The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival kicks off Wednesday, September 16th at 5 PM. The opening night will be live-streamed on the Asinabka Festival’s Facebook page. The festival will feature a number of music performances by Handsome Savages on opening night and Brand Henry, Anachnid and Brian Wallin on the following nights.

Now in its ninth year, the festival is an entertaining and innovative program that represents and celebrates Indigenous film and media. The festival supports indie artists and filmmakers – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous – to promote Indigenous cultures and languages and present their work about Indigenous issues in Canada and from around the world.

The festival normally takes place in August but due to the pandemic, the organizers decided to shift the festival online and pushed it to September.

This year’s Asinabka festival will kick off with the screening of Restless River.

You can purchase tickets here. Their 2020 selection includes 12 feature-length films and 64 short films by artists from around the world. Each feature and short film will be available on demand for 24 hours at 7 PM.

Check the schedule below for dates and details:

Wednesday, September 16

  • Festival Opening Live Stream at 5 PM
  • Performance by Handsome Savages Live Stream at 7 PM
  • Feature film: Restless River by Marie-Helene Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu – Canada (2019) – 99 min – English, French and Inuktitut
  • Short docs: Restorations featuring four short films – 60 min

Thursday, September 17

  • Performance by Brad Henry Band Live Stream at 7 PM
  • Feature film: Ophir by Alexandre Berman and Olivier Pollet – France – 2020 – 97 min – English
  • Short docs: New Dawns program featuring 10 short films – 83 min

Friday, September 18

  • Performance by Anachnid Live Stream at 7 PM
  • Feature film: dirt McComber: Last of the Mohicans by Ryan White and Joanne Storkan – Canada – 2018 – 52 min – English
  • Feature film: Rustic Oracle by Sonia Boileau – Canada – 2019 – 96 min
  • Sci-fi, horror & comedy shorts: Interlopers program featuring nine short films – 68 min
  • Experimental shorts: Spirit Glitch program featuring nine short films – 57 min

Saturday, September 19

  • Feature film: FUKRY by Blackhorse Lowe – USA – 2019 – 90 min – English
  • Feature film: Top End Wedding by Wayne Blair – English/French/Tiwi – Australia – 2018 – 101 min
  • Short docs: Land Back program featuring five short films – 95 min
  • Dramatic Shorts: Flesh & Blood program featuring four short films – 95 min

Sunday, September 20

  • Performance by Brian Wallin Live Stream at 7 PM
  • Feature film: One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk by Zacharias Kunuk – Canada – 2019 – 113 min – Inuktitut and English
  • Short docs: Revolution Moosehide program featuring three short films – 55 min
  • Animation and youth shorts: Meet me at the Powwow program featuring eight short films – 50 min
  • Short docs: Portraits program featuring nine short films – 75 min

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