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Student-led Indigenous film festival returns to Vancouver this April

Skoden Indigenous Film Festival returns for the sixth year.
"Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams" is one of the short films that will screen on day two of the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival.

More than 30 short films and a feature-length film will be part of the 2024 Skoden Indigenous Film Festival coming to Vancouver on April 6 and 7.

The sixth edition of the film festival has been organized by SFU students, along with founder and instructor Carr Sappier (who was a student when the festival was founded) and instructor Kathleen Mullen.

"We have more filmmakers attending the screenings and will have several Q&As throughout the festival," Mullen says in an email to V.I.A. "Some local filmmakers in attendance will be Jules Arita Koostachin with her film WaaPake, Brent Beauchamp with Follow, Tokala Tatum with They're Not Here and Jay Cardinal Villeneuve with Buffalo Testicles for the Soul."

Student and co-organizer Morgan Peequaquat says the festival helps spread Indigenous work and cultural knowledge across Turtle Island.

"These films have helped us as students to understand the importance of Indigeneity and the impact that we can have through their presentation at the festival," says Peequaquat in an email.

The films are broken into five programs with three being shown on Saturday, April 6 and two on Sunday, April 7; each program has multiple short films connected through a theme like "Stronger Together" or "Sea to Sky" and last for a couple of hours.

There will also be a closing ceremony on Sunday evening.

Tickets are based on a pay-what-you-choose system.

The festival is taking place at SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts located at 149 WHastings St. in Gastown.