Jason Ryle

Board Member

Jason Ryle is an independent producer, curator, story editor, and arts consultant based in Toronto. Through his mother, he is Anishinaabe and a member of Lake St. Martin First Nation (Manitoba). From July 2010 to June 2020, Jason was the Executive Director of imagineNATIVE, an Indigenous-run organisation mandated to support Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. In this capacity, Jason oversaw all operational and artistic activities of the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest showcase of Indigenous screen content. He also oversaw the organisation’s year-round initiatives, international partnerships, and special projects, including On-Screen Protocols & Pathways, an influential framework for film and television production, and the 360 VR series 2167. Under his leadership, imagineNATIVE became the global hub for Indigenous film and an integral part of the Canadian industry.

Since his departure from imagineNATIVE, Jason has focussed on building his practise as a screen-content producer. He is currently in post-production on the third season of APTN’s AMPLIFY and his first two feature films as a producer (SINGING BACK THE BUFFALO directed by Tasha Hubbard and ENDLESS COOKIE directed by Seth Scriver) will be released in 2024. In March 2022, Jason joined the Toronto International Film Festival – TIFF as International Programmer, Indigenous Cinema with a focus on non-Canadian Indigenous-made features.

From 2006 until its closure in 2021, Jason was a script reader for the Harold Greenberg Fund (which provided financial support to Canadian narrative screenwriters), which encompassed story development and market assessment. He has long volunteered on various boards of directors (including as former President of the Toronto Arts Council), and is the current Chair of Indigenous Fashion Arts, and a director for The Shine Network Institute and REEL CANADA.

Beginning in 2013 until 2020, Jason was an Advisor for Indigenous films at the Berlinale. He also oversaw the Indigenous Cinema stand at the European Film Market from 2015-2020, which promoted features and shorts made by Indigenous filmmakers to international sales agents, distributors, and festivals.

In February 2021, Jason received the Clyde Gilmour Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. The award is bestowed to Canadians whose work has in some way enriched the understanding and appreciation of film in their native country.