List of new media art festivals

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The following is an incomplete list of festivals dedicated to new media art.

International festivals[edit]

The ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art is an annual event consisting of a symposium on issues related to electronic art and an exhibition in a festival format.[1] Each year, the symposium is hosted by a different organization and country. The most recent festivals were:

  • ISEA2016 in Hong Kong,[2]
  • ISEA2015 in Vancouver,[3]
  • ISEA2014 in Dubai,[4]
  • ISEA2013 in Sydney.[5]




South Africa


China (mainland)

Hong Kong




South Korea

  • ACT Festival is an annual festival held in Gwangju. The festival takes place at a newly remodeled provincial city hall.[17]



  • WSK Festival is the first and only international festival of digital arts and new media in the Philippines.[19]



  • Prix Ars Electronica is the largest international New Media festival. It is held in Linz annually.
  • Art Meets Radical Openness[20] is a festival run by local initiative bringing together media arts and the free software movement.
  • Paraflows[21]
  • Urban Art Forms Festival[22]
  • NetartCommunityCongress[23]
  • dvision[24]
  • Basics Festival - Medien, Kunst, Gesellschaft[25]


  • VIA Festival is an international festival focused on the performing art and new technologies: theatrical performances, music and dance, urban installations and exhibitions. It is produced by the Manège Mons/Maubeuge - Belgium/France.[26]
  • Transnumeriques Biennale is the first international festival of new media art in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (previously Netd@ys) - Belgium. Initiated in 2005 by Transcultures.
  • Kikk Festival offers amix of technology, visual arts, music, architecture, design and interactive media. The program includes conferences, workshops, an exhibition, a market and a party with live performances. Initiated in 2011 by Dogstudio and Superbe. Namur - Belgium.[27]
  • Courtisane Festival[28]
  • update / New Technological Art Award. International New Media Art Biennale in Ghent. Since 2005.[29]


  • VideoHart (ВидеоХарТ in Bulgarian), held in 1995, no longer active. Considered the first festival that showed Bulgarian video art.
  • xfilm festival, held in 2005, no longer active[30]
  • Computer space


  • Touch Me Festival


  • International Motion Festival Cyprus - IMF
  • Countryside Animafest Cyprus Views of the World

Czech Republic

  • ENTER Festival [31] (Official website) Enter international art | sci | tech | biennale prague. Organized by International Centre for Art and New Technologies – CIANT Prague
  • Anemic festival [32] Independent Film and New Media Art. Organized by M77-Art, New Media & Training, Prague.
  • Digital.Zooo[33]
  • Echofluxx[34]
  • The Butterfly Effect - The Coordinates of the Moment Before Discovery[35]
  • Reset[36]
  • Zoom


  • re-new [37] is a combined Interactive Media Arts Festival and Conference. Organized by re-new digital arts forum, it is held annually in Copenhagen.
  • CLICK Festival[38]
  • ENTER Festival[39]
  • Anemic festival
  • International Digital Art Festival[40]



  • Le Manege[43]
  • Make Art[44]
  • Hacker Space
  • Lyon Biennale[45]
  • Arborescence[46]
  • Bains numériques[47]
  • Mal au Pixel[48]
  • Festival Maintenant, a snapshot of artistic contemporary creativity in visual arts, musics and new technologies – Rennes[49]




  • The SEQUENCES real-time art festival is held in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Its emphasis is time-based work, performance, sound art, video and music. The aim of the annual independent art festival is to celebrate and exhibit cutting-edge visual art with a special emphasis on art in public/urban spaces.
  • Art Meets Radical Openness Research


  • Netmage is an international festival dedicated to electronic art curated by Xing and produced annually in the city of Bologna as a multidisciplinary program of works, investigating and promoting contemporary audiovisual research.
  • AsoloArtFilmFestival[50] is an international festival dedicated to films about Arts.
  • Kernel Festival[51] is an international new media art festival. Kernel is an international platform for the promotion of art, research, experimentation, youth empowerment, industry and contemporary creativity.
  • Rome Media Art Festival is an international festival promoted by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. The Festival has an international Scientific Committee, Tullio De Mauro as President and it is directed by Valentino Catricalà. The Festival is characterized by a laboratorial attitude: it is not only based on events and exhibitions, but also on lectures master class, conferences, workshops and laboratories for schools and universities.



The international Contemporary and Video Art festival “Waterpieces”, organised by Culture and Arts Project “NOASS” and held every year in Riga.


Centras international multimedia arts and music festival for video, sound and live audiovisual artists. Organised every spring in Kaunas city.


  • Article is a biennial festival for unstable art forms, arranged by i/o/lab, the Rogaland Centre for Future Art in Stavanger. Article web site
  • Piksel[52] is an annual event for electronic art and technological freedom. Organised in Bergen since 2003, presenting art and software projects through exhibitions, workshops, performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free technologies.
  • Trondheim Matchmaking - international new media art festival took place yearly at the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre from 2002 - 2009. Changed name to Meta-Morph in 2010 and continues bi-annually.


  • WRO Media Art Biennale Wroclaw Poland [2] Since its inception in 1989, WRO has been presenting art forms created using new media for artistic expression and communication.
  • Patchlab Digital Art Festival Kraków [3] an international event dedicated to interdisciplinary (post)digital art forms, created at the intersection of new technologies, humanities and creative programming. Since 2012.


  • PLUNC is an international festival of Digital Art and New Media that presents projects and works that intersect art and technology through exhibitions, workshops, talks and round tables.
  • futureplaces is an international festival of medialabs operating in Porto since 2008. It is a partnership between the University of Porto and the University of Texas at Austin.


  • Multimatograf international festival of multimedia art. Organised every spring in Vologda city since 2005.
  • Plums Fest – international festival and platform for audiovisual arts, interdisciplinary research and multimedia experiments. The festival takes place in May in Moscow. Since 2008.

The Netherlands

  • Amsterdam Film eXperience[53] – AFX is an international festival for (short) film, new media and cross-over in Amsterdam
  • Cinekid[54] – Annual Media Festival for Kids in Amsterdam. Since 1987.
  • Dutch Electronic Art Festival[55] – (bi)annual Media Arts Festival. Since 1987.
  • Discovery Festival[56] – Opens up science for a wider public. Since 2006.
  • E-Pulse[57] – Media art festival in Breda. Since 2009.
  • Fiber Festival[58] – Media arts festival in Amsterdam, with a focus on creative makers. Since 2010.
  • Glow Light Arts Festival[59] – Festival in Eindhoven which shows light-based arts. Since 2006.
  • GOGBOT[60] – GOGBOT is an annual international festival for new media art, presented by PLANETART in Enschede. Since 1998.
  • Impakt Festival[61] – Impakt Festival for audiovisual arts in Utrecht
  • MAFF Media Art Flow Festival[62] – Media Arts festival in Almelo. Since 2007.
  • Manifestations[63] – Manifestations is an annual international festival for new media art, in Eindhoven. Since 2016.
  • Oddstream Festival[64] – Media Arts festival in Nijmegen. Since 2011.
  • TodaysArt[65] – TodaysArt Festival is an annual international festival for arts in The Hague.
  • PicNic festival[66] – Annual media festival, focussed mostly on business, but also invested in eCulture. Since 2006.
  • Playgrounds festival[67] -Annual Visual and media arts festival based in Tilburg. Since 2007.
  • Moving Buildings Festival[68] – Audiovisual and mapping Festival in Amstelveen
  • Sonic Acts[69] – Biennial 4day Media Arts festival in Amsterdam. Since 1994.
  • State-X New Forms[70] – Annually shows art and performances in the Hague. Since 2003.
  • STRP Biennial[71]Biennial art and technology festival in Eindhoven. STRP links creative technology to art and life for curious people. In nearly ten years (since 2006) and six editions, STRP, which has made its home on the former Philips factory grounds, has grown into one of the most versatile indoor art & technology festivals. The highlight is the STRP Biennial held every two years, with the seventh edition taking place from 20 – 29 March 2015.
  • Urban Explorers[72] – Annual media art festival in Dordrecht, with a focus on urban/city developments. Since 2006.
  • OrbitFest[73]


  • Resonate [74](Official website) brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a debate on the position of technology in art and culture. Held each year in Belgrade-Serbia, the festival provides an overview of current situation in the fields of music, visual arts and digital culture.



  • SCREEN Festival[75] The Festival program, presented in various venues throughout the city, is generated by inviting international platforms, curators and institutions to collaborate with local actors dedicated to the moving image. Thereby, Barcelona becomes a privileged place for the discovery of contemporary creative strategies and an opportunity for the participants to interact.
  • Artfutura[76] Digital Art and Culture Festival. Founded in Barcelona in 1990, in the following years it moved to Madrid and Sevilla, coming back to Barcelona in 2001. Alongside the festival, a program of screenings of digital animation films runs since 2002 in a growing number of cities in Spain and South America.
  • MADATAC[77] MADATAC (Contemporary New Media Audio-Visual Arts Festival) is a unique and innovative springboard for cutting edge experimental and new media audio-visual culture. Founded by Iury Lech in 2007, takes place in Madrid (Spain) on December within the city Mile of Art.
  • Sónar[78] Sónar, Barcelona's International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art Sonar is a pioneering festival that is unique in terms of its format and content: a leading international benchmark thanks to a carefully assembled range of culture that combines entertainment with artistry, the avant garde and experimentation, featuring the most consolidated artists and trends in electronic music and their interactions and hybridisations with other genres.
  • SCREEN Festival[79] The Festival program, presented in various venues throughout the city, is generated by inviting international platforms, curators and institutions to collaborate with local actors dedicated to the moving image. Thereby, Barcelona becomes a privileged place for the discovery of contemporary creative strategies and an opportunity for the participants to interact.
  • Visual Brazil
  • IVAHM[80] New Media Arts Festival Madrid. IVAHM Festival is a project of Museum C.A.V. La Neomudéjar [81]


  • NMM[82] (Official website) is an annual festival held in Norrköping, Sweden. The festival premiered in 2006 and focuses on an investigation of the contemporary art production, a discussion of emerging theories, a presentation of the most recent and significant research projects, and development of the relationships between art and the technology.


  • amberFestival [83] is running as an annual festival since 2007. It is the only event of its kind in Turkey since its inception takes places in İstanbul, in the second week of November. Hosted more than 200 artists and researchers with their works in the last four years.


  • AV Festival. UK's largest electronic arts festival, featuring exhibitions, film, music and newly commissioned works. It is bi-annual and based in the three main urban centres of the North East of England, NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
  • onedotzero festival[84] World's largest digital film festival that encompasses many new media projects, international events, commissioned and produced works. Based in London, with venue home at the [ICA].\
  • Alpha-ville is the London international festival of art, creative technology and culture presenting a number of exclusives, premieres, new commissions, free events and important international debates which inspire diverse audiences and enable collaborations and cross-pollination of ideas and knowledge.
  • Kinetica Art Fair [85] Annual Fair dedicated to Kinetic, Digital and New Media Art
  • NEoN Digital Arts Festival [86]
  • Construction Festival. Audiovisual and new media art in urban space. Located in Dnipropetrovsk. The festival combines the topics which include: urban planning, social and cultural development, creative needs of the people, who lives in this postindustrial and post-USSR city. Over the course of the week in which the festival “Construction” will take place, symbolic places and public spaces of Dnipropetrovsk will host a number of events. Surprising locations will be chosen to enhance the positions of experimental, interactive art and to promote the participation of citizens in the creative process. New media will take a role of spectacular tool that reflects the flow of time at its best. The festival will be followed up by discussions, presentations and workshops with Ukrainian and foreign experts in the fields of media art, new technologies in art, and creative urbanism.

Latin America[edit]



  • 404 festival argentina
  • Seminario Internacional de Narrativas Hipertextuales. Is a regional and international event to discuss, shed lights, make reflections and share the latest researches in the field of Digital Arts, education with new media, interactive museology, intellectual property in the digital age, video games, robotics, transmedia stories and other manifestations of Digital Culture. The organization alternates between Uruguay and Argentina, and presents speakers from Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay and Argentina.



  • TRANSITIO_MX. Festival Internacional de Artes Electrónicas y Video[90] The International Festival of New Media Art and Video Transitio_MX is the most important platform in Mexico for the expression and analysis of contemporary practices in artistic creation in electronic media and digital culture. It is a biennial festival that comprises three main activities: a symposium, an exhibition and a contest. Mexico city, Mexico.


  • Seminario Internacional de Narrativas Hipertextuales.[91]


  • Bienal de Artes Mediales [92]

North America[edit]


  • Vector Festival[93] is a Toronto festival for video game culture, contemporary art and new media.
  • Images Festival is the largest Canadian festival for video and media art.
  • New Adventures In Sound Art[94]
  • FITC Design and Technology Festival.[95]
  • Elektra Festival[96] is a week-long festival that shows electronic work in Montreal, Quebec.
  • New Forms Festival (NFF)[97] is an annual celebration of new media music, art and culture in Vancouver, BC
  • Sight & Sound is a new media festival produced by Eastern Bloc in Montreal.[98]
  • FIVARS Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories[99]
  • The HTMlles - Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture[100] is an international biennial festival produced by Studio XX in Montreal, Quebec
  • International Digital Art Biennale[101]
  • Antimatter[102]
  • Alucine[103]
  • Imaginenative[104]
  • MediaCity Film Festival[105]
  • The Works[106]

United States

  • The LA Freewaves experimental new media art festival is online and in Los Angeles art venues featuring local and international artists.[107]
  • IMCexpo[108] The Interactive Multimedia Culture Expo (IMCexpo) is a new media art show and trade show in New York City (2005 IMCexpo held at the Chelsea Art Museum)
  • Boston Cyberarts Festival[109] a biennial festival founded in 1999 to celebrate a long tradition of technological and artistic innovation throughout Massachusetts. The Boston Cyberarts Festival showcases artists and high-technology professionals from around the world who use new technology to advance traditional visual and performing arts disciplines.
  • New Media Film Festival[110] an annual festival held at the Los Angeles Film School honors stories worth telling offering distribution opportunities and awards.
  • New York Electronic Arts Festival[111] A biennial festival on Governor's Island in New York City.
  • The VIA Festival is Pittsburgh's largest annual celebration of digital culture. In 2012, the week's program showcased dozens of artists from around the world in multiple bars, clubs, galleries, and pop-up venues, including a large run-down bank that volunteers converted into an event space.
  • 01SJ Biennial – The ZERO1 Biennial, distributed throughout Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, is North America’s most significant and comprehensive showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology.
  • Life Art Science Tech (LAST) festival – blends a science symposium on the disciplines that are shaping the 21st century (Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Neuroscience, Nanotech, Space Exploration, etc.) with an expo of digital interactive art, and live performances, a blend that aims at representing the multifaceted creativity of the San Francisco Bay Area [112]
  • CURRENTS New Media is an annual new media festival with free admission, takes place every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.[113]
  • The CREATE Festival is a Creative Industries festival celebrating the intersections of creativity and innovation in Pittsburgh, PA[114]
  • Digital Graffiti is a digital and interactive art festival held in Alys Beach, Florida. Bringing together technology, architecture and art, Digital Graffiti features artists from around the world.[115]



  • Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival[116]
  • Electrofringe[117] is a festival of digital, electronic and new media arts.
  • Experimenta - Biennal of Media Art,[118] established in 1986 and based in Melbourne, is an Australian festival located at the intersection of creativity and technology and exhibits Australian as well international media art.
  • BEAP[119]
  • Women Media and Arts Film Festival[120]
  • Maroochy Festival[121]
  • Adelaide Festival[122]
  • SALA[123]
  • Castlemaine State festival[124]
  • Darwin Festival[125]
  • Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, South Australia [126]

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