Spring 2024 - CA 389 D100

Selected Topics in the Contemporary Arts II (3)

Skoden Indigenous Film Festival 2024

Class Number: 6392

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Wed, Fri, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units of CA (or FPA) courses.



A specific topic in the historical and contemporary arts which is not otherwise covered in depth in regular courses or which is not appropriately placed within a single arts discipline. The work will be practical, theoretical, or a combination of the two, depending on the particular topic in a given term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. May be repeated twice for credit when offered with different topics.



This is an introductory film course, where prior experience with film exhibition and programming is not required. However, the ability to work independently and in groups is vital. Students will be called upon to be in committees that determine locations, publicity, programming, guest services, exhibition and projection and other areas needed for a successful film festival. The focus of the programming is on Indigenous film from Turtle Island, and through this class we hope to offer another avenue for practicing decolonization and providing a platform for underrepresented Indigenous filmmakers and artists on the big screen.


Used by Indigenous communities from 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. Skoden is a film festival featuring the works of Turtle Island based Indigenous filmmakers and talent. The festival was originally created to showcase Indigenous filmmakers and to Indigenize the SFU community.

Held within the heart of Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh territories, the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival will feature Indigenous cultural traditions including welcome and witness ceremonies. 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.

This course is designed to facilitate the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival. Working collaboratively, students will organize and run the festival with the guidance of the instructors. This involves learning about presenting films in a cinema space, online technical skills, programming and curation, fundraising, social media, and marketing. Participation is an important element to this class and you will have the chance to outreach to Indigenous and other communities, do intros and Q&As with filmmakers and guests, and learn from elders and knowledge carriers. The course will include guest speakers, group assignments, and discussions about films and programming. Together, your cohort will be building upon SIFF’s past years to create and to run the 2024 6th Annual Skoden Indigenous Film Festival.


  • Performance & Participation (Fulfilling the duties you commit to) Including performance on at least 1 festival committee. Attending the festival in Surrey and at SCA Centre for the Arts on April 6-7, 2024 30%
  • Watching & Rating Film Submissions (and other assigned films), ALL students must watch 20 films from submissions on Film Freeway. Deadline to finish watching films is February 9, 2024. 25%
  • Film Festival research presentation 10%
  • Journals and discussions on Canvas. 10%
  • Final Individual wrap report (presentation) and final essay 25%


Attendance: points will be taken off the final grade if there are attendance issues during class and the festival. You are required to be present for all days of the festival April 6 & April 7, 2024.



- No textbook required,
- Guest speakers, readings (articles, blogs, reviews, podcasts, suggested watching). All will be available via Canvas/google drive.
- Students are required to use the Skoden Google Drive to share documents and see examples of past Skoden materials,
- Discord - Students will take on managing Discord for communication with each other,
- Students will engage with Canvas - All materials will be posted there from instructors,
- All dialogue with instructors will be through Canvas and email.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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