2022 Program

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! 

Our films are PUNK/CHIC — forceful and elegant, streamlined and stealthy, uncompromising in vision, edgy in the message. Curated in six programs that make you THINK THRICE TWICE! 

THANK YOU!

Thank you to all of the attendees, artists, volunteers, partners, organizers, SFU Production Team and everyone else involved in making the first ever in-person Small File Media Festival a rousing success!

Here are the awards from the 2022 Small File Media Festival:

Small File Media Festival Programmers’ Awards:

Jami Reimer, Frog of Chorus
Best Molecule (less than 1 MB)

Amber Morrison Fox and Matthew Fox, DOOMER 1-3:
Best Trouble (22 MB series)

BiglerWeibel, Twelve Past One
Best Smallfile Humor

Saghi Ehteshamzadeh, Journal
Best Screenlife

Clint Enns, Downer Canada—Environmental Dub
Best Small File Ectoplasm

Tewhigan Bluesky, Klumsy Kevin Kisses Konkrete
Best Punk

Kofi Oduro (Illestpreacha), A World Where Information Can Gather
Best Secular Religion

Andrew Roach, Teenagers from Outerspace—Silent Edition
Most Ingenious Compression

Yuyan Song, JellyFun
Best Nonorganic Tragic Romance

Leo McArdle, Sex and Violence
Dawn of Cinema Award 

Hana Kokšalová, MyPhone Funeral
Best Digital Mourning

TRIPOT (Marius Packbier & Aïlien Reyns), scaling algorithm 02
Most Hypnotic Pixel

Ayana Madi, Built Reality
Best Small File Nomadism, Small File Golden Mini Bear

Partner awards:

Margarita Osipian of The Hmm, Amsterdam, chose these works for screenings and artist talks:

Monique Motut-Firth, Data Dreaming
“We really loved this work because of the narrative it created through the use of patterns and beautiful animations. We were also very impressed that the file was such a small size but was still a good length and the quality of the video was high and not very pixelated.”
Rachel Stuckey, Solid State PSA
“With this work, we loved the idea of creating a PSA in a small file media format. We also liked that the work was taking a humorous approach to talking about technological obsolescence and technological waste.”
BiglerWeibel, Adhäsion 
“We loved this work because of the way it used sound and a humorous and absurd image to convey all of our feelings about adhesion and stickiness.”

Jesse Russell Brooks, director of the Film and Video Poetry Society, Los Angeles, will program the following films in this year’s festival:

Criss Wang, Yellow

Dag Davidge, Electric Storm

VIVO Distribution Award, Vancouver

Mandana Mansouri, the Video Out Distribution manager, writes: “VO is a non-profit distribution & outreach service and connects with local and international festivals, institutions, libraries, galleries, curators, programmers, and researchers.  Operating since 1980, Video Out is a non-exclusive distributor so artists are free to continue to distribute their work independently and with other distributors nationally or internationally.  You are also free to end the contract at any time.  We provide artist fees garnered from festival screenings, exhibitions, and licenses to libraries and universities, once a year as a lump sum to artists/producers in distribution. The distribution agreement outlines a 67% (artist) and 33% (distribution) ratio for fees garnered.  While we have a list of festivals that we submit to, and curators/programmers we have good relationships with, please feel free to let us know of any places you would like to have your work submitted to, at any time.”

Mozhdeh Bashirian, Get Out Before It’s Too Late

BiglerWeibel, Adhäsion

Yerin Choi, Four Seasons

Dag Davidge, Electrical Storm

Saghi Ehteshamzadeh, Journal

Sophia English, It is going to be a hot summer

Josh Hite, A Vista

Avesta Mahmoudvaand, Hellmouth

Monique Motut-Firth and pr0phecy sun, TV Party

Yuyan Song, JellyFun

Gabriel Soucheyre, Anne’s Portrait

Jordyn Stewart, Landscape Study IV

Rachel Stuckey, Moon Clock: 4 Phases 2 Optimize U

Eric Tkaczyk, Press

Criss Wang, Yellow


Billions of years away from now, who or what will have been our ancestors? From billions of years ago, what are the remnants we hold? What will have been our radiant future fossil, an exclamation mark for Earth’s double helix of resource exploitation, depletion and extinction and the resilience of ancestral spirits and of love? 

It Is Going
to Be a Hot Summer

Sophia English
2022

VANCOUVER, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Portals

DURATION 1:50
Processing Time

Hot News

JPEG 2000 (SETH EGGLER, JOEY MALBON)
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5 MB)

SONG

DuraTION 3:19
Processing Time 5:26

Handmade Biscuits

Cat Hart
2022

VANCOUVER, CANADA

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

NSFT

Duration 0:14
Processing Time 0:08

Page 32

Lisa McCarty
2022

Dallas TEXAS, USA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5 MB)

PORTALS

DURATION 0:16
PROCESSING TIME 0:30

DOOMER 1, 2, 3

Amber Morrison Fox & Matthew Fox
2022

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

TROUBLE (22MB)

OTHER

DURATION 1:18
Processing time 1:24

JellyFun

Yuyan Song
2022

VANCOUVER, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

NSFT

DURATION 2:12
Processing Time 5:00

Found a Happy Kitchen: Played a Happy Kitchen

(Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)

Lara Band
2022

London, UK

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

OTHER

Duration 1:00
Processing Time 0:23

Solid State PSA

Rachel Stuckey
2016-2022

Austin Texas, USA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

PORTALS

DURATION 2:00
PROCESSING TIME 5:00

Data Dreaming

Monique Motut-Firth
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

PORTALS

DURATION 2:59
PROCESSING TIME 0:29

ROW

Selina Repole
2022

VANCOUVER, CANADA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

PORTALS

DURATION 1:01
PROCESSING TIME

Anne’s Portrait

Gabriel Soucheyre
2022

Clermont-Ferrand

Trouble (22MB)

PORTALS

DURATION 0:10
PROCESSING
TIME 0:05

Bear

Alanna Edwards
2020

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Other

DURATION 0:01 (looped)
PROCESSING
Time


Drive a motorcycle through the woods at night. An arrow of failing speed. They never showed up but you just don’t care. An owl hoots as you plunge into your own shadow, but in this pool, in the mirror of the asphalt, what do you see? Marvel at the smell of wet meadow at night. The red sky opens and so does a well of memories—those sticky threads you unravel are ghosts, are ghazals reaching out. 

Electrical Storm

Dag Davidge
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Other

DURATION 3:00
PROCESSING
TIME

Cycle Race with Bells and Whistles

August Weinbren
2022

London, UK

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Other

DURATION 2:09
PROCESSING
TIME 0:42

Scopophilia

Phoebe Legere
2021

New York City, USA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

NSFT

DURATION 0:22
PROCESSING
TIME 0:02

Red Skies at Night

Calla McCord & Taliesin Herb
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Portals

DURATION 0:27
PROCESSING
TIME 0:52

Road & Hores

Minoo Iranpour
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

NSFT

DURATION 0:47
PROCESSING
TIME 0:47

Downer Canada – Environmental Dubs

Clint Enns
2021

Toronto, Canada

TROUBLE (22MB)

SONG

DURATION 8:00
PROCESSING
TIME 2:00

Hellmouth

Avesta Mahmoudvand
2022

Tehran, Iran

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

Portals

DURATION 0:51
PROCESSING
TIME 0:04

If These Walls

Eva Dominelli
2021

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

PORTALS

DURATION 0:03 (looped)
PROCESSING
TIME

New Moon Gannentini

(SOUL-ASSEMBLAGE WITH ZEKI MOURAD AND NANCY MOUNIR AND MENA EL SHAZLY)

Radek Przedpelsk
2022

Éire, Poland

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Song

DURATION 2:02
PROCESSING TIME 10:00


Do not stand by and watch! Refuse exploitative work, protest the work of cliché, refuse the fixed organisation of time, refuse complacency, and crochet your resistance. Denounce toxic patriarchy violently insinuating itself into every situation. The movies in this fierce program surely pack a punch!

press.gif

Eric Tkaczyk
2020

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

Portals

DURATION 0:03 (Looped)
PROCESSING TIME

VOTE!

Peggy Fussell
2022

Kingston, CANADA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Other

DURATION 1:10
PROCESSING TIME
0:03

Kevin Kant Kope

Tewehigan Bluesky
2022

Vancouver, CANADA

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

OTHER

DURATION 0:34
PROCESSING TIME
1:00

TOXIC WEST

Molly Hankwitz
2022

San Francisco, USA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Portals

DURATION 1:00
PROCESSING TIME

Sex and Violence

Leo mcardle
2022

Delta, BC, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Other

DURATION 2:53
PROCESSING TIME
0:09

Catapult of Procrastination

Jerone Domenico Baur
2021

Augsburg, Germany

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

OTHER

DURATION 0:05
PROCESSING TIME
12:00

Box Tree – Tree Box

BiglerWeibel
2021

Bern, Switzerland

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

Portals

DURATION 0:06
PROCESSING TIME

Moon Clock: 4 Phases 2 Optimize U

Rachel Stuckey
2016

Austin Texas, USA

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

NSFT

DURATION 1:11 (Looped)
PROCESSING TIME
1:00

Klumsy Kevin Kisses Konkrete

Twehigan Bluesky
2021

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

Other

DURATION 0:19
PROCESSING TIME
1:00


“From the perspective of the crystal, we assert that things produce their own time, that there is more than one time depending on the diversity and difference of nature’s possibilities”

The Crystalist Manifesto, 1976.

Through a wormhole darkly, a hatch opens. The films in this program are little crystalline germs around which new rituals and coalitions can form. They ponder the mystery of a crystal, its vertigo of opaque and transparent faces, its capacity to graft an infinite new reality, the yet-unseen, a roar of contingency, into the mundane. 

dépaysant

Christopher M. Carruth
2022

Boulder, USA

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

NSFT

DURATION Infinite Loop
PROCESSING TIME 15:00

Portalling Away

Kofi Oduro (Illestpreacha)
2022

Montréal, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

Portals

DURATION 0:50
PROCESSING TIME

Just to Dream

Sami Keskikallio
2022

Haparanda, Sweden

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

Other

DURATION 34:19
PROCESSING TIME
2:53

Father’s Album

Minoo Iranpour
2022

Toronto, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)

NSFT

DURATION 1:09
PROCESSING TIME
0:47

Building no. 9

Zarin Salahi
2022

Brisbane, Australia

Trouble (22 MB)

NSFT

DURATION 0:50
PROCESSING TIME
2:00

Journal

Saghi Ehteshamzadeh
2022

Vancouver, Canada

TROUBLE (22MB)

Other

DURATION 1:40
PROCESSING TIME
10:25

scaling algorithm 02

TRIPOT (Marius Packbier & Aïlien Reyns)
2015

Brussels, Belgium

TROUBLE (22MB)

NSFT

DURATION 5:00
PROCESSING TIME
30:00

A Vista (Portals) Mockup #1

Josh Hite
2018

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)

Portals

DURATION 0:27
PROCESSING TIME

w0rmh0le_infinite_l00p

paul_g00dfell0w
2022

Newcastle, Uk

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
PORTALS

DURATION 0:13 (Looped)
PROCESSING TIME

Through the Looking Glass

Monique Motut-Firth and Prophecy Sun
2022

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
PORTALS

DURATION 0:39
PROCESSING TIME
0:29

Four Seasons

Yerin Choi
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
PORTALS

DURATION 2:56
PROCESSING TIME


Once I had a love and it was a gas/ Soon turned out had a heart of glass”

Debbie Harry, Blondie, 1978

The cold touch of glass, acting under hypnosis like the cast of Werner Herzog’s 1976 Heart of Glass, an unfeeling rock surface that goes on forever, unserenaded life-cycles of electronic devices, strange vagaries of flesh liberated from a determinate function, serialisations and permutations of an algorithm. These are non-human affects we don’t understand, their workings—a black box. Small-file media artists probe this glacial reality with a punk abandon. 

we become water

Leanne Dunic
2022

VANCOUVER, CANADA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
SONG

DURATION 3:04
PROCESSING TIME
0:59

Picky Eater

Rianna Richards
2022

VANCOUVER, CANADA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
Other

DURATION 2:53
PROCESSING TIME
0:47

Adhäsion

BiglerWeibel
2019

Bern, Switzerland

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
NSFT

DURATION 0:41
PROCESSING TIME

Collatz

Eric Lennartson
2022

BERN, SWITZERLAND

Ripples (UP TO 5MB)
NSFT

DURATION 0:10
PROCESSING TIME
0:31

Frog of Chorus

Jami Reimer
2022

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
Song

DURATION 0:55
PROCESSING TIME
0:27

Vivid Dreams Only Happen in Rapid Eye Movement Sleep  

(VDOHREMS)

Debbie Y.J. Lin
2019



MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
Portals

DURATION 0:37
PROCESSING TIME
0:18

Look at you on the FUTURE – Look at you on the DISPLAY

Hernando Urrutia
2022

Portugal

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
Other

DURATION 0:10
PROCESSING TIME

Triptych

Anabela Costa
2016

Paris, France

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
OTHER

DURATION 2:12
PROCESSING TIME
2:00

MyPhone Funeral

Hana Kokšalová
2021

Czech Republic

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
OTHER

DURATION 10:46
PROCESSING TIME
15:00

Two Minutes

Leo Xiong Tianyu
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
OTHER

DURATION 1:32
PROCESSING TIME
0:15

Landscape Study IV

Jordyn Stewart
2019

Grimsby, Canada

TROUBLE (22MB)
Portals

DURATION 2:30
PROCESSING TIME
0:30

TV Party

Monique Motut-Firth and Prophecy SuN
2022

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
Portals

DURATION 1:04
PROCESSING TIME
0:29


Space that is not one, a space that overflows, a space that you yourself are making when you are cruising aimlessly, lost to meandering thoughts, to the desire of a place outside the map. The movies in this category celebrate the freedom of losing your way and making it as you go.

The Resolution

Moay Sakata
2022

Vancouver, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
NSFT

DURATION 4:06
PROCESSING TIME

YELLOW

Criss Wang
2022

Surrey, BC, CANADA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
Other

DURATION 2:23
PROCESSING TIME
5:00

Do Capitalist Drones Dream of Electric Communism?

Andrew Roach
2022

Ellijay, USA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
OTHER

DURATION 5:00
PROCESSING TIME
20:00

Oceano

Mary Delphine Freedman
2022

Cambridge, UK

TROUBLE (22MB)
Song

DURATION 0:52
PROCESSING TIME
3:52

Flow

Ockert Greeff
2022

Montréal, Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
Other

DURATION 2:39
PROCESSING TIME
4:00

Mapping

Mary Delphine Freedman
2022

CAMBRIDGE, UK

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
NSFT

DURATION 0:30
PROCESSING TIME
1:00

Teenagers from Outspace – Silent Edition

Andrew Roach
2020

Ellijay, USA

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
NSFT

DURATION 15:27
PROCESSING TIME
30:00

Get Out Before It’s Too Late

Mozhdeh Bashirian
2021

Iran / Canada

RIPPLES (UP TO 5MB)
Other

DURATION 0:59
PROCESSING TIME
0:50

The First February Fire

Amélia Simard
2022

New Westminster, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
OTHER

DURATION 1:02
PROCESSING TIME
2:32

In Nisyros: An Instagram Story Poem

Marilia Kaisar
2019

Athens, Greece & Santa Cruz, USA

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
NSFT

DURATION 0:39
PROCESSING TIME
5:00

Atmos

Xiaoying Tan
2022

Vancouver, Canada

Ripples (UP TO 5MB)
NSFT

DURATION 2:24
PROCESSING TIME
5:00

Skylines

Monique Motut-Firth and Prophecy SuN
2022

Vancouver, Canada

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
Portals

DURATION 0:37
PROCESSING TIME
0:29

Built Reality

Ayana Madi
2022

VANCOUVER, CANADA

MOLECULES (UP TO 1MB)
PORTALS

DURATION 3:58
PROCESSING TIME


Join us for a selection of organizer favourites from this year and award winners from festivals past.

why wonder

Christopher M. Carruth

My Grandmother and the Eating Disorder

Marilia Kaisar

O’Hara Lane

Colin Williscroft

Catfessions #1

Pierre Leichner

Moththth

Weihan Zhou

The Frontiersman

Joseph Ku

Fantasmas sobre asfalto

Nicolás Higuera

Built Reality

Ayana Madi

DOOMER 1, 2, 3

Amber Morrison Fox and Matthew Fox

YELLOW

Criss Wang



I Missed You

Sarah Kantrowitz & Paul Clay

Melt

Leanne Dunic

bombaybeach

Derek Kwan

Diaspora

Noor Abouchehade

it’s raining but i don’t believe it’s raining

Eric Butler

The Shore

Eirini Tampasouli

Glint 1-4

Somayeh Khakshoor

Once Upon a Time

Hân Phạm


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