I am thrilled to welcome you to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 2019 BFA/MFA Film,
Video New Media, Animation and Sound Festival. I look forward to encounter, along with you,
our students’ brilliant media works over the course of the next four evenings at the Gene Siskel
Film Center. For our students, the festival is a unique opportunity to see their work shine in a
state-of-the art facility and to share the fruits of their labor with an engaged audience.
Curated by Emily Eddy and Jesse Malmed, two of Chicago’s most dynamic and fearless media
arts programmers, this year’s festival brings to the screen a wide range of genres and practices:
daring experimental works, ambitious feature films, intimate video essays, hypnotic
soundscapes and rebellious animation shorts. We are proud to celebrate the diverse voices at
the heart of our community. Our festival is an international forum for emerging artists from
around the globe.
Media artists have a great responsibility today. They provide us with alternative ways of looking
and understanding the world we live in. They have the ability to transform and enhance
perception. Once the light goes down, we invite you to immerse yourself in a world of visionary
experiences and adventurous storytelling.
Please join me in congratulating this remarkable group of artists on all their achievements.
Enjoy the festival!
Frédéric Moffet, Chair
Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The FVNMAS Festival 2019 will take place during the evenings of Wednesday, May 8th through Saturday, May 11th. Tickets are complimentary and will be available each day at the box office, which opens one hour before the first program of the day. Please check program listings for specific showtimes.
Presented by the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies in collaboration with the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department, the Sound Department, and the Gene Siskel Film Center. Special thanks to Casey Puccini, our Alumni Producer, who has worked tirelessly for the past six months preparing guidelines, managing schedules, and meeting with our students. And as always we are deeply grateful to the professionalism of Brandon Doherty and his team at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and to Mickey Mahoney, Emily Kuehn, Andrew Zoleta, and Dan Holmes in FVNMA for their technical support. Finally, many thanks to our colleagues in Department of Exhibitions and especially to Hannah Barco, Monica Morris, and Trevor Martin.