BRIEF HISTORY

Media City Film Festival is an annual international festival of film and digital art, presented in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan since 1994. It is the only organization in the world to regularly present artists’ film on both sides of an international border.

Media City Film Festival celebrated its 22nd edition in 2017. Since its inception, the festival has received more than 35,000 film entries from over 120 different nations, hosted hundreds of visiting artists and filmmakers and engaged thousands of audience members in public programs, including specially commissioned artists’ editions, gallery exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, lectures, performances and other events.

The festival takes place at venues in both Windsor and Detroit, including The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Media City’s main venue is the historic Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre. Over the years, the festival has earned a reputation worldwide as one of the leading venues for the presentation and reception of artists’ cinema, and is lauded for its “sheer excellence in programming”, its impeccable technical presentation standards, and its convivial and inclusive atmosphere.

Media City attracts filmmakers and audience members from around the world to participate in five days of screenings, live performances, exhibitions and artist’s discussions.

Films premiered at Media City have had subsequent screenings at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, Centre George Pompidou, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art, Harvard Film Archive and countless other festivals, museums, microcinemas and biennales worldwide.

Media City also hosts residencies and commissions work through the Mobile Frames: Filmmakers in Residence Program, and other platforms, with 30+ films commissioned since 2012. Media City Commissioned films have had subsequent screenings at venues including La Biennale di Venezia and NYFF.

PRIZE WINNERS at previous editions of Media City have included: Basma Alsharif, Mati Diop, Ben Russell, Kevin Jerome Everson, Robert Beavers, Camilo Restrepo, Peter Tscherkassky, Ute Aurand, Bruce McClure, David Gatten, Cauleen Smith, Nathaniel Dorsky, Robert Fenz, Guy Maddin, Samantha Rebello and Shiho Kano.

RETROSPECTIVE & other featured presentations at Media City have included: Matana Roberts, Warren Sonbert, Johan vander Keuken, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Sergei Loznitsa, Martin Arnold, Yoko Ono, Friedl vom Gröller (Kubelka), Malcolm LeGrice, Kurt Kren, Abigail Child, Helga Fanderl, Peter Hutton, Karl Kels, Gerard Holthuis, and many others.

Just a Few of the hundreds of artists and filmmakers screened at the festival over the years: Akosua Adoma OwusuMichael Snow, Ana Vaz, Manon De Boer, Harun Farocki, Sharon Lockhart, David Claerbout, Gustav Deutsch, Walid Raad, Nathaniel Dorsky, Andy Warhol, Peter Gidal, Basma Alsharif, Standish Lawder, Nicky Hamlyn, Jang Minyong, Jim Jennings, Thomas Köner, Mark Lapore, Saul Levine, Rose Lowder, Matthias Müller, Julie Murray, Deimantas Narkevicius, Tomonari Nishikawa, Jayne Parker, John Price, Jurgen Reble, Joost Rekveld, Ben Rivers, Hannes Schüpbach, Guy Sherwin, Phil Solomon, Scott Stark, Ichiro Sueoka, Mika Taanila, Robert Todd, Tran T. Kim-Trang, Naomi Uman, Bart Vegter and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

 

Searchable database of all works presented from Media City Film Festival’s 20+ year history coming soon. You can view catalogues from previous editions of the festival (2008 – 2017) here. Festival Founders: Dierdre Logue, Christopher McNamara, Britta Poisson, Kim Truchan,  and Dermot Wilson.

For information about works from past editions, publications and touring programs, please contact Oona Mosna: mediacity@houseoftoast.ca