imagineNATIVE Announces Youth Video Contest Winner
(Toronto – July 19, 2013) imagineNATIVE is excited to announce Shania Tabobondung’s My Story as the 2013 Video Contest winner, as voted by you! Based in Parry Sound, Ontario, Shania’s community and followers showed unprecedented support, bringing in over half of the total unique votes cast during the voting process. Shania’s short video will be programmed at imagineNATIVE 2013 this autumn in Toronto, where she and a chaperone will be brought out to see her work on the big screen.
Shania produced My Story through imagineNATIVE’s Video Making Workshop, as part of the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour, which allows youth to learn the video making process using tools they already have access to, such as smartphones or point and shoot cameras.
Artists Shane Belcourt and Rachel Deutsch led this year’s Workshop for over 50 Ontario youth in 11 communities. A record 42 videos were completed this year, of which ten were shortlisted for the prize by imagineNATIVE’s Executive Director and Programmer, Jason Ryle, Programming + Industry Manager, Daniel Northway-Frank and Tour Manager and Events + Communication Director, Sage Paul. The workshops help to foster and stimulate a next generation of artists, and only in its third year, imagineNATIVE’s Video Making Workshops have seen incredible growth with great enthusiasm and interest from each youth.
“The support and response to Shania’s video is very exciting! We greatly look forward to having her and her work at the Festival this fall,” says Sage Paul. “We congratulate each of the amazing youth who all rose to the challenge to create their short video in only two-days! The quality of all the videos this year was absolutely outstanding.”
In addition to the ten shortlisted videos, each video created through the Workshop is available for viewing on the imagineNATIVE YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/imagineNATIVE.
imagineNATIVE is currently in the preliminary planning stages of its 2014 Film + Video Tour, the 10thanniversary year. If you are interested in bringing any one of the Tour’s three programs to your community, please contact Jacquie Carpenter, Tour Coordinator, at jcarpenter@imagineNATIVE.org.
The 2013 imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour was made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Touring Program with additional support from OCAD University, Southern Ontario Library Service and special thanks to individual donors: Marian Bredin, Kathleen Meek in honour of Shannon Meekand Betty-Anne Meek, Site Media, Anonymous donation in honour of Lloyd Fournier and Calgary Animated Objects Society.
About the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour
The imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour provides regional and remote communities access to Indigenous-made film and video from Canada and abroad. In addition to bringing a Festival-favourite feature presentation to these communities, the Tour encourages youth to explore the creation of film and video through a Youth-focused film and video program, discussion and hands-on video-making workshops. The video-making workshops assist and lead youth to create and edit short videos using readily-available technology such as cellphones and webcams. The videos are featured on imagineNATIVE’s website and open to public voting, sending the winner to Toronto for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, imagineNATIVE presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival’s programming, cultural & social events, and Industry Series attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.
The 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place October 16-20, 2013. For more information, visit www.imagineNATIVE.org
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