Call for Submissions: Images Festival 2023

Extended Deadline
Images Festival invites you to submit to the 36th edition

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Established in 1987, Images presents work that counters dominant mainstream narratives and forms and provides, through hybrid curatorial and educational programs, alternative ways of thinking and seeing that expand our understanding of moving image culture. Images is broadly interested in a range of moving image works that share formal and political sensibilities that emerge from recent critical discourses at the intersection of contemporary art, cinema, and media arts.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your submissions.


November 1, 2022

The 36th edition of Images Festival will take place from April 13 – 26, 2023.

Images Festival will consider works that have been completed in the last three years (from 2019–present), including short, mid-length, and feature-length films. Artists maintain final edit and copyright control.

Images Festival currently does not have the resources to fund the completion of works, or consider proposals for commissions.

Images Festival will accept student works that have been completed in the most recent academic year (2021-22) for consideration in our annual International Student Showcase, which is a shorts program curated by an individual or a collective of students and/or recent graduates as part of the festival.

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.

Please Note: Student works may NOT be entered into both the Student On Screen and General On Screen categories.

Test screening of artist Leïla Mestari’s Houariyartes at Images Festival 2022: Slow Edition.

All applicants submitting work for consideration in our ON SCREEN program are required to pay a fee of $15 CAD per film or video work. Our accepted forms of payment are Paypal or cheque. Submissions to the student program (a maximum of two works per artist) are exempt from the entry fee. See STUDENT SUBMISSION ELIGIBILITY. At Images, submission fees account towards the programming team’s labour and to maintain our submissions database.

In light of the economic hardship that many are facing throughout the pandemic, we can offer submissions fee waivers to those currently facing financial barriers.

Images Festival offers screening fees for all works selected to screen in our program in accordance with the Independent Media Arts Alliance’s Fee Schedule.

General ON SCREEN Programs:

International Student Showcase:

Additionally, all Student Submissions are evaluated and selected by the Student Programmer with support and direction from the programming team.

You can reach out to us at if you have any queries regarding submissions, waivers or require any assistance navigating the form.

Please do not email stills or submission information. Because we are a small programming team, we do not have capacity to extend feedback if your film is not selected.

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