Indigenous voice artists can win $50,000 prize

Canada’s Indigenous voice artists are being invited to enter a contest to win a year-long, $50,000 contract to complete a project of their choice.

The contest, backed by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, is accepting applications until August 24, 2019.

The Digital Project Prize, in its eighth year, provides the winner with a $50,000 budget alongside tools, resources, and advice to complete their work.


“This year we’re inviting Indigenous voice artists to apply to create something new, a digital or interactive experiment,” read a news release issued by organizers in late June. “Your project can be anything: a new kind of music video, a live performance, or even an application for your phone.

“Whatever you come up with, it will be based on the words and voices of Indigenous artists. You will bring your idea into life with a team of creatives assembled with the NFB and imagineNATIVE.  

The finished project will appear at the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in 2020, and will be distributed online.

Submissions are invited from “aspiring or established Indigenous voice and sound artists,” which the NFB says could include hip-hop artists, rappers, singers, poets, spoken word artists, storytellers, or lyricists as examples.


You must be an Indigenous Canadian citizen to apply, and must be able to work on your project from November 2019 to October 2020.

To apply, and for full instructions regarding making your pitch, visit the contest’s website.