2021 Small File Media Festival Call for Submissions – COMING SOON!
The 2021 Small File Media Festival call for submissions is coming soon, smaller and better than ever! How low can you go?
We’re upping the ante this year with all-new categories for the most binge-worthy content ranging from 5 megabytes of fun to 22 megabytes of trouble. These small files aren’t just a bunch of lil’ cuties, they’re an important reminder that we need sustainable methods for creating, compressing and transmitting sustainable digital media. According to festival founder Dr. Laura U. Marks, “Information and communications technology is estimated to generate about three per cent of the greenhouse gases (GHG) that cause global warming.“
Feeling inspired? Ready to create something small, beautiful and impactful? Check out some of the entries from last years Small File Media Festival and start planning! Who knows, you might even win one of our coveted Beary Awards!
Don’t know where to start? We do! Check out our technical solutions tutorials and find out how low you can go! It’s never too late to go small.
Thank you to the artists, attendees and Small File Team for making this festival come alive. Here are the awards for the 2020 Small File Media Festival!
Hân Phạm, Once Upon a Time
Second Place tie
Trevor Byrne, Sticky Note Studies #1 & #2 (Orange and Pink)
François Quevillon, Exhaust
Youth choice – Phoebe Todd-Parrish, Searching:
Smallest file – Daniel Carter, Star Trek: Voyager Intro in 283kb
Aesthetic invention tie
Azadeh Emadi, Entangled Orb
Andy Catsirelis, Noise of the Stream
Best Cat Video – Pierre Leicher, Catfessions #1
Best Narrative – Colin Williscroft, O’Hara Lane
Best Documentary – Mike Hazard, Something from nothing (Dr. Evermor)
Best Porn – Dooley Murphy, Shameless Plug
Best Animation – Ben Mosher, Cloud Loaves
Best Obsolete technology – Ashley Blewer, Throttled
Best Post-apocalyptic – John Tinneny, The End
Best Cross-platform work—Nathan Wyatt Kiesman, New Beginnings
Curators’ Choice – Leanne Dunic, Melt
Best Actor – Weihan Zhou, Moththth
Most Sensuous – Paul Clay & Sarah Kantrowitz, I Missed You
Best new media idiocy – Hany Rashed, My Instagram
Best underdog – Daupo, And Success Will Be Your Name
The Small File Media Festival Opening Ceremonies were Monday, August 10 at 2:00 PM PST!
Festival organizers and programmers welcome makers and audiences to the festival and explain what it’s about and how it works .
Small File Media Festival 2020
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!
Festival co-organizer Sophia Biedka says, “As an independent filmmaker, I really respect the inventiveness and ingenuity of these makers.” “Small-file movies can be a little hard to see,” admits festival founder Laura Marks, “but you can feel them!” Media activist and festival co-organizer Joey Malbon says, “It’s five megabytes of fun!”
Our programming committee, which also includes artist Faune Ybarra, media scholar Radek Przedpełski, and IT engineer Alejandro Rodriguez-Silva, is curating all these tiny movies into aesthetically satisfying thematic programs.
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.
The Small File Media Festival grows out of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded territory of the –Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlío lwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. We are grateful for funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.