Archive/Counter-Archive is thrilled to share the final schedule and registration information for the Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference: Building Alliances (GAVA), which will take place at the iconic TIFF Lightbox in downtown Toronto. This event promises to be an exceptional gathering of experts, enthusiasts, and innovators in the fields of media archiving and heritage.

Please direct any questions that you might have about the conference schedule or registration details to

Conference Details:
Location: TIFF Lightbox, 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
Dates: July 12-14

The Global Audiovisual Archiving Conference: Building Alliances (GAVA) is a collaborative event and outreach program co-organized by Archive/Counter-Archive, the Eye Filmmuseum, and the Toronto International Film Festival that aims to foster an international network around AV community archives from parts of the world that have historically been left out of mainstream archival discussions. GAVA will bring together archival specialists from across Canada and around the world with a wide range of expertise, experience, and engagement with media archives at an equally wide variety of scales. The discussions, presentations, screenings, video series, workshops, and tours that comprise this project will largely focus on community archives and archival projects by activists and artists. The focus on marginalized audiovisual archives is imperative and directly linked to the urgency of the current situation.

Schedule Now Available:

The full conference program is now available on our website ( Please note that in addition to the three main days of the conference (July 12-14), there will also be an opening reception at Toronto Metropolitan University on the evening of July 11 and a full-day tour of several local Toronto archives on July 15 that is being coordinated by Cléo Sallis-Parchet (York University). We will be sending out more details about registering for the archival tour shortly, but in the meantime, please reach out to if you are interested in attending.

Registration Now Open:
Registration is now open for GAVA ( You may register for the conference through the Toronto International Film Festival’s website via the links listed below. After clicking the links, you will be redirected to a Ticketmaster portal that will include in-person and remote registration options. In-person tickets for the full conference are priced at $100, with student/remote tickets available for $50. For those where these fees would pose a financial barrier that would prevent you from participating, we invite you to contact to apply for a fee waiver. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with industry leaders and explore the latest in audiovisual archiving!


International Graduate Summer Institute

In addition to the main conference, we are also very excited to announce the Archive/Counter-Archive GAVA Summer Institute GS/FILM 5700 A SICI Global Audiovisual Archiving: Building Alliances, Curating Difference (Tues-Thurs online June 25-Aug 1). The course is offered online, and organized through York University’s Graduate Program in Cinema & Media Studies/Film. It is open to graduate students from other Canadian and international universities.

For more information about this online course and if you are interested in registering for (or auditing) this course, please email and before June 14th with “FILM 5700 SICI enrollment” in the subject line.


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