Third Annual Small File Media Festival, August 9-14 2022, SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver, BC.

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The Small File Media Festival is back with our crazy third iteration, this year both online and in person!

Join us from August 9-14 at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Watuth nations, for six days of screenings, workshops and musical performances celebrating earth-cooling, PUNK/CHIC small-file eco media. We’re going to immerse in tiny movies on the huge screen! We are overjoyed to host the first ever, high-energy Small File Media Festival Ultra Dance Party with high N-R-G acts Devours, HiNi and JPEG 2000 on August 12. On August 14 at the festive closing ceremony, we’ll hold the world’s first NSFT* auction! All proceeds will go to the artist, and the owner will receive an ultra-tiny certificate of authentication. With lo-fi augmented reality, friendly wi-fi robots, and the incomparably charming Small File Team in attendance, this year’s festivities model fun and planet-friendly appropriate technologies.

Friends around the world can partake in small-file fun as in previous years! You can preview NSFT art August 9-14, join the auction August 14 and enjoy the full festival online, August 16-21.

Why small files? Because streaming media is overheating the planet. Networks, data centers, and devices contribute a whopping 4% of greenhouse gas emissions. About a third of that is the infrastructural share that supports streaming media. The whole category is busting out of control as people worldwide, intoxicated by corporate media’s siren songs, stream all kinds of media in high definition, video chat, video conference, and play high-resolution online games, not to mention invest in crypto and get hooked on artificial intelligence apps.

Up to now we have been low-key, we have been playing it nice. But the world is broken. This time we are demandingstop fossil fuels dependence bringing war and destruction worldwide!** We are demandingunleash creative r/evolution! We are demandingdestroy the large-file clichés of thinking that prevent us from imaging a world otherwise!

International media artists both distinguished and emerging responded to this year’s small-file call for movies that are PUNK/CHICforceful and elegant, streamlined and stealthy, uncompromising in vision, edgy in message. We received over 100 submissions from 18 countries in the categories NSFT art (gleefully lampoon media reliant on fume-belching blockchain); Portals (seed-crystals for rituals and coalitions); the Small-file song contest; and our mind-blowing Other category, in three file sizes! Molecules, infra-small loops and the like, under 1MB; Ripples, works up to 5 MB; and Trouble, bingeworthy series up to 22 MB. As ever, the Small File Team is lovingly curating the accepted works into satisfying thematic programs.

You can find it all at WWW.SMALLFILE.CA Contact:

The Small File Media Festival team is Sophia Biedka, Kim Cleroux, Mena El Shazly, Joey Malbon, Laura Marks, Radek Przedpełski, and Faune Ybarra
You can find our research confirming the carbon footprint of streaming media at carbon-footprint.html

*Not So F*ing Tiny
**Large-file streaming media supports the bellicose fossil fuel economy because 79% of world energy derives from
fossil fuels. Don’t believe the hype about green-at-source internet corporations. The US Energy Information Administration projects a 28% increase in world energy use by 2050, mostly outside the OECD, as populations and incomes rise. Almost every kind of energy consumption will rise: renewable, nuclear, crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum. Renewables will support ONLY THE INCREASE! Fossil fuel production will maintain at a steady state! Even if new electricity generation for data centers, networks, and devices comes from renewable sources, this is in addition to, not replacing, the existing fossil-fuel-powered electricity sources.

The Small File Media Festival grows out of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, on unceded territory of the Swxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), St:lō and Səlío lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. We are grateful for support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


August 09 - 7:00 8:30 PM
2022 Small File Media Festival Day 1: Opening Ceremonies + Screenings

August 10 7:00 8:30 PM
2022 Small File Medi Festival Day 2: Screenings

August 11- 7:00 8:30 PM
2022 Small File Media Festival Day 3: Screenings

August 12 0 7:30 10:30 PM
2022 Small File Media Festival Day 4: Ultra Dance Party ft. Devours, HiNi and JPEG 2000

August 13 7:00
2022 Small File Media Festival Day 5: Screenings

August 14 6:00 8:00 PM
2022 Small File Media Festival Day 6: Closing Ceremonies and NSFT Auction

Small File In-Person Events

  • One Day Festival Ticket: $10

  • Festival Pass: $30 (includes $5 off Small File Ultra Dance Party)

  • Friend of the Festival Mega Pass: $50

    (Includes ticket for the Small File Ultra Dance Party and $10 donation to support the SFMF)

  • Small File Media Festival Ultra Dance Party: $15

  • Small File Workshop: $100 (for both days)

    Small File Online

  • Single Screening Pass: $10

  • Online Mega Pass: $30