BackgroundMoving Images Distribution is located on unceded territory of the Squamish, Musequeam, Tsleil-Waututh and Sto-Lo First Nations in the city commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Our roots lie within the independent film and video community--during the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994 to acknowledge an extensive presence of electronic media being distributed. We launched our online catalogue on the web in 1995.

Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.

A dynamic collectionWe're pleased to distribute over 900 works that are inspiring and innovative in approach. Here you will find work that is concerned with social justice--from contemporary issues to historical ones--work that is culturally significant and work that provokes, amuses and explores and pushes the perimeters of the medium used in its creation.

Most of our collection is on this website. If you cannot locate a work you're sure we had, please contact us. There are still some older films that we're working to migrate to formats more commonly used today.

Celluloid and videotape aficionados take note--for presentation at public screenings, with advance notice we may be able to supply a variety of formats, from 16mm and 35mm film prints to videotape formats. For such inquiries, please contact our office directly well in advance to discuss the presentation format required and screening fees involved.

MANDATE

Our mandate is to suppport media artists and filmmakers by linking their work with audiences and, in so doing, promote critical thought, engage discussion and enhance public appreciation for the media arts.

Moving Images Distribution is a not-for-profit distributor registered in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Our activities are supported through a combination of earned income from distribution and funding assistance from the Media Arts Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
which last year invested $11.8 million in media arts throughout Canada.

Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada,
qui a investi 11,8 millions de dollars l'an dernier dans les arts médiatiques à travers le Canada.

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Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza

Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza

Executive Director, Audience Development

Sylvia's roots as an artist, film editor, curator are in Saskatoon where she was a 16mm picture editor and had a decade-long art practice as a photographer, exhibiting work in curated group shows across Canada. Three years' of work with unique access to the backstretch at Marquis Downs during thoroughbred horse racing culminated in a 1981 solo exhibition. 

Working with five other artists, she co-founded the artist-run centre The Photographers Gallery (now part of PAVED Arts). With its national outreach and strong support for local artists, the gallery became a hub for serious discourse that nourished artists as did its workshops and exhibitions of work by Canadian and international photographers. Collaborating with gallery director Lorne Falk and Vancouver photographer Henri Robideau, she curated an exhibition of early 20th century photographs created by pioneer Mattie Gunterman in the wilderness of the Monashee mountains. Long before the advent of the "selfie," Gunterman's images included many performative self-portraits, made with a 5x7 view camera and long cable release. The exhibition toured to galleries and museums across Canada in 1977-78 with assistance from National Museums of Canada.

As Director of Moving Images Distribution, Sylvia joined other women working in film and video in 1988 to establish the Vancouver chapter of Women in Film & Video and served on its Board of Directors from 1992 to 1994. She also contributed as Board member for the Independent Media Arts Alliance and served as Co-Chair on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund, a national funding agency supporting creation in film, video and new media.

Sylvia's support for independent filmmakers was formally acknowledged by Vancouver Women in Film in 1999 at its second annual awards ceremony where she was presented with the Wayne Black Service Award. Acutely aware of the challenges and sacrifices artists face in their work with the moving image, she respects those who continue to explore the medium and work to tell stories with integrity. Connecting such work with audiences brings great satisfaction.

 

Catrina Megumi Longmuir

Catrina Megumi Longmuir

Graphics + Admin

This artist, filmmaker, documentary producer and facilitator has been working in media art for the past 15 years with a passion in working with diverse communities to create aesthetically, socially and culturally signficant films and art.

After a childhood and youth living throughout Asia (Korea, Japan, Thailand and India), Catrina settled in Montreal, graduating from Concordia University with a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology in 2009. She faciltated digital storytelling workshops at the National Film Board to encourage community-based media art with initiatives such as Our WorldTales from Bridgeview, The Colouring Book and the annual DOXA Youth Connexions program.

She co-produced Our First Voicesa compilation of short films directed by Indigenous directors on a theme of revitalization of First Nations languages, created in partnership with the Knowledge Network and the First People's Language, Heritage and Cultural Council. Catrina's other community projects include Diverse Voices and Portraits, an anti-racism project with Lisa g Nielsen and Bite Size Media and Telling the Stories of the Nikkei--New Denver.

Catrina joined producer Sharon Bliss and Anishinaabe director Lisa Jackson to collaborate with the Gwa'sala and 'Nakwaxda'xw First Nations to tell their story in the documentary How A People Live, presented at the Margaret Mead Festival in New York in 2015.


Akiko Sakai

Akiko Sakai

Contract

Akiko Sakai joined our office between her studies at Gastown Business College and Langara College where she studied Marketing. She is an avid volunteer with many festivals and her positive energy and breadth of experiences in the Vancouver film community and assists our operations intermittently on a contract basis.

Akiko holds a degree in Image Arts and Science from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and worked as a film director in Japan before coming to Canada. In October 2017 she worked with foreign press at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

William Fritzberg

William Fritzberg

After completing his Masters at ELISAVA in Barcelona, William Fritzberg returned to our office handling acqusitions and operations. In July 2017, he shifted his position to a contract basis for technical services and web work to permit more time to focus on his own art practice.

www.williamfritzberg.com

Doreen Manuel

Doreen Manuel

Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) has an MFA in Film Production from UBC. She is an award-winning documentary film director and Program Coordinator of Capilano University's Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Program. We distribute two short films she directed and produced through her company Running Wolf Productions: Freedom Babies and The Fast. Doreen has also worked directed documentaries for broadcast and worked as the Canadian Correspondent for the Native Heartbeat and North West Indian News in the United States. She currently serves on the Knowledge Network's Board of Directors.

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an independent documentary and animation filmmaker born in Kelowna, BC, of Japanese and European heritage. After graduating from the Animation program at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2001, he founded Meditating Bunny Studio Inc. specializing in creating animation, documentary, and experimental films aimed at children and adults that combine different philosophical and social elements together to create humorous inspiring stories. In addition to animated films, Jeff has combined animation with live action in two documentaries that explore mixed heritage identity:  One Big Hapa Family and Mixed Match. He is also a college animation instructor who has written articles for national publications and lectured around the world on topics of multiracial identity, cultural awareness, filmmaking, and animation.

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a writer and documentary filmmaker based on Vancouver Island. He co-directed and co-produced the award-winning feature documentary Fractured Land and is the co-founded and publisher of the online journal The Common Sense Canadian. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Desmog Canada and The Tyee. Most recently, Damien is exploring the short fiction form in a drama co-directed and co-produced with Tahltan filmmaker Michael Bourquin.

Joshua Mao

Joshua Mao

Joshua Mao lived in Taiwan for 11 years before moving to Canada. A graduate of the Film Program at Simon Fraser University, he is interested in exploring Eastern and Western influences on his work done in Vancouver, Taipei and Shanghai. He has directed short films and worked as DOP on several projects. He is interested in bridging the gap of distribution between the North American and Asian markets. Josh currently works as Facilities and Equipment Manager for Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. 

Scott Renyard

Scott Renyard

Scott Renyard is a graduate of UBC with a background in science. He blends his foundation in science with a love of art and storytelling through film, creating documentaries that address environmental issues. His first feature documentary, The Pristine Coast, premièred at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2014 and was launched in America on Earth Day by Gravitas Ventures. It examines the relationship between open-net pen fish farms and the collapse of many wild fish populations in the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Renyard's discovery that the loss of wild fish as a result of diseases from open net pen fish farms suggests this is a leading cause of global warming. His thesis is that the loss of wild fish is causing climate change rather than the common notion that climate change is causing the loss of wild fish. This may prove to be one of the most important climate change discoveries in years. 

He spent the better part of a year recording the Cohen Commission on The Decline of the Fraser River Sockeye, perhaps the first time an independent filmmaker has had such access to a Canadian Federal Inquiry. From this footage, his two feature-length documentaries, The Unofficial Trial of Alexandra Morton and Trial of an Iconic Species, are surprisingly intense and rival the twists and turns of classic courtroom dramas.

 

Lulu Keating

Lulu Keating

Lulu Keating has a diverse and prolific practice in film and video crossing genres of fiction, animation, experimental and documentary. With pan-Canadian connections, from Halifax to Vancouver to Dawson City in the Yukon, Lulu remains a vital force in the creative community of artists working with the moving image. She spent several years in Halifax, contributing actively to the community there in her work with the Linda Joy Media Art Society and the Atlantic Filmmakers' Co-operative.

Following studies at St. Francis-Xavier University, the Vancouver School of Art and Ryerson University, Lulu taught workshops in Vancouver at the Emily Carr College of Art+Design and at the Nova Scotia College of Art+Design in Halifax.

In addition to her many short works exploring hand processing and the personal narrative, Lulu has directed two feature films. The Midday Sun (1989) was the first Canadian feature shot entirely in Africa (Zimbabwe). Lucille's Ball (2013), was made in Vancouver, created with assistance from the Women in the Director's Chair Feature Film Award. Its success on the festival circuit included Best Canadian Feature Film Award at Toronto's Female Eye Festival and capturing one of Vancouver's Leo Awards (Best Editing).

While continuing to explore the compact and plastic visual language of the short film medium, Lulu has recently completed two short documentaries and has several projects in development that include another feature and a dramatic comedy series situated in Dawson City.

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson brings a strong background as a painter and performer to her work in video and animation. Her paintings are in collections across North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and in Montréal's ColArt Collection, which focuses on emerging artsts. As an actor, she has worked with directors that include Jeremy Podeswa and David Cronenberg. She is a founding member of the Harold Awards, celebrating Toronto's alternative theatre scene for 20 years.

Whether making films, acting or painting, Kirsten puts an emphasis on intellectual curiosity--possibly inherited from her father, a philosophy professor--and emotional empathy and interest in human nature--inherited from her mother, a professor in psychiatric nursing. From her home base in Toronto, she fuses elements of live action, performance, visual art and animation into unique and thoughtful video works. 

Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher is a writer and director. Her first documentary, To Return: The John Walkus Story, explores the adoption and fostering of First Nations children and won the Best Public Service Film Award at the American Indian Film Festival. She has also worked as an associate producer for two projects: a documentary on lowbrow art, The Lowdown on Lowbrow, and Trouble, a feature film about Berlin’s turbulent post-wall period. Maureen wrote, directed and produced Return To Reichenbach, a thoughtful and compelling documentary that weaves the remarkable stories of two women on opposite sides of Hitler's Third Reich who are brought together through chance circumstances in Canada more than 50 years after the war.

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