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Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival

August 7, 2019

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 3:00 am, repeating until August 11, 2019

Celebrating Indigenous Arts In Algonquin Territory
AUGUST 7-11, 2019
Ottawa, ON, Canada

The Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival is excited to announce our 8th annual festival, screening the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around the world.

This year’s festival takes place over 5 days, and includes our traditional opening night outdoor film screening in the Courtyard at Club SAW, 3 days of film screenings in the Alma Duncan Salon at the Ottawa Art Gallery, our Matriarchs Art Exhibition Opening at Enriched Bread Artists, plus our Sound/Tracks presentation of micro-commissioned audio-visual performances in partnership with SAW Video, a Music Showcase, and the world’s first-ever 2-Spirit Ball.

Our 2019 Program and our entire festival schedule is available now on our website:



Wednesday August 7
Traditional gathering and outdoor Canadian Premiere of Vai (NZ) – @ Outdoor Courtyard at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street (7:00-10:00 pm)

Thursday August 8
Film Screenings
@ Ottawa Art Gallery [OAG], 2 Daly Ave. (5:30 pm -12:00 am)

Friday August 9
Film Screenings
@ OAG, (2:30 pm – 1:00 am)

Saturday August 10
– Matriarchs Art Exhibition Opening
with Artists Natasha Keating (Maori) & Asinnajaq (Inuit)
@ Enriched Bread Artists, 151 Gladstone Ave. (2:00 – 5:00 pm)

Saturday August 10
@ SAW Outdoor Courtyard
& CLUB SAW All Night!

Food by Pow Wow Cafe
(5:30 – 10:00 pm)

Sound / Tracks
(6:00 – 7:00 pm)

Music Showcase
with Silla + Rise, & Kelly Fraser
(7:00 – 9:00 pm)

2-Spirit Ball
FAFSWAG // The Bannock Babes // Icesis Couture + Kiki Coe + Kimmy Dymond // Midnight Wolverine // Quanah Style // Dioganhdih // Melody McKiver // Nico Williams + Dayna Danger // Stephanie Jewel // Mr. Leather Ottawa + Mr. Ottawa Bear
(9:00 pm – 1:00 am)

Afterparty – DJ Bryan Wolfear
1 am – Close

Sunday August 11
Film Screenings
Including the Ottawa Premiere of nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
@ OAG, (3:00 – 11:00 pm)

Full program online:


All Matinees are Free / PWYC
$5 a program, or $10 for the entire night
(Tickets to individual programs available at the door)

Tickets for Saturday Night Events:
$20 adv. tickets // $25 at the door
(Includes Sound/Tracks, Music Showcase, 2-Spirit Ball, & After-party)

(Includes entrance to all Thur., Fri., & Sun. evening films)

(Includes entrance to all films plus the Saturday night ticketed event)

•ARTIST DELEGATE PASS = All events are Free

Film Pass + All Access Pass, + Advance Tickets for the Saturday Night Event(s) are available for purchase online. All Tickets & Passes will also be available for purchase at the Door.


Asinabka Festival takes place on the unsurrendered and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation. Chi-Miigwech to our Algonquin friends and hosts. All of our events are intended to be open and accessible for everyone to attend, but please note that some film content may be for mature audiences. Many of the events at our festival are free of charge, including our Opening Night Outdoor Gathering and Film Screening and our Matinees. We do charge a small Admission Fee to most of our film screenings, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism are not welcome at our Festival.

Our main screening venue this year will be the Ottawa Art Gallery, which is fully accessible. They have an elevator that goes up to the Theatre, which is also wheelchair accessible.
More info:

Our Art Exhibition will take place at Enriched Bread Artists, which is not the most accessible. The show will be on the main floor, and there is a small set of stairs to get up into the building.

Our Sound/Tracks event, as well as Music Showcase, and 2-Spirit Ball, will all happen at Club SAW, both indoors and outdoors in the Courtyard. The space is fully accessible and has accessible bathrooms.

Miigwetch to our partners and sponsors!

Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Ottawa, Heritage Canada/Canadien Heritage, Ottawa Art Gallery, APTN, SAW Video, SAW Gallery, Art Engine, Vtape, Enriched Bread Artists, Gallery 101, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Ottawa Festivals, Pow Wow Cafe, Ottawa Bears, MLO, Wapikoni, NIMAC, MANO, IMAA, Cherun Meru, Winnipeg Film Group, Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Capital Pride, Indigenous 150+, MAX Ottawa, imagineNATIVE, Anishnabe Printing, Odawa Native Friendship Centre.


Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival