Phase 1 — April - August 2020

Confirmation of eight participating organizations: MUTEK, Reel Asian, VRTO/FIVARS, TAP, Cinevolution, Subtle Technologies, OCAD CEAD, and Trinity Square Video (TSV).
  • Individual rounds of consultations with all organizations and Digital Justice Lab — curriculum design lead.
  • Begun building a collective focus around the language of accessibility.
Two Workshops:
  • Group consultation for curriculum design.
  • Disability Justice 101, led by Sahra Soudi.

Phase 2 — September 2020 - December 2021

  • October 30th: Digital Justice 101 with Nasma Ahmed through Reel Asian’s Industry Bootcamp)
  • November 19th: Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Reel Ideas (RI) Symposium panel — Words and Worlds Mapping Digital Language
    • Moderator: Atif Khan
    • Panelists: Madiha Tahir, Nasra Mohamed, and mashal khan

Project consultations with the Project Coordinator.

Dissemination of micro-grant funds of up to $10,000 for ongoing projects.
Three workshops:
  • Racial Justice 101, led by Yusra Khogali.
  • Beyond Compliance — Accessibility Practices, led by Sean Lee and Cyn Rozeboom from Tangled Art + Disability.
  • Live Description Practices and Protocols, led by Amy Amantea from VocalEye.

Phase 3 — January 2022 - January 2023

Industry Bootcamp - Digital symposium

As part of the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival’s Industry bootcamp, Codes of Contact hosted two virtual workshops,
  • Smartphone filmmaking with Tejas Ewing
  • Virtual Zinemaking with Neta Bomani

and two roundtable discussions:
  • Presenting Practice: An Artist Roundtable
    • Moderator: Karina Iskandarsjah
    • Panelists: Casey Koyczan, Morehshin Allahyari, Khadija Aziz
  • - Praxis in Presentation: Galleries in conversation Roundtable
    • Moderator: Tristan Sauer
    • Panelists: Henry Heng Lu (Center A), Allison Yearwood (PlugIn ICA), Tyra Maria Trono (AdaX)

Creation of resource guide:
  • Over the summer of 2022, the core team at Codes of Contact began consolidating the resources and data generated by this program into a document.
  • Exit interviews with each organization were conducted.
  • In the fall, two copywriter-researchers were invited to collaborate and consolidate the findings and a graphic designer was commissioned to turn the report into a PDF. 

Creation of an online archive:
  • In January 2023, we began building an online archive space for Codes of Contact at, the special projects digital galaxy of the Toronto Reel Asian INternational Film Festival.
Three workshops:
  • Budgeting for Access, led by Kelly Lui from the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
  • On “The Film Festival Guide to Access,” led by Steen Starr from Inside Out and Andrei Gravelle from the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
  • Critical Design Lab