Line-Up: Anomloulous, Bruno Pronsato, Calamalka, Christine Paton, Danuel Tate & Tyger Dhula, Disturbances, Girl Talk, Gold Chains and Sue Cie, Hawah, Kit Clayton, Little Woo, Mathew Jonson, Phon.o, Secret Mommy, Souns, Tusk, Woodhands.
Venues: Open Studios, Vancouver Art Gallery (90 presenters, more than 100 artists), Electra Building Gallery (beneath BC Hydro), Firehall Arts Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Western Front, Surrey Art Gallery, Video-In Studios (VIVO)
The flourishing number of committee and board members, support staff, and volunteers (almost 150) for NFF04 revealed its growth. Aleksandra Dulic, Kenneth Newby, James K-M, and more joined NomIg, Camille Baker, and Malcolm Levy as curators. The festival gained international recognition, which would lead to its joining International Cities of Advanced Sound (ICAS) network and increasing collaboration with Mutek.
NFF04 was the first of many consecutive years of partnership with VIVO (whose curators were Julie Gendron and Dinka Pignon). Through Canada Council for the Arts, NFF has had an ongoing partnership with the artist run center (sharing gear, etc). Malcolm Levy would eventually take a position on their board of directors.
NFF04 featured keynote addresses from Ranjit Makkuni, Michael Punt, and Machiko Kusahara, and panel discussions on Indian sacred art, invisible technologies, and a Traditional First Nations Healers network session. There were also half a dozen workshops, almost thirty papers presented, sixty installations exploring net art, video painting, and First Nations video art, and an early live appearance by Girl Talk.