LISTEN: New opportunity for Indigenous interactive artists

Monday, August 28th, 2017 9:47am



The National Film Board, and imagineNATIVE are looking for proposals by Indigenous artists for up to a $50,000 development budget.

The NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Partnership returns in 2017 to support both the development and production phases of one (1) selected project, with a focus on artistic cultural experiences for mobile phone, tablet and virtual reality technologies.

Daniel Northway-Frank is industry director at imagineNATIVE. “Our mandate is to support Indigenous media creators,” he told Dustin McGladrey of CFWE-FM ( “Every program that we do is always geared towards getting Indigenous artists creating media work in some way or fashion.”

The project will premiere to a diverse range of audiences reached through the NFB and imagineNATIVE networks.

An Indigenous Canadian (or international Indigenous artist with Canadian citizenship), working with the NFB Digital Studio in Vancouver, will develop the project during the course of one year starting in October.

The NFB Digital Studio will have the option to produce or co-produce the project, with a target launch date of October 2018 at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

The budget for the development phase will consist of cash and in-kind support of up to $50,000, while the final budget for the production phase will be determined by the overall scope of the project.

The selected artist and proposal will be announced at the 2017 imagineNATIVE festival on Oct. 19. Applications for the NFB/imagineNATIVE Interactive Digital Residency will be accepted as of Aug. 22, at with a submission deadline of Sept. 18.

Northway-Frank said if readers are interested in coming to the world’s largest Indigenous Festival “showcasing over 130 works made by Indigenous artists in film, video, audio and digital media, come to the imagineNATIVE Festival. 

We are celebrating our 18th year Oct. 18 to 22 in downtown Toronto.”

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