Images has presented thousands of vanguard media-based projects in its 30-year history and is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: Alongside film and video screenings (ON SCREEN), the festival presents groundbreaking live performances (LIVE IMAGES), media art installations (OFF SCREEN) in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. Images provides audiences with an annual extravaganza of contemporary moving image culture.

April 12-20, 2018


AAA Cargo
Solveig Suess, UK/CHINA, 2018, 33 MIN


15 April 2018, 9:30PM
Following the expansion of infrastructure and distribution networks along the New Silk Road— the highly politicized trade corridor linking China and Europe—AAA Cargo maps the the flow of human and non-human agents across this vast landscape. Government efforts to facilitate and expedite trade are countered by desert sand and other environmental forces.

James N. Kienitz Wilkins, USA, 2017, 38 MIN

13 April 2018, 7:00PM

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
Exhausting the logic of the medium shot, Mediums depicts a series of subjects participating in the voir dire process as potential jurors in the American legal system. The dialogue is composited and culled from an array of found texts including technical literature from the internet, a jury selection pamphlet, an automotive manual, a union constitution, a fast food franchise contract, a health insurance FAQ, and blog posts. Channelling this content, the characters function as mediums themselves, sharing advice and a sense of civic duty with their fellow citizens.


With History in a Room Filled With People With Funny Names 4
Korakrit Arunanondchai, Thailand/USA, 2017, 24 MIN

13 April 2018, 5:00PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
Arunanondchai’s video expresses the contemporary global condition through the scaled vantage of the drone spirit Chantri, voiced by the artist’s mother. Narrated in a poetic style reminiscent of Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, the work surveys political unrest across the world, symptoms of the Anthropocene, and interspecies relations, all the while circling back to the personal with reflections on Arunanondchai’s family history and his aging grandmother.

Aminatou Echard, KYRGYZSTAN/FRANCE, 2018, 84 MIN

20 April 2018, 8:30PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
Centring Kyrgyz women’s voices, Djamilia traces the influence of Chinghiz Aitmatov’s 1958 novel of the same title, whose protagonist broke societal norms for female conduct, inspiring generations of women to follow their own desires and ambitions. Exquisitely shot on Super 8, the film is composed of portraits of women of all ages in intimate settings—around kitchen tables, in gardens, in parks, and across diverse Kyrgyz landscapes—each reflecting on traumas resulting from the practices of child marriage and bride kidnapping. Despite recent criminalization, these practices remain common, with nearly a third of Kyrgyz girls and women being forced into marriage against their will. The film transports us to a region rarely represented in the media, and shares these women’s experiences of selfhood and identity. Djamilia invites women to reflect on their lives, their roles in society, and their expectations for change.


From Its Mouth Came a River of High End Residential Appliances
Jon Wang, Hong Kong/USA, 2018, Digital Video, 22 min

14-16 April 2018, 12-6PM
Super 8 Hotel, 222 Spadina Ave
At the edge of Hong kong, high rise buildings stand as gates to the city’s frontiers. A series of rectangular voids are designed to allow for the passage of dragons. this contemporary architectural manifestation of “feng shui” prioritizes the flow of energy between the natural and built environments. A buoyant camera takes the audience on a passage through these holes as a disembodied voice meditates on the desire for queer futures.

Tower XYZ


Sunday, April 15, 5PM Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.

A poetic narration speaks to the imagined future of a young woman and her reflections on her changing city, as a group of women traverse their turf in London’s Hackney to the repeated call to action: “Let’s get rid of the ghetto.”