imagineNATIVE Mentorship

(Photo of 2019 Recipient Corrina Merasty-Gallant)


Call for Applicants in New Brunswick

Application Deadline: January 16, 2020 by email:

Are you an emerging (youth may apply!) Indigenous media artist in New Brunswick with a great idea for a 5 min short film? Explore digital or Bolex filmmaking through NBFC’s workshops, equipment, and facilities., shoot and edit your short film which will have its world premiere at the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, 2020!

The successful applicant will be provided with a full NBFC Membership and will be eligible to enroll in a number of training workshops offered during NBFC’s Winter & Summer 2019 calendar. The successful applicant will be helped by NBFC’s knowledgeable staff through the stages of development, production, and post-production.

The successful applicant will also have access to NBFC’s extensive equipment and facilities for the making of their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facility use will be determined in the development stage at the NBFC’s discretion.

The successful applicant will receive a $1500.00 CAD bursary towards a commission fee and production costs. All other additional equipment fees and production costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Upon the completion of the project, the successful applicant’s film will premiere in Toronto at the 20th anniversary imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, and the successful applicant will receive a delegate pass to the Festival to allow access to Festival screenings and industry activities, should they be able to attend (travel and accommodation are not provided with this mentorship).

Please note: projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as the film must be completed and provided to the Festival in a digital format by September 10, 2019. The NBFC will assist the successful applicant with this. Film information and production still must be provided by end of July 2019 for publication in the imagineNATIVE catalogue and online. The successful applicant will sign an agreement for participation in the mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria:
This call is open to emerging Indigenous filmmakers of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) heritage living in New Brunswick.
- Candidates must commit to attending NBFC workshops between April – August 2019. We strongly encourage applicants who are deadline driven and self-starters.
- Individuals working on existing commissions by or through imagineNATIVE for the 2019 Festival will not be eligible for this mentorship.
- Preference will be given to those who have not had the opportunity to complete a film themselves (youth may also apply for this mentorship).
- You must live within commuting distance of Fredericton to access workshops and the facilities. Travel subsidy is NOT provided by this mentorship.

Your Application Must Include:
- One-page short film idea. This can be dramatic, documentary, experimental, music video, or animation. Please include a schedule of how you plan to complete the project by the required delivery date
- A half to one-page statement on why you would like to participate and how you would benefit from this mentorship
- Your bio (no resumes or CVs please). Please be certain to indicate your past experience with film, video and other artistic mediums, if any, and your Indigenous affiliation
- Listing and CV of additional crew other than the applicant, if applicable (Must receive final approval by NBFC and imagineNATIVE before confirmation of production)
- Contact info, including email, mailing address and phone number

Please email application to

Should you have additional questions, please email Cat at:

The NBFC will also purchase a new WIFT-AT membership for the winner of this grant to give them the opportunity to network with a great organization. To find out more about WIFT-AT: