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Accession Number: 88-016


Canadian Images fonds. -- 1979-1984. -- 13 cm of textual records. -- ca. 50 prints : posters. -- 3 buttons.

Biography / History

Organized at Trent University, Canadian Images was developed as a film festival after the visit of Gerry Pratley of the Ontario Film Institute to a fourth year Trent seminar. 1978 was the first year the festival took place and every single screen at Trent was used and some screens at the commercial film theatres in the City of Peterborough were used as well. Artists such as Budge Crawley, Michael Snow and Joyce Weiland attended in the first year. Films, displays and seminars were held throughout the festival. Trent students helped visitors and delegates to the festival. Orm Mitchell and John Wadland were the force behind the first festival of which 8 500 people attended. In the next two years 20 000 people came from all over Canada to view the work of Canadian artists. In its fourth year a board of directors was established with Susan Ditta, a Trent graduate, as the Executive Director. Unfortunately Canadian Images started to operate under a deficit and after the unlawful screening of the uncut "A Message From Our Sponsor" the festival went downhill. The screening of "A Message From Our Sponsor" resulted in a court case between the Ontario Film Censorship Board, acting under the Ontario Theatres Act, and Susan Ditta and Ian McLachlan, festival chairman and English professor. They were found guilty after considerable expense to the University. In 1985 the Festival was shut down. (Taken from: Cole, A.O.C. "Trent the Making of a University, 1957-1987." 1992.)

Custodial History

This fonds was created by Canadian Images for the Festival of Canadian Film held at Trent University. The records were in the custody of T.H.B. Symons, who was an honorary board member, and Susan Ditta, Executive Director, before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of publicity records from the Canadian Images film festival held at Trent University between 1978 and 1984. As well, there are memos, minutes, correspondence and business papers donated by T.H.B. Symons, from his tenure as honorary board member of Canadian Images.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by T.H.B. Symons and Susan Ditta.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

92-009 is an addition to this fonds.

Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 32. 

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Box 1


1 - Financial statement and brochures. 1979.

2 - Business papers, correspondence, minutes, memos. 1980.

3 - Publicity material, programme. 1980.

4 - Business papers, correspondence, minutes, memos. 1981.

5 - Publicity material, programme. 1981.

6 - Business papers, correspondence, minutes, memos. 1982.

7 - Publicity material, programme. 1982.

8 - Business papers, correspondence, minutes, memos. 1983.

9 - Publicity material, programme. 1983.

10 - Correspondence, publicity material. 1984.

11 - Canadian Images badges. 1981.  

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 32