imagineNATIVE eBulletin, September 20, 2013

imagineNATIVE eBulletin, September 20, 2013

Apply to imagineNATIVE's MICRO MEETING Networking Event

One-on-One Meetings for
Film + TV Funding, Programming, Acquisition and Distribution

Festival Delegate Passholders coming to imagineNATIVE with a roster of films or TV Series needing distribution and/or a project in development, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to take part in our annual MICRO MEETINGS, an application-based meeting service where you apply to discuss your current and past filmsor TV Series for distribution or discuss your new projects for funding to one of our friendly and welcoming Buyers, Funders and Distributors and Festival Programmers!

When you complete your application, our imagineNATIVE staff will match your meeting requests as best possible with the Buyer that would have the best chance to start a new business partnership with you. We then schedule you to meet your scheduled Buyer for a 10-minute, one-on-one meeting, at the Micro Meeting event, scheduled on Friday October 18, between 4:00 - 5:30pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

All delegates must review in detail the Micro Meeting Leaders PDF before applying to ensure your work matches Leaders company mandates. Missed the application deadline or unsure of who to meet? A few meeting slots will be left open in each Buyer’s schedule and will be available for sign-up on-site starting October 17th at 10am in the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Third Floor Learning Studios A&B.


  •  Applicants must be an attending Festival Delegate Passholder (Industry, Guest or Programmed Artist)
  •  Priority is given to Indigenous artists      

Please submit your application by Friday, October 4, 2013 via email to

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More imagineNATIVE News

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

ON SCREEN, Images Festival, Toronto
Early-Bird Deadline: October 15, 2013
Regular Deadline: November 15, 2013

The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images is now accepting entries for the ON SCREEN section of the festival, which includes both feature length and short film and video that screens in a cinema. Artist fees (screening fees) paid for all works presented. Forms, guidelines and new FAQ now available! Online forms are accessible on their website.

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Mayworks Festival, Toronto
Deadline: November 1, 2013

Mayworks Festival – Toronto is pleased to invite submissions for its 29th festival season. Applications are accepted from groups and individuals in a range of disciplines, including: visual art, music/ poetry, film, video, interdisciplinary, and theatre. Mayworks Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates cultural production working class culture. They seek to showcase high calibre art by artists at all stages in their careers that are politically and socially engaged with labour realities. Mayworks Festival is especially committed to providing a platform to support the underrepresented labor of Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, migrants, women, queer-identified people, people of color, and youth.

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Online Short Film Festival, National Screen Institute, Winnipeg
Deadline: November 12, 2013

Short filmmakers have the chance to win up to $4,000 in cash through the National Screen Institute's (NSI) Online Short Film Festival. The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round celebration of Canadian short film on the NSI website which showcases two or three new films each week. The shorter the film, the better - entries must not exceed 30 minutes. Drama, comedy, animation, short documentaries, sci-fi, horror, music videos and experimental films are all eligible genres and must be Canadian. There is no submission fee. Films must be available online for viewing by the selection committee. DVD submissions will NOT be accepted. 

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto
Early-Bird Deadline: November 22, 2013$50
Regular Deadline: December 13, 2013, $100

Film submission to Hot Docs 2014 are now open. Please note that deadlines and fees have changed from previous years. They strongly encourage applicants to review the new information before submitting a film. All deadlines are postmark deadlines. Hot Docs accepts Canadian and international documentaries of all lengths and subject matter. All films must have been completed after January 2013.

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Call for Applications

Open Studio Artist-in-Residence, Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts Centre, Sackville
Deadline: October 1, 2013

Each year Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre hosts a series of artist residencies in their Open Studio Program. Each artist-in-residence spends five weeks in the gallery continuing their practice in a public venue. The artists present talks on their work, studio visits and other public presentations as well as workshops related to the work they are engaged in. The artist is paid an artist fee and provided with a per diem and accommodations in Sackville; travel costs are covered by Struts & Faucet. There is also a budget for advertising, workshop supplies and documentation of the residency.

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Call for Directors for Governor General Awards Video Project
Deadline: October 4, 2013

The Canada Council and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) are once again coming together to honour the recipients of the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. They joined forces for the first time last year and created unique video portraits of renowned artists. They are looking to pair directors with the 2014 winners to create artistic two-minute video portraits. The commissioned directors will be acknowledged in every way possible as creators of these videos. The video portraits will be shown on Council's web site, You Tube channel and the video wall in the public space of the Council's new building. The Council reserves the right to use the video portraits for promotional purposes. The commissioned directors retain copyright and ownership of their works, and may use them as they wish to promote their own work.

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Film Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Toronto
Deadline: November 1, 2013 by 5PM
Information Session: October 3, 2013
Conference Centre, 3rd Floor, South Tower, 175 Bloor St. East

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) has launched a call for applications for the OMDC Film Fund. This fund is intended to increase the level of Indigenous feature film production in Ontario. This program provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing. The OMDC Film Fund supports a range of projects with both cultural and industrial benefits. Please Note: The Qualified Producer Applicant on the application form must be the primary producer and contact for all communication and dealings with OMDC. An information session will be held on October 3rd. To register to attend the OMDC Film Fund information session, please complete their online registration form by NOON, October 2, 2013. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.

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Workshops + Training

Test Drive Your Script, Trinity Square Video, Toronto
Deadline: First come, first serve. (only accepting 5 directors and 5 writers)

Trinity Square Video (TSV) in partnership with thom vernon +associates presents a two-day workshop where 5 emerging directors will be partnered with 5 emerging screenwriters. If you're a director, you'll work with a professional DOP, Director and a writer who has original pages ready to shoot. Together you will work through a scene from a table read through to a completed shoot. It is another way for you to learn, quite effectively, what exactly needs to go on the script page and what does not. Be on set with professional actors and a crew to get a hands-on knowledge of shooting on set. All of the lighting, production equipment and soundstage will be provided and all involved will leave with a copy of raw footage of their scene.

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Working as a Professional Actor, Film Training Manitoba, Winnipeg
October 12 or 13, 2013, 10AM to 5PM, $80 
Actor's Training Centre of Manitoba, 502-62 Albert Street

During this one-day hands-on workshop, the instructor will work with the participant to demystify the profession and the business side of being a professional actor. Topics to be covered will include the following: Career Development Strategies, Discussion of the Marketplace: Winnipeg, Larger Markets: Toronto, Vancouver, and Los Angeles, and The Critical Questions of Being a Professional. Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins. Registration is on a first served basis - unless otherwise specified. 

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Lifestyle & Reality Series Producer, National Screen Institute, Winnipeg
Deadline: October 25, 2013

Production companies must nominate a qualified candidate from within their company to enroll in the course. Candidates must be ready to make the leap into unscripted series production. This is an advanced training course which focuses on the specific skills required to produce a lifestyle or reality series. The course includes a week-long training session followed by an eight-week practical apprenticeship on an existing series which has been green-lit by one of their Program Partners: Shaw Media, Bell Media and Corus. This course will empower the candidate to confidently take on the challenges and responsibilities of producing a lifestyle or reality series. 

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Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Preparatorial Work Study, The Banff Centre 
Deadline: November 1, 2013

The Walter Phillips Gallery Indigenous Preparatorial Works Study programs enable participants to engage in hand-on opportunities working alongside the gallery's curator and preparator. Direct mentorship and support is provided throughout the program to develop the participant's skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and environmental conditions (including appropriate humidity, temperature, and lighting levels). The work study participant will also have the opportunity to develop expertise in crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork, and will assist in the storage, packing, and unpacking of artworks relating to the Walter Phillips Galley exhibitions and permanent collection. 

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Jobs + Volunteer

Volunteer for imagineNATIVE

Have fun, gain experience and see Indigenous films from around the world! For FREE! All Volunteers earn a Festival Pass that allows you into any public event at the festival for FREE!

We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to fill a number of positions before and during the Festival, October 16-20, 2013. Some positions include: 
Guest Relations; Theatre Ushers; Workshop Attendants; Airport Greeters; Party Helpers; Pre-festival Office Help.

To sign up visit imagineNATIVE website and click on "Volunteer."

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Development Coordinator, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto
Deadline: September 23, 2013

The Development Coordinator will play a key role in raising funds from foundations, consulates, individual donors, and the public sector for Hot Docs. In addition, this position will play a key role in fulfilling partner stewardship and recognition year-round for Hot Docs. Conduct research on prospective donors, foundations, and public funders. Work with development department to identify new funding opportunities. Work with the Associate Director, Development to prepare foundation and public sector proposals/reports as assigned. Manage and maintain relationships with local consulates and embassies to secure filmmaker travel support. Manage stewardship and fulfillment obligations for all public sector partners, foundations and donors. Work closely with development team in identifying donor prospects, and implementing strategies to increase annual donations, and more.

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Executive Director, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto
Deadline: September 25, 2013

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE), a charitable not-for-profit organization, located at 401 Richmond Street West, is seeking to hire an Executive Director (ED). TOAE is seeking a highly motivated candidate who understands best practices in arts programming, non-profit management, event management, marketing and fundraising. The successful candidate will love the arts, have vision and creativity, embrace and push for innovation, and help maintain a strong organization and create a compelling and relevant exhibition under the guidance of the Board.

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Director of Development, La Biennale de Montreal
Deadline: September 30, 2013

Reporting to the Executive Director and working in collaboration with the Communications Director, the Director of Development will expand the financial resources of the Biennale de Montréal. He or she is responsible for developing the organization's unique approach to fundraising and its related plan, and for implementing various activities that will increase the Biennale de Montréal's self-generated and earned income streams. The Director of Development will generate revenue through gifts, donations and sponsorships. He or she will plan and successfully execute diverse fundraising projects and devise effective ways to secure financial support from our various stakeholders. The Director of Development will recruit a circle of committed donors, forge new business relationships and upgrade current partnerships.

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Events + Announcements

New Toronto Works Show, Pleasure Dome, Toronto
Curated by Francisco-Fernando Granados & Cressida Kocienski
September 26, 2013 at 7:30PM
Tallulah's Cabaret, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street

Launching Pleasure Dome’s fall season, our annual New Toronto Works (NTW) screening showcases the city’s freshest film and video works. This year’s show marks the twentieth anniversary of NTW and will feature a selection of digital films that propose questions of voice in relationship to space. Ranging through aesthetic choices that consider the body as a vehicle for narration, these works plot gender, geography, optics, utterance and trace. The various architectures of production generate strategies of spacing that expand and collapse structures of address, moving between the visible speaking subject, the disrupted or disembodied voice and bodies that signal their silence.

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