For the second year in a row, all screenings on October 25 will be free, thanks to the TD Bank Group. On October 27, the closing night gala at TIFF Bell Lightbox, supported by MADE-NOUS, will be The Sun Above Me Never Sets by first-time feature film director Lyubov Borisova.
Themes around time and land, more specifically notions of Indigenous time and relationships to land, are apparent throughout the festival. Thinking about this land, we will gather and reflect on 20 years of the festival but also welcome new voices. We are partnering for the second time with the Hamburg-based organization A Wall Is a Screen. Part walking tour, part film screening, A Wall Is a Screen projects Indigenous-made short films onto various surfaces along a secret, designated urban path across Toronto's downtown core. The event will begin outside the E.J. Pratt Library at Victoria University, University of Toronto, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
As a festival, we acknowledge the various languages of expression, and we support this spirit through our expanded programming which this year includes eight exhibitions, six artist talks/panels, the iNDigital Space and the annual Art Crawl.
Thinking about collectivity and collaboration, we are fortunate to partner with A Space Gallery, Trinity Square Video, Canadian Filmmaker's Distribution Centre, Onsite Gallery, YYZ Artists' Outlet, and Prefix ICA to exhibit contemporary art by 29 Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world, including Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Turtle Island (Canada) for the Art Crawl on October 24.
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We are also excited to partner with the Art Gallery of Ontario to co-present Lisa Reihana's In Pursuit of Venus [infected], a 64-minute, multi-channel projection and immersive experience which will run until March 29, 2020. Our community is invited to join Lisa Reihana in conversation with curator Dr. Julie Nagam at the AGO’s Baillie Court on October 25 at 6 p.m.
Showcasing Indigenous innovation, the iNDigital Space at imagineNATIVE will exhibit 19 digital and interactive media works. This exciting educational space is dedicated to enhancing the presentation, development and discourse of Indigenous-made digital and interactive media. The audience will also be able to engage with 14 audio works with radio, podcast, and sound pieces on the main floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox. And along with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), we will present our annual music showcase The Beat, featuring live performances and the $10,000 iNBullseye Prize presentation, in partnership with Slaight Music.
Supporting the development of our storytelling and thinking about Indigenous futures, the Industry Days at imagineNATIVE will present over 30 panels, workshops, networking and social activities focused on advancing the careers, artistry and networks of Indigenous screen content creators. The iN20 anniversary festivities will culminate with imagineNATIVE's 20th Birthday Party on October 26. The festival's biggest social event is an evening of dance, music, performance, food and fun at Pilsner Hall at Steamwhistle Brewery.