Access and COVID-19

 

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation in our events. The interconnected aims we prioritize for our community—our artists, audiences, volunteers, partners, and staff—are the reduction of physical and financial barriers, and an increase to our mental and physical safety services. This work is integral to making our festival more hospitable and inclusive for all. However, we recognize that improving access does not mean being accessible to everyone at all times. We begin with the immediate goal of implementing clear and transparent access via our resources, and building upon this access to offer even greater access in the future. Access is an evolving process, and things can shift and change—certain services might become available following the publication of our catalogue. We will communicate any changes on our website, Facebook, and Instagram daily.

 

If you are interested in a program, have access needs, are unclear about how we have articulated the parameters of any event, or have any other questions, please contact a member of our team, or email our Festival Coordinator, Tram Nghiem, at tram@imagesfestival.com.

 

Please refer to individual program pages to see which services will be available (e.g., ASL interpretation, Creative Audio Description). This year, all of our digital publications are formatted for assistive reading technologies.

 

 

 

COVID-19 Protocols:

 

As part of Images Festival’s commitment to accessibility and disability justice, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

 

The following guidelines will be in place for events throughout the festival:

 

 

Guidelines are listed on the program pages in our catalogue and on our website. Updates to guidelines will be communicated through our social media.

 

We ask that all participants perform a self-assessment for COVID-19 prior to attending our in-person events.

 

Accommodations, Exemptions, & Questions:

 

If you require accommodation or exemption from our stated guidelines, have questions, or are seeking clarification on our COVID-19 protocols, please contact our Festival Coordinator, Tram Nghiem, at tram@imagesfestival.com.

Images Festival

309-401 Richmond St West
Toronto ON 
M5V 3A8 Canada

Telephone +1 416 971 8405
Office Hours •  Tuesday–Friday • 10AM–6PM
Closed Mondays from May–January

Supporters

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Government of Canada
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Telefilm Canada
  • Toronto Arts Council
  • Vtape
  • York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design
  • 0_TD
  • Digital Arts Ressource Centre
  • The Japan Foundation
  • The Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film
  • CalArts
  • Art Museum

Images Festival would like to acknowledge

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 peoples.

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. The 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.