33rd Images Festival Call for ON SCREEN Submissions


Established in 1987, IMAGES FESTIVAL is the longest running and most influential moving image festival in Canada. Our ON SCREEN program is an annual survey dedicated to contemporary artist’s film and video presented in a cinema context and to moving image in all its forms.

Images presents work that counters dominant mainstream narratives and provides alternative ways of thinking and seeing that expands the understanding of media art through our programming and education-based initiatives.

Images Festival does not select films based on any particular themes, genres or aesthetic categories but selects moving image works that share formal and political sensibilities which emerge from recent critical discourses between contemporary art, cinema and media arts.


The 33rd edition of Images Festival will take place between April 16 to 22, 2020.

Monday, October 14, 2019. The festival is not obliged to view entries received after the deadline.

Images Festival will consider works that have been completed in the last three years, including short, mid-length and feature films. Artists maintain final edit and copyright control.

If you submit incomplete films (rough cuts, works-in-progress), the picture must be locked. We do not offer funds for the completion of works, or take on commissions.

Images Festival will accept student works that have been completed in the last academic year (2019/2020) for consideration in our annual International Student Showcase program, which is programmed by students and/or recent graduates. The work must not exceed 20 minutes in length in order to qualify.

Student artists and filmmakers can submit a maximum of two submissions/works. If there are multiple submissions, only the first two works submitted by each student will be reviewed.

If students elect to submit to the general On Screen Competition program (rather than in the student category), the entry fee requirement applies.

PLEASE NOTE: Student works may NOT be entered into both the Student and On Screen Competition programs.

$15 CAD per entry for films and videos.
Paypal or Cheque are accepted.
Submissions to the student program (a maximum of two works per artist) are exempt from the entry fee. See STUDENT SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY.

Cheques can be mailed to:

Images Festival
309–401 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3A8

Once we successfully receive your submission, the festival will not issue any refunds.

Images Festival offers screening fees for all works selected to screen in our program. We follow the 2019 Independent Media Arts Alliance Fee Schedule.

Please upload a preview copy to Vimeo and add a link to the online entry form. The password should be active from the date of submission until six weeks after the festival (See PUBLICITY AND PRESS PREVIEWS).

The festival team is not obliged to contact the filmmaker if we encounter broken links and expired, or incorrectly entered, passwords during the pre-screening.

We only accept digital preview copies as we do not have the capacity to view analogue prints in their original formats.


Submissions should be made online via the following links for:

General ON SCREEN Programs:

International Student Showcase:

Results will be delivered by email no later than MID-FEBRUARY 2020. The full program will be announced on Images Festival’s website in early April 2020. The possibility of selected films’ inclusion in press releases in advance of April 2020 is at the discretion of the festival.

Please do not call the office to inquire about the status of your submission. We are a small programming team and unable to extend feedback if your film is not selected.

For more information see: https://www.imagesfestival.com/submissions

Contact us with any questions at submissions@imagesfestival.com subject line: On Screen Submissions — [Your Name], [Title of Your Film]

Please do not email stills or submission information. This can be submitted in the official submission form.

Please ensure we have your current email address on file if it changes between the date of submission and this time. Please contact us immediately if it has changed since the date of submission.

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