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imagineNATIVE at the 2014 Berlinale


TORONTO – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival heads into the 64th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) with a new shorts programme spotlighting Canadian Indigenous talent. Curated by Jason Ryle, imagineNATIVE’s Executive Director, Reel Kanata II presents a collection of eight short films at the Embassy of Canada in conjunction with the Berlinale’s NATIVe section which spotlights Indigenous Cinema.

“Last year’s launch of NATIVe was a great success and opened up new audiences to the artistry and wonder of Indigenous Cinema,” Ryle says. “This year’s Berlinale gives us the opportunity to showcase a new selection of Indigenous-made works from Canada and build on the remarkable momentum created last year. We are incredibly thrilled to once again partner with the Berlinale, the Embassy of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts to present new audiences with these works.”

Reel Kanata II is the follow up programme to last year’s presentation, also held at the Embassy of Canada. This year, Ryle selected eight short films from imagineNATIVE’s recent Festivals, including the Oscar short-listed Throat Song (produced by Stacey Aglok MacDonald) and Wakening (directed by Danis Goulet), which opened the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition to the two screenings of Reel Kanata II, Ryle will moderate an Artist Talk with Tyler Hagan, whose installation In the Similkameen (created in partnership with imagineNATIVE and NFB Interactive) is programmed as part of the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded. Ryle will also moderate the NATIVe Industry Talkpanel and the Indigenous Cinema: Now and Then panel for the International Sámi Film Centre; these panels will focus on the business, art and culture of Indigenous Cinema.

For more information on the NATIVe programme and related events at the Berlinale, visit

To set up a meeting with Jason Ryle in Berlin, please email

Jason will be Tweeting from the Berlinale; follow him @jasonryle.

All events listed below are free of charge.

Reel Kanata II Screening Times:
Tuesday, 11 February, 16.00-17.30
Thrusday, 13 February, 14.00-15.30
Location: Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, Potsdamer Platz

Artist Talk with Tyler Hagan:
Saturday, 8 February, 14.30-15.15
Location: Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, Potsdamer Platz

NATIVe Industry Talk:
Tuesday, 11 February, 14.00-15.30
Location: Embassy of Canada, Leipziger Platz 17, Potsdamer Platz

Indigenous Cinema: Now and Then:
Saturday, 8 February, 12.15-13.00
Location: Nordic Embassies, Rauchstrasse 1
RSVP Required:

Celebrating its milestone 15th anniversary in October 2014, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival presents the latest works by Indigenous people at 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 Canada and around the globe. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our arts and cultures in contemporary media. imagineNATIVE is the largest festival of its kind in Canada and the world.

For more information:

Daniel Northway-Frank
+1 416 585-2333

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