imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival

The 18th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival ran October 18-22, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. It presented over 100 feature films, documentaries, shorts, and music videos created by Indigenous filmmakers with almost three quarters of the films (72%) made by Indigenous female directors. The feeling was particularly positive towards the rising output of Sami content and talent.

The Australian presence was also felt with a sizeable contingent of indigenous representatives. Australian Indigenous filmmakers showcased their films including:

• Blight, written and directed by Perun Bonser, produced by Melissa Kelly
• Brown Lips, written and directed by Nakkiah Lui, produced by Majhid Heath
• Carry the Flag, written by Bernard Namok and Danielle MacLean, directed by Danielle MacLean
• Last Drink’s at Fridas, directed by Bjorn Stewart, written and produced by Kodie Bedford
• Sweet Country, directed by Warwick Thornton, written by David Tranter and Steve MacGregor, produced by David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin
• The Riiji Carver, directed by Kimberley West, produced by Jodie Bell
• Water, written and directed by John Harvey