In Brief: imagineNATIVE schedules hybrid rollout

Plus: The National Screen Institute increases its TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators cohort, and the Asian Television Network rents out its studio space.

This year’s 23rd annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will roll out its lineup in a hybrid model as a way of increasing accessibility.

Curated by festival curatorial advisor Rhéanne Chartrand as well as programmers Cole Forrest, Leo Koziol, and Paul Seesequasis, the lineup includes 17 features and over 100 short films by Indigenous creators in 13 programs.

The festival’s in-person event runs from Oct. 18 to 23 at Toronto venues including TIFF Bell Lightbox, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, and Artscape Sandbox. Meanwhile, its online version runs from Oct. 24 to 30.

National Screen Institute’s TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators

The National Screen Institute’s (NSI) TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators has upped its cohort from 30 to 40 participants this year.

Taught by industry experts and provided with virtual training, the TikTok Indigenous creators will learn how to create and share online videos that will help grow their careers. The free six-week, part-time program created by NSI and TikTok with curriculum guidance from Indigenous creator Sherry McKay is set to take place from Oct. 24 to Dec. 2.

Asian Television Network rents out studio space

Asian Television Network International (ATN) has started renting out its studio facility in Markham, Ont., for productions on TV, movies, music videos, commercials and corporate videos.

The over 40,000 square-foot facility, offers a studio with green screen; a dry studio with high ceiling; makeup and wardrobe rooms; a large dining hall; a large programming area; equipment garage; parking space; conference rooms with audio-visual equipment; editing suites; and executive offices.

The facility is ideal for small and large productions on a short and long-term basis, according to a news release.

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