BackgroundBased in Vancouver, British Columbia, Moving Images Distribution's 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--an organization that became Moving Images Distribution in 1994 and launched its website and online catalogue in 1995.
Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with avant-garde works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists and with award-winning documentaries, animation, short fiction and personal narrative works.
A dynamic collectionWe are 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 properties of the medium used for expression.
We are pleased to represent a large portion of the collection in this new website. If you cannot locate a work you're sure we had, please contact us. There are still some older films titles that we are working to migrate to formats more commonly used today.
Celluloid and videotape aficionados take note--for projection in public screenings, we are still able to supply a variety of formats, from 16mm to 35mm (for short animation) to different tape formats. For such inquiries, please contact our office directly to discuss the format you need and screening fees.
Our mandate is to enhance public appreciation for the media arts and encourage critical thinking by linking works created by our membership of media artists and independent producers with audiences.
Moving Images Distribution is a not-for-profit distributor registered in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Our activities are supported primarily through earned income from distribution with supplementary funding assistance from the Media Arts Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and from the British Columbia Arts Council.
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.
Executive Director / Market Development
Sylvia has been Executive Director since May 1987. Her background includes marketing and arts administration, film editing and a decade of work as photographer, culminating in a solo exhibition as well as several group shows. She helped found The Photographers Gallery and curated an exhibition of photographs by pioneer photographer Mattie Gunterman. Sylvia is a founding member of WIFVV-Women in Film and Video Vancouver. She served on its board and also was co-chair of the board of directors for The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund. Her contributions to community were acknowledged with the Wayne Black Service Award at WIFVV's 1999 Women in the Spotlight Awards. With an awareness of the challenges and sacrifices faced by media artists and independent producers, Sylvia respects those who continue to work to tell stories with integrity and to push the boundaries of the medium. Connecting their work with audiences brings great satisfaction.
Meghan Elie joined the staff of Moving Images Distribution in May 2006. Her training as a Library Technician helps keep the distribution collection at Moving Images in order and office operations running smoothly. A voracious reader as a child, Meghan is equally enchanted by visual storytelling and enjoys the creative expression in many works that come to us for distribution.
Elyn Dobbs brings a rich and diverse background to our staff. She has worked with many social enterprises in the arts, advocacy and volunteer sectors. Most recently she was Operations Manager of Women in Film + Television Vancouver. Other work includes the Shakti Dance Society, Canadian Parents for French, BCCPAC and the International Dyslexia Association. Her past experience includes university studies and work in both France and Germany, and a stint with the CBC and Expo 86. Elyn's passion about the vital role of non-profits and arts organizations earned her a nomination in 2008 for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Community Building category.
Jocelyne Chaput is an independent filmmaker and film editor based at the Junction Media Collective in Vancouver. Since graduating from SFU's film program in 2009, she has been working on independent film and mixed media projects. Recent editing credits include Judy Radul's large-scale media installation World Rehearsal Court and Joel Heath's feature documentary People of a Feather, which has so far been selected by Hot Docs and VIFF. She has spent the last few months recording images and audio and is gearing up for another season in the edit suite.
Alan began his career in radio on a production team for the national CBC Radio series hosted by Dr. David Suzuki, A Matter of Survival. He has also worked in broadcast television and produced two independent poin-of-view documentaries that are carried by Moving Images Distribution--Glowing in the Dark, which looks at the history of neon light in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and the semi-autobiographical film Who The Jew Are You?, which premièred at the 2009 DOXA Documentary Film Festival. He is enrolled in the Masters program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Lulu has taught film at both Emily Carr University and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. This prolific filmmaker has a large body of work in distribution with Moving Images that includes fiction, animation, documentary and experimental works. She is working on her second feature film, Based on a True Fantasy, supported by the Women in the Director’s
Chair Feature Film Award that was presented to her in Vancouver this past April by the Creative Women Workshops Association.
Richard created an extensive body of experimental film in the late 1970s and early 1980s while a student at the University of British Columbia. He has also worked as a director, editor and sound designer in the film industry, recently returning to his own work in the experimental genre with Mixed Signals (2005), Apart(2009) and Overview (2010). Richard is currently working on a Master degree in the Film Program at UBC.
Kelvin Redvers is an award-winning Aboriginal filmmaker and producer of documentaries for broadcast. Originally from Hay River, NWT, Kelvin was only 15 when he began making films with the family camcorder. Shortly thereafter, he won his first international award at the Hamptons International Film Festival (Golden Starfish for Best Young Videomaker). Kelvin has won recognition at festivals such as the International Student Film Festival (Best Drama) and the Canada International Film Festival (Rising Star Award). A star graduate of Simon Fraser University’s film program, he received SFU’s most prestigious award, the Gordon Shrum Gold Medal. From his work as a director on CTV's First Story program, Kelvin received a Jack Webster Award for excellence for Black Blood--Tainted Land, Dying Caribou.
Formally trained in educational media, Maureen Kelleher began writing and directing for the educational market before branching out into television and drama. Committed to making inspiring programs, her first documentary, To Return: The John Walkus Story, explores the adoption and fostering of First Nations children. Invited to numerous festivals and broadcast nationally, this documentary was awarded ‘Best Public Service film’ at the American Indian Film Festival.
Maureen wrote and directed five episodes of Ghost Towns of Canada for the History Channel, created a pilot for a half-hour series on emotional intelligence, created and developed The Truth Is Out There, an exciting conspiracy series for Global Television, and was associate producer of the one-hour art doc The Lowdown on Lowbrow.
Her drama credits include associate producer and co-writer of Trouble, a feature film for ZDF television about Berlin’s turbulent post-wall period that won Best Film at the Magdeburg Film Festival and Montreal Women’s Film Festival.
Maureen has just completed her second one-hour documentary, Return To Reichenbach, which weaves the stories of two women: a Holocaust survivor; and the German women she believes was the Nazi guard who was kind to her.
Scott Pownall currently works in new media. His background includes both art and science, with professional experience in bioinformatics and genetics. He is an accomplished photographer, has worked in video documentary—Yesterday Is Now (Dir. Celine Rumalean)—and has skills in computer technology.
Arie Page obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 and her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2004 from UBC and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005. She currently serves as a corporate secretary to several public mineral exploration companies within the Manex Resource Group. Arie worked at Moving Images Distribution between university terms in 2002.