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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

  • DIGITAL MEDIA ART+CADE 350 King Street West, Second Floor Toronto, Ontario, Canada (map)

I was reached out about imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival because this year there will be a Digital Media Art+Cade featuring Indigenous-made gaming, digital apps and VR experiences.  You can check out all the different media features by going to the Digital Media Works website.

I've copied some of the highlights below:

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D., is a veteran game programmer who also offers workshops to Indigenous youth providing access to the tools and skills to develop games. Her exciting work featured in the Digital Media Art+Cade is Invaders. Inspired by the art of Steven Judd, her design and programming flips the retro arcade game Space Invaders on its head with a Native treatment that will take you back to the addictive 80s-style gaming.

Another highlight of this year’s festival is Indigicade which featuring 6 games created by Indigenous females aged 13 to 24. Indigicade aims to empower participants to express themselves through gaming and will be housed in retro-styled arcade consoles. One of those games is created by Megan Byrne, a Métis-Cree designer who thinks fun should come first in game design quickly followed by aesthetics. Her game, Wanisinowin | Lost, is a puzzle/platformer game that tells the story of a young girl resolving her identity in the spirit world.

imagineNATIVE will also feature Indigenous Virtual Reality Portals. Audiences will experience the immersive experience and creative potential of VR with new demos featuring A Tribe Called Red and Tanya Tagaq at up to three viewing stations using high-quality “Oculus VR” visors.

You can buy tickets to the event here, and make sure to check out all the media displays here.