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Small File Media Festival

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Posted by: The School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU
Deadline: Mon, August 10th, 2020

The First Annual Small File Media Festival

August 10-20, 2020

Vancouver, Canada, and streaming at low bandwidth worldwide

$1 membership, and by donation

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The First Annual Small File Media Festival celebrates low-bandwidth movies that stream with no damage to the planet! Streaming video has an alarmingly high carbon footprint: it’s the cause of about 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.* But these movies at under 5 megabytes each—about the size of a small PDF file—show that great cinema doesn’t have to mean great big files.


We received over 100 submissions from around the world. Artists found many ways to work with the small-file constraint. Animation! GIFs! Low frame rates! Datamoshing! Still images with sound! Movies made with “obsolete” technologies! Websites! Executable files! Very short movies! And movies creatively compressed into small files. We’ve got narrative, documentary, and experimental movies. We’ve got cat videos! We’ve got porn—because streaming porn is responsible for 0.3% of greenhouse gas emissions!


Programs will be hosted on our Vimeo platform August 10-20, by paying a $1 membership and optional donation. Donations will support the Second Annual Small File Media Festival. All artists receive a rental fee.


Live-streaming events:

Opening festivities, August 10, 2 p.m. PDT

Awards ceremony, August 20, 2 p.m. PDT

Small-file production round-table, time and date TBA






Posted on Thu, July 30th, 2020
Expires on Mon, August 10th, 2020

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