Images Festival is seeking a Festival Assistant to join its team!


This position has been created to develop skills and provide practical experience related to festival management and general arts administration. Tasks and responsibilities include: assistance with the festival call for submissions process and database; tabulating results of audience surveys and analytics; tracking and filing festival press coverage; updating databases, distribution and communication lists; researching sponsorships and development opportunities; and researching outreach strategies to diverse communities.


This position will include remote work throughout the duration of the contract. As such, candidates from outside of Toronto will be considered.


The main duties for the Festival Assistant include:

  • Assist with the archiving of festival documents
  • Assist with the administration of the call for submissions
  • Assistance with database administration
  • Assistance with compiling and delivering social media, advertising, and press coverage
  • Communications Database support
  • Digital copy filing
  • Assist with grant reporting and analytics
  • Administrative and planning support to the festival Web and Submissions Manager


Skills and Experience:

We are open to a wide range of applicants for this position. Individuals with training and expertise in the cultural sector and media arts will be given preference. Experience working in artist-run centres will be considered an asset. People of various levels of experience—lived, educational, and professional—who feel they have the skills and competencies required to meaningfully contribute to this project are encouraged to apply. Given the remote nature of our current working conditions, applicants from outside of Toronto will be considered.


Equity and Access:

Images Festival is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an accessible festival and workplace, and continue to work to reduce the barriers to participation in our events and employment. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities, people who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, Racialized, and/or LGBTQ2S+. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please contact us at employment@imagesfestival.com.


To Apply:

This is a temporary contract position reporting to the Web and Submissions Manager. Hours for the position are 28 hours per week from July 5 to September 10, 2021. The compensation for this position is $17.50 CAD per hour for approximately 280 hours, plus 4% vacation pay.


Interested applicants are asked to send a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience. We ask that you please include your pronouns in your application.


This position is supported by Canada Summer Jobs. As such, candidates must meet the following program requirements to be eligible for this position:

  1. be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  2. be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  3. be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations.


The deadline for applications is June 18, 2021 at 5PM.


Applications can be addressed to the Hiring Committee and sent to:

employment@imagesfestival.com (*please attach PDF files only)


Please include where you saw this posting in your letter of interest.


* We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In situations with several qualified candidates, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.*



Images Festival is seeking a new Treasurer for our Board of Directors


North America’s largest exhibitor of independent and experimental moving image culture is currently seeking applicants to join our Board of Directors as Treasurer!

Images Festival is a leading presenter of independent film and media culture in dialogue with contemporary art. We are an artist-driven festival that expands traditional definitions and understandings of media art by experimenting with a multiplicity of artistic forms. We aspire to elevate conversations between artists, scholars, and the public about the politics of the moving image.

Images collaborates with a diverse range of organizations, locally, across Canada and abroad, and we prioritize building relationships with organizations and communities that respect our values and share our vision.


Board Position Summary:


The Treasurer is a volunteer position that will work in a collaborative environment to provide financial oversight and direction to the Images Festival’s staff. The Treasurer will work together with other members of the Board and Images Festival’s Executive Director.
Directors oversee the governance and strategic direction of the organization. The Board is made up of artists, arts administrators, and other professionals who contribute experience in fundraising, financial management, human resources, administration, and technical expertise to our successful operation.

Images Festival’s Board currently consists of five members who meet regularly and have been recruited based on their skillset, experience, and connections within the artistic community. The board drives Images’ three-year Strategic Plan cycle, and is guided by the organization’s history, incorporation papers, by-laws, committee guidelines, staff structure, and consensus building. In addition, Images’ Governance Handbook, Equity policies, and Employee Handbook stipulate roles and responsibilities, internal processes, conflicts of interests, personnel policies, and decision-making principles.


Primary Responsibilities:

● Guidance and oversight to advance Images’ mission and strategic plan

● Monthly meetings at the Images Festival office (approx. 2-3 hours)

● Responsible for assessing the overall financial health of the organization

● Quarterly review of Images Festival budgets and finances, with support from the Executive Director

● Oversees review and approval of audited financial statements (annually, October-November)

● Reviews financial policies, controls, and investment proposals

● Approves expenditures

● Provides support and education to other Board members on how to read and understand budgets and financial statements

● Participates in annual Board Retreat (approx. 8 hours per year)

● Assists with hiring Images Festival leadership positions (as needed)

● Contributes to Images Festival Board of Directors development and organizational transition planning


Expertise / Interest Images is Seeking:

● Governing artist-run centres and/or not-for-profit charitable organizations

● Financial oversight

● Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Governance and Planning

● Fundraising, Development, and/or Grass-Roots Organizing


What to Submit:

● A 75-100 word bio outlining your relevant experience

● A brief statement of interest that describes your relevant experience and

what you expect to get out of the experience (maximum 1 page).

● A resumé/curriculum vitae


Where to Submit:

Board of Directors

Images Festival

Address: 309-401 Richmond Street, Toronto Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada

Email: executivedirector @ imagesfestival.com (*PDF files only)

Phone: 1 416 971 8405

If you have any questions, need assistance with your application, or have an accommodation request, please come see us, email us, or give us a call.

Images is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We employ personnel without regard to age, class, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, geography, indigeneity, physical or mental ability, financial ability, race, religion, sexuality, sexual orientation, and statehood. We strongly encourage women, queer, trans and non-binary persons, racialized peoples, indigenous peoples and people living with disabilities to apply and share opportunities with their networks.


About Images:

Images is one of the most enduring and respected platforms in the world 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 32 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, and educational initiatives, and is attended annually by more than 30,000 people.