ASINABKA FILM & MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL
Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
AUGUST 8-12, 2018
Ottawa, ON, Canada
The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 7th annual festival, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world.
This year's festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screening on the beautiful Victoria Island, 3 evenings of film in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature — Musée canadien de la nature, Matinee Film Screenings, a Midnight Film Screening, our Hot Culture Art Exhibition Openings at Gallery 101, as well as our Sound/Tracks presentation of micro-commissioned audio-visual performances in partnership with SAW Video, and our evening of live contemporary Indigenous music.
Our 2018 Program and our entire festival schedule will be available very soon on our website:
• Opening Night Outdoor Screening of Drew Hayden Taylor’s Documentary film “Searching for Winnetou” & Community Gathering on Victoria Island (Asinabka) with local Ottawa artists and performers.
• Over 70 Films of various genre’s and lengths screened throughout the festival, including 3 evenings in the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and 2 afternoons of Matinee screenings.
• More feature Dramatic Films then we’ve ever had before, including:
-Zoe Hopkins powerful and justice driven film “Kayak to Klemtu"
-The stunning kiwi Film “Waru”, Co-Directed by 8 Maori Women (including Renae Maihi who will be in attendance!)
-Adam Khalil & Bayley Sweitzer's seriously gritty & dark dystopian-punk film “Empty Metal” (“I ♥ this film!” H. Adler)
-Our first ever feature length dramatic Indigenous Film from Taiwan called “Mermaid Whispering”
-A beautiful cross cultural love story from Australia called “Laka”
• Plus we also have International Documentaries, International Dramatic Shorts, a Maori Pasifica Shorts Film Program curated by the Wairoa Festival (NZ), a Spotlight on Nepal, an Animation Program, an Experimental Shorts Program, and our Midnight Screening of alternative and quirky films!
• Maori Filmmaker Renae Maihi, who will be conducting a fantastic Masterclass for filmmakers and scriptwriters (Free & Limited space available!)
• Our spectacular Hot Culture fashion themed Art Exhibition Opening at Gallery 101 featuring 13 artists working with traditional and contemporary Materials, Crafts, and Textiles.
• Plus our Hot Culture Fashion Show which will highlight fashion from South American Indigenous peoples, and worldwide multicultural fashions, taking place after the G101 Art opening over at the Arts Court Theatre.
• An evening of live contemporary Indigenous Music as a part of our «Asin-Fest Music Showcase”, featuring the thunderous sounds of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, local Ottawa basement rockers Ethnotechique, and Tkaronto-based Anishinaabe post-rocker Gentleman Soundsgoods.
• Lastly were excited to include films made by participants in IFCO’s Indigenous Film Workshop in our “Deluge: Experimental Shorts Program”.
All Access Festival Pass: $30
Per Film Program: $5
Per Afternoon or Evening of Film: $10
Sound/Tracks + Music Showcase: $10
Opening Night / Art Show / Masterclass: Free
*All Tickets and Passes available at the Festival.
— CONTACT INFO
PO Box 307, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 8V3
Chimigwetch to our partners and sponsors: Gallery 101, SAW Video, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Heritage Canada/Canadien Heritage, APTN, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Ottawa Festivals, Anishnabe Printing, Odawa Native Friendship Centre
— Asinabka Festival takes place on the unsurendered and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation. Chi-Miigwech to our Algonquin friends and hosts. All of our events are intended to be open and accessible for everyone to attend, but please note that some film content may be for mature audiences. Many of the events at our festival are free of charge, including our Opening Night Outdoor Welcome and Film Screening on Victoria Island. We do charge a small Admission Fee to most of our film screenings, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism are not welcome at our Festival.
Our main screening venue this year will be the Theatre at the Canadian Museum of Nature. According to their website it is fully accessible. They have an elevator that goes downstairs to the Theatre, which is also wheelchair accessible:
Our Art Exhibition will take place at Gallery 101’s new location, which is accessible on it’s main floor. It does have stairs to the second floor, but all of the art will be downstairs anyway:
Our Fashion Show, Sound/Tracks event, and Music Showcase, will all happen in the Arts Court Theatre and Studio. Arts Court is wheelchair accessible by elevator by prior arrangement. For information, call 613-564-7240.
We're also planning to do our Opening Night Outdoor Film screenings on Victoria Island at Aboriginal Experiences. It isn't the most accessible. There is a parking lot very close to the screening area, which is down a gravel road, and down a slight grassy hill, to the screening area which is down by the Ottawa River.
For any questions about our venues, please feel free to get in contact with us via email.