Sealaska Heritage Institute set to sponsor its first-ever Juried Film Festival

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Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will, for the first time, sponsor a Juried Film Festival to support Indigenous storytelling through digital media.

Entries must be 5-10 minutes in length and created within the past 2 years. The films may cover any topic and can be live-action, stop-motion, or animated.

Selected films will be shown at Gold Town Theatre in Juneau during Celebration 2024, scheduled June 5-8.

SHI will also premiere a feature film of Tlingit “Macbeth” during the festival. The play, performed by Native actors, was written by Anita Maynard-Losh in collaboration with Tlingit elder Johnny Marks, who worked on language programs at SHI. The production debuted in partnership with Perseverance Theatre at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 2007. Sealaska funded the filming of the performance, and SHI is now sponsoring the postproduction phase of the project