WORKSHOP: Exposure Is Not an Artist Fee | Nov 3 @ 4pm

OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Free / by donation

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Nov 3 | 4:00pm
@ OCAD University
Free / by donation

This workshop with TQFF’s Aimée Mitchell and Jordan Mattos will cover the basics on various artist fee schedules in Canada and how to make sure you’re being compensated for your art being exhibited – no matter where your work is exhibited in the world! We’ll walk through different scenarios for media art exhibition, as well as how to negotiate with programmers and curators based on various budgets, contexts, and communities. Artists are deserving of pay and need to be compensated fairly in the ecology of arts workers. Festivals, special programs, and gallery exhibitions need to be held accountable. Bring your stories, questions, frustrations, and concerns! The more IRL scenarios for us to share and work with, the better!

In addition to the above workshop, TQFF 2018 filmmakers are welcome to sign up for 15-30 minute one to one meetings to discuss all things distribution, including a review of materials required by various platforms, what to watch out for in standard licensing agreements, and a walk-through of distribution basics with distribution expert Jordan Mattos.

Jordan Mattos
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film program, Jordan Mattos has over 5 years of experience in film licensing and rights management. He has led the distribution of over 200 award-winning films in the US, establishing key relationships with multi-platform distribution partners. In 2017 Jordan formed Aspect Ratio, a consulting company, to create distribution strategies for international filmmakers. Currently, Jordan is the director of content at Cinemarket, a blockchain-backed market for emerging producers.

Aimée Mitchell
Aimée Mitchell has been working with artists in the Toronto media arts community for over ten years as media distributor, programmer, projectionist, production manager, and arts administrator. She is a board member of the8fest small gauge film festival, a member of the TQFF collective, and the Project Manager of Archive/Counter-Archive, a SSHRC funded research project hosted at York University.


All events are “pay what you can” and wheelchair accessible. There is a pre-arranged waiting area with seating for audience members who need it prior to the doors opening for every event. TQFF will not be serving alcohol at the festival, and we welcome everyone living with disabilities and/or addictions,

Please contact us by October 29, 2018 if you would like ASL interpretation to be provided for this workshop, or if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries, requests, or needs.



All workshops will take place at:
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

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