Submit a film

2018 edition 


TERRES EN VUES/LAND InSIGHTS, an association created to promote native cultures, with headquarters in Montréal (Québec, Canada), organizes every year the First Peoples Festival (Présence autochtone). The film screenings within the 28th edition of this multidisciplinary festival is scheduled from August 8 to 15, 2018.

The festival shows recent audio-visual works that reflect the culture, history, spirituality and the contemporary reality of Indigenous Peoples across the Americas and from other parts of the world. We primarily seek works made by Indigenous authors, but we also welcome any work on topics relevant to our objectives and exemplifying collaboration between Native people and non-Native makers.

We accept short, medium and feature length films or other works made for the cinema screen; whether drama, animation, documentary or experimental. It must have been produced no more than three years before the festival dates and must not be previously screened in Montréal. Only special presentations defined by the programmers or films eligible to the APTN Award (for the accomplishment of an Indigenous filmmaker in the past year) may include works that are not a Montréal premiere. The selection committee makes final decisions. The festival will inform filmmakers (or entry contact person) if the work is selected.  

Films in competition are eligible to awards in various categories. An independent jury chooses the winners. The selection committee defines which category each work belongs to. Usually, a film runs in only one category, unless the selection committee decides otherwise exceptionally.

Screenings take place in Montréal and Kahnawake (Mohawk Territory). Entry is free. For films in competition, the festival will not pay rental fees; the festival will however pay the cost of returning the copies.

Awards will be given during a special event in August 2018.

For selection purposes, we need the following documentation:

  • the online entry form;
  • online screener with link and password (ex. private Vimeo) provided on the form, the access must remain valid until selection is announced; Or: two (2) DVD copies (NTSC or PAL), clearly identified with the title, duration, name of director, and return address.
    N.B.: The submission will be valid only when the preview DVD or the online screener is received at the festival’s office.

Address, if you choose to mail DVDs:

5445 avenue de Gaspé, bureau 508
Montréal, Québec H2T 3B2

Important notice to senders from countries other than Canada: you must write “DVD, Cultural Content, No Commercial Value” on the shipping. Otherwise customs will send the shipment back.

DEADLINE: March 19, 2018

If you have questions, please contact Nicolas Renaud:



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