FROM THE ARCHIVES: Programming Panel with Ihor Holubizky, Tom Waugh, Cameron Bailey, Frances Leeming, Sara Diamond, and Peggy Gale, 1989. Photo by John Porter
Images Festival is one of the most enduring and respected platforms in the world for the exhibition and dissemination 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 30 years presenting media works that range from the formally and aesthetically challenging, to the personal and lyrical. From the beginning, Images has been at the forefront in identifying and supporting under-recognized work and was seminal in opening critical dialogues in the media arts community around issues of representation. Images is committed to cultivating a passionate arts community who see moving image culture as a means of exploring issues of social growth, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
Images has presented numerous important retrospectives dedicated to Canadian artists (e.g. General Idea, 1989; Sara Diamond, 1990; Jean Pierre Lefebvre, 1991; Mike Hoolboom, 1995; Vera Frenkel, 1997; Ali Kazimi, 1998; Barbara Sternberg, 2000; Philip Hoffman, 2001; Richard Fung, 2002; Leslie Peters, 2004; Robert Lee, 2005, Vincent Grenier, 2006; Nelson Henricks, 2008, Louise Bourque, 2009, Ross McLaren, 2010, James MacSwain, 2011, and more recently Althea Thauberger, 2013 and Jennifer Chan in 2014) featuring spotlights on Canadian organizations such as the Western Front (Vancouver), Quickdraw Animation Society (Calgary), Les Films de L'Autre (Montréal), MobileGaze (Montréal), Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (Halifax) and La Bande Vidéo (Québec).