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March 21, 2023

F@IMP Media Festival and General Assembly / Conference 2023: Welcome to St Andrews! Call for papers, Conference

Photo: Peter Gordon, St Andrews from Regulus tower – – 254003, CC BY-SA 2.0

Cordial invitation to the F@IMP Festival and the AVICOM General Assembly / Conference 2023!

The competition is open until 31 May 2023! We are waiting for the applicants!

 Welcome to St Andrews, Scotland!

It is now definite: The traditional international AVICOM Festival (Festival of Audiovisual and Innovative Museum Media Productions) 2023 in combination with the annual General Assembly / Conference of AVICOM  will take place from Thursday 21 September (arrival day) to Sunday 24 September (excursion and departure day) in the university town of St Andrews in Scotland.

Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.

At the last Faimp Festival, the University of St Andrews, School of Computer Science, had won an award with their website production “Virtual Orkney North Isles”. AVICOM is grateful that, as is tradition at the festivals, the university as a winning institution has agreed to host this year’s festival and conference.

Photo: Charles Clegg

The F@IMP Festival:

AVICOM invites all museums and other cultural institutions as well as media producers who are members of ICOM to participate in this year’s Media Festival.

Please note that the categories have changed as follows: Museum film, animation –  Media – Web – Exhibition installation – Mobile application.

The following criteria will be assessed in the categories: Research, documentary – Education and mediation – Interpretation – Inclusivity and sustainability.

The General Assembly / Conference: „The Virtual Museum“

In addition, AVICOM cordially invites you to participate in this year’s General Assembly / Conference. The theme is “The Virtual Museum”:  What are the content-related and methodological criteria for a Virtual Museum and what distinguishes it from other online museum databases? In which cases does the installation of a VM make sense? Can and may the VM replace the physical museum? Does the VM pose a threat to the physical museum or can the VM support the physical museum? Are there target groups that can be reached better via the VM than via the physical museum? What opportunities does the VM offer in terms of barrier reduction, inclusion and sustainability?

Submission of contributions:

Contributions to both the Media Festival and the General Assembly (presentations: approx. 15 to 20 minutes) can be submitted until 31 May 2023, 12 p.m. (CET).

For the Media Festival, contributions can be uploaded directly to the website.

Please send proposals for contributions to the Conference with the following documents to Title, abstract ( approx. 500 words), short CV, copy of your / your institution’s ICOM membership card.

We regret that honoraria for contributions to the conference and travel expenses cannot be paid. A limited travel allowance may be granted on request to young professionals in museum services and to contributors coming from ICOM category 4 countries.

The Festival and Conference are intended as hybrid events.

The language at the Festival and in the General Assembly / Conference is English.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions:

Media Festival: Ms Ildikó  Fejes, Festival Director:

General Assembly / Conference: Mr Dr Michael H. Faber, Chair of AVICOM: