Call for Submissions 2019


Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival 

Celebrating Indigenous Arts in Algonquin Territory 

Ottawa • Canada • August 7-11, 2019

The 8th annual Asinabka Festival will be taking place in Ottawa, Canada, August 7- 11, 2019. The Festival is currently seeking works from independent filmmakers, any film or video that tells First Nations, Métis, or Inuit stories, or focuses on international Indigenous issues, is eligible. Preference is given to films made by Indigenous filmmakers, and to recent films produced within the last two years. Submissions can be in any genre (documentary, drama, animation, experimental etc.) or any length, and must be finished works. Multiple submissions from the same filmmaker are permitted. All submissions are peer-reviewed by a Selection Jury comprised of artists, curators, and Indigenous filmmakers. Applicants will be notified of programming decisions via email by the end of April 2019.


Submissions must explain very clearly the Indigenous affiliation (First Nation/Tribe/Community) of a Key Creator (Writer/Director/Producer), or explain clearly how the work is eligible (How is the subject matter Indigenous?).

Submissions must include:

  1. An online screener or an internet link to the works online location

  2. A brief description

  3. A bio of the Filmmaker(s), Writers(s), Director(s), or Producer(s)

  4. Still images from the film being submitted

There is no submission fee to submit via email.  There is a small $1 charge to submit through FilmFreeway, although waiver codes are available upon request.

Film and video submissions can be made made via email ( or through our FilmFreeway account.

DEADLINE: Monday, April 1, 2019