the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival is a festival for anyone using small-gauge to create rough little gems on film. A unique Toronto-based film festival that presents all forms of small-gauge film: 8mm, Super 8 and 9.5mm, as well as works in installation, loops, personal, handmade, experimental, animations, diaries, essays, collage, cut-ups, performance/film, music/film and ‘proto-cinema devices’ like zoetropes. the8fest presents films from Toronto, across Canada and from small-gauge creators and communities around the world. Showcasing the 70+ year history of small-gauge film – from artists’ work in the form since the 1950’s and 60’s, to it’s wider cultural use in home movies, instructional loops and beyond – the 8fest provides a forum for filmmakers who want to show their work on small-gauge and for people who want to see this work in its original formats. the8fest is committed to keeping the exhibition of small-gauge film a viable presentation medium. Our first annual festival was held in February 2007.
the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival founding members: Home Movie History Project, Scott Miller Berry, Milada Kováčová, Jonathan Culp, Benny Zenga