May 10 - 16

Encounter the next generation of film, video, sound and new media artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental pieces.

Participating Artists:

Paige Thomson Alexander, Sofía Alfaro, Emily Anshen, Zoe Butler, Can, Cliff, Cindy Cheng, Cosmo Coffey, FYJ, Calla Flanagan, Jay Jung, Ān Kassel, Haruhi Kobayashi, Ines Moldavsky, orr, Peixuan Ouyang, Haomin Peng, Sophia Pierre, Ravi Shawn Jha, Emilie Robinson, Carly Paige, Kye Benjamin Stone, Adrian Velazquez, Angela Yang, Yuanqing Ye, Yonatan Yin, Zheming Yuan, Siyi Zhang

Welcome to SAIC’s 2021 FVNMAS Festival 


I am thrilled to welcome you to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 2021 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival featuring work by our graduating BFA and MFA students. The past year has been challenging yet our students persevered, innovated and thrived. I am so proud of their achievements. This year, we are streaming the work of the class of 2021 via the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema platform. The festival is free and available to audiences around the world. Each day, between May 10 and May 16, a new program will premiere. Each program will remain available for online viewing for 7 days. I look forward to encountering, along with you, our students’ ingenious work. 

Programmed by Amy Beste, FVNMA’s Director of Public Programs and Curator of the screening series Conversations at the Edge, the festival brings to your screen a wide range of genres and practices: daring experimental works, intimate video essays, and rebellious animation shorts. We are proud to celebrate the diverse voices at the heart of our community. 

I am eternally grateful to Amy Beste; Casey Puccini, our festival producer; Trevor Martin and the rest of the Department of Exhibitions staff; Jean de St. Aubin, Andy Berlin, and the entire staff at the Gene Siskel Film Center; our graduate assistant Denny Mwaura; the FVNMA technical staff; all the faculty members who worked diligently with the students over the past years; and, above all, to all the participating artists for their hard work and inspiring vision.

Media artists have a great responsibility today. They provide us with alternative ways of looking and understanding the world in which we live. They have the ability to transform and enhance perception. 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