BEFORE COLUMBUS: 1491 International Film Festival
Between August 1 and October 11, 2018 we’re sponsoring the “Before Columbus: 1491 International Film Festival” with the goal of screening 1491’s episode one “Origins” in every country in the world, and in every state and province in North America. The festival will end the day before the 526th anniversary of Columbus arriving in the Americas (October 12, 1492).
We will provide each community that takes part with a digital file of the 1491 “Origins” episode, a colour poster with your community’s screening details to print locally, a welcome video message from the 1491 director, a press release that you can send to your local media, and some door prizes to give away at the screening. We’ll also promote your screening through our social media. There is no fee to take part in the festival.
Our goal is to share the message around that world that Indigenous people in the Americas have a rich and unique history that is largely unknown. By sharing our story with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities around the world, we believe this will lead to better understanding between cultures.
Please pre-screen the “Origins” episode of 1491 on our Vimeo channel:
If you’d like to be part of our 1491 film festival, please send us the following:
Proposed Screening Location:
Name of the Indigenous Community in your region (if in North or South America):
Date of Screening (if known):
Screening Location (if known):
Screening Time (if known):
All the best,
1491 Twitter: 1491tvseries
WORLD PREMIERE OF 1491
1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus had its world premiere on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) in Canada on November 8, 2017. Later that week it premiered in Austalia on SBS-NITV.
November 31 – December 1, 2017 – Producer Barbara Hager attended the Indspire Gathering of Indigenous Educators in Montreal. Many thanks to McIntyre Media, our educational distributor, for screening 1491 for teachers during the conference.