Skoden Indigenous Film Festival

Used by Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast, Skoden is a unifying word that transcends a single language. Skoden is slang for “let's go then”. It’s an attitude and a battle cry and we’ve decided to take it to heart.

Founded by film students at The School for Contemporary Arts, the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival was created to showcase British Columbia based indigenous filmmakers and talent and to Indigenize the SFU community. Festival-goers will be able to attend two short film programs and special events, celebrating indigenous voices and cultivating more active discussions about reconciliation.  

Held within the heart of Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival will feature indigenous cultural traditions including a welcome ceremony and witness. We welcome new traditions and invite anyone who is interested in making our community more inclusive to come, learn, and share with us in the spirit of Skoden.  

June 1, 2019
SFU School for the Contemporary Arts
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver

Sliding Scale Tickets: $0 / $5 / $10 / $20 – on sale soon!


First Screening – 1:00 p.m. | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Second Screening – 4:30 p.m. | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Awards Ceremony – 7:30 p.m | Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre
After Party – 9:30 p.m. | The Pint (455 Abbott St, Vancouver)

Criteria for Short Film Submission

  • Must have an Indigenous person in a major creative role (director, writer, lead actor, editor, director of photography)

  • Films must be British Columbia based (made in BC or created by a filmmaker who lives in or identifies as being from BC)

  • The film must be 10 minutes in length or shorter

  • Film can be about anything!

  • Final film format needs to be Quicktime

Submt your film via FilmFreeway at this link

Awards & Prizes

Best Short: An award selected by the judges as the best all-around film.

Audience Favourite: An award chosen by the audience for their most favourite film.

Trickster Award: An award for the most innovative filmmaker who bucks conventions and redefines style. This award values creativity over experience.


Organizers: Grace Mathisen (Festival Director), Carr Sappier (Festival Director), and Kathleen Mullen (Festival Consultant)

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Presented with support from the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and the SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.


The School for the Contemporary Arts recognizes that we are on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Logo image by Samaqani Cocahq / Natalie Sappier