March 27, 2018
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is launching Indigenous Cinema (#NFBIndigenous), an online initiative that is part of the NFB’s three-year Indigenous Action Plan to transform the relationship with Indigenous creators and audiences. Indigenous Cinema is comprised of a selection of Indigenous-made films that are free to stream for Canadians. The project features over 200 French and English-language titles. It allows users to find Indigenous stories and perspectives searchable by subject, director name, Indigenous people or nation along with contextualized playlists for different age levels as well as filmmaker’s biographies. The program was created to increase Indigenous representation across the film production industry and increase funding distributed to Indigenous led projects. The project aims to highlight four key areas: institutional transformation, industry leadership, production and management and education. In the last few months, 20 new films were added to the collection and according to a spokesperson for NFB, they are anticipating 20 more films by Indigenous creators. Read the article here. Read more about the NFB Indigenous Action Plan here.