Rylan Friday

Coordinator, Funding Programs
Rylan Friday (Saulteaux Ojibway / Plains Cree) is a multi-disciplinary director, curator, writer and producer from Cote First Nation, Saskatchewan. Rylan’s focus is to bring an honest discourse of LGBTQ2+ & Indigenous representation to the big screen while being truthful to their own narratives. His short film This Bright Flash has screened at VIFF, FTQFF, The Lift-Off Sessions LA, FNFVF Chicago and Festival Mix: Film & Sexual Diversity in Mexico City. In 2019, he produced the feature film Portraits From a Fire and helped implement its peer-to-peer mentorship program for Indigenous youth. 
 
Rylan became the first openly gay Indigenous filmmaker to spearhead the 2020 iteration of the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Catalyst Mentorship Program, and curated the highly success #Indigeneity series for Reel Causes. He was also the lead curator for the Who We Are Indigenous Film Series, a collaboration with VIFF and the Museum of Vancouver.
 
Currently, Rylan is in post-production on his short form projects Looking For Tiger Lily, Musk., The Sound of You Collapsing; in development with MBM TV and Justin Hagedorn on Unsettled: Encounters With The Unknown; and is slated to go into production with Urban Ink on Terror/Forming with hopes of turning this project into a feature film.