Through the Storm

“Through the Storm” – was the 2022 national gathering of the media arts sector, which convened media arts culture workers virtually from April –  July 2022, which culminated in a 4-day in-person gathering hosted by Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC – formerly known as SAW Video) in Ottawa from August 10th to 14th.

This gathering was a co-production between IMAA, MANO, NIMAC and DARC, in collaboration with Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival.

Gathering coordinators include Annette Hegel, Jillian Kennedy, Barbora Racevičiūtė, Mercedes Pacho, Marilyne Parent, Jennifer Smith , Adrianna Rosselli, and Ben Donoghue.

Fore more information, see the website.


Digital Shift (All events were FREE to attend)

The theme “Shift” evokes a positive disruption towards greater access, inclusivity, equity and diversity in the media arts community and beyond; movement towards decolonized thinking; and a shift to digital means of creation, collaboration and dissemination. In June 2018, IMAA held its national conference entitled “listen, witness, transmit” which was coordinated by NIMAC and focused on Indigenous leadership, creation, and ways of working within the media arts sector. This theme challenged the media arts community to address colonial impact within the sector and to undertake significant systemic change. Digital Shift seeks to respond to this call to action. 

Due to our concerns around safety during Covid -19, the entire Gathering took place online. Digital Shift comprised of six weekly round-table discussions, held online from 10am -12pm (Pacific time) each Thursday from September 17 to October 22, 2020. Each round-table was followed by a virtual break-out session, where participants gathered discussions on issues raised during the conversation. 

The six weekly round-tables focused on Indigenous digital sovereignty; racial justice and inclusivity; access and inclusion, especially in regards to remote and underserved communities; artists’ digital rights, including fair artists fees for digital works; art, privacy and surveillance; and AI, biotechnology and the Semantic web. Digital Shift also showcased the work of artists from the Pacific Region (BC and the Yukon) through a rotating weekly program of film screenings, online artists’ works, and virtual walks by artists through different territories within the region. 

More information on the round-tables and artistic programming on the Digital Shift’s website here

Digital Shift was hosted by the FLUX Media Gallery, which is situated on the ancestral and un-ceded territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, including the WSANEC peoples of the Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tseycum and Tsawout First Nations (Victoria BC).

Digital Shift Virtual National Media Arts Gathering was being hosted by The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with Flux Media Gallery, the Media Arts Alliance of the Pacific (MAAP) and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC)



Listen – Witness – Transmit

National Indigenous Media Arts Gathering
June 12 -15, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK          

We acknowledge that, Listen, Witness, Transmit, took place on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respect to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

The National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC) in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) are pleased to announce that this year’s conference took place June 12-15, 2018 in Saskatoon, SK. Listen, Witness, Transmit will be the second Indigenous lead IMAA gathering in the history of both organisations and will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops, performances, exhibitions and screenings.

The gathering took place at Wanuskewin Heritage Park approximately 15 minutes outside of the city, along with satellite programming at AKA Artist-Run and PAVED Arts within Saskatoon.

Each day employed a resurgence practice: the first day – Listening, the second day – Witnessing, and the third day – Transmitting to build momentum that informed Indigenous pathways of continuities, resilience and relationships through art, the community and the collective.

2016 – 2017

A Day of Discussion on Digital Strategy 
April 27, 2017 in Montréal

The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) in partnership with the Conseil Québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) are pleased to announce A Day of Discussion on Digital Strategy that will take place on the 27 April in Montréal, QC. This day of discussion brings together the media arts community to reflect on the impact of digital tools and practices on our sector.

To register and get more information, visit the Eventbrite Page


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. 


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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Read the Program Guide!




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