Live action short films that win awards at Toronto's ImagineNative film festival will now be eligible for consideration at the Oscars.
To be eligible for the Academy Awards, short films must either have a theatrical release or win an award at a specified film festival.
Organisers say ImagineNative is the first and only Indigenous film festival in the world to be designated a "qualifying festival" for the Academy Awards.
"This recognition is the outcome of many people who share a passion for Indigenous-made short films, and who continuously strive to provide opportunities for Indigenous filmmakers," said Jason Ryle, ImagineNative's executive director.
"The coming decade will be one of profound growth for the Indigenous screen sector internationally, and this announcement is another significant step towards broadening the appreciation of Indigenous films and expanding the opportunities for the talented individuals who create them."