The imagineNATIVE Institute Presents Industry Days 2020

On stage at the Opening Night Gala

The imagineNATIVE Institute Presents Industry Days 2020

October 21-24, 2020
Same Indigenous Industry Hub, Brand New Online Format

Industry Days includes panels, masterclasses, pitch & networking events, a live audience chat feature, and the chance to win a variety of prizes just by attending! 

The annual imagineNATIVE Industry Days, as part of the 21st imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, will take place online from October 21-24, with Indigenous-focused panel discussions, masterclasses, and networking events through one, centralized platform.

imagineNATIVE Industry Days will include a case study about the first Canada/New Zealand Co-Pro, Night Raiders, on October 24 with award-winning director/writer Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis), and Maori producers Chelsea Winstanley (Jojo Rabbit) and Ainsley Gardiner (Boy). 

The annual APTN/imagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch competition returns to Industry Days with four teams vying for the grand prize, including a $30,000 licensing fee from APTN and a cash contribution towards production from the Bell Fund. 

On October 23 imagineNATIVE Industry Days will host renowned documentarian Tasha Hubbard (Cree) to discuss the role of social activism in her feature length documentaries, including Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, winner of the 2019 Best Canadian Documentary award at Hot Docs and the 2019 Ted Rogers Best Feature Length Documentary Award.

Keynote speeches, available on the platform for viewing throughout Industry Days, will comment on the state of the industry from Indigenous perspectives, including legendary Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal and visual artist and filmmaker Caroline Monnet (French-Algonquin), who delivers her keynote in French. 

imagineNATIVE Industry Days Panels will cover a range of topics including Indigenous-language productions in the international circumpolar region, and on-set COVID-19 safety protocols across Canada.

The annual Micro-Meetings Networking sessions return on October 23 – an incredible opportunity for Indigenous creatives to meet one-on-one with industry leaders from Canada and the world! Visit for details on how to participate. 

Due to the online format this year, all Industry Days events will require an Industry Pass to attend. However, much of the content will be available through the imagineNATIVE Youtube channel post-Festival. 

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 20 – 25, 2020 

imagineNATIVE Industry Days – October 21 – 24, 2020
Industry Passes are $85 including taxes and fees and are available for purchase online at

Full schedule to be released September 29, 2020

Industry events will be accessible internationally.
The Industry Pass also allows for access to Festival films.
Please note: some Festival films may be geoblocked. 

For more information please call 416.585.2333 or visit / /

Media Contact: Damien Nelson, Want & Able,

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen-content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives, and cultures in contemporary media.

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