Images Festival 2021


Images Festival invites audiences to experience new and independent voices from Canada and across the globe at its 34th edition, online via live-stream at from May 20-26, 2021.

As one of the most enduring platforms in the world for the exhibition and discourse of experimental film and media art, Images continues to explore how moving image works are created, exhibited, and received in the current socio-political moment. The festival invites connections between established artistic practices and vivid new perspectives, with 54 extraordinary works across 16 screenings, 3 online exhibitions, and 2 late-night performances. Over 7 days of films and events from some of the world’s most innovative and daring filmmakers and video artists will be available FREE to stream across the world.

The festival’s CLOSING NIGHT FILM is the CANADIAN PREMIERE of Faasla (2021) by Priya Sen and Nicolás Grandi. Faasla is a series of video letters composed between Grandi in Buenos Aires and Sen in New Delhi, artists and collaborators since 2011. Through the miasmas of uncertainty and the sudden reordering of their days brought on by the global pandemic of 2020, Nicolás and Priya “wrote” to each other of distances and intimacies they could no longer access; of the state of suspended freedoms; of memory, images, and sensations.

In addition to our ON SCREEN programming, our annual OFF SCREEN program aims to expand the moving image to spaces outside of the cinema. This year, three online exhibitions will be available throughout the festival and beyond. Our dynamic OFF SCREEN line-up features GLOBAL COWS, a collaborative digital project by Vanessa Disler, Tiziana La Melia, Nina Royle, Lucy Stein, and Charlott Weise. The artists created a two-part day and night interactive digital fresco that spans walking, drawing, painting, and digital wayfinding and will exist on a dedicated website until April 2022. The festival is pleased to be co-presenting SAFE KEEPING: Vtape and the artists whose works live in our care, an exhibition of work from Vtape’s archive through the lens of care and stewardship, featuring works by Jude Norris, Shu Lea Cheang, Emelie Chhangur, David Findlay, Ming Yuen S. Ma, and Nik Forrest. SAFE KEEPING will be available until June 9th and is presented with an artist talk moderated by curators Kiera Bolt and Dustin Lawrence, along with a featured conversation between the curators in our 2021 catalogue. Our 2021 Student Program, from here, curated by Roxanne Fernandes, features work by Udval Altangerel, Federica Foglia, David Howlett, Yihao Zheng, Jaime Sánchez Camacho, Pedro Muñoz-Calero Franco, Zuhaitz Silva García & Blanca Martín Secades. By celebrating a cross-selection of experimental new media works by emerging artists, the program explores the idea of new futures through imaginative narratives and archival ruminations. from here is co-presented with VUCAVU and is available online until June 2nd.

This year’s RESEARCH FORUM, titled Decentralization as the Practice of Freedom, is organized by EXPOBLVD Projects, a cross-disciplinary consultancy specializing in visual and cinematic arts. In the context of the forum, EXPOBLVD Projects has invited seven collectives to a series of live virtual talkback sessions on the thematic focus of decentralization. Participants include Chiapas Media Project/Promedios, Universe Contemporary, Kinomatics, Green Papaya Art Projects, Forensic Architecture, The Nest Collective, and Toronto Biennial.

Join us for our 2021 Awards Ceremony on May 26th at 8 pm ET!

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