Submit a film - 2017 Edition

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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 27th edition of this multidisciplinary festival is scheduled from August 2 to 9, 2017.

The festival shows recent audio-visual works about the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and from other parts of the world, giving priority to works made by Indigenous filmmakers, but also welcoming works by all filmmakers about Indigenous topics. We are looking for films that reveal aspects of the life of Native communities, their real and imaginary world, as well as their customs, culture, history and spirituality.

We accept short, medium and feature length films or other media art works made for screening on the cinema screen; whether drama, animation, documentary or experimental. It must have been produced no more than three years before the festival dates. Unfinished works will only be considered if producers commit to provide a final copy on time for the Festival. The programming committee makes final decisions. The festival will inform each filmmaker if his/her work is selected. Priority will be given to works screened in exclusivity (Montreal premiere).

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 Montreal 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 2017.

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.
  • at least one photo of the film, with the entry form.

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 17, 2017 - March 29, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact Nicolas Renaud at

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