Media City Film Festival History

Detail: Consolation Service, Eija-Liisa Athila, Finland, video installation, 1999

Media City is an annual international festival of film and video art presented in Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan since 1994.

Each year the festival attracts filmmakers and audience members from around the world to participate in five days of screenings, live performances, exhibitions and artist’s discussions. Over the years the festival has achieved critical acclaim and international recognition for its “sheer excellence in programming” and is recognized as a leading venue in the world of artist’s film and video.

Festival Founders: Dierdre Logue, Christopher McNamara, Britta Poisson, Kim Truchan,  and Dermot Wilson.

A complete searchable database of all works presented from Media City Film Festival’s 18 year history, coming soon.

Detail: Workers Leaving the Factory, Sharon Lockhart, USA, 2009

GRAND PRIZE winners at previous editions of Media City include Peter Hutton, Peter Tscherkassky, Ute Aurand, Bruce McClure, David Gatten, Robert Fenz, Guy Maddin, Samantha Rebello and Shiho Kano. Artists who have had RETROSPECTIVE presentations at Media City include Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Martin Arnold, Friedl vom Gröller (Kubelka), David Rokeby, Abigail Child, Helga Fanderl, Vincent Grenier, Karl Kels, Sergei Loznitsa, and Gerard Holthuis.

Just of few of th e many artists and filmmakers screened at the festival include Manon De Boer, Dietmar Brehm, Cane CapoVolto, David Claerbout, Gustav Deutsch, Nathaniel Dorsky, Kevin Everson, Nicky Hamlyn, Jang Minyong, Jim Jennings, Thomas Köner, Mark Lapore, Saul Levine, Jeanne Liotta, Sharon Lockhart, Rose Lowder, Rebecca Meyers, Matthias Müller, Julie Murray, Diemantas Narkevicius, Tomonari Nishikawa, Jayne Parker, John Price, Walid Raad, Jurgen Reble, Joost Rekveld, Ben Rivers, Ben Russell, Hannes Schüpbach, Guy Sherwin, Phil Solomon, Scott Stark, Ichiro Sueoka, Mika Taanila, Robert Todd, Tran T. Kim-Trang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Uman and Bart Vegter.

For information about works from past editions, publications and touring programs, please contact Oona Mosna and Jeremy Rigsby:

Herman Slobbe/ Blind Child II, Johan van der Keuken, Netherlands, 16mm, 1966

Film ist (7-12), Gustav Deustch, Austria, 35mm, 2002
Venzone, Friedl vom Gröller (Kubelka), Austria, photograph, 1975

Detail: Drawing Cobblestones, Helga Fanderl, Germany, Super 8, 2006

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