Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, non-commercial media arts distributor that specializes in independent, artist made work on film and video including works from historically underrepresented communities. We advocate for a holistic understanding of production, distribution and exhibition that prioritizes artist rights, accessibility and the creation of new audiences through education and critical thinking. We have one of the most important collections of artist-made moving image on film in Canada and have recently moved into a facility with a specially designed space for our 16mm, 35mm and (s)8mm collection.
Through a unique and successful national and international distribution service, CFMDC makes its collection available for preview, rental or sale for the purposes of research, exhibition, screening and broadcast as well as for institutional and private acquisition. We work with and distribute on multiple formats including; celluloid, video, digital, and DCP. Both physical media and online streaming.
Artists should be paid for their work.
Art drives change, challenges conventions and transforms lives.
Advocate for critical space outside the mainstream for artists' works.
Advocate for voices rooted in community that disrupt dominant discourse.
Explore opportunities to build community, encourage dialogue and reach new audiences.
Our territorial acknowledgment is meant to stand as a first step towards reflecting on our existence on stolen lands and our commitment to better understanding the complex and varied histories of this land, the territories of the Anishanaabe, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudensosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, the Cree and any other Nation who cared for the land (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded).
We accept that acknowledgment in this way doesn’t end here and is a living statement open to discussion and change. We intend this Territorial Acknowledgement to demonstrate our commitment to continued awareness, reflection, and establishing reciprocal relations. Therefore, we do not intend this statement to signify closure and acceptance of the continued structural conditions of settler colonialism.
The daily work of CFMDC takes place in Toronto which is covered by Treaty 13, a treaty signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We also acknowledge the ‘Dish’ With One Spoon treaty that covers the land of what is now called southern Ontario and is between the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee.
We also acknowledge the Treaty of Niagara as a founding moment of constitutional relations between Indigenous Nations and the colonial Nation as an important part of Canada’s history and should be respected as part of a Nation to Nation relationship
We reference these recent treaties and agreements of this land that is today called Toronto to acknowledge the responsibility of settlers. Importantly, we remain cognizant that the history of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island is thousands of years old and that communities and territories extend beyond colonial legal boundaries and that there were systems of sharing and negotiations between nations through their own diplomatic and legal systems.
This acknowledgment is a first step in the ongoing process of decolonization. Compelling us, our settler colonial members and community members, to further understand our obligations to the Nations of these territories and the concrete treaties that are part of the long history on Turtle Island.
Today, the meeting place of Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community and on this territory.
We strive to work in the spirit of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Report; Particularly Recommendations for Museums and Archives and Recommendations for Media and Reconciliation. We also work with the knowledge of the importance of recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the four First Nations Principles of OCAP®. And as a media arts organization and member of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) we would like to acknowledge and support the incredible work of National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition (NIMAC).
CFMDC supports the creation of an inclusive media arts milieu that involves a more diverse representation of Indigenous and historically-marginalized artists and communities. We strive to support the work of diverse communities through the exhibition and distribution of works that challenge existing structures of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and elitism within production, exhibition and mainstream art spaces. We support moving image makers without prejudice to race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sexuality, class, age, disability, immigration status, and level of experience as a filmmaker.
The CFMDC does not tolerate racist, sexist, ableist, transphobic, or homophobic views.
We would like to acknowledge and give thanks to our extended communities of art makers and art support workers. Please see our LINKS page to connect with all their varied activities.
CFMDC serves as an ambassador for Canadian artists and their work, creating distribution networks and opportunities at the local, national and international levels.
CFMDC is committed to reaching new and diverse audiences and to support artists from a broad range of cultural communities.
CFMDC supports the professionalization of artists through the selling and distribution of their work, the payment of artist fees and by fostering critical writing and dialogue.
CFMDC embraces new technologies and is responsive to the changes in content delivery to audiences across multiple platforms.
CFMDC educates diverse audiences about the important contributions of Canada's film and media artists to the arts landscape. We leverage critical historical works to contextualize contemporary work and demonstrate the continued evolution of the field.
CFMDC is committed to our artist members and the broader arts community to evolve and ensure it remains relevant, collaborative, culturally significant and financially viable.
CFMDC is at the epicenter of a specialized local, national and international marketplace for artist-driven film and media art and is constantly evolving with creative new models of integrated distribution, collaboration and curatorial practices for the sector.