Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi producer/director Jennifer Podemski (NSI Global Marketing, Telefilm Canada Spark Plug Program) has launched the Shine Network, a media platform designed to empower and celebrate Indigenous women in film and television.
Shine Network – a federally incorporated, social enterprise – is a direct response to the chronic underrepresentation of Indigenous women on screen and behind the camera in Canada’s media production sector.
The platform will offer a digital cinema space for content created by Indigenous women and a professional development incubator for Indigenous women pursuing a career in the film, television and media industry.
Statistics show that the current industry paradigm is not working for Indigenous women and The Shine Network is committed to shifting this grim reality.
“We must uplift, protect and celebrate the voices and perspectives of Indigenous women,” said Jennifer. “There are too few of us working behind and in front of the camera. Those you read about are doing incredible and important work yet represent less than 1% of Canadian content creators receiving funding. When that changes we will witness a monumental shift in our collective narrative and we will all be better for it.”
Their digital cinema space will feature a diverse variety of content made by Indigenous women. Special presentations will include curated exhibitions by established Indigenous filmmakers, virtual artist talk back sessions and exclusive screenings.
The professional development incubator will provide a wide variety of masterclasses and tutorials created to motivate and inspire. All classes are virtual and custom designed to address the unique challenges Indigenous women face in pursuit of a career in film, television and media.
Subscribers who complete all classes and tutorials will be given access to one-on-one sessions with a select group of virtual mentors.
The Shine Network is a free, subscriber based platform offering 24-hour access to the digital cinema space and professional development incubator.