provocateur in the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights and self-empowerment.

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Call for Submissions

San Francisco International Film Festival
Early Deadline: October 7, 2013
Regular Deadline: November 4, 2013

The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and events, is now accepting submissions to SFIFF57 (April 24–May 8, 2014). Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered. Celebrating creativity, innovation, collaboration and inspiration, SFIFF combines a range of marquee premieres, compelling documentaries, new digital media work, live music performances, star-studded gala events and an international competition with nearly $40,000 in cash awards in various categories.

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Ann Arbor Film Festival
Deadline: October 7, 2013 ($40 Shorts / $50 Features) 
Late Deadline: November 7, 2013 ($50 Shorts / $60 Features)

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.

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Urban Action Showcase, New York
Deadline: October 13, 2013

The Urban Action Showcase is a 3 day Independent Action Film Festival premiering minority filmmakers specifically in the Action Film Genre. With the initiative of social responsibility and ethnic diversity, the Urban Action Showcase advocates minority actors, filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals of the Action film genre through workshops, panel discussion, screenings and events. The Urban Action Showcase Indie Action Film Festival welcomes film and television Animation and Live Action Short and Feature narratives in various aspects of the Action genre. 

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Call for Applications

Shaw Media - Hot Docs Completion Fund, Toronto
Deadline: October 16, 2103 at 11:59PM PST

The Shaw Media-Hot Docs Completion Fund is a grant program that will provide financial support of up to $100,000 (limited to a maximum of 20% of a project's budget) for production companies to complete specific projects. The Completion Fund is open to producers who have attracted demonstrated market interest in their documentaries. The Completion Fund is expected to support on average six to nine projects per year. 

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Aboriginal Documentary, National Screen Institute, Winnipeg
Deadline: November 4, 2013

The National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI) is now accepting applications for its NSI Aboriginal Documentary course. The course is now open to applicants from across Canada, provides up to four Aboriginal director and producer teams with training, mentorship and up to $16,000 in cash towards the production of a short documentary. Completed short documentaries from the course will air nationally on APTN and will also stream on the APTN website.

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Workshops + Training

ideaBOOST, Toronto
Deadline: October 11, 2013

ideaBOOST is currently accepting applications for the 3rd cohort. Run by the CFC Media Lab, ideaBOOST is a business accelerator with a difference, a bootcamp for technology platforms and interactive applications for the entertainment industry. Companies selected to participate receive the tools, training, and mentorship to help bring their products to market and improve their chances of success with audiences, investors, and partners. Finalists receive $15,000 towards development costs and $15,000 of in-kind services.

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Greenlight Your Career: Navigating your way in the Film & Television Industry, Film Training Manitoba, Winnipeg
Deadline: October 19 & 20, 2013, 10AM to 5PM, $100
Red River College, Princess Street Campus, Room P318

Career coaches with first-hand experience working in the film and television industry - who also cater specifically to the needs of entertainment industry professionals - are virtually unheard of. This is what makes Jessica Sitomer a very unique and valuable asset in the North American market. Having been the in-house coach for the International Cinematographers Guild for over half a decade, Jessica will use her experience and expertise to help you lay out a proven plan to kick-start your career in this industry.

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Thematic Residency, Soi Fischer, Toronto Islands
Deadline: October 31, 2013

Applications are now being accepted for the December 2013 session of the Soi Fischer Thematic Residency Program on Toronto Islands. The Soi Fischer Thematic Residency Program on Toronto Islands offers artists the opportunity to work independently with the mentorship of a visiting professional artist, curator or critic working in international contemporary art. Thematic residencies explore various models including studio work, formal lectures, group discussion, peer collaboration and outdoor retreats. This direction allows individual residents to find common ground amongst each other's disparate practices and establish new connections through communal dialogue.

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Jobs + Volunteer

Web and Digital Media Coordinator, The National Ballet of Canada, Toronto
Deadline: October 4, 2013 

The National Ballet of Canada, one of the world's top international ballet companies, enthusiastically embraces new initiatives in digital media to increase audience engagement and ticket sales. The company is looking for a highly motivated self starter to join the communications team to help expand and improve its web, video and electronic communications. The position of Web and Digital Media Coordinator requires a creative team-player with strong web and video skills who is able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.

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Social Media Manager, Akimbo, Toronto
Deadline: October 11, 2013 

Akimbo is seeking a part time Social Media Manager to work closely and collaboratively with the Akimbo team. The candidate will implement Akimbo's social media strategy by overseeing day-to-day operations and management of active social media channels. The ideal candidate is a creative, innovative, detail-oriented individual with a passion for social media. The job will require working a set number of hours per day in the Akimbo office managing their social media activities and client services. Occasional extra hours will be required for special projects. 

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Temporary Reporter Correspondent - Halifax, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Deadline: October 15, 2013 by 3PM

Be part of the team at one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. If you value your independence, enjoy meeting new people and are ready to inspire and inform their National audience, then this is the position you've been waiting for. As a Temporary Reporter Correspondent, you will be the face their viewers recognize nationally, craft high quality stories, have great time management skills as your stories will be fed across two time zones, demonstrate your strong communication skills while interacting with the public and remote colleagues, and more. 

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Administrative and Design Assistant, Moss and Lam Art Studio, Toronto
Deadline: November 30, 2013

Reporting to the studio manager, and senior designers, the Administrative / Design Assistant will work in both a design and administrative role to maintain office efficiency and organization and ensure smooth operations of the studio. Moss and Lam thanks all those who apply, however only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Events + Announcements

Kocihta Charity Fundraising Evening, Toronto
October 23, 2013, 6PM to 11:30PM
Daniels Spectrum Centre, 585 Dundas St. East

Don't miss the launch of the NEW and only national charity dedicated to helping empower Indigenous youth, including youth with disabilities/special needs, to reach their human resource and career potential. The fundraiser will consist of a stand-up comic evening of laughter with comedians: Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), Candy Palmater, and Don Kelly, Indigenous cuisine stations that will delight your senses, and high level networking with Indigenous and corporate leaders.

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Artist Talk with Kent Monkman, McMaster University, Hamilton
October 23, 2013 at 7:30PM
McMaster University, Council Chambers - Gilmour Hall 111

Presented by The School of the Arts with the Indigenous Studies Program, the Gender Studies and Feminist Research Program, and the McMaster Museum of Art. Kent Monkman is an artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He explores colonialist histories and gender, queer, and two-spirit sexualities. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, AB, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. 

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