RESFEST (1996–2006) was by the 2000s the most prominent digital film festival in North America. It was a leading global showcase of new digital filmmakers alongside England's Onedotzero festival. The festival toured the world and in 2005 travelled to 35 cities in the USA, Canada, UK, Japan, Australia, Brazil and in various cities in Europe, Asia and Africa. A large part of the festival's latter content focused on cutting-edge music videos and short films, and directors like Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham and Jonathan Glazer all had their catalogs of work showcased at RESFEST over its 10 year run.
The film festival was founded by Jonathan Wells after the dissolution of the Low Res digital film festival which he and Bart Cheever had created the year before. Low Res Digital Film Festival first took place in October 1995 at an art gallery in San Francisco’s SoMa district. The first year’s program featured work from pioneering music video and motion graphics studio H-Gun Labs, England’s design collective Tomato, digital designer Nick Philip and filmmaker Spike Jonze, whose early skateboard short films were screened.Cheever went on to create the DFilm digital film festival and online movie maker.
In 1997 the producers also created the digital film lifestyle magazine RES, which was affiliated with the online media site Sputnik 7.
Both the festival and magazine stopped updating their websites in the midst of RESFEST 10, the organisation's 2006 tour, and have since been inactive. Wells has since moved to curating cultural events through his flux website.
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