imagineNATIVE Mentorship

(Photo of 2017 Recipient Natasha Francis)

NB Film Co-op/imagineNATIVE Incubator Program Recipient Announced!
The NB Film Co-op and the imagineNATIVE International Film Festival are proud to announce that the 2017 Incubator Program recipient for NB is Natasha Francis of Indian Island First Nation for her project, The Trail To Nowhere. The producer who will be mentoring her on the project is NBFC member filmmaker Kennlin Barlow.

Natasha will receive a $1000 grant as well as equipment resources, training and development workshops and hands on mentorship to produce her project.

Natasha always had a love and knack for writing and performing. During her early years, she spent her days writing short stories and eventually joined theatre at school. This passion led her to the University of Cape Breton where she performed in various plays including Shakespeare's "Merchant of Venice" and Eve Enslers"The vagina monologues". Eventually she moved to Fredericton and did theatre at the University of New Brunswick for a short period of time, performing in Fredrico Lorcas Blood Wedding, and Ring Round The Moon by Christopher Fry.

Natasha went on to graduate from UNB with a degree in education and early child hoops education certification from the NBCC. Though having a strong background in theatre arts, she is looking forward to now exploring the world of film.

(Photo of 2014 Recipient Lisa Jodoin)


Make a short film for the 2018 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts and Silver Wave Film Festival!

Application Deadline: December 15, by 5:00pm by email:

Are you an emerging Indigenous media artist living in New Brunswick? Do you have a great idea for a 5-minute short film? Explore Digital or Bolex filmmaking through NBFC’s workshops, equipment and facilities. Shoot and edit your ideas to completion, and see them possibly on screen at the 2018 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and at the 2018 Silver Wave Film Festival (November 8-11, 2018).

You will be provided with a full NBFC Membership, and be eligible to enroll in a specific number of training workshop offered during their Winter and Summer 2018 calendar of workshops. You will be helped by the NBFC’S knowledgeable staff, who will lead you as your mentor through your development, production, post-production and distribution stages.

The participant will receive the opportunity to use the NBFC’s extensive equipment and facilities for their film. As every film is unique, equipment and facilities access will be established in the development phase at the NBFC’s discretion.

The successful applicant will receive a $1,000 bursary for a commission fee and towards production costs. All other additional equipment, facilities, and production costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Upon the completion of the project, the mentorship recipient’s film may premiere in Toronto, and the recipient will be provided an Artist Delegate Pass to attend all the Festival’s programming, social and professional development activities, should they be able to attend (travel and accommodation not provided).

Please note: Projects must be realistic in scope and subject matter for the resources provided, as they must be completed and in a digital file format by September 11, 2018. The NB Film Co-op will assist the artist with this. Film information and stills for publications will be required by the end of July 2018. The Artist will sign an agreement contract for the participation in the mentorship.

Eligibility Criteria:
This call is open to emerging Indigenous artists (Director, Writer or Producers) artists candidates of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit) heritage living in New Brunswick.

Candidates must commit to attending the NBFC training workshops from February–August 2018. We strongly encourage applicants who are deadline driven and self-starters.

Individuals who will be working on existing commissions received by or through imagineNATIVE for the 2018 festival are not eligible to apply for this project.

Preference will be given to artists who have not had the opportunity to work in film (Note: you do not have to be a youth, but youth may also apply)
You must live in NB within commuting distance of Fredericton in order to access NBFC workshops and equipment. Travel subsidy and cost of living are NOT covered 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.
Email application to

Should you have additional questions, please call Cat at: (506) 455-1632 or

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:

About the New Brunswick Film Co-op
The NB Film Co-op is a non-profit, charitable organization involved in the production of 16mm and HD films. It is into its 39th year of operation! The Co-op provides broad-ranging support (workshops/training, creative support and mentoring, grant writing assistance, equipment, human resources, socials, informal writer/director/actor labs. It also presents diverse quality films and videos through its annual provincial Film Festival.
The Co-op also seeks to give a voice to, and develop the talents of, artists in NB that would not otherwise have the opportunity to express their views in film and video

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
The 19th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the largest international festival of its kind that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival's screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.
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