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.

Skoden Indigenous Film Festival 2020

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.  

Applications are now open for Skoden 2020

Rules & Terms for Applicants  

  • 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.

Please visit the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival on FilmFreeway to apply and for more information.

Regular Application Deadline: January 31, 2020


Contact us at skoden_fest@sfu.ca
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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.