$1.3 million distributed to 30 Indigenous-led projects in Partnership Program

$1.3 million distributed to 30 Indigenous-led projects in Partnership Program

by ahnationtalk on April 12, 202172 Views

Toronto _ The Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural Partnership Program — a funding program created to address the business continuity and sector development needs of Indigenous creators during the COVID-19 crisis.

The ISO partnered with 30 productions, individuals and programs to provide support in a variety of initiatives that provided online training and learning, workforce development, training programs, and innovation strategies to support Indigenous screen creators during the coronavirus pandemic, and other initiatives that expanded the capacity of the Indigenous screen-based sector in Canada.

“Even though we are in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, the Indigenous film community is continuing to create and the ISO is here to help support them,” said Jesse Wente, ISO’s executive director.

Over $1.3 million in funding was distributed to 30 projects with recipients receiving grants of up to $90,000.

“This was a sector development initiative aimed at fostering training and innovation to support growth in the screen-based sector,” said Wente.

“This ISO funding will support young people from Atikameksheng  Anishnawbek in training positions for my next feature film. working with and in community –  Atikameksheng  Anishnawbek has always been part of our process. It’s important to me, to have our own people being trained on set so we can help develop future storytellers.” said Darlene Naponse, writer/director of Falls Around Her.

Many of the initiatives are community-based and led. They also include training in emergent technologies such as AR, VR and XR. Also funded were below-the-line crew training projects on Indigenous-led film and TV productions.

ISO’s decision-making and assessment process considered the following criteria:

  • the potential impact of the project for the Indigenous screen-based sector;
  • demonstrated need for the program in addressing COVID-related business challenges and broader sectoral challenges and gaps;
  • the project’s alignment with ISO priorities;
  • Indigenous and community engagement in the project;
  • the applicant’s experience and history of delivering successful programs;
  • confirmed and potential program participants and/or outreach plan;
  • timeline;
  • budget, including other partners and revenue sources.

The following received funding:

Banff Centre, Indigenous Arts
Herd of 1 Media
Napi Film Society
Tap Root Actors Society

British Columbia:

Ayasew Ooksana Pictures
BOSA Centre at Capilano University
IM4 Lab at Emily Carr University
Visceral Village Productions


Aabijijiwan Digital Lab at University of Winnipeg
Indigenous Film Summit
National Screen Institute
Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival


Inuit TV Network
Nunavut Independent Television Network (Uvagut)


Artists Legal Advice Services
Baswewe Pictures
Caribbean Tales
Door Number 3
Equaywak Women’s Collective
Reel World Screen Institute
Shine Network
Weengushk Film Festival
Weengushk Film Institute
Wolfwalker Productions
Women in View, Five in Focus


Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimaksarniq Project at Concordia University
Initiative for Indigenous Futures at Concordia University
Nish Media
Wapikoni Mobile Media Lab


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