This year, we are proud to once again be featuring outstanding work by Indigenous filmmakers from across the country throughout our various national watch parties. We will be providing free access to Indigenous-made films on our festival platform for 48 hours, starting on April 21, to go along with live and pre-recorded Q&As.
Rustic Oracle, which earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Carmen Moore, will be available all day on our festival platform, and it will be featured in watch parties presented by Dreamspeakers Festival Society, Emerging Lens Film Festival, and Available Light Film Festival, with Sonia Bonspille Boileau (Kanien’kehá:ka) participating in a special Q&A session for each. Rustic Oracle will also be spotlighted in our annual high school livestream, RCtv, which will be made available to the public this year beginning at 2:00 pm EDT, immediately following the live event.
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, which won three Canadian Screen Awards in 2020, will also be featured on our platform, and you can join watch parties with Asinabka Film Festival, Gimli Film Festival and Wawasayg Festival & Zakide Collective, who will all be co-presenting a Q&A with the film’s directors, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi) and Kathleen Hepburn.
imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts is presenting She Falls For Ages and The Peacemaker Returns, followed by an artist talk with the filmmaker Skawennati, moderated by Andrea Carleson.
Inside Out Film Festival will be featuring Fire Song on their festival platform.
The Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki) documentary Our People Will Be Healed will be featured on our platform as well, as part of a watch party presented by The Lunenburg Doc Fest.
We also will be premiering some brand new Indigenous-made short films, as part of our Light(s) At the End of the Tunnel programme and these will also be featured in some of the watch parties mentioned above.
Finally, Kamloops Film Festival will be presenting a drive-in screening of Falls Around Her, with an introduction from Tantoo Cardinal (Cree/Métis), who will also be recording a Q&A.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Indigenous filmmakers on National Canadian Film Day this year. Click on any of the presenting partner names above to find more details about each event, and to get your ticket.