The history of the festival dates back to 2014, when it was first organized thanks to the HUCOT association, the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlin and the Faculty of Multimedia Communications at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. The first five editions were competitive and the jury during this period included well-known artists, designers and curators such as Dan Gregor alias Initi, Petr Skála, Dušan Urbanec, Václav Ondroušek, Antonio Lacerda, Rainer Mutsch, Lukáš Veverka, Xavier Roig, Vojta Frič and others.
A large number of universities from the Czech and Slovak Republics as well as from various European countries have participated in the festival over the years (see the schools list below).
The first ever winner was the team from FUD UJEP-Atelier TIME-BASED MEDIA consisting of František Pecháček, Josef Kortan and Josef Mikula with the video mapping film BLACK/DIVISION.
The last three years of the festival were already non-competitive. Also, the Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on this festival as well. Due to that, there was a forced two-year break and the festival resumed in 2022. The organisation was therefore taken over by the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín and the Digital Design Studio of FMK UTB Zlín, which replaced the participation of the defunct HUCOT association.
In the future, a return to competitive mapiings and the creation of another category focusing on interaction with the audience are being considered.
The Maska Festival in Zlín brings not only unforgettable experiences and entertainment, but also provides an opportunity for all those who want to learn about the latest trends in video mapping and digital art.