The land on which we gather and organize is the territory of the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Today, the meeting place of Toronto is home to many Indigenous people. A territorial acknowledgement can demonstrate a coming to awareness, and provoke thought and reflection, all of which are essential in beginning to establish reciprocal relations.
This acknowledgement should not function as closure, resignation, or acceptance of the structural conditions of settler colonialism that remain in effect today. Images Festival will continue to ask what it means for us to keep open a spirit of sustained inquiry into the complexities of our context.
Images Festival is a leading presenter of independent film and media culture in dialogue with contemporary art. We aspire to elevate conversations between artists, scholars, and the public about the politics of the moving image.
Images Festival is an artist driven festival that expands traditional definitions and understandings of media art by experimenting with a multiplicity of artistic forms.
We value artistic work that challenges norms, takes risks, and is rigorous in form and content. Our programs interrogate the conditions of contemporary moving image culture.
We provide a forum to develop critical engagement between Canadian and international artists, audiences, and institutions.
Images Festival is a platform for the exhibition and discourse of independent film and media art. Created in 1987 as an alternative to the only other Toronto film festival at the time, Images has spent the last 35 years presenting media works that are challenging in their form and content. Images showcases the intersection of emerging and established practices and invites open critical dialogue in the film and media arts community around the political herstories of moving image production, distribution, exhibition, and representation.
The festival includes screenings, exhibitions, performances, events, educational initiatives, and online presentations that are attended annually by more than 20,000 people. The festival programs are divided into the following:
ON Screen: In-cinema presentations of the best in single-channel media art from around the world
OFF Screen: Dynamic, engaging gallery installations by world-class emerging and established artists
LIVE: Captivating performances, insightful keynote lectures, and convivial parties
EDUCATION: Images Festival Research Forum, seminars, workshops and artists talks that explore and elucidate the deeper meanings and broader implications of our programming
YEAR ROUND: Touring programmes, special projects, and meaningful co-presentations with like-minded organizations across Ontario, Canada and internationally.