Skoden Indigenous Film Festival

The Skoden Indigenous Film Festival will take place within the heart of Musqueam territory for its first year this summer, 2019. Formed by the SCA community at SFU, the festival aims to create an inclusive space for BC-based Indigenous filmmakers, writers, directors, DPs, editors, and performers of all ages and experience levels to be able to present and represent their films on the big screen.

Additionally, our goal is to Indigenize the SFU community and amplify the voices of local Indigenous artists. We want to create more proactive conversations and spaces for reconciliation. Skoden!*

*Skoden, which means “let’s do this," is used coast-to-coast in Indigenous communities.

June 1, 2019
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver
Musqueam Territory

Tickets 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. | TBD

About Skoden

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

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

In our inaugural year, 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.

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

Film submission information and link coming soon


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