Resources & Databases

To create a world where our media reflects the rich diversity of our communities, a shift is needed in the film industry. With over 5,000 Indigenous nations worldwide, there are many different ways of doing things in each community. To begin in a good way, please use resources created by Indigenous peoples as a starting place, and visit these like-minded databases to find and hire diverse creatives.

Courtesy of Taylor Hensel (Cherokee Nation)


The Black Screen Office’s (BSO’s) vision is to provide Directives to everyone in the film, television and interactive digital media industries to help them commission, create and assess authentic content.

The Directives, which come from the community of underrepresented members of the industry and general public who were consulted as part of the research, are a tool meant for the industry to use to educate themselves, develop strategies for change, and enact real, systemic and long-lasting transformation.

For additional information visit Being Seen


On-screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories

Commissioned by the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and prepared by Marcia Nickerson with support from Communications MDR, this highly-anticipated guide provides cultural principles, key findings from a national consultation process, and best practices for filmmakers, production companies, and funders when depicting Indigenous content on screen, and how communities can be collaborative partners.

This guide was made possible through the support of: Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Creates, Telefilm Canada, Creative BC and the Inspirit Foundation.

For additional information on this guide, or to purchase a hardcopy, please contact imagineNATIVE or Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office.

Download Guide (PDF ENGLISH) or (PDF FRENCH)


Pathways & Protocols: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Working with Indigenous People, Culture and Concepts

Screen Australia published this comprehensive guide for all filmmakers working with Indigenous content and communities. Researched and written by lawyer Terri Janke, this handbook provides advice about the ethical and legal issues involved in transferring Indigenous cultural material to the screen. It covers documentary and drama, including short dramas, feature films and television drama. Using real case studies as practical examples, the guide assists and encourages recognition and respect for the images, knowledge and stories of Indigenous people.

Download Guide (PDF ENGLISH)

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Array Crew

Array Crew – Created by Ava DuVernay, Array Crew exists to support systemic changes in the below-the-line hiring practices of the film and television industry and to connect underrepresented crew members to hiring managers who practice inclusive outreach. They aim to be a resource for executives and hiring managers throughout Hollywood amid the ongoing push for more inclusive crews.

Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC)

Asian American Documentary Network (A-DOC) – A-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field who have come together as one, multi-generational force to advocate for their vital presence in the field. They aspire to help other Asian American documentarians partner with community organizations and educators, and foster collaboration among the filmmaker community.



Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM)

Brown Girls Doc Mafia (BGDM) – Brown Girls Doc Mafia advocates for women and non-binary people of color working in the documentary film industry around the world. They fight inequality by building community and sharing resources, nourishing creative brilliance, demanding access and visibility in creative and professional environments, enriching their community with the knowledge to  sustain themselves financially, and by cutting through oppressive industry structures to advocate for their members.

View their MEMBERS

Cherokee Nation Film Office

Cherokee Nation Film Office – The mission of the Cherokee Nation Film Office is to increase the presence of Native Americans in every level of the film and television industries, while creating opportunities for economic development and jobs in the Cherokee Nation.




FREE THE WORK is a non-profit organization committed to making equity actionable in media and to creating opportunities for a global workforce of underrepresented creators behind the lens in TV, film, and marketing. They exist to empower  a creative revolution, led by the worlds’s underrepresented creators.

Discover their talent and find jobs


Indigenous Media Hub

Indigenous Media Hub – This Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Heritage site is a platform for learning about and engaging with the production of Indigenous media in the digital age. The Indigenous Media Hub presents and disseminates information about the work of Indigenous peoples in media. 

Mother Tongue Film Festival

National Indigenous Talent Database

National Indigenous Talent Database – Run by Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the National Indigenous Talent Database (NITB) aims to provide opportunities for Indigenous talent in Canada in-front of and behind screen, digital, theatrical and commercial production.

View the ISO Funding Database

imagineNATIVE’s Indigenous Festivals List

Indigenous Photograph
Indigenous Photograph – This database consists of working storytellers on Turtle Island (North America) and is available to photo editors, creative directors, and those who routinely hire photographers. Natives Photograph is a space to elevate the work of Indigenous visual journalists and support the media industry in hiring more Indigenous photographers to tell the stories of their communities and to reflect on how we tell these stories.
The Shine Network

The Shine Network – Created by Jennifer Podemski, The Shine Network offers a digital cinema space for content created by Indigenous women and a professional development incubator for Indigenous women pursuing a career in the film, television and media industry. It is a direct response to the chronic under representation of Indigenous women on screen and behind the camera in Canada’s media production sector. 

View their list of RESOURCES

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