IMAA conferences

2016 – 2017



Analogue Film Gathering 
March 23rd to 24th, 2017 in Calgary

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF) are pleased to announce an Analogue Film Gathering that will take place this 23-24 March in Calgary, AB. The Analogue Film Gathering will be two days of focused conversations between representatives of the Canadian analogue film community, exchanging views and strengthening ties. The Gathering will coincide with the $100 Film Festival on the 22-25 March, presented by CSIF. 

 If you are interested in attending the Analogue Film Gathering, you can get in touch with Lisa Theriault, IMAA Director of Communications and Development at There may be a limited amount of travel and accommodation subsidies available for participants outside of Calgary.

Sound Art Gathering 
November 10th to 11th, 2016 in Toronto

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) will present the Sound Art Caucus meeting this November 10-11 in Toronto, ON. The Sound Art Caucus Meeting will be two days of focused conversations between representatives of the Canadian sound art community to exchange views and strengthen ties. Sound art performances, programmed by NAISA, will be presented each night of the gathering.





Impulsion/Impulse : Pan-Canadian Media Arts Summit
May 31st to June 4th, 2016 in Québec city

IMAA proudly presents The Pan-Canadian Media Arts Summit taking place this May 31st to June 4th 2016 in Quebec City. The Pan-Canadian Media Arts Summit is presented by La Bande Vidéo with the support of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) and the Quebec City media arts centres: Antitube, Avatar and Spira.

Entitled Impulse/Impulsion, this rallying event includes round tables, large conferences, various networking activities, and opportunities for discussions, as well as numerous presentations of works. Designed to address current issues in relation to media arts, the Summit will be a rare opportunity to gather a community that is otherwise spread over a considerably vast territory.






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

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) is pleased to present Tidal Force – National Media Arts Summit bringing together close to 150 arts administrators representing organizations from across Canada.

The conference will focus on the artistic, political, and social elements that are representative of current media arts practice inclusive of film, video, audio, and new media. By focusing on the current climate of change and flux the sector finds itself in, the summit aims present new organizational and collectives models and initiatives. It will feature four days of artistic programming, panel discussions and will be the launching pad for the first ever National Media Arts Prize, a national biennial cash award to be presented at a gala celebration.

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IMAA Conference Open Forum June 18, 2012: Summary Notes

SOURCE: National Media Arts Summit BANFF June 15 – 18th 2012

What is source?

The theme “Source” stems from the Banff springs and flows through multiple interpretations including source of creativity and ideation which is the foundation from which all media artists and administrators work.

In June 2010, the IMAA held its national conference entitled ON Fire which looked at the burning issues within the media arts.  Water as a metaphor will respond to this by dousing its delegates in outstanding keynotes, interactive discussions, film screenings, performances, and media art installations in various venues at the Banff Centre.

Complete program booklet here