Images Festival

Images Festival 2023 in Toronto Ontario is an annual experimental and independent film festival that incorporates film, media installations, video art work, and new media each year in the spring.

Images Festival Facts and History

Originally, the Images Festival of the Arts Toronto was created as a viable alternative to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival). It took the festival a few steps further by offering a sound platform for moving images and showcasing the creative edge of contemporary media from around the world, both on the screen as well as off. New media is a large part of the concept, and each year live performances are debuted, media artworks are displayed throughout city galleries, and other innovative new media works are featured. In 2005, Images Festival took to the road, touring internationally, presenting media artists from across Canada.

Images Festival of the Arts Toronto is not your traditional film festival but a celebration of new media in many different mediums. The festival has presented annually since 1997 and is the biggest of its kind in North America. It has featured thousands of media-focused projects and independent and experimental films and keeps a steadfast approach and commitment to widening types of projects highlighted. Images is the second longest running film festival in the city and remains a critical avenue for media artists to have their work recognized.

Each year, more than 30,000 film and art lovers attend the spring festival to see culturally diverse work from new and established artists as well as Aboriginal art. One of the best aspects of the Images Festival of the Arts Toronto is artist works aren’t categorized as they might be in a more mainstream festival. This translates into a scope of work featured that is eccentric, highly innovative, original, and revealing. This festival is the place to see fascinating, one-of-a-kind projects that otherwise might never find public exposure.

Tickets to Images Festival of the Arts Toronto

With tickets to the Images Festival 2023, prices vary. The 2023 festival runs for ten days April and offers plenty of flexibility. All submitted works are featured at the most appropriate venue for each specific piece. All accepted films screen at one of a dozen or so downtown movie theaters announced via the festival calendar. Other media works, such as live performances, are highlighted at art galleries, cinemas, theaters, art colleges, churches, and parishes. All venues are within four to five square blocks of each other. Tickets are labeled as memberships and available to the public as Super-8 Memberships offering access to a limited number of shows or 16mm Memberships which means unlimited access to all opening festival parties, art shows, live performances, and film screenings.

Lodging near Images Festival

With a list of permanent and changing festival venues located within five square blocks (defined by Bloor St West, Dufferin, Younge Street, and Queen Street) of each other in downtown, finding a hotel is easy. Downtown Toronto hotels are ideal for all budgets, with plenty of both inexpensive, mid-range, and luxury hotels to choose between. If staying in the city for Images Festival of the Arts Toronto, the downtown area is ideal and filled with dining, shopping, and other major attractions. It is connected by public transport to the famous Distillery District and Rogers Center. Options include the Intercontinental Hotel and the fresh and funky Drake Hotel.

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