ImagineNATIVE announces opening, closing films

A short film from Jeff Barnaby (pictured) is among the titles announced for the festival, as well as a closing night gala screening for Adam Garnet Jones' Fire Song.

jeff barnabyImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has announced the lineup for its opening and closing nights, including the festival premiere of Jeff Barnaby’s Etlinisigu’niet (Bleed Down).

An experimental short film from Barnaby – who enjoyed a festival run in 2013 with his film Rhymes for Young Ghouls – will screen on ImagineNATIVE’s opening night at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto, before the night’s main film, Sterlin Harjo’s Mekko.

The closing night gala, held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, features Fire Song by Cree/Métis filmmaker Adam Garnet Jones, which will make its world bow a month earlier at TIFF ’15 in the festival’s Discovery program.

The festival also features the International Spotlight category, which this year focuses on Sámi films and filmmakers, an Indigenous people from Sweden, Finland, Norway and northwestern Russia. In addition, the festival will see the inaugural Artist Spotlight, which is celebrating the Cherokee filmmaker Heather Rae.

The 16th edition of the festival runs from Oct. 14 to 18.