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  • Toronto, Canada April 2015, TBA
  • Call for Entry Deadline: October 2014, TBA
    Final deadline: November 12th
  • Festival Data:
    • Established: 1987
    • Attendance: 30000
    • Media Attendance: 45
    • Accredited Industry Attendance: 250
    • Total Number of Films Submitted: 650
    • Total Number of Films Screened: 220
    • Total Screenings: 20
    • # of Shorts Screened: 214
    • # of Features Screened: 6
    • Competitive
    • Students Section
    • Has Panels
  • Festival Website:
    http:/ / www.imagesfestival.com
  • Festival Description:

    Established in 1987, the Images Festival in Toronto is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Alongside film and video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists.

    Works that have premiered at the Images Festival, include: Matthew Barney's Cremaster 1, 2, 4 & 5, Bruce Elder's completed 40-hour film film cycle The Book of All the Dead, Zacharias Kunuk's Nunaqpa, David Rokeby's installation Guardian Angel, Philip Hoffman's What These Ashes Wanted, Barbara Sternberg's Like a Dream that Vanishes, Clive Holden's Trains of Winnipeg, Robert Lee's Minima Moralia and G.B. Jones's The Lollipop Generation.

    The Images Festival has always been committed to the exhibition of the work of young and emerging artists, as well as culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists. Images has been crucial in focusing attention on Aboriginal artists such as Zacharias Kunuk, and on artists representing a range of cultural backgrounds, including Dana Inkster, Richard Fung, Ali Kazimi, Steve McQueen and many others.

    The Images Festival does not break down its programming into categories such as animation, drama, documentary, experimental. It is interested in screening independent films and videos in any category, or, even better, those that call every category into question. It looks for the inspired and the critical, the confounding and the revelatory, the scurrilous and the eccentric, and recognizes that these may come in many kinds of packages. From the beginning, Images has been at the forefront in identifying and supporting work that has been marginalized or unrecognized by existing exhibition venues, and was crucial in opening up dialogue in the media arts community around issues of race, culture, gender and sexuality. The Images Festival pays artist fees for all works selected for the Festival. Awards are presented each year to outstanding Canadian, international and student works.

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  • THE 22ND ANNUAL IMAGES FESTIVAL (Showcasing Films NOT Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You!) announces 2009 Award winners!

    The 2009 Competition Jury: Arjon Dunnewind (Utrecht, the Netherlands), Kari McQueen (Calgary) and Dean Otto (Minneapolis)

    Images Prize:
    Presented and sponsored by the Images Festival, this is the grand prize of the festival, awarded in recognition of the Best Canadian Media Artwork in the festival. The recipient receives a $500 cash prize.
    Steve Reinke (Chicago) for Boy/Analysis: An Abridgement of Melanie Klein’s “Narrative of a Child Analysis”

    National Film Board of Canada Award:
    This prize is awarded by the NFB to the Best Emerging or Mid-career Canadian Film or Video Maker in the festival. The winner receives $5,000 in services through the NFB Filmmaker Assistance Program:
    Joshua Bonnetta (Toronto) for Parting

    Technicolor Cinematic Vision Award:
    This prize is sponsored by Technicolor and honours excellence and innovation in the visual realization of a work by a Canadian film or video artist. The recipient receives $2,500 worth of any services in the Toronto office donated by Technicolor:
    Amy Bodman (Toronto) for The Limits of What We Know

    Best International On Screen (Film) Award:
    Presented and sponsored by the Images Festival, this award honours the strongest new international film in the festival. The recipient receives a $300 cash prize:
    Deborah Stratman (Chicago) for O’er the Land

    Best International On Screen (Video) Award:
    Presented and sponsored by the Images Festival, this award honours the strongest new international video in the festival. The recipient receives a $300 cash prize:
    Duncan Campbell (Glasgow, Scotland) for Bernadette

    OCAD Off Screen Award:
    Sponsored by the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), this award honours the strongest new Canadian or international installation or new media work in the festival. The recipient receives a $300 cash prize:
    Pedro Paiva & Joao Maria Gusmao (Lisbon, Portugal) for Magnetic resonance on abissologic experiments On view at Mercer Union until April 18

    Steam Whistle Homebrew Award:
    Presented by Steam Whistle Brewing, this award honours excellence and promise in a local artist. The recipient receives a $500 cash prize & Steam Whistle prize pack.
    Oliver Husain (Toronto) for Mount Shasta

    Overkill Award:
    This award was established by the Images Festival in 2000 to honour former Executive Director Deirdre Logue, (1996 through 1999 festivals) and is presented annually to a film, video or installation artist whose work approaches extremes of incorrigibility through form and/or content and challenges our notions of edgy, experimental practice. Sponsored by an anonymous donor, the recipient receives a $300 cash prize.
    Ben Russell (Chicago) for The Black and White Gods

    Marian McMahon Award:
    Presented and sponsored by the Images Festival with generous support from Kodak Canada, this award is given to a woman filmmaker each year to honour strong work in autobiography, the complexity of "subject" and the spirit of Marian McMahon. The recipient is invited to attend the Independent Imaging filmmaking retreat, held every each June in Mount Forest, Ontario facilitated by Philip Hoffman:
    Naomi Uman (Los Angeles) for Kalendar

    York University Award for Best Student Film:
    Presented and sponsored by York University's Department of Film and Video, the recipient receives a $300 cash award generously donated by the Department of Film and Video, a Gulf Islands Film and Television School scholarship covering tuition for any one-week Media Intensive Program of their choice and $250 worth of Super-8 to video transfer services from Frame Discreet. The recipient is determined by audience vote:
    Daniel McIntyre (York University, Toronto) for It only hurts when I cry

    Vtape Award for Best Student Video:
    This longstanding award is presented by Vtape, Toronto's video art distributor and includes a $300 cash prize generously donated by Vtape, and $250 worth of Super-8 to video transfer services from Frame Discreet. The recipient is determined by audience vote:
    Pouyan Jafarizadeh Dezfoulian (York University, Toronto) for Morning Will Come

    Ryerson University Award for Best Emerging Canadian Film/Videomaker from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): In its second year, this award provides the recipient with a continuing education course (valued at $500) in the Chang School’s Film Studies program at Ryerson University.
    Lesley Loksi Chan (Toronto) for Curse Cures

    Tom Berner Award: This award, sponsored by LIFT, (The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) commemorates the late Tom Berner, who for many years supported and nurtured Canadian filmmakers. The award is presented annually to an individual who has provided extraordinary support to the cause of independent filmmaking in Toronto: The 2009 Tom Berner Award goes to Mike Hoolboom.
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  • The 2008 Images Festival Jury: Ariella J. BenDov (San Francisco), Dana Inkster (Lethbridge, Alberta), Werner Ruszicka (Duisberg, Germany)

    Images Prize: Presented by the Images Festival and sponsored by NOW Magazine, this is our grand prize, awarded in recognition of the Best Canadian Media Artwork in the festival. The recipient receives a $500 cash prize.
    WINNER: Daniel Barrow (Winnipeg) for "Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry"

    National Film Board of Canada Award: This prize is awarded by the NFB to the Best Emerging Canadian Film or Video Maker in the festival. The winner receives $5,000 in services through the NFB Filmmaker Assistance Program.
    WINNER: Christine Negus (London, Ontario)

    Technicolor Cinematic Vision Award: A new award in 2008 presented by Technicolor, this award honors excellence and innovation in the visual realization of a work by a Canadian film or video artist. The recipient receives $2,500 of 35mm lab or post-production services in the Toronto office donated by Technicolor.
    WINNER: Marianna Milhorat (Montréal)

    Best International On Screen (film) Award: Presented by the Images Festival, this award honours the strongest new international film in the festival. The recipient receives a $250 cash prize.
    WINNER: Redmond Entwistle (UK) for "Paterson-Lodz"
    HONOURABLE MENTION: Jeanne Liotta (USA) for "Observando el Cielo"

    Best International On Screen (video) Award: Presented by the Images Festival, this award honors the strongest new international video in the festival.
    The recipient receives a $250 cash prize.
    WINNER: Kamal Aljafari (Palestine/Germany) for "The Roof"

    Best Off Screen Award: Presented by the Images Festival, this award honors the strongest new Canadian or international installation or new media work in the festival. The recipient receives a $250 cash prize.
    WINNER: Isabelle Pauwels (Vancouver) for Triple Bill @ Blackwood Gallery
    HONOURABLE MENTION: Nelson Henricks (Montréal) for "the Sirens" @ Gallery 44

    Steam Whistle Homebrew Award: Presented by Steam Whistle Brewing, this award honours excellence and promise in a local artist. The recipient receives a $500 cash prize.
    WINNER: Christina Battle

    Overkill Award: This award was established by the Images Festival in 2000 to honour former Executive Director Deirdre Logue, (1996 through 1999 festivals) This award is presented annually to a film, video or installation artist whose work approaches extremes of incorrigibility through form and/or content and challenges our notions of edgy, experimental practice. Sponsored by an anonymous donor, the recipient receives a $300 cash prize.
    WINNER: Greg Pope (Oslo/UK) for "Light Trap" (Live Images 1)

    Marian McMahon Award: Presented by the Images Festival with support from Kodak Canada and sponsored by Images, this award is given to a woman filmmaker each year to honor strong work in autobiography, the complexity of "subject" and the spirit of Marian McMahon. The recipient is invited to attend the Independent Imaging filmmaking retreat, held every each June in Mount Forest, Ontario facilitated by Philip Hoffman.
    WINNER: Jennifer Reeves (USA) for "Light Work Mood Disorder"

    York University Award for Best Student Film: Presented by York University's Department of Film and Video, the recipient receives a $300 cash award generously donated by the Department of Film and Video, a Gulf Islands Film and Television School scholarship covering tuition for any one-week Media Intensive Program of their choice and $250 worth of Super-8 to video transfer services from Frame Discreet. The recipient is determined by audience vote.
    WINNER: Josiah Aiken-Drake (USA, Hampshire College) for "Countdown"

    Vtape Award for Best Student Video: This longstanding award is presented by Vtape, Toronto's video art distributor and includes a $300 cash prize generously donated by Vtape, and $250 worth of Super-8 to video transfer services from Frame Discreet. The recipient is determined by audience vote.
    WINNER: Zak Tatham (OCAD) for "Drawn Close"

    Ryerson University Award for Best Emerging Canadian Film/Videomaker from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA): A new award in 2008 sponsored by Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School for Continuing Education includes $500 toward a Continuing Education course in Film Studies at Toronto's Ryerson University.
    WINNER: Dylin North (OCAD) for "Memory Thief"

    Images/Charles Street Video Residency Award: The Images Festival and Charles Street Video are pleased to offer a new residency in 2008-2009. Up to five Emerging and Established artists will be commissioned to create a new project. Artists were invited to submit a proposal for jury consideration in March 2008 to create a short work that will premiere at the 2009 Images Festival. Each artist receives a package valued at approximately $10,000* (emerging) or $18,000* (established), which includes high or standard definition video production and post-production services, an artist fee and a membership at Charles Street Video. The artists selected for this inaugural year-long residency will be announced at this year's Images Festival awards ceremony on Saturday April 12, 2008. *Estimated value at industry rental rates.
    RESIDENTS: Guillermina Buzio, Lesley Loksi Chan, Penny McCann, Steev Morgan, Sarah Shamash

    Tom Berner Award: This award, sponsored by LIFT, (The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto) commemorates the late Tom Berner, who for many years supported and nurtured Canadian filmmakers. The award is presented annually to an individual who has provided extraordinary support to the cause of independent filmmaking in Toronto. In 2008 we present the Tom Berner Award to Sebastjan Henrickson.

    "Sebastjan has supported independent filmmakers on an individual basis, but also through frequent and extensive collaboration with artist-run organizations such as LIFT, TAIS and numerous local festivals, as well as by processing work by student filmmakers at film schools across the country. His lab's flexibility, its willingness to undertake unusual processes, also increases the range of options available to artist-filmmakers. – Chris Gehman
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  • Images Prize: David Hoffos (Lethbridge, Alberta) “Scenes From the House Dream “ at the J.M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto.

    National Film Board of Canada Award: “Strange Things” and “Oh, Darlin”
    Directed by: Andrea Cooper

    Best International On Screen (Film) Award: “Careless Reef #1: Preface”
    Directed by: Gerhard Holthuis (the Netherlands)

    Best International On Screen (Video) Award: “we will live to see these things: five pictures of what may come to pass.”
    Directed by: Julia Meltzer and David Thorne (a/k/a/ Speculative Archive)(USA)

    Best Off Screen Award (tie):
    Lonnie van Brummelen (the Netherlands) Grossraum at Gallery TPW
    And Thomas Köner + Jürgen Reble (Germany) Quasar.

    Steam Whistle Homebrew Award: “Three Hours, Fifteen Minutes Before the Hurricane Struck”
    Directed by: Christina Battle

    Overkill Award: “They Wakened Later,” “Simultaneously,” and “Much Refreshed.”
    Directed by: Bruce McClure (USA)

    Marian McMahon Award: “Taking My Skin”
    Directed by: Sarah Pucill (UK)

    York University Award for Best Student Film: “Good Night Sleep Tight”
    Directed by: Laurynas Navidauskas (student at Simon Fraser University)

    Vtape Award for Best Student Video: “Error”
    Directed by: Eric Hill (student at the University of Regina)

    RBC "S is for Student" Award for Excellence: “Error”
    Directed by: Eric Hill (student at the University of Regina)

    Tom Berner Award: Roberto Ariganello (Canada)
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