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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 09:09

The 15th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday October 26th. The festival boasts Indigenous works from around the globe, both about indigenous peoples, and by indigenous peoples.

Festival highlights include: 130 films and videos, four art exhibitions and much more. This year the festival will feature 175 artists representing more than 70 distinct Indigenous nations from 12 countries.

Kicking off the 15th anniversary Festival, on Wednesday October 22nd will be the Opening Night Gala film, What We Do In The Shadows at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

This is a vampire flick from New Zealand Director Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement who many will know from his character on Flight of the Conchords.


Waititi is Maori by decent, the indigenous peoples from New Zealand. He will be a guest on an upcoming edition of Arts Toronto (8-9am Sundays on Jazz FM).

Up next, a short film from Canadian director, Walter Woodman is a 23-year-old from the Mohawk first nations. His short film is called, Noah. This is a story that all takes place on a teenager’s computer screen. Noah jumps around from Facebook to instant messaging to Skype while breaking up with his girlfriend, and then on Chatroulette talking to a perfect strangers.

Strangely engaging and borderline terrifying, the film screens Friday October 24th at 6:00 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

There is so much more to check out. Tickets can be purchased by phone or in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox -- Online:

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