Logo image by Samaqani Cocahq / Natalie Sappier

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.

Held within the heart of Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, Skoden is a one day film festival, featuring the works of British Columbia based Indigenous filmmakers and talent. Started in 2019 by two SFU Film students at The School for Contemporary Arts, Carr Sappier (Wolastoqiyik) and Grace Mathisen, the festival was created to showcase Indigenous filmmakers 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.

Presented by the SCA with the support of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.


The 2020 edition of the Festival has been redeveloped to become a new SCA film course, lead by the SCA's Sky Hopinka.

Working collaboratively, students in the course will take an active role in organizing and running the Festival. This involves learning about presenting films in a cinema space, details around exhibition, skills as a projectionist, programming and screening film submissions, fundraising, and what it’s like to work in the film festival industry.

Students will be called upon to be in committees that determine locations, fundraising, publicity, programming, exhibition and projection, and all other areas needed for a successful festival. The focus of the programming is on Indigenous film from Canada, and the class hopes to offer another avenue for practicing decolonization and providing a platform for under represented filmmakers and artists.

2020 Official Selection

Respect Your Elders, Chum – Jack Belhumeur
Where is the Love – Delphis Bonneau, Samuel Kliever
Barry Goes Home – Ten Campbell, Jasmine Spinks, Amber Spinks, Brandi Charley, and Natalie Holmes
Another Word for Learning – Jadis Dumas
Along the Water's Edge – Jonathan Elliott
Even in the Silence – Jonathan Elliott
Her Water Drum – Jonathan Elliott
Biskawbiung: The Return – Kate Ellis
Puktew Muin (Fire Bear) – Daniel Fortin
The Camp(us) – Hayle Gallup
Pow Wow Xperience – Aretha Greatrix
Sixties Scoop: More Than Sorry – Aretha Greatrix
Finding Solitude – Tristan Hinder-Hohlweg
GIIBWEATOO (Run Home) – Shane Kelsey
Sisters of Sorrow – James Kingstone
Fast Horse – Alexandra Lazarowich
Lake – Alexandra Lazarowich
Mni Wiconi: Mitakuyelo (Water is Life, Protect it. Defend it) – Natasha Naveau
Ancestors Gift – NaTalka Pucan
Mii Yaa Wag – NaTalka Pucan
Bear Cubs – Nicolas Renaud
I am Me – Jazmine Smith
High Altitude – Jennifer Smith
Skate Break – Jennifer Smith
Whiteface – Everett Sokol
Kéwku – Sean Stiller
Euphrasia Sam – Justice Thomas, Christian Sam, Jaida Isaac
Matriarch Rising – Helen Mots Tommy, Savannah M., Kelly Yellowbird, Shaina W., and Jenna Quock
Solastalgia – Pascal Tremblay

Rules & Terms for Participating Filmmakers 

  • Must be Canada-based and have an Indigenous person in a major creative role (director, writer, lead actor, editor, director of photography).
  • The films can be about anything!
  • All ages and experiences levels are welcomed to submit.
  • Film format is Quicktime.


Contact us at skoden_fest@sfu.ca
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The 2020 Skoden Indigenous Film Festival
Thursday, April 2 – Wednesday, April 13 | Vimeo

Skoden 90's Night!
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 9:30 PM | The Portside Pub | 7 Alexander Street, Vancouver


Logo image by Samaqani Cocahq / Natalie Sappier

The School for the Contemporary Arts recognizes that we are on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.