About imagineNATIVE
imagineNATIVE inspires and connects communities through original, Indigenous film and media arts. It showcases, promotes, and celebrates Canadian and international indigenous filmmakers and media artists. It is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.


Volunteer Opportunities
As a non-profit organization and registered charity, we rely on the support of volunteers. Volunteering is rewarding and provides valuable experiences and the opportunity to meet key players in the industry, while supporting a community arts organization.

The following departments require your support in a myriad of ways:

  • Communications & Social Media

  • Events

  • Front of House

  • Guest and Visitor Services

  • Industry

  • Operations (Office Administration)

  • Programming

Join us at one of the orientation sessions offered in September to learn more about available departmental roles.


Festival Dates: October 22-27, 2019

New applicants apply here!
If you have any questions, please contact volunteer@imaginenative.org

Volunteer Application Form

imagineNATIVE volunteers who sign up for a minimum of three shifts are rewarded for their dedication with a Festival t-shirt, ticket perks, reference letter, and the option of participating with VAACT (see below).

Questions? Send an email to volunteer@imaginenative.org.


VAACT: Volunteer Award in Arts & Culture Toronto

In celebration of the many Arts & Culture Volunteers in Toronto, we instituted the VAACT program in 2016. If you complete the minimum requirements of four volunteer programs offered at the organizations listed below, you'll be eligible for the program:

  • New Year's Eve - City of Toronto (December 31, 2017)

  • Harbourfront Centre - (Multiple Events throughout the year)

  • Hot Docs (April 26 - May 6, 2017)

  • Doors Open - City of Toronto (May 26 & 27, 2018)

  • Inside Out (May 24 - June 3, 2018)

  • Luminato (June 6 - June 24, 2018)

  • Pride Toronto (June 22 - 24, 2018)

  • Arts in the Parks (June - September, 2018)

  • Canada Day - City of Toronto (July 1, 2018)

  • Toronto Fringe Festival (July 4 - 15, 2018)

  • TIFF - (September 6 - 16, 2018)

  • Nuit Blanche Toronto - City of Toronto (September 29, 2018)

  • imagineNATIVE (October 17 - 21, 2018) 


Volunteer Testimonials

"After coming to Toronto, I wanted to get a better sense of its landscape and came across the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in 2013. With film & media by and about indigenous people being hard to come by on the other side of the Atlantic as well as from being aware of the history of Canada, I saw volunteering as both an opportunity to give back to a community who has shared their land with us as well as to learn more. I am happy to have volunteered for the organisation for two festivals to meet the great staff at the offices as well as been pleased with the easy and efficient volunteer system. While I have volunteered for other organisations as well, imagineNATIVE has offered one of the best experiences."  – Anonymous July 14, 2015

“I began volunteering for the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in 2001, when I first became aware of the Festival. I was so impressed by the programming, I wanted to see everything! So when I found out I could earn an all-access pass by volunteering, I got in touch right away. From the moment I walked in the door, although everyone was very busy and focussed preparing for the festival, everyone took the time to be warm and welcoming, I felt at home right away. Since then, I’ve looked forward to the festival every year. It’s like an annual family reunion with drama that’s fun and rewarding!" –  Elaine Brindley July 15, 2015

"Boozhoo! Miigwetch for having me as a part of the team. I loved helping out. I enjoyed the time that I had with imagineNATIVE. I had the chance to see some of the presentations. My favourite was 'Dead Lands'. I enjoyed the films that I attended very much, the messages were inspiring and moving. Indigenous storytelling is remarkable! I am very thankful that there are platforms such as imagineNATIVE that continue to support and celebrate Indigenous cultures and narratives. Chi-Miigwetch! It was great to see everyone filled with excitement for the Festival. That great energy was healing. I am proud to be a part of this festival because it strengthens our Indigenous communities. I look forward to helping out with future celebrations." – Jamie Jaques, October 23, 2015


volunteer photos


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Photographs taken by our volunteers