imagineNATIVE eBulletin, September 6, 2013

imagineNATIVE eBulletin, September 6, 2013


2013 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival's NEW Short Film Competition

This is your chance to be part of an intensive pitch training and funding opportunity at this year's imagineNATIVE

Do you have a great idea for a short dramatic or documentary short? New this year, imagineNATIVE’s pitch competition brings short stories to the big screen with prizes to produce them to perfection. Enter our competitions to pitch your idea to an esteemed jury of shorts producers, programmers and development leaders who will provide valuable feedback, advice, and make the final winning decision! You will also have a chance to win imagineNATIVE’s Short Documentary or Short Drama Pitch prizes (presented by APTN and CBC) to help your idea become a reality.

FOUR short documentary & FOUR short drama pitch contestants (or teams) will be selected by imagineNATIVE’s Programming Committee to receive a free, six-hour intensive “How to Pitch” workshop with Producer, Digital and Social Media Strategist, Deborah Day. Accompanied by Industry guest speakers, this workshop will provide invaluable insight and instruction on the pitching process and advice on improving individual pitch ideas before pitch day.  The intensive workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King St. W. in downtown Toronto.   

Each five-minute pitch will then be presented to the panel of short film programmers, aficionados and filmmakers during the festival’s “Pitch Competition for Dramatic Works” and “Documentary Pitch Competition” on Friday, October 18 in a live, staged event at the Festival’s venue, the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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Early Bird Passes and The Beat with A Tribe Called Red available until Oct. 1
Plan Your Trip - Discount Travel Packages available until Sept. 15

The 14th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
October 16 – 20, 2013

The 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is approaching quickly! Early-bird rates for Festival passes and tickets to the highly anticipated The Beat featuring A Tribe Called Red will be available starting August 15. imagineNATIVE is also excited to continue to offer discounted travel packages to the Festival which include hotel, a Festival pass, local food and vendor discounts among other fun perks to ensure you can be here for it all!

The Beat, presented by Slaight Music and supporting sponsor Red Bull Canada, is one of imagineNATIVE’s most popular annual events. The Beat is both a showcase of Indigenous music that includes live performances and a professional development mentorship for emerging musicians. This year imagineNATIVE co-presents with The Music Gallery to present 2013 Polaris Prize nominee A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) at The Black Box Theatre at The Great Hall. In addition, ATCR will act as mentor to Nelson Tagoona, a young beat-boxing throat singer from Iqaluit.200 word description

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imagineNATIVE Short Film Program Soars Again with Air Canada!
Canadian Indigenous Shorts offer an in-flight program of the Festival favourites

Those of you travelling on Air Canada to any of its destinations worldwide (or to imagineNATIVE this October!) will have the exclusive opportunity to view a selection of imagineNATIVE’s films on Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment system. Now celebrating its third year, and with new presenting sponsor TD Bank Group, the “imagineNATIVE presents: Canadian Indigenous Shorts” programme will be available on Air Canada's in-flight entertainment system from September 1 through October 31, 2013 on all Air Canada flights worldwide, featuring work by Canadian Indigenous filmmakers.

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Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. The Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto
September 18, 2013, 6PM
Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street 

Please join them for the opening reception of Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art. at the Ryerson Image Centre on September 18, 6-8PM. If you are unable to attend, 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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Trade Marks, Prefix, Toronto
September 19 to 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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Call for Submissions

PAVED Arts, Saskatoon
Deadline: September 15, 2013

PAVED Arts is a dynamic media production and presentation centre that supports experimental work in Photography, Audio, Video, Electronic and Digital Arts. They welcome proposals by contemporary artists, collectives and curators for exhibitions, screenings, media/new media performances, off-site and on-line projects. Alternatively submissions containing all of the relevant support materials can be uploaded by dropbox. The download link should be sent to Please feel free to include publications, press clippings or other information that is relevant to your proposal. URLs of websites are also welcome.

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Neighbourhood Tour Photos: Toronto, Akimbo Art Promotions, Toronto
Deadline: September 25, 2013

Akimbo gets over 2 million views per month and the Gallery Tours section, launched in the fall of 2012, gets 36,000 views per month and counting. Have your photos seen by thousands of Akimbo viewers. Share your best images of Canada's happening visual arts neighbourhoods and get noticed. Submissions will be reviewed by Akimbo staff and selected photos will be featured in the Neighbourhood Tours section on the Akimbo website with a photo credit and link to your Flickr account or website. This call is open to all. 

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Pitch 360 Competition, Merging Media, Vancouver
Deadline: September 30, 2013 at 5PM (PST)

Heads Up, Cross-media Producers! Do you have a killer cross-media or transmedia project development? For the first time, the annual Merging Media Pitch 360 Competition will be open to ALL Western Regions - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Enter your latest cross-media project NOW for your chance to win a cool $10,000 Cash Development Prize! Inter-Provincial applications are also eligible, where the majority co-applicant is from the Western Region. 

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Berlinale Shorts and Generation, Berlinale International Film Festival
Deadline: November 15, 2013

The 64th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 6-16, 2014 and they are currently preparing the new festival edition. They would like to draw your attention to the SHORT FILM COMPETITIONS and encourage you to submit your film. The Berlinale Shorts is hosting up to 30 short films. They compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear, a nomination for the Best European Short Film (Prix EFA) and a Berlin scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Generation is hosting two competitions with short films dedicated to a young audience: Kplus screens programmes for children of various age groups; short films for an audience from 14 years on are presented in the 14plus competition. A Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film is awarded in each competition. 

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Workshops + Training

Adventure Filmmakers' Workshop, Banff Centre
Deadline: September 9, 2013

The Adventure Filmmakers’ Workshop is an exceptional chance for independent and emerging filmmakers to turn their project into reality, under the guidance of two of the world’s premier adventure filmmakers. During a jam-packed eight days this fall, you’ll build relationships, network with fellow artists, and mingle with industry insiders and decision-makers, all within the core of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. You’ll also have full access to Festival events — motivation galore! Sessions will help you hone your vision, organize your workflow plan, develop audio, narrative, and editing techniques, and perfect your pitch. Their faculty promotes an open, interactive, and creative atmosphere. 

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Convergent Media Program, Women in Film & Television - Toronto
Deadline: September 9, 2013 by 5PM
$500 + Evenbrite Fee + HST non-WIFT members / $375 + Evenbrite Fee + HST WIFT members

The Convergent Media Program is essential for those who want to master the integration of traditional media production with digital media. The four-day incubator (Oct 2-5) is tailored for moving projects from development to production, and includes an OMDC master class. Registration is available for up to 20 independent with an interactive digital media or transmedia project currently in development. General registrants pay $500 + HST, but the Corus bursary covers the full cost of the program. Registration is limited to 20 participants, both male and female. Five full-program bursaries are available to women who identify as: visible minority (see Bursary Eligibility), Aboriginal, and/or living with a disability.

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Film/Video/Interactive Art Workshop, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
Fall 2013

FULL SCHEDULE NOW ONLINE! Registration opens on Tuesday September 17th at 1137 Dupont Street (at Gladstone Ave) or by phone, 416-588-6444. They have over 55 workshops on Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, HD filmmaking and interactive art. Workshops include Short Film Writing, Documentary Film Writing, Introduction to Independent Filmmaking, Camera Theory, Lighting Fundamentals, RED EPIC Camera and more! Also three special workshops in October by Visiting Artists!

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Plan & Shoot a Short Film in One Week, Raindance, Toronto
September 16, 2013 (for 3 evenings & 1 full day)
$499 + HST / $425 for members
276 Carlaw Avenue, Suite 222

This course take place over three evenings and a one-day shoot. The first evening will be a crash course in budget filmmaking, the second evening will cover planning and pre-production of the short film, the full day will be spent completely shooting the short film and the third evening will be a screening of the completed projects and a breakdown of what worked and what didn't.

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Jobs + Volunteer

Art Gallery and Collection Coordinator, First Nations University of Canada, Regina
Deadline: September 9, 2013 by 4PM

The First Nations University of Canada is seeking a goal oriented individual to join their Regina campus as an Art Gallery and Collection Coordinator. Under the direction of the Department Head of Indigenous Language, Arts and Culture but works under an appointed supervisor of the Indian Fine Arts Faculty, this position is responsible for managing and directing the day to day operations of First Nations University of Canada's Art Collection and Gallery. This position is in the scope of the APT bargaining unit and will be filled in accordance with Article 9 of the APT Collective Agreement.

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Writer Integrated Communications, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Deadline: September 10, 2013

Currently an employment opportunity exists in their integrated Communications department for a full-time Writer. Reporting to the Director of Integrated Communications, this position is responsible for the development and implementation of the Harbourfront Centre voice. Specifically it entails conceiving, developing, and producing, effective advertising campaigns, creating body copy, slogans and catch phrases utilizing all the integrated communication vehicles in delivering the message. Ensuring content accuracy, grammatical correctness and message cohesion in print, broadcast and digital media platforms is also of importance. 

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Managing Director, Red Sky Performance, Toronto
Deadline: September 20, 2013 by 5PM EST

Internationally renowned for its artistry and innovation, Red Sky is Canada's leading company of contemporary world Indigenous performance in dance, theatre and music. Red Sky Performance seeks a Managing Director to oversee the overall business management and administrative operations of the company including, planning, financial management, administration, office operations, grant and proposal writing, board and governance, human resources management, fundraising and cultivation activities. This position requires a deep commitment and engagement to Red Sky's artistic goals and company ethos, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and an excellent work ethic.

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Lecturer and Director/Curator, University of Toronto Mississauga
Deadline: September 30, 2013

The Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga invites applications for a limited term position as Lecturer and Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery for the period November 15, 2013 ending December 31, 2014. This is a 75% Full Time Equivalent. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in curatorial practice and possibly, based on expertise, in other areas of art and culture. Working with the Dean, the Chair and others, the successful candidate will direct the conception and organization of exhibitions and oversee the implementation of all other aspects of the Gallery's program including outreach, publication, student exhibitions, events, and the maintenance of the permanent collection. 

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Nominations, Toronto Arts Council Board of Directors, Toronto
Deadline: October 15, 2013 at 5PM

The Toronto Arts Council (TAC) is now accepting nominations for Board of Director positions for 2014. TAC seeks individuals with expertise in business, city planning, education, cultural planning and/or the arts. Nominees must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants currently living in the City of Toronto in order to be eligible for election. Toronto Arts Council's 29 member volunteer board also includes artists, other arts professionals and arts supporters. To guarantee accountability, City Council appoints five of its members to TAC's Board of Directors. To nominate an individual for consideration by the nominating committee of TAC Board of Directors, please fill out the nomination form and email this with a CV or Biography to Self-nominations are welcome.

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Events + Announcements

Joseph Sanchez, Sakewewak First Nations Artist Collective and SLATE Fine Art Gallery, Regina
September 17, 2013, Doors open at 7PM, Performance at 7:30PM
2078 Halifax Street 

Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artist Collective and SLATE Fine Art Gallery are collaborating to present a special evening with artist Joseph Sanchez. This is being presented as part of our Coming Into View: honouring the Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. exhibit opening September 12th at Sâkêwêwak, Slate Gallery and Tatanka Gallery. And also was put together in respect to Michelle Lavallee's show '7' happening at Mackenzie Art Gallery September 20th, 2013. There will be two short performances beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and at the door.

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Focus on Indigenous Peoples at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013 

This year, the Toronto International Film Festival have SIX feature films that highlight Aboriginal themes and four of those films are Canadian. The Titles are as follows: Around the Block, Empire of Dirt, Hi-Ho Mistahey!, Mystery Road, Ryhmes for Young Ghouls, and White Lies.

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FREE Events, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto
Various Dates and Times, FREE

Various film-related events presented by LIFT. No Reading After The Internet (Sep 16), Open House (Sep 24), and a Social Justice and Activist discussion panel (Oct 1). All event are free, please check out website for more details.

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