Information Session, Lunch and Learn Meeting: Distribution for Independent Media Arts

video et film

Date : Thursday March 22, 2018
Heure : 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Lieu : Studio 277 – 401 Street Richmond W., Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8

FREE and RESERVED FOR LABO MEMBERS (Professional and Connoisseur)




You  are an artist who creates works of media art but not sure how to present them to the public? You are curious about how to distribute your work or increase the visibility of your practice? You are wondering how to submit works to festivals or to events?

Come have your lunch with us while you find our more about tools that can help your career!
This information session will help you find different resources and professional development tools to better understand the media arts sector.
Circulating and distributing your works is an essential part of a long-lasting and autonomous art practice. The short presentations by our guests will be followed by an open conversation about the challenges and tactics useful to breaking into the media arts landscape.

Each of our invited guests will have their own recommendations to help you find the right strategy and how to get your work out there, since it deserves to be seen!

Le Labo reserves the right to cancel all workshops within a minimum of 7 days before the date of the event if the minimum number of attendees required is not achieved.

About the participants


Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, artist-run centre that has since grown and evolved into a world-renowned distributor of independent media art.  We honour our collective history of avant-garde art film, while playing a key-role in determining a more contemporary definition of distribution in the digital milieu. Now in our 50th year, with 3700+ films in our catalogue by over 1000 members, CFMDC is one of the most enduring, respected, forward thinking, and engaged, distribution centres in Canada.

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Vtape is a vibrant distribution organization that represents an international collection of contemporary and historical video art and media works by artists. We make this collection accessible to curators and programmers, educators, scholars and public audiences worldwide. In addition to providing a distribution framework for established and emerging artists, Vtape is committed to establishing video art preservation and exhibition standards, and strives to support hybrid practices in an increasingly complex technical milieu.
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Madi Piller

Madi Piller is a filmmaker, animator, programmer and independent curator currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. Her abstract, nonrepresentational and poetic images are drawn from film explorations in Super 8, 16mm and 35mm, as well as photography and video. The resulting imagery is strongly influenced by diverse animation techniques and styles. Madi’s films have been screened at film festivals, alternative spaces and contemporary art venues nationally and internationally including TIFF Wavelengths, the Festival du Cinema Jeune, Paris, France, Bienal de La Imagen Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Melbourne Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. She is a recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship. International residencies include Museum Quartier21, Vienna Austria, the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Yukon, NWT and the Independent Imaging Retreat, Durham, Ontario.

Curatorial projects include: Eleven in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation, Hello Amiga, OP ART Re-Imaged: Imaginable Spaces, The Frame is the Keyframe : Frame Anomalies, From A to Z : Film Screening and Exhibition in Vienna.
Her work is distributed by CFMDC and VTAPE.


Marcelle Lean

Founder and Executive / Artistic Director of Cinéfranco since 1997, Marcelle Lean has had several careers in the theater, translation and education before volunteering at many arts organizations in Toronto. Her knowledge of the film industry was honed by her experience in Téléfilm Canada’s (Member) Board of Directors and by the Board Chair of OMDC. Her experience has made her travel to be a juror or programmer at international film festivals. Marcelle Lean is a cultural activist and has a wide range of partnerships with Toronto libraries, associations, local community festivals and more.
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