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European Media Art Festival

The EMAF is regarded internationally as one of the most influential forums for contemporary media art. Each year it offers its visitors an overview of current artistic productions in film programmes, exhibitions, performances and hybrid formats. Guest-curated projects and retrospectives provide in-depth insights into historical positions and contexts.

At the heart of the festival is the annually changing theme, which in the exhibition, in specially curated film programmes and talks by theorists from various disciplines, illuminates the interfaces between artistic practice, technological development and social reality. The main themes of the last few years have included documentary working methods in art (2018: Report. Notizen aus der Wirklichkeit /i.e. Report. Notes from Reality), the relationship between language and transgression (2019: Wild Grammar), the entanglements of I and We (2020: First Person Plural) and the multiple relationships between possession and being possessed (2021: Possessed). In its Campus section, the EMAF also offers selected German and European art academies a forum. In exhibitions and film screenings, they present current works or develop projects through which they respond to local conditions or thematic impulses.

The festival identifies as a place of experimentation, where extraordinary works are created and actors from different fields can enter into dialogue with each other. Each year, around 14.000 international artists, curators, researchers, students and film and art lovers meet at the EMAF.


Film Programme: International survey of experimental and artists’ films, curated special programmes and retrospectives
Exhibition: Media installations at Kunsthalle Osnabrueck and other places
Talks: Talks, workshops, presentations and panels
Campus: European academies and universities present their latest programmes and projects


Experimentalfilm Workshop e.V.
Festival Management
Katrin Mundt
Alfred Rotert
Katharina Lohmeyer
Guest Service
Andrea Gehling
David Quitmann
Administration Film Programme
Johanna Doyé
Technical Staff
Thorsten Alich
Christian Löwrick
Joshua van der Veen
Reinhard Westendorf
Website Content
Johanna Doyé
Katharina Lohmeyer

Festival 2023

Commission Film programme: Ryan Ferko, Mason Leaver-Yap, Katrin Mundt, Philip Widmann, Tinne Zenner

Curator Film programme “Trembling Time”: Rachael Rakes

Curator Exhibition: Inga Seidler

Curator Talks: Daphne Dragona

Coordination Campus: Clara Miranda-Scherffig

Assistance Film programme: Alina Homann

Assistance Communications: Elizaveta Kovalenko

Construction and Technical Staff for Exhibition: Andreas Zelle, Timo Katz

Translation: Almut Meakin, John Meakin, Caspar Shaller

Photographers: Angela von Brill, Kerstin Hehmann