The Images Festival’s mandate is to present and promote excellence in independent film, video and other time-based work; to expand the definitions of media art and art in general; and to expand the audience for independent media art.
About Our Charity
Established in 1987, Images Festival is the largest and most important independent media arts event North America showcasing international creativity, excellence and innovation both on and off the screen. Each year, some of the world’s most influential and challenging artists show their newest work at Images, including more than 200 films, videos, installations, new media, sound, live music events and performances.
Images Festival owes much of its success to our generous supporters. With your contribution, Images will continue to foster our growing appreciations for diverse, independent and emerging perspectives in Canada. Images was created in response to issues of accessibility, breaking down barriers created by industry conventions. From the beginning, the organization championed alternatives to mainstream media, and fought to open up dialogue around issues of race, culture, gender and sexuality in media and art. Images is founded on a passionate arts community who see the moving image as a gateway for expression, social growth, and critical dialogue. The Images Festival is 90% run by volunteers.
What People Are Saying
"Finding a niche for my experimental animations has often been difficult and I was so happy to have been invited to screen at a festival for which I have great respect and admiration. My thanks to everyone involved with the festival and those who support its existence and mission."
— Calvin Frederick, Best Student Film Award
"Being part of the Images festival was an honour I will never forget. As an emerging artist, I felt that the inclusion of my work in the festival signified a welcoming into the community, it helped to elevate the way my work is viewed...the festival propelled my career forward."
— Caitlin Durlak, Best Student Video and Home Brew Award
"The Images Festival has empowered me and many others to connect and share our work. It has proved to be a valuable place where different artists can come together under one roof to share new and exciting visions for the future."
— Paul Nguyen, Tom Berner Award
"Experimental media practices are so wonderfully diverse, changeable and unpredictable, that it’s not always easy to know what the criteria for success or failure are at any given time. Festivals help – particularly, reliably well-run festivals like Images."
— Gary Kibbins, Less is More Award