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

Festivals by country[edit]


The ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art is an annual event, normally including an exhibition in a festival format. The symposium is hosted by a different organisation and country each year.



Di-Egy Fest is a Biennially Digital Media Art Festival in Cairo.


China (Mainland)[edit]

International Triennial of New Media Art.These triennials have investigated the most current intellectual trends in the discourse of media art and culture, providing a prominent platform for a global presentation and theorization of cutting edge media artwork. The 2014 edition will present 58 works by 65 artists and artistic collectives from 22 countries. Most of the works in the exhibition will be shown in China for the first time.

Previously, 2008 Synthetic Times [1], 2011 Translife [2]


Hong Kong[edit]

Clockenflap is an annual multimedia arts festival in Hong Kong.
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival is an annual, international media art festival since 1996 Microwave


Taipei Digital Art Festival [3]


Print Screen Festival is an annual film and new media art festival initiated in 2010 and taking place in the Holon Cinematheque. (Official web site)


The Japan Media Arts Festival is an annual festival held by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs since 1997. During the festival, awards are given in four categories: Art (formerly called Non-Interactive Digital Art), Entertainment (formerly called Interactive Art; including video games and websites), Animation, and Manga. Within each category, one Grand Prize, four Excellence Prizes, and (since 2002) one Encouragement Prize are awarded. These are sometimes also called Japan Media Arts Awards. Official Web site



Prix Ars Electronica (Official website) is the largest international New Media festival. It is held in Linz annually.
Art Meets Radical Openness is a festival run by local initiative bringing together media arts and free software movement.
Pataflows (Official website)


VIA Festival (Website 2015's edition) international festival focused on the performing art and new technologies: theatrical performances, music and dance, urban installations and exhibitions. Produced by the Manège Mons/Maubeuge. (Official website) - Belgium/France.
Transnumeriques Biennale (Official website) first international festival of news media arts in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (previously Netd@ys) - Belgium. Initiated in 2005 by Transcultures.
Kikk Festival (Official website) mix 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.

Czech Republic[edit]

ENTER Festival [1] (Official website) Enter international art | sci | tech | biennale prague. Organized by International Centre for Art and New Technologies – CIANT Prague
Anemic festival [2] Independent Film and New Media Art. Organized by M77-Art, New Media & Training, Prague.


re-new [3] is a combined Interactive Media Arts Festival and Conference. Organized by re-new digital arts forum, it is held annually in Copenhagen.


Alternative Party[4] a digital culture and demoscene art festival
Pixelache Helsinki ([4]) is a transdisciplinary platform for experimental art, design, research and activism.


Transmediale – festival for art and digital culture berlin
NODE Forum for Digital Arts (Website 2010's edition)
European Media Arts Festival
Mediale Hamburg 1993. Das erste Festival für Medienkunst und Medienzukunft.


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.


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[5] is an international festival dedicated to films about Arts.
Kernel Festival[6] 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 Comitee, 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.


Festival Miden is an international video art & new media art festival based in Kalamata, GR
Athens Video Art Festival(Official website)is an international video art & new media art festival based in Athens, GR


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. Piksel is part workshop, part festival, arranged annually in Bergen for artists and developers working with open source hardware, software and art.


WRO Media Art Biennale Wrozlaw Poland [5] Since its inception in 1989, WRO has been presenting art forms created using new media for artistic expression and communication.


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[edit]

Amsterdam Film eXperience[7] – AFX is an international festival for (short) film, new media and cross-over in Amsterdam
Cinekid[8] – Annual Media Festival for Kids in Amsterdam. Since 1987.
Dutch Electronic Art Festival[9] – (bi)annual Media Arts Festival. Since 1987.
Discovery Festival[10] – Opens up science for a wider public. Since 2006.
E-Pulse[11] – Media art festival in Breda. Since 2009.
Fiber Festival[12] – Media arts festival in Amsterdam, with a focus on creative makers. Since 2010.
Glow Light Arts Festival[13] – Festival in Eindhoven which shows light-based arts. Since 2006.
GOGBOT[14] – GOGBOT is an annual international festival for new media art, presented by PLANETART in Enschede. Since 1988.
Impakt Festival[15] – Impakt Festival for audiovisual arts in Utrecht
MAFF Media Art Flow Festival[16] – Media Arts festival in Almelo. Since 2007.
Oddstream Festival[17] – Media Arts festival in Nijmegen. Since 2011.
TodaysArt[18] – TodaysArt Festival is an annual international festival for arts in The Hague.
PicNic festival[19] – Annual media festival, focussed mostly on business, but also invested in eCulture. Since 2006.
Playgrounds festival[20] -Annual Visual and media arts festival based in Tilburg. Since 2007.
Moving Buildings Festival[21] – Audiovisual and mapping Festival in Amstelveen
Sonic Acts[22] – Biennial 4day Media Arts festival in Amsterdam. Since 1994.
State-X New Forms[23] – Annually shows art and performances in the Hague. Since 2003.
STRP Biennial[24]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[25] – Annual media art festival in Dordrecht, with a focus on urban/city developments. Since 2006.


Resonate [26](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.


Speculum Artium (Official website) is international New Media festival. It is held in Trbovlje.


SCREEN Festival[27] 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[28] 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[29] 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[30] 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[31] 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.


NMM[32] (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 [33] 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[34] 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].
FutureEverything, formerly known as Futuresonic[35] After 15 years, Futuresonic returned as FutureEverything, an annual festival of art, music and ideas. It involves a freeform mix of live events, exhibitions, workshops and talks in up to 30 different venues and spaces across Manchester UK. Futuresonic was established in 1995, with the first major festival was in September 1996, and has since presented projects in Asia, Africa, N America, S America and Europe.
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 [36] Annual Fair dedicated to Kinetic, Digital and New Media Art

Latin America[edit]


FILE – Electronic Language International Festival (Official website) is a festival of new media art organized yearly since 2000 in São Paulo, Brazil.
Multiplicidade Imagem Som inusitados (Official website) is a festival of new media art that happens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with live performances of art and technology since 2005.


Festival Internacional de la Imagen[37] Manizales, Caldas.


TRANSITIO_MX. Festival Internacional de Artes Electrónicas y Video[38] 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.

North America[edit]


Vector Festival 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 [NAISA] programs Sound Travels and Deep Wireless in Toronto.
FITC Design and Technology Festival.
Elektra Festival[39] is a week-long festival that shows electronic work in Montreal, Quebec.
New Forms Festival (NFF)[40] is an annual celebration of new media music, art and culture in Vancouver, BC
Sight & Sound is a growing new media festival produced by Eastern Bloc in Montreal.
The HTMlles - Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture is an international biennial festival produced by Studio XX in Montreal, Quebec

United States[edit]

The LA Freewaves experimental new media art festival is online and in Los Angeles art venues featuring local and international artists.[41]
IMCexpo[42] The Interactive Multimedia Culture Expo (IMCexpo) is a new media art show & trade show in New York City (2005 IMCexpo held at the Chelsea Art Museum)
Boston Cyberarts Festival[43] 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[44] an annual festival held at the Los Angeles Film School honors stories worth telling offering distribution opportunities and awards.
New York Electronic Arts Festival[45] 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.
CURRENTS -SANTA FE'S annual, citywide, international new media festival, takes place every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA.
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 [46]



Electrofringe[47] is a festival of digital, electronic and new media arts. Its focus is on emergent forms and techniques within media based arts practice and places a particular emphasis on encouraging young and emerging artists to interact with established artists. Electrofringe takes place over 5 days and nights around the September/October change-over in the regional centre of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Experimenta - Biennal of Media Art,[48] established in 1986 and based in in Melbourne, is an Austrialian festival located at the intersection of creativity and technology and exhibits Australian as well international media art.

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