Announcing Images Festival’s 36th Edition

IMAGES FESTIVAL is proud to announce its 36th edition, which will take place from April 13 to 26, 2023!

The 36th Annual Images Festival presents the theme of (g)hosts, examining the relationship between spirit and place. Guest curators Emma Steen, Helen Lee, Nasrin Himada, Nora Rosenthal, Sarah Edo, Samay Arcentales Cajas, Tyisha Murphy, Yasmin Nurming-Por, as well as Images Programming Director Jaclyn Quaresma will explore the relationship between these two concepts. The festival will feature works from established and emerging artists, filmmakers, and creative practitioners, each activating the theme of (g)hosts through a range of exhibitions, screenings, performances, events, workshops, Q&As, and online presentations. To mark this year’s theme, our annual logo has been redesigned by Tetyana Herych to explore glitches as digital ghosts, and our forthcoming catalogue and trailer is designed by the Toronto-based artist Nour Bishouty.

This year’s Images Festival will highlight the work of over 80 artists. Presented in partnership with TIFF Wavelengths, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Charles Street Video (CSV), Franz Kaka, Mercer Union and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, at such venues as the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), and Innis Town Hall, Images will continue to foster opportunities for audiences to experience the moving image as a conduit for celebration, cultural expression, and political reflection.

Mark your calendars for April 13-26 and stay tuned for more updates on the 2023 Images Festival 36th edition. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter at for news about upcoming events and programming.

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Images Festival is dedicated to promoting the work of emerging and established artists and invites open critical dialogue in the film and media arts community. The festival has a rich history of presenting media works that are challenging in both form and content and continues to explore the political histories of moving image production, distribution, exhibition, and representation.

Images Festival acknowledges that the land on which it gathers and organizes is the territory of the Anishinaabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The festival continues to ask what it means to keep open a spirit of sustained inquiry into the complexities of our present context.

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