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Inaugural imagineNATIVE iNstitute 2018 Program Recipients Announced

by aanationtalk on January 26, 2018370 Views

The imagineNATIVE iNstitute is pleased to announce the first recipients of seven annual professional development programs including:

CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship
CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency
LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship
NBFC/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program
HGF/imagineNATIVE Story Editing Mentorship
HGF/imagineNATIVE Screenwriting Intensive.
and the NATIVe Producer Fellows

Films of the four production mentorships will premiere at the 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival which runs October 17-21, 2018.

Congratulations to all of the recipients. For full announcement and recipient bios, click here.  

For more information on imagineNATIVE’s Industry Opportunities and past Industry Programs, click here


imagineNATIVE and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) are pleased to announce that Chantelle Anderson has been selected for the 5th Annual CSIF/imagineNATIVE Mentorship Program.

The CSIF Program explores filmmaking with emerging Indigenous media artists living in Alberta. Chantelle will have the opportunity to use CSIF’s workshops, equipment and facilities to shoot, edit and produce her short film that will have its world premiere at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival.


imagineNATIVE and Charles Street Video (CVS) are pleased to announce that Tuscarora filmmaker Jonathan Elliott has been selected for the 8th Annual CSV/imagineNATIVE Residency.

Through the residency, Jonathan will have the opportunity to create a new short work (5-10 mins) to premiere at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival. After the Festival, Jonathan will also have the opportunity to deliver a workshop/artist talk to CSV and imagineNATIVE members to detail his work and creative process.


imagineNATIVE and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) are pleased to announce that Toronto-based artist Natasha Naveau is the recipient of the 14th annual LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship.

Natasha will be paired with a suitable mentor, enrolled in LIFT’s seasonal workshops and will be provided with access to LIFT’s production and post-production equipment. She will receive additional financial and resource support from imagineNATIVE and other to-be-confirmed mentorship partners to complete a film to premiere at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival.


The NB Film Co-op and imagineNATIVE are proud to announce that the 2018 Incubator Program recipient is Mi’kmaw actor, writer and entrepreneur, Melissa Lunney.

Melissa will have the opportunity to shoot and edit her project to completion and screen it at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival. She will be provided with a full NBFC Membership and Producer Lisa Jodoin will mentor her on the project.


imagineNATIVE and the Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) are thrilled to announce that award-winning writer and actress, Mary Galloway is the recipient of the 2018 Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship.

The initiative aims to increase Indigenous expertise in feature film script development from all creative contributing points. Mary will participate in a nine-month mentorship (April to December 2018) with established HGF Script Readers and will meet with HGF staff to learn the behind-the- scenes processes of story development.


imagineNATIVE and the Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) are thrilled to announce that Alexandra Lazarowich, Bryson Chun, Gail Maurice and Migizi Pensoneau have been selected for the 2018 Screenwriting Intensive.

Building upon the success of imagineNATIVE’s 2014 Screenwriter Lab initiative, the Intensive will support the four selected screenwriters to develop a new feature film work through a year-long development program. With a focus on potential optioning, the program will culminate in a live staged reading of script excerpts, sponsored by ACTRA Toronto, for general audience and Industry professionals at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Festival.

NATIVe Producer Fellows

The NATIVe Producer Fellows program is a rare fellowship/lab opportunity exclusive to Indigenous feature film producers during the annual European Film Market during the Berlinale in February.

This fellowship programme will bring together a small group of Indigenous producers from the NATIVe Indigenous Cinema Stand Partners’ regional areas whose EFM activities will be enhanced through specific training, meetings, networking events, panels, and social activities to orient and help them take full advantage of the EFM and the Berlinale.

The Fellows will be overseen by a dedicated, Berlin-based coordinator with expertise in the EFM who will curate the program and work collaboratively to develop strategic plans and goals with each producer and their market-ready projects.

2018 NATIVe Producer Fellows:

Ciara Lacey – USA

Kerry Warkia – Aotearoa, New Zealand

Marc Fussing Rosbach, Greenland

Kristy Assu, Canada (BC)

Armando Bautista Garcia, Mexico

Mathis Staale Mathison, Norway/Sapmi

Check back at for details on the finished projects of all the recipients.

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