Local Southampton student wins imagineNATIVE 2012 Youth Video Contest

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Video Award Winner Siibi Cameron of Saugeen Ojibway Nation

Ten-year-old Ziibi Cameron of Saugeen First Nation and G. C. Huston Public School is the winner of the second annual imagaineNATIVE 2012 Youth Video Contest, as selected by almost a quarter of 600 public votes of 24 videos! 

As the winner, Ziibi and his family will be traveling to the 13th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto, where his short film "Being Brown" will screen as part of the annual youth program on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

Being Brown was created as part of the Festival’s youth video-making workshop presented as part of the imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour earlier this year.  Ziibi is the the second youngest filmmaker ever to have a work exhibited at imagineNATIVE!

A grade six student at Southampton's G. C. Huston Public School, he comes from a family of six and enjoys attending powwows as a dancer. In 'Being Brown', Ziibi explores his life as a young Indigenous boy through family, powwow dancing, and the importance of his culture.

“Since incorporating the video-making workshop into imagineNATIVE’s Film + Video Tour, there has been  an exponential growth in participation in only two years,” says Sage Paul, Events + Communications Director. “It is exciting to see youth and children as young as ten enthusiastically take on the video-making challenge, using only equipment and software already available in their communities. Through this initiative we are constantly excited and encouraged that new, important voices like Ziibi’s are given the opportunity to shine and be heard.”

There are 24 youth created video works as part of the unique project with imagineNATIVE.  According to imageinNATIVE, submissions used readily available resources, such as a point-and-shoot camera and pre-installed editing software with youth being led through the video production process with artist and filmmaker Keesic Douglas, in the workshop “My Space. My Story.”

The experience and opportunity provided each youth with the tools and knowledge to continue to create video work and share their stories.  All videos will be available for viewing on imagineNATIVE’s website following the 2012 Festival.

The 13th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will take place October 17 – 21, 2012.



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