Welcome to SAIC’s 2020 FVNMAS Festival

The wait is over. I am thrilled to finally welcome you to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s 2020 Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival featuring work by our recent Graduate and Undergraduate alumni. 2020 has taught us so much about innovation, perseverance, and resilience. This year, we are streaming the work of the class of 2020 via the Gene Siskel Film Center’s virtual cinema platform. The festival is free and available to audiences around the world. Each day, between November 30 and December 6, a new program of alumni works will premiere. Each program will remain available for online viewing for 7 days. I look forward to encounter, 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, ambitious feature films, 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 many 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