imagineNATIVE and NFB Call for Digital-Arts Proposals

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival may have only just ended, but already organizers are thinking ahead to 2012.

Teaming up as last year with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), imagineNATIVE is soliciting proposals from aborignals artists for “innovative interactive digital media projects,” the two organizations said in a November 21 release.

Works from any digital medium and genre are welcome, from interactive documentary to mobile media, interactive animation and photo essay, data visualization and physical installation.

One of last year’s selections, De Nort, is in pre-production in Winnipeg, the groups said. It documents life on a northern reserve and will debut at the 13th annual imagineNATIVE, October 17–21, 2012, in Toronto.

“We’re thrilled to be renewing our partnership with imagineNATIVE and deepening our connection with artists in the aboriginal digital media community,” Cindy Witten, director general of the NFB English Program, said in a statement. “It’s a fantastic collaboration, bringing together imagineNATIVE’s curatorial smarts and commitment to the digital arts and our role as a creative laboratory working with talented artists to explore the creative application of technology to interactive storytelling.”

ImagineNATIVE and the NFB will pick one submission for production. The NFB will be the creative and administrative producer, and imagineNATIVE will provide creative input, the release said, with the project being presented at imagineNATIVE 2013. Budget for the project must fall between $30,000 to $50,000.

Deadline is January 9, 2012, and it’s open to all Canadian aboriginal artists. Download submission details here.

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