Dedicated to the advancement of media arts for over 30 years.

The Independent Media Arts Alliance is a non-profit national arts service organization that promotes and advances the interests of a vibrant media arts community. Representing over 90 independent film, video, and new media production, distribution, and exhibition organizations in all parts of Canada, the IMAA serves over 16,000 independent media artists and cultural workers.

Changes at Canada Council:
IMAA publishes an open letter with questions about the new funding model
Link to the Letter :

The Canada Council for the Arts announced today the eight recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2015

Discover the winners here:

Every year, the Canada Council commissions Canadian film and video directors to create artistic portraits of the GG Award winners. This year, the director and winner pairings are:


Arts Day on the Hill 2014 - Ottawa: 6 video interviews with Members of Parliament

• The Honourable Stéphane Dion, MP for St-Laurent - Cartierville, Liberal Critic for Heritage
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• Nathan Cullen, MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley (NDP)
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 • Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich - Gulf Islands (Green Party)
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 • Irene Mathyssen, MP for London - Fanshawe (NDP)
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• Dean Del Mastro, MP for Petersborough (Former Conservative Independent)
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• Tyrone Benskin, MP for Jeanne-Le Ber (NDP), Chair of All-Party Arts Caucus
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You are invited to be a part of an exciting initiative in which the Canada Council for the Arts (Council) and the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) have come together to honour the 2015 recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts Awards (GGAVMA).

How to apply: Please consult the Council’s website or read the attached document for more details.
Deadline for submissions:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014


IMAA's pre-budget submission 2014

Brief to the Standing Committee on Finance


IMAA TIDAL FORCE 2014 - National Media Arts Summit: June 8-11 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Read the Press Release

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the shortlist for the inaugural National Media Arts Prize is revealed!:
read the press release

budget 2014: Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide ongoing funding of $105 million per year in support of core arts programs for 2015-2016
Letter addressed to The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance


IMAA joined the forum innovafrica #5 abidjan - ivory coast
The Forum theme was "Innovation through experimentation" - practitioners and creators of digital and social innovations.

The IMAA is greatly saddened by the news of Canadian documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick's passing. The contribution he made to documentary culture, both nationally and internationally, during his lifetime is irrefutable. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

IMAA shares the letter from John Greyson and his video "dedicated to the many who spoke out for their release,
and for the many who are still behind bars."

Letter received from John Greyson
  video: prison arabic in 50 days

Meet with your MP

Because of the prorogation of Parliament, Arts 308 is replacing our regular Arts Day on the Hill. Arts advocates are encouraged to set up meetings between now and the Christmas holidays because this is when most decisions about the budget are made.
For more information:

IMAA received a letter from Heritage Minister James Moore in response to our media arts prize campaign. In the letter he states "Media arts have a special place in our cultural landscape and are increasingly embraced by Canadians." One of the goals of this initiative is to raise awareness about the media arts which is expressed in the accompanying video on the IndieGoGo site. Have you donated yet? Have you shared the video? Let's keep up the momentum to strengthen the sector!

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Winnipeg Film Group
The Winnipeg Film Group is an education, production, exhibition and distribution centre committed to promoting the art of cinema.
The Winnipeg Film Group aspires to be a world class film centre in Manitoba that supports filmmakers, engages the community and expands the appreciation of independent cinema.