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June 12, 2019


imagineNATIVE & Netflix Partner to Support Indigenous Artists 


Announced last night at the Banff World Media Festival, imagineNATIVE has partnered with Netflix to present a slate of professional development opportunities for Indigenous directors, producers, and screenwriters across Canada.

This game-changing partnership - presented through the imagineNATIVE Institute - will greatly enhance imagineNATIVE's professional development and industry-related activities, ensuring the expansion of opportunities for Indigenous screen content creators that are delivered by Indigenous-run organizations.

The imagineNATIVE-Netflix Partnership will encompass six distinct initiatives for Indigenous screenwriters, directors and producers from Canada:

  • Indigenous Producers Lab (beginning in 2020)
  • Indigenous Directors Lab (beginning in 2020)
  • Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive (beginning in 2019)
  • ‘imagineNATIVE Originals’ Mentorship Commissions (beginning in 2019)
  • Original Storytellers Series Incubator (beginning in 2020)
  • Year-Round Institute Series and Festival Industry Days panels & workshops (beginning in 2019)

“We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to offer our largest-ever series of professional development initiatives at imagineNATIVE,” says Jason Ryle, Executive Director. “This funding is a significant investment in opportunities for Indigenous directors, producers, and screenwriters in Canada, and marks one of the biggest sponsorships in imagineNATIVE’s history. We look forward to delivering these programmes over the coming years as the Indigenous screen sector continues to make profound impacts nationally and internationally.”

Programme details, eligibility and submission deadlines will be forthcoming. Stay tuned for details and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates and announcements.    

Full announcement on Netflix's partnership programs with imagineNATIVE, The Indigenous Screen Office and Wapikoni Mobile here.    

For further information please contact Daniel Northway-Frank, Institute Director, and/or Adriana Chartrand, Institute Manager, for further details.            



The 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival runs October 22-27, 2019 in Toronto and Submissions to the Festival close this Friday, June 14, 2019. 

Submit your Film, Video and Digital and Interactive Works for our 20th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival via our online Submissions Forms here

If you have any questions or need support, please contact

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 446
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8 
T: 416 585 2333  -  - #iN20

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