Following the success of Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake), a series of 1,000+ screenings that took place from 2017 to 2019 across Turtle Island and around the world, the NFB is pleased to announce that its collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works will now be permanently available for FREE community screenings!
A selection of new films are available now, including Tasha Hubbard’s feature-length documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, the short docs Lake (part of the NFB’s Five Feminist Minutes 2019 series) by Alexandra Lazarowich, Three Thousand by Asinnajaq, Children of the Nomad by Evelyne Papatie, and Délia 9 to 5 by Délia Gun; as well as the five films from the Urban.Indigenous.Proud series: Full Circle by Kristi Lane Sinclair, Some Stories by Clayton Windatt, That Old Game Lacrosse by Jamie Whitecrow, Zaagi’idiwin by Tracie Louttit, and Places to Gather and Learn by Darlene Naponse.
Check out our Indigenous Cinema page to discover and preview a selection of Indigenous-made films that are available online.
To host your own FREE community screening, contact us at CommunityScreenings@nfb.ca.
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How do I organize a community screening?
Find a venue or choose a virtual platform – Will your screening be virtual or in-person? If it will be in-person, where do you want to show the film? Unless you have your own public space, we suggest that groups approach public libraries, school auditoriums, lecture halls, church facilities, and community centres as host venues. These spaces can often be made available “free of charge” if the venue can be an event “sponsor.” You should find out if they have projection equipment — a projector, laptop or DVD player, and some type of screen and speaker system is usually all you need to show one of our films. If you would like to have a virtual screening, you will need to decide on the platform best suited for your audience.
Plan your publicity strategy – How will people find out about the screening? Will you create a Facebook page? Print postcards or put up posters? Phone people? E-mail them? Getting people out to an event is a big job, so you need to have a plan.
Contact the NFB to request your screening – We need to know the details of your screening in order to provide you with the film (or films) for your event. Contact us at CommunityScreenings@nfb.ca to book your screening or for help in finding the right film or planning a program.
Track your screening’s attendance numbers – Please make note of the number of people who attend each in-person or virtual screening. This assists us in recognizing the outreach of NFB films. You may estimate the number of attendees if you can’t give us an exact figure.
What will the NFB do?
We send you the film: usually either a downloadable digital file or streaming link (which we e-mail to you), or a physical DVD or Blu-ray (which we ship to you). For many of our recent titles, we can also send you the Electronic Press Kit, which contains the film synopsis, biography of the filmmaker, downloadable images, background information on the film, and a poster file that you can use for online promotion, or print yourself. We can also promote your screening on our Events page, which you may link to from your website or social media pages.
What films are available for community screenings?
Our collection of 250+ Indigenous-made works consist mostly of animated films and documentaries. Most are either short (less than 5 minutes) or feature-length (usually 90 minutes or so). Some fall somewhere in between.
The films cover a range of issues and themes, including identity, home, justice and nationhood. There are films for kids and films for all ages, while others are geared towards adult audiences and deal with mature themes.
Browse our Indigenous Cinema page to discover and preview a selection of Indigenous-made films that are available online.
Contact us at CommunityScreenings@nfb.ca for help in finding a film or planning a program. Visit our Events page to browse upcoming events and to see what other groups are doing.
Can I have a virtual screening?
Gathering for in-person screenings may not be possible in many communities right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come together online for a virtual screening! Many groups have been hosting virtual screening events using web-based platforms in order to stay connected and engaged within their communities. For more information about organizing a virtual screening, e-mail us at CommunityScreenings@nfb.ca.
Contact us at CommunityScreenings@nfb.ca or see answers to our Frequently Asked Questions below.