Dreamspeakers Festival 2016

Join Dreamspeakers at Metro Cinema in celebrating Indigenous film as we look anew at our purpose, progress and media revival, relevance and resonance! Visit dreamspeakers.org for more information.

Festival Passes on Sale for $75

Reconciliation: Angry Inuk

  • Sep 28 (2016) @ 7pm

Anti–seal hunting campaigns have attracted high profile supporters, and with them, hefty financial contributions. Meanwhile, seal hunters are unjustly targeted for traditional practices that have supported them for centuries.

Gone with the River

  • Sep 28 (2016) @ 5pm

Dauna dared to be different. She faced the ancestral practices of her culture and she paid the price. 

Community Dialogue: Placards or Programming/Monuments or Art?

  • Sep 27 (2016) @ 5pm

In this changing political landscape, what are the best ways to promote and raise awareness for our Recognition, Appreciation and Legacy of filmmakers and artistic trailblazers?

Community Dialogue: Where are we with Access, Inclusion, Recognition and Appreciation?

  • Sep 27 (2016) @ 4pm

This dialogue will allow us to take the pulse of the Indigenous arts community and help us measure relation and relevance.

Journey Towards Reconciliation

  • Sep 27 (2016) @ 3pm

In 2014, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada held seven events across the country to gather testimony from Indian Residential School Survivors. 

Workshop: So You Want to Make a Movie?

  • Sep 27 (2016) @ 10am

Join us as we walk you through the first phases of Independent video production.

Daughter of the Lake

  • Sep 26 (2016) @ 4pm

At the height of the Peruvian gold rush, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits uses her powers to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lake she considers to be her mother.

Workshop: From Indigenous oral tradition to cinematic action: A path to story metamorphosis

  • Sep 26 (2016) @ 10am

This workshop is intended to introduce the attendants to a methodology to adapt and create screenplays.

The Northlander

  • Sep 25 (2016) @ 9:30pm

In the year 2961, the time is after humanity and nature has recovered the land. A hunter named Cygnus is called to rise above his duty.

Gil Cardinal Retrospective

  • Sep 25 (2016) @ 6:30pm

What were the circumstances surrounding the making of the film Foster Child?

Short Stop 2: A Compilation

  • Sep 25 (2016) @ 4pm

Short Films

Youth Workshop: Auditioning for Film with Cody Lightning

  • Sep 25 (2016) @ 10am

This workshop will show and help participants understand the different styles of auditioning as well as tips and tricks! 

Dreamspeakers Awards Gala

  • Sep 24 (2016) @ 9:30pm

Join us as we celebrate this years’ Dreamspeakers Film Festival Awards 2016 where we recognize and appreciate with more awards than we’ve ever granted!


  • Sep 24 (2016) @ 7pm

On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

Workshop: Creative Writing with Richard Van Camp

  • Sep 24 (2016) @ 1pm

In this hilarious and engaging workshop on creative writing, internationally renowned storyteller and best-selling author, Richard Van Camp, will walk you through crafting a story through designing characters, conflict and he will answer questions you may have on finding an agent and publisher and marketing yourself.

Short Stop - A Compilation

  • Sep 24 (2016) @ 12pm

Short Films

The Tradition of Storytelling with Jerry Saddleback

  • Sep 24 (2016) @ 10am

Storytelling is a sacred Cultural practice in Indigenous traditions. Storytelling done correctly comes from the wisdom and knowledge of our elders.


  • Sep 23 (2016) @ 9pm

Atilio lives with his granddaughter Iara. His great desire is to have a grandson to transmit the Guarani culture. 


  • Sep 23 (2016) @ 7pm

Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. 

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