The imagineNATIVE Film + VR Tour is imagineNATIVE’s largest initiative outside of our annual Festival.

Our Tour brings both Indigenous-made film and VR/360 video works to communities across Canada. This is in addition to a youth video-making workshop that will be held in some communities! Check out our current Tour Programme options below.

To inquire about having the Tour visit your community, please contact:
Jamie Whitecrow
+1 416.585.2333 ext. 5





Documentary | Run-time 106 minutes | Recommended viewing 14+

The spirit of the athlete - in all its sporting and cultural embodiments - is contemplated in this collection of short documentary films. From bareback horse riding to race car driving, in the water or on the land, Indigenous bodies are a beautiful force of motion in a variety of physical and cultural arenas.

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Director: Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)
2018 | 13 min | Short Documentary

FAST HORSE is a rare look at the world of bareback horse racing through the experience of one Siksika horseman, Alison RedCrow, as she strives to build a team and take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy. This old tradition is alive and well.


Director: Erin Collins (Anishnabe/Fort William)
2018 | 3 min | Short Documentary

The amazing story of Steven Collins, a ski jumper from Fort William First Nation, who participated in his first Olympics at the age of fifteen.

Leave It On The Water

Director: Steve Sxwithul’txw (Penelakut Tribe)
2017 | 13 min | Short Documentary

Indigenous youth from the Coast Salish territory on Vancouver Island train to represent their community in the world’s largest outrigger canoe race. Carrying on an old tradition using the canoe racing as a form of healing, they enter the biggest canoe race in the world, taking them from their small community all the way to Hawaii.

Fight Before the Fight

Director: Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Navajo/Diné)
2018 | 3 min | Short Documentary

Jake Rameriez lived a lifestyle of partying until one night he was viciously beaten. Broken, but not beaten, he started training as a Muay Thai fighter as way to protect himself and soon found himself a new way to live.

Run As One - The Journey of Front Runners

Director: Erica Daniels (Cree/Ojibway)
2018 | 19 min | Short Documentary

In 1967, ten Indigenous boys ran the Pan Am Torch on an 800-km, once-in-a-lifetime journey from Minneapolis to the opening ceremonies in Winnipeg. Fifty years later, the runners reunite at a Winnipeg restaurant to share their memories and to discuss a heartbreaking injustice they all endured decades earlier.

Emptying the Tank

Director: Caroline Monnet (Algonquin)
2018 | 10 min | Short Documentary

Hailing from a nation with a population of around 2,500 people, this doc highlights the inner strength of the first Chippewa of the Thames First Nation female mixed martial artist.

Mommy Goes Race

Director/Writer: Charlene McConini (Algonquin/Kitigan Zibi)
2017 | 6 min | Short Documentary

A touching portrait of Charlene McConini, the only female car racer on the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe Nation, as she juggles being a super mum and a speed demon behind the wheel.



Drama | Run-time 70 minutes | Recommended viewing 14+

Some sensitive subject matter: residential school and loss of culture.
A new generation of storytellers explore their past and present connections, mythology, and cultural heritage through experimental and narrative forms. 

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The Story of Pasha

Director: Pasha Partridge (Inuk/ Kanien’kehà:ka)
2018 | 2 min | Short Documentary

A young girl tells us the connection of her name to her Inuk culture through animation.

Ara Marumaru (The Shadow)

Directors: Kawenna´here Devery Jacobs (Mohawk), Ken Are Bongo (Sámi), Richard Curtis (Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pīkiao)
2018 | 8 min | Short Drama

A young mother, desperate and alone, makes a difficult decision to abandon her newborn daughter. Haunted by her decision, she must do everything she can to get her baby back. Ara Marumaru was created as part of the third Native Slam, bringing international Indigenous directors together in a 72-hour film challenge.

Shin-chi's Canoe

Director: Allan Hopkins (N’quatqua)
2018 | 15 min | Short Drama

A young boy, Shin-Chi, attends his first year at Indian Residential School armed with a gift from his father to give him strength. His older sister attempts to return on her own terms, while trying to shield her younger brother from the harsh reality of the school.


Director: Brett Hannam (L’nu)
2017 | 4 min | Experimental

This experimental documentary explores the origins of both the Indigenous and colonial names for the Lunenburg area in Nova Scotia. The short is a poetic look at how colonization affected the Mik'maw people and their territory and contemplates the importance of a name.

Sacred By Nature

Director: Trevor Solway (Siksika, Blackfoot Nation)
2018 | 9 min | Short Drama

This story gives meaning to beautiful archival footage of the Blackfoot people and reveals some of the history that put one aspect of their cultural knowledge “on hold”.

Onyota'a:ka khale Tsi'tkalù:to (Oneida and Toronto)

Director: Kanatahawi Schuyler (Onyota’a:ka/Oneida)
2018 | 5 min | Experimental

This self-reflexive work utilizes a split screen to examine ways of life for people of the Onyota'a:ka both in the city of Toronto and on the Oneida Nation settlement.

Mahiganiec (Baby Wolf)

Director: Jacqueline Michel (Anishnabe/Kitcisakik)
2018 | 5 min | Short Drama

A grandmother sits around the campfire telling her grandchildren about a young girl who was raised by a wolf. When the young girl is found by a woman, the worlds of wolf and human collide.

BA'O - The Cannibal Giant

Directors: Nick Dangeli (Tim-kyo’o’hl Hayats’kw, Nisga’a, Tsimshian & Tlingit, Haida, Gitxsan, Tsetsaut and Colville Nations), Devoina Laliberte (Métis and Guatemalan)
2018 | 7 min | Short Drama

A young girl sits with her grandmother around the campfire where she learns cultural stories.

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

Director/Producer: Amanda Strong (Michif)
2018 | 18 min | Short Drama

Biidaaban, a young, Anishinabe maple harvester, defies the rules of time, space and gender in this compelling and beautiful stop motion short, told through different times and dimensions. Biidaaban carries on the tradition of harvesting maple syrup in present time in urban Ontario with help from her friends, including Sabe, an ancient shapeshifter.




Tia & Piujuq

Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk (Inuk)
2017 | 80 min | Dramatic Feature

Tia, a young Syrian girl new to Montreal, longs for friends when she accidentally discovers a magic portal. Through this portal she meets Piujuq, an equally bored and lonely Inuk girl who introduces Tia to her world. Tia and Piujuq spend their time together connecting through games and Inuit stories when their blossoming friendship is threatened by a mysterious figure. This charming debut feature film will warm hearts and is an ideal cinematic treat for families and young people.

PreFeature Short: Just Byond My Front Door

Director: Kanerahtens Bush (Mohawk)
2018 | 4 min | Short Documentary

A young Mohawk student documents his daily commute from the Kahnawake Reserve to Dawson College in Montreal. Kanerahtens Bush demonstrates the adventures and challenges involved in getting to class every day in this point-of-view documentary.




Angelique’s Isle

Directors: Michelle Derosier (Anishinaabe), Marie-Hélène Cousineau
2017 | 90 min | Dramatic Feature

During the copper rush of 1845, Angelique, a young Anishinaabe woman (Julia Jones), and her voyageur husband Charlie are abandoned on Lake Superior's Isle Royale by a corrupt copper hunter. The newlywed couple have been left with few provisions and as the winter sets in they begin to starve. With Charlie beginning to demonstrate strange behaviour, Angelique - a devout Christian - struggles with her faith and must rely on the teachings she received from her grandmother in order to survive the harsh winter. Angelique’s Isle is a harrowing tale of perseverance and a testament to the resilience and strength of Indigenous women. Based on the true story of Angelique Mott.


VR PROGRAMME 1: Indigital Space

Experience a new world of Indigenous media through VR!



Director: Amie Batalibasi (Feralimae/ Kosi)
2018 | 12 min | 360 Video

Explore the lives of filmmaker Amie Batalibasi’s home village in the Solomon Islands and how the sea is not only the sole source of cultural and economic livelihoods but the very thing that will shift their way of life due to climate change.


Director: Mario Faumui (Samoan)
Producer/Writer: Lanita Ririnui-Ryan
(Ngati Ranginui, Ngaiterangi, Ngapuhi, Cook Islands)
2018 | 6 mins | 360 Video

The third gender of fa’afafine has always existed in Samoan culture. When a young fa’afafine experiences societal rejection she finds strength in her identity through dance and the spirits of her ancestors.



As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative Canada on Screen, four Indigenous filmmakers and artists were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years into the future.

Blueberry Pie Under a Martian Sky

Director: Scott Bensiinaabadan (Anishinabe)
2017 | 5 min | 360 Video

Bringing to life a prophetic Anishinabe legend about a young boy who travels through a wormhole back to his people’s place of origin while exploring the revitalization, growth and evolution of the Anishinabe languages.

Each Branch Determined

Director: Postcommodity (Multi-Nation, New Mexico)
2017 | 6 min | 360 Video

Imagining northern New Mexico 150 years in the future, where American Indian and Xicano pueblos work collaboratively to exercise communal and regional self-determination.

Honour Dance

Director: Kent Monkman (Cree)
2017 | 7 min | 360 Video

Based on Dance to the Berdashe (2008), this is a five-channel video installation. Set in a verdant meadow at magic hour, see a contemporary reinterpretation of a traditional Indigenous ritual featuring the “Berdashe,” a gender-bending figure whose behaviour and very existence appalled European explorers in North America.

The Hunt

Director/Producer: Danis Goulet (Cree/ Métis)
2017 | 6 min | 360 Video

Visit a postwar North America in 2167, where the law is enforced by a fleet of automated orbs who patrol the skies. When an orb enters sovereign Mohawk territory to interfere with a man and his son on a goose hunt, it forces a surprising altercation.