Programming Committee


FILM + VIDEO

<strong>Siku Allooloo</strong>
Siku Allooloo
Siku Allooloo is an Inuk/Haitian/Taíno interdisciplinary artist, artistic producer, and community builder from Denendeh (NWT), based now in Whitehorse, YT. Siku is an accomplished writer and artist, specializing in poetry, multimedia, decolonial advocacy, and most recently, film. Her writing and multimedia work have been featured in The Guardian, Canadian Art Magazine, Chatelaine, The Capilano Review, The Malahat Review, and various art galleries across Canada. Siku is a programmer with Available Light Film Festival and is the first Indigenous Artist in Residence at Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (Vancouver, BC). Her artwork is currently on display as part of INUA, the inaugural exhibition at Qaumajuq (Winnipeg Art Gallery).
Jennifer Lee Smith
Jennifer Lee Smith
Jennifer Lee Smith Is a Métis curator, writer and arts administrator from Treaty 1 Territory. She works as the Executive Director for National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, alongside her practice as an independent curator and arts writer. Jennifer’s research focuses on exploring the ways we make things that range from traditional methods of making to exploring new digital technologies that tell our stories. In 2018 Jennifer was the Indigneous Curator in Residence at aceartinc. in Winnipeg, and most recently co-curated the exhibition Sovereign Intimacies with Nasrin Himada for Gallery 1C03.
Jaene F. Castrillon
Jaene F. Castrillon
Jaene F. Castrillon is an interdisciplinary artist who explores their relationship to the world through Indigenous teachings of Elder Isaac Day of Serpent River First Nations and the wisdom of the land. Jaene identifies as 2Spirit, mixed race (Indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese), Trans person of color living with disabilities (physical, cognitive & psychiatric). Jaene believes in sharing the brilliance and heart-break of living a life less ordinary.

Jaene’s filmmaking career began when they were a part of the 2014 LIFT Film Mentorship Program. In 2015 Jaene went on to do the LIFT/imagineNATIVE 16mm mentorship in 2015 making A Celebration of Darkness. Since then Jaene has made 12 films and is distributed by both CFMDC and VTape. Jaene’s works have toured internationally. In recent years Jaene has been helping several festivals with their programming including ImagineNATIVE, Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, and the Bi Arts Festival.
<strong><strong>Niki Little</strong></strong>
Niki Little
Niki Little is an artist/observer, arts administrator, and a founding member of The Ephemerals with Jaimie Isaac and Jenny Western. She is Anishininew (Oji-cree) / English from Kistiganwacheeng (Garden Hill, FN). Little has over ten years of experience in the arts and cultural sector focusing on Indigenous arts and intermedia art. She has been the Artistic Director for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival since 2019.

DIGITAL + INTERACTIVE

<strong>Scott Benesiinaabandan</strong>
Scott Benesiinaabandan
Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinaabe from Obishkkokaang. Scott is an intermedia artist that currently works in experimental image making and sonic materials. Scott is currently resident in Montréal, where he has completed a MFA in photography.

Scott’s current research interests are intersections of artificial-intelligence and Anishinaabemowin, Scott has completed international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland, and University
Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency, along with international
collaborative projects in both the U.K and Ireland. Scott has completed residencies with Initiative for Indigenous Futures and AbTec in Montreal.
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