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 1,000 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.



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. 

 

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts 

and the British Columbia Arts Council.

         

 

 

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Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Director of Operations

Karen Wong has a Bachelor's of Commerce from UBC and began a career in accounting. In 2000, she transitioned to film and television as a production accountant, and eventually into producing.  She has steadily worked to support independent creators to produce many short works, webseries, series television and several feature films. Karen brings a solid commitment to equity, diversity and respect for artists. 

Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza

Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza

Volunteer, Ex Officio

Our former Executive Director contributes assistance as requested from her broad experience in a rapidly changing distribution landscape. A former artistic practice of her own shaped her as a strong advocate for creators' rights. She was a founding member of Women in Film & Television Vancouver, recipient of the Wayne Black Service Award (1999) and co-chair of a former funding agency (The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund).

Akiko Sakai Cheng

Akiko Sakai Cheng

Administration

Akiko holds a degree in Image Arts and Science from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and was a film director in Japan before coming to Canada. After completing the International Business and Marketing program at Gastown Business College, she attended Langara College for additional studies in marketing. Akiko has worked extensively with festivals and presenters in the Lower Mainland, returning briefly to Tokyo in 2017 where she worked with the foreign press at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

 

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-founder 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.

Damien explored the short fiction form in a drama co-directed and co-produced with Tahltan filmmaker Michael Bourquin, Shadow Trap.

Scott Renyard

Scott Renyard

Scott Renyard brings background in science with a love of art and storytelling through film to create documentaries addressing environmental issues. His first feature documentary, The Pristine Coast, premièred at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2014. 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 may prove to a significant climate change discovery.His filming of a federal inquiry, the Cohen Commission hearings on The Decline of the Fraser River Sockeye led to the creation of two subsequent films, The Unofficial Trial of Alexandra Morton and Trial of an Iconic Species. In 2020, he took a new approach to addressing environmental concerns with his comedy, Save the Planet Already!

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 and Japan. 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, Kirsten fuses elements of live action, visual art, performance and animation into unique and thoughtful video works, each a unique experience whether based in her life experience (The 21st Chromosome) or musings on human nature such as DOLLFACE and Painting Catfights

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 has recently been appointed Interim Director of the Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film & Animation at Capilano University. We distribute two short films she directed and produced through her company Running Wolf Productions: Freedom Babies and The Fast.

Doreen has also 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.

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 was the former Facilities and Equipment Manager for Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. Josh currently works at William F. White International Inc. 

Jules Koostachin

Jules Koostachin

Jules Arita Koostachin is an InNiNew IsKwew (Swampy Cree woman) and a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation located in what is now called northern Ontario. Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, as well as in Ottawa with her mother, a residential school warrior. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s Theatre program and Ryerson University’s Documentary Media Master’s program. Jules was awarded an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her thesis documentary film Remembering Inninimowin. She is the mother of four incredible sons, a writer, performance artist, an academic and an award-winning filmmaker. She is a PhD candidate of the Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice program at UBC. Her research focuses on Indigenous documentary practices. Jules has also been actively working with Indigenous community supporting Indigenous women and children who face barriers. She hopes to continue shedding light on socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.

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The month of September 2019 saw the world première of Transmissions, an immersive multimedia installation anchored in Indigenous languages and world view at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. From our initial involvement in ... Read More

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