Frequently Asked Questions


How can I contact imagineNATIVE?

We can be reached by phone at 416-585-2333 or by email via

You can also reach us via the form on our contact page.

How can I donate to imagineNATIVE?

We’re able to accept both online donations and donations made by cheque and mail it to:

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Attn. David Morrison
Suite 446
401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario  M5V 3A8

What are Relaxed Screenings, and who can attend them?

Relaxed Screenings are screenings where the environment is adjusted to accommodate people who would appreciate a sensory-friendly space, such as a relaxed attitude towards noise and movement, slightly lowered volume and lights at a dim level. People also are more than welcome to leave their seats to roam around. 


How do I get to the screening venues?

The TIFF Bell Lightbox can be reached from the accessible St. Andrew subway station, and from the following TTC streetcar lines servicing King Street West: Route 503 and Route 504.

Nearby parking lots include:

  • Underground parking at 350 King Street West
  • Simcoe Place – Lot #436 (Simcoe Place, Front Street West)
  • GoPark (9 Widmer Street)
  • BestParking GO PARK Parking (120 Peter Street)

We recommend checking your route in case there are any TTC closures that could affect your travel time.

Where are the washrooms located at the TIFF Bell Lightbox? Are they accessible?

The first floor at the TIFF Bell Lightbox has two push-button swinging-door washrooms with two grab bars. The doorway measures 34″ wide and includes a lever handle, as well as a sensory sink that is 33″ high from the ground.

The second floor has one push-button swinging-door washroom with two grab bars. The doorway measures 34″ wide and includes a lever handle, as well as a sensory sink 33″ that is high from the ground.

The second floor also has one push-button accessible swinging-door washroom with sufficient rotating space for a wheelchair. The doorway measures 36″ wide and includes a lever handle, two grab bars, and a sensory sink that is 33″ high from the ground.

You can find all-gender washrooms in the theatre lobby and on each cinema floor. Visitors are encouraged to use the bathroom they are most comfortable with. Harassment of any kind, including harassment based on gender, is in violation of our Code of Conduct.

Are the TIFF Bell Lightbox building and the cinemas inside accessible?

The TIFF Bell Lightbox’s main entrance is 52″ wide with automatic balanced sliding doors. The TIFF Bell Lightbox’s side entrance is 40″ wide with a push-button swinging door. The building elevators measure 41″ wide, and there is a wheelchair-accessible ramp that measures 111″ wide leading up to the cinemas on the second floor.

We will be using Cinemas 1, 3, and 4, all of which have wheelchair seating as well as step-free accessible seating. The doors are propped open during film load in and closed during the films, however there are ushers positioned near the exits who will open the doors for those who may need to leave during any screening. Please contact and/or if you have questions or concerns about which seats to book.

Service animals are allowed on the premises at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

What are my accessibility options at the in-person screenings?

Every film we present has English text on the screen for every word spoken. They are presented as one of the following:

Subtitles are a translation to English or transcription in English of all the video’s spoken dialogue.

Captions are a translation to English or transcription in English of all of the video’s spoken dialogue & key sound cues to give context for Deaf and/or hard-of-hearing audience members

 NOTE: Most of our short programs are a mix of Subtitles and Captioning depending on what was available from the filmmaker.

To find out what is offered, please refer to 2023 Accessibility List . We will continue to update this document as more details are confirmed.

My ticket isn’t loading! Help!

Check your internet connection to make sure you can access your account.

If you still can’t see your ticket, you can visit our in-person Box Office and request a print version of your ticket. The in-person imagineNATIVE Box Office is located on the first floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and will be open from October 17 to October 22, 2023. Please check our Box Office page for up-to-date hours of operation.

Will my seats be assigned or are they general seating?

Tickets to most film screenings have assigned seating, so guests are able to book the seat that is most comfortable for them without worrying about arriving early and waiting in line. The type of seating will be evident at the point of booking.Our Awards Presentation will have general seating with accessible seating held until the show begins.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please reach out to

Will the films also be available online?

A film’s availability is dependent on many factors beyond imagineNATIVE’s control.  Please take a look at the PDF to see which films are available in your region: 2023 Online Festival GEOBLOCKING Reference sheet


What are the system requirements?

You can watch content on PCs running Windows 7+, and Intel-based Macs running OSX 10.12+. You can also watch films on Android tablets and phones using Chrome, and on iPhones and iPads using Safari.

What devices can I watch films from? 

You can watch imagineNATIVE Festival screenings from your computer, phone or tablet provided you have the correct system requirements and internet access.

What happens if I forget my password?

Use the password reset option on the login page to reset your password. You will need access to the e-mail address you use to log in.

What if I find a film Triggering and Upsetting? 

As a result of colonial violence, many Indigenous people have experienced trauma. imagineNATIVE greatly values the importance of healing and cultural safety. We understand that some content presented by imagineNATIVE may be upsetting or triggering for direct or intergenerational survivors of trauma. For this reason, Elders and support workers from Ontario Indian Residential School Support Services (OIRSSS) will be available throughout the Festival.

These services are for anyone, including non-Indigenous people, requiring emotional support or access to traditional medicines. 

At imagineNATIVE we support uncensored Indigenous expression. Verbal disclaimers will be given during introductions for any programs containing scenes of graphic physical or sexual violence, or that deal with issues of Indian Residential Schools. Support workers available to talk by phone.

Are there any accessible options within the films?

All films screening as part of the imagineNATIVE Festival 2022 will be equipped with Closed Captioning or Full English Subtitles. Our website has an accessible viewing and described audio widget to provide better access to our content.

Please refer to our website to find detailed information about which films will be captioned or fully subtitled.

Why is my movie not playing? 

You must be within the available streaming zones to play certain films. There are films that will not play outside of Ontario, Canada or North America. 

You can find out if the film is available for your location by checking the Film Geoblocking Info. 

Why does video playback stall or not play smoothly?

We use adaptive bit-rate streaming which means the streaming quality will automatically adjust based on your internet speed. If your internet connection is poor or inconsistent you may experience problems during playback. If you’re on wifi, try moving closer to your router.

What happens if there is a broken link or one of the films I purchased is missing from the screening home page? 

If you are having issues viewing content within the Festival Film website or if there appears to be a film missing from the homepage don’t forget to scroll down the page as there are additional titles throughout. As well, some film titles may be part of a short film program and may be included in the collection of films titled under a different program name. 

When inside the Cinesend site where do I go to find the films? 

After you have logged into our Festival Films Streaming website you will see the available films images and titles displayed on the homepage. From there you can click on one of the images to open the video for you to watch and enjoy. 

How long are films available to watch? 

All selected films will be available to watch online from October 24 at 10:00 am EST to October 30 at 11:59 PM EST.

Can I watch these films from anywhere in the world?

No, unfortunately, our films have different geographical restrictions depending on their distribution rights. 

You can find out if the film is available for your location by checking the Film Geoblocking Info. 

How can I watch movies from the Festival? 

You must purchase a package or single ticket from our online box office. You will be sent a link and an access code which will direct you toward our digital screening platform where you can watch films from the comfort of your own home. 

Why do I see a black screen after the pre-roll if I am casting to Chromecast?

Some Chromecast versions cannot support transitions from one video to another. If this happens, turn off casting and re-start it once the film starts playing.

I see a black screen when I'm trying to AirPlay on my TV

You likely have “Screen Mirroring” turned on in your device settings. Please turn off the screen mirroring setting and start AirPlay by selecting the AirPlay button in the bottom right-hand side of the player.

Can I connect my computer with a cable to watch on my TV?

You can directly connect your laptop or computer using an HDMI cable, by following these steps:

  • Make sure your computer is close enough to your TV for the HDMI cable to reach.
  • Connect one end of the HDMI cable into your computer.
  • Plug the other end of the cable into an available HDMI port on the TV. Take note of the HDMI input number.
  • Using the TV’s remote control, set the TV to the HDMI input that matches the port you connected the cable to.
  • If your computer’s display does not automatically appear on your television screen, you may need to have the computer manually detect the display:
  • Windows: Right-click on the desktop and select “Display Settings” > “Detect” > “Multiple displays”, and select “Duplicate these displays”), and click Apply.
  • Mac: Go to the Apple Menu and choose “System Preferences”. Choose “Displays”, and hold down the “Option” key to show the “Detect Displays” button. Click on “Detect Displays” while holding down the Option key.

Can I use the web browser built into my TV?

Maybe. Unfortunately many built-in Smart TVs’ web browsers don’t support protected content playback. If you get a black screen or error message, it’s likely that your TV is not compatible. Try another method to get the video onto your TV.

Can I Chromecast?

You can cast to a 3rd generation or newer Chromecast stick.

To Chromecast from an Android phone or tablet:

  • Make sure your Chromecast devices is on the same Wi-fi network as your mobile device
  • After the video is playing, tap the “Cast” icon in the bottom right corner of the video player. If the icon doesn’t appear, unfortunately casting is not supported on your device.

To Chromecast from your computer:

  • Make sure you’re using Google Chrome as your browser.
  • After the video is playing, tap the “Cast” icon in the bottom right corner of the video player. If the icon doesn’t appear, unfortunately casting is not supported on your device.


What are the Box-Office hours?

From October 17 to October 22 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

October 17 4:00 PM 10:00 PM
October 18 2:00 PM 10:00 PM
October 19 3:00 PM 10:00 PM
October 20 4:30 PM 12:30 AM
October 21 1:00 PM 10:00 PM
October 22 12:30 PM 8:00 PM

Where can I find all of the ticketing options for the Festival?

We offer various single tickets, packages, and passes. Visit our online Box Office for ticket information. Please note that all sales are final.

Are there any free screenings?

Thanks to TD Bank, all screenings on Friday, October 20, 2023 will be free as part of TD Free Friday. These tickets are exclusively available on the day of the event at the in-person imagineNATIVE Box Office located at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Online redemption is not possible.

I am a Status card holder. Can I get the HST rebate from my purchase?

Yes. Please email prior to making your purchase if you wish to use your Status card to purchase tickets, packages, or passes online. Alternatively, you can visit the in-person imagineNATIVE Box Office located at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 17 to October 22, 2023 and remember to present your Status card in advance of making your purchase.

Do you offer discounted tickets?

Yes. We offer discounted tickets for seniors, youth, and for attendees who self-identify as having low incomes. Discounted tickets can only be purchased at the in-person imagineNATIVE Box Office located at the TIFF Lightbox from October 17 to October 22, 2023. Please note that all sales are final and we cannot offer refunds.

Where can I buy Festival tickets?

Tickets, packages, and passes for screenings and events can be purchased via our online Box Office until October 29, 2023. Tickets for in-person screenings and events can also be purchased in-person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 17 to October 22, 2023. Our in-person Festival runs from October 17 to October 22, 2023, and our online Festival runs from October 23 to October 29, 2023.

What types of payment are accepted for Festival tickets?

You need a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, or Amex) for online purchases. Keep in mind that all sales are final.

Are the Festival films rated? Where can I find out if these films are alright for my children to watch?

The films in the festival have not been rated. Under the Film Content Information Act, 2020, there is no longer a requirement to provide movie ratings for films shown in Ontario. Viewing content with younger family members is up to your discretion. 

We have posted content warnings on our website and within our screening platform next to films that contain sensitive and graphic content to help you navigate the screenings. Health support workers are available throughout the Festival in case of any audience member needing support with the content being displayed.

Health support workers are available throughout the Festival in case of any audience member needing support with the content being displayed.

Can I buy more than one ticket or package?

Yes, there are no restrictions on the number of tickets or packages you can buy. Please note that all sales are final.

What if I can’t remember my password?

Click the “Sign In” button on the top right of our website or on the Elevent website. On the sign-in page, click the “Forgot Password” button, enter your registered email address, and follow the instructions to reset your password.

Can I buy a ticket or package for someone else?

Absolutely! Choose the gift option during checkout. Remember that all sales are final.

Please note that all sales are final.

How can I change the information in my account?

Sign in to your account on the Elevent website and access your profile by hovering over your name in the top right-hand corner and then clicking “Account.” Click “Edit Profile” on the left-hand side to update your account details, including your email and password. If you forget your password, use the “Forgot Password” option on the sign-in page

Am I able to get refunds?

No, all sales are final. If you need assistance or encounter account errors, email, and our team will provide any assistance that we can.

How do I secure in-person tickets with my Ticket Package?

To redeem tickets, follow these steps on our website:

  1. Sign in with the email used to buy or claim your package.
  2. Browse the Event Schedule and on your chosen event, click “Buy Now.”
  3. Add tickets to your cart and check out (we recommend only fulfilling a maximum of 5 tickets at a time).


Will imagineNATIVE provide ASL interpretation in person?

Yes. Selected introductions and post-screening Q&As will be presented with ASL interpretation. Please check out our website for the most up-to-date offerings.

If accessible seating is required, please email as early as possible, and we will ensure to reserve seating for you to be near the ASL interpreters.  

we’re creating a list with information about captioning and ASL

I found the subject matter of the film to be upsetting to me. I need to talk to someone about it. Is help available?

We understand that some content presented by imagineNATIVE may be upsetting or triggering. Because of this, we will have support workers available on-site at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from October 18-23, 2022. Phone support will be available throughout our online festival from October 24-30, 2022 by calling 1-888-631- 6964 between the hours of 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

These services are for everyone, including non-Indigenous people, who may require access to emotional support or traditional medicines.

Where can I find out about accessibility accommodations at each festival venue?

We are happy to announce that all of our venues are wheelchair accessible and barrier free. If you or someone else wants to inquire more about the Festival venues, we’re more than happy to provide you with further information upon the request, please email

What are accessible/companion seatings, and who can use them?

Accessible seating is reserved for disabled guests and their companions only. If you or someone else require accessible seating at a venue, please email as early as possible to reserve your seating. 

How do I use the tools on the Accessibility Beacon?

Press through each of the buttons that appear on the Accessibility Beacon menu to choose the option that works best for you.

Is the Accessibility Beacon available on the imagineNATIVE website only?

No. The Accessibility Beacon is available on ImagineNATIVE’s film-viewing (Cinesend) and industry (Eventtia) platforms as well!

What tools are available from the Accessibility Beacon?

It offers options for screen contrast adjustment, link highlighting, bigger texts, bigger text spacing, pause animations, dyslexia-friendly font, cursor changes, tooltips, bigger line height, and uniform text alignment.

Where do I find the Accessibility Beacon?

It appears as a circular button with the figure of a person in it on the upper-left corner. You can also access it by pressing CTRL+U on the keyboard. 

Red icon with the figure of a person in it

Which films will have closed captioning?

While we strive to have all films shown with Open Captions, this isn’t always possible, so some films will be shown with Full English subtitles. Please refer to our online film listings for the most up-to-date information about what films offer what kind of readable text.

How do I turn on closed captioning?

Go to the bottom right corner of the screen and click the button that looks like a screen with closed captioning as highlighted below.

Screen capture of video player with rotating circle around closed caption icon.


Can I win more than one gift card?

No, Festival attendees are each eligible to win up to one gift card.

Do I have to participate if I register for the Festival?

No, participation is on a purely opt-in basis.

Is the Giveaway open to everyone?

No, unfortunately we can only accept entrants who reside in Canada, excluding Quebec residents (due to strict regulations and laws in Quebec). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Does the gift card have an expiration date?

No, the gift cards do not expire. 

How will I receive my prize?

An imagineNATIVE representative will contact each winner and confirm their mailing information. The gift card will then be mailed to each winner.

How will I know if I win?

You will be notified through email by an imagineNATIVE representative approximately two weeks after the online Festival concludes with information on how to redeem your gift card! 

What is the Giveaway and what are the prizes?

For the fourth consecutive year, imagineNATIVE is partnering with Sobeys to give our Festival attendees a chance to win 1 of 40 Sobeys gift cards, each worth $500 CAD! The Giveaway is an opportunity for us to reflect on all the support we receive throughout the year and to offer gifts of reciprocity to our community.

Is there a fee to enter the Giveaway?

 There are no additional fees for entrance to the Giveaway. Please enter the Giveaway using the QR code set up in pre-roll screenings during the Festival in cinemas, the iNdigital Space, select Industry Days events, and select Special Events.


How do I access Eventtia (Scheduling and Online Meeting Platform)?

Micro Meetings scheduling and online participation will be managed through Eventtia. Leaders and participants will receive detailed instructions on how to access the platform through email. 

To check in:

  • Go to the link provided in the email
  • Enter your email address to log in
  • It’s very important that you verify the compatibility of your browser with our platform’s video and networking technology. To do so, click on Verify on the pop-up banner at the top
  • Allow to use your microphone and camera
  • Click on Done at the bottom of the test video screen
  • You are now ready for the micro meetings!

To access your agenda:

  • Click on Program icon on the left (under the Home icon)
  • Click on Meetings

To enter a meeting:

  • Click on the meeting on your agenda
  • Click Join

Can I take part in Micro Meetings online?

Yes. Micro Meetings are taking place in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox, but will also have a virtual option if you are unable to attend. This networking event is only open to Indigenous creators. Registration info will be sent via email to all Industry Package holders.

How do I sign up for Industry Micro Meetings?

Industry Package holders will be notified when the registration opens and requires prior approval to be able to attend. Micro meetings leaders can register through the application form on the imagineNATIVE Website, under Institute opportunities.

What are Micro Meetings?

The 2022 Micro Meetings are held during imagineNATIVE Industry Days, this full-day event of micro-meetings is the only market event of its kind in the world dedicated to Indigenous screen and digital content, giving Indigenous creatives valuable face-to-face time with industry leaders in various sections of the industry. 

Where can I get the link to the recordings?

Industry Package holders will receive information about how and where to watch the recordings of in-person panels and conversations during our online festival (October 24th – 30th, 2022). These recordings will be available to the public later this year. 

For more information, please check our website.

Will my Industry Days Package allow me to watch films?

Yes, your industry package will provide access to the in-person festival’s program from October 18th – October 23th, 2022. Industry Package holders will also have access to our online festival from October 24th – October 30th, 2022.

Do I need to get a ticket to watch a film?

Yes, you will need to book a ticket to any screenings and events. This package gets you a ticket to all in-person film screenings and special events plus an Online Package but you’re still required to reserve a seat.

Do I have to register in advance for Industry Days events or is having a package good enough? 

This year, due to limited capacity, all Industry Days Package holders must RSVP to each individual Industry Days event, parties, and film screening they wish to attend. Industry Days Package holders are not guaranteed access to all events and must RSVP. We encourage Industry Days Package holders to RSVP for events they wish to attend during the festival. 

Industry Days Package holders will receive 10 tickets to RSVP for events of their choosing during the early bird window starting September 23, 2022. Package holders can RSVP for additional events starting Oct 1, 2022.

Where can I purchase an Industry Package? 

Industry Packages are not available to purchase without prior approval or invitation. You can fill out the industry accreditation form on the imagineNATIVE website to apply for the chance to get an industry package. 

When are Industry Days happening?

The annual imagineNATIVE Industry Days will be presented from October 19 –  22, 2022 in Toronto, Ont, at Artscape Sandbox and TIFF Bell Lightbox and from October 24 –  30 online. 


How much is admission to the iNdigital Space?

Access to the iNdigital Space is completely free! The space will be open to the public from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM from October 18 to October 22, 2023.

Are there any age restrictions for the iNdigital Space content?

The iNdigital Space is open to all ages, however, the recommended age for viewing VR experiences with equipment is 13+. We will also flag any content that is intended for older audiences. Viewing content with your young family members is up to your discretion.

What are the hours of operation?

The iNdigital Space will be open to the public from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM from October 18 to October 22, 2023.

Do I need to pay for access?

Access to the iNdigital Space is FREE. The space will be open to the public from 11 am to 8 pm from October 18 to October 23, 2022. 

Where is the iNdigital Space located?

We invite you to see, listen, and play with our diverse Official Selection, which includes VR, 360, AR, video games, interactive web, and digital media works.

What type of content is in the iNdigital Space?

We invite you to see, listen, and play with our diverse Official Selection, which includes VR, 360, AR, video games, interactive web, and digital media. 

For more information about the official selection, please check our festival website.

Are iNdigital Days events ticketed?

All iNdigital Days events are open and FREE to the public on a first come, first served basis. 

Where are iNdigital Days happening?

All iNdigital Days events will be held at our iNdigital Space located on the TIFF Bell Lightbox Gallery. Volunteers will direct you to the iNdigital Space.

For complete iNdigital Days schedule information, please refer to the imagineNATIVE website.

When are iNdigital Days happening?

iNdigital Days are happening from October 19 to October 20, 2022 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

For complete iNdigital Days schedule information, please refer to the imagineNATIVE website.

What are iNdigital Days?

Formerly Indigenous Digital Development Day (iDDD), iNdigital Days is an extended two-day event packed with opportunities to grow your practice and connect with other digital creatives! Join us at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Gallery from October 19 to October 20, 2022. 

For complete iNdigital Days schedule information, please refer to the imagineNATIVE website.


What is the COVID procedure for the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema?

imagineNATIVE staff members will remain masked in indoor spaces. Patrons and volunteers are encouraged to wear masks, but this will not be enforced in any of our venues.

What is the COVID procedure for the TIFF Bell Lightbox?

imagineNATIVE staff members will remain masked in indoor spaces. Patrons and volunteers are encouraged to wear masks, but this will not be enforced in any of our venues.


If my film is not chosen, can you give me notes or feedback?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide feedback or notes for unsuccessful applicants. The process of accepting and declining works is an emotional yet necessary experience for all involved. As artists ourselves, we understand how difficult it can be to receive such news. We appreciate feedback on our processes, and in return, are pleased to suggest alternative exhibition strategies for your work beyond our festival. We hope you continue to share your work and we look forward to meeting you at the festival!

Why does my submission status column say “Disqualified” on FilmFreeway?

If your submission status is “Disqualified,” this means your submission was not completed by the final day of the deadline window. Projects that are not received within the selected deadline window will be disqualified for the festival. If this happens, the main application contact will receive a notification from FilmFreeway. If you believe that your project was disqualified in error, please contact If your project is not eligible for any of our festival programs for any reason, we will contact you directly.

How can I tell whether or not my submission is complete?

Check your submission status by logging into your FilmFreeway account and navigating to the “Submissions” tab at the top of the page. From there, ensure the submission status column next to “imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival” shows a circular green icon next to the words “In Consideration.” If your submission status is listed as “Incomplete,” please review your submission to ensure all requirements and qualifications have been met and your video upload or link is in place.

What if my contact information or other details in my submission change before the festival?

Log in to your FilmFreeway account at any time to update or revise information on your project page. You can also upload a new version of your film or change your video link under the “Project File” tab. We will use the contact information from the “Submitter Information” section of your project page to contact you regarding the status of your submission, including whether or not you were accepted into the festival. Please ensure this information is kept up to date. imagineNATIVE will not be held responsible for incorrect or outdated contact information in your submission.

What is the process for the festival awards?

The annual imagineNATIVE Awards are adjudicated by an independent jury and each award is determined by jury consensus, with the exception of our Audience Choice Award.

What happens if my work wins an award?

Along with the award, winners receive a sponsored cash prize.

How do I get accessibility assistance in order to submit my work?

Please email us at and we will work with you to ensure you can submit to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Does my final work require subtitles or a closed caption file?

To ensure we are accessible, imagineNATIVE requires a closed captioning file. However, if a version of your film exists with open captions embedded, then you can submit that version. During the festival we embed the submitted closed caption files, forcing them to become open captions. All our publicly screened films with in-person screenings will have open captions. Any films posted online will have closed captions, giving the viewer control.

We have included some additional context on captioning:

  • Captions are intended to provide an equivalent viewing experience for individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing
  • There are two types of captions: open and closed. Open captions are embedded into the video file and cannot be turned off, while closed captions (CC) can be turned on or off by the user
  • Captions must include all audio sounds including sound effects, speaker IDs, background noises and other relevant elements translated from sound to text
  • Captions improve user engagement and contribute to a better watching experience

Do I qualify as an emerging artist?

imagineNATIVE considers an emerging filmmaker as someone of any age who has less than three years of practice and has completed or is completing at least one independent film or video work.

I am an imagineNATIVE volunteer. Can I still submit?

Yes. imagineNATIVE supports all Indigenous artists’ work, including those who give their time, insight and talent as board members, staff, contractors and volunteers.

What if my submission is not in English?

No problem, we are accepting submissions in all languages. However, the festival audience is primarily English-speaking and Non-English language works with dialogue must include English closed captioning to be eligible. As an exception, closed captioning is not required if the artist intends to present the film or piece in the original language without English subtitles for artistic or cultural reasons. If applicable, please specify in the submission form.

What types of work can I submit?

We are accepting film + video works (e.g. cinematic films, music videos, web series), digital + interactive works (e.g. non-interactive digital works, interactive works such as VR, video games, choose-your-own-adventure), and audio works (e.g. soundscapes, sound art, radio plays, audiobooks, narrative podcasts, documentary podcasts).

What if some members of my production team are non-Indigenous?

Joint creative works may be considered with requests for additional clarification.

Do I have to be Indigenous to submit?

Yes. However, in some cases an Indigenous person may not know their nation or community. To gain a better understanding of these realities, we welcome all Indigenous people to share their story.

Is there a fee to submit to the Festival?

No. There is no cost to submit to the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.