Each fall, Wapikoni’s yearly Launch of its most recent Indigenous short films delights crowds who get to watch a selection of visually striking films with rich narratives. Part of the Festival du nouveau cinéma, the Launch will take place on October 12 at 5:30 pm at the Imperial Cinema (1430 De Bleury, Montreal). The emerging directors are eager for you to come meet them and see the themes they chose to share with you.
Tickets are now on sale at the FNC’s online box office and profits will serve to fund Wapikoni’s future audiovisual creation youth workshops throughout Quebec. We invite you to watch the trailer for the evening:
From Pakua Shipi (QC) to Clearwater River (SK), Kuujjuaq (QC) or Fort William (ON), roughly 100 shorts were produced this year, from which Wapikoni selected 15 to be screened at its Launch.
“Filmmakers from all over the country will travel to Montreal to share their films with the audience, some of which will be visiting the city for the first time. I’m relying on you to spread the word and most importantly to listen to what these budding directors have to say. This is our chance to celebrate the Indigenous filmmakers of tomorrow!”, stated Manon Barbeau, Wapikoni Mobile’s co-founder and general director.
Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite film, with the winner receiving Bell Media’s People’s Choice Award. In addition, the Prix de l’implication Télé-Québec – La Fabrique culturelle will go to the Wapikoni participant who showed exemplary commitment during their workshop.
In 2017, 21 communities across 8 Canadian provinces hosted Wapikoni’s travelling workshops. Two shorts were also created during our very first stopover in Norway’s Sami community Drag, in partnership with Power of the Lens. Workshops are currently underway in the Shuswap community of Splatsin in British-Columbia, as well as in the Mi’gmaq community of Eskasoni in Nova Scotia. International workshops were made possible thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, the communities and several regional partners.
Throughout the year, the work of emerging Indigenous filmmakers reached new audiences thanks to two new initiatives: Wapikoni, Cinema on Wheels – a screening tour of 100 Indigenous communities and 50 urban centres showcasing a selection of award-winning shorts – and Vélo Paradiso, an official event of Montreal’s 375th anniversary of Montreal that partnered up with Musique nomade to offer over 125 free screenings of short films and music videos in various public spaces in the city via projector-bikes.