August 9-14

Purchase tickets for all of the Small File Events including the Festival Screenings, Ultra Dance Party and Small File EcoMedia Workshops.

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 five 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 Music Showcase with high N-R-G electronic acts Devours, HiNi and the JPEG 2000 Karaoke Explosion 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 demanding—stop fossil fuels dependence bringing war and destruction worldwide!** We are demanding—unleash creative r/evolution! We are demanding—destroy the large-file clichés of thinking that prevent us from imaging a world otherwise!

Ultra Dance Party

Join us August 12 and experience the powerful aura of inaugural Small File Med! This high N-R-G showcase will be graced by JPEG 2000, HiNi and none other than Vancouver legend, Devours! The entire night will be graced by live sound, lights and visuals and the vibe will be held throughout with stunning interludes of ultimate 90s dance hits.

Devours is the sound of a gay DiY punk channeling his love for slipknot, Britney spears and vintage Nintendo themes into fiery, confessional bedroom electro pop anthems. Expect hits from his latest infectious release, Escape from Planet Devours, a ’90s action-blockbuster themed double album about liberating oneself from heteronormativity, depression, loneliness, and mainstream culture.

HiNi is a music producer, singer and rapper who’s known for turning chaotic and explosive sounds into music and ideas onstage. Her latest album King’s Way was released just this year and the intensity of her live stage and forward-thinking beats are not to be missed.

JPEG 2000 is an irreverently sincere synthpop duo wearing its heart on its sleeve.  Formed by Seth Eggler (Timing X) and Joey Chaos (Joey Chaos and The Ghosts) they are inspired by a shared love of new wave, synthpop, 90s techno and shoegaze and bring their all-new Karaoke Xperience to the Small File stage.

Be advised performances of the event will be documented through film and photography.