About – General
- What is Digifest?
- Who is invited?
- Who is organizing Digifest?
- Is this the inaugural event?
- Who is Digifest partnered with?
- Can my company sponsor / exhibit at Digifest?
- Are you looking for volunteers?
- Will you hire me?
- Are you guys making money off me?
About – Content
- What is happening at Digifest?
- Can I bring my kids?
- Can I bring my Grandma?
- Can I bring my dog/cat/fish/snake/velociraptor?
- Who can present at Digifest?
- What is the Ziris™ wall?
About – The Rest
- Where is Digifest taking place?
- Should I attend?
- Can I get my drink on?
- How about snacks? Will there be snacks?
- How much does it cost?
- Is there a student rate? Tuition is expensive!
- Will Digifest be amazing?
Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating innovation and digital creativity. From October 26-30, we will be bringing together some of the world’s best and brightest to showcase next generation digital art & design. Established and emerging designers, technologists and artists will come together during Digifest for presentations, incredible demos, interactive exhibitions and parties.
Digifest showcases digital media creativity in Toronto, bringing together academic, industry and the public to experience the convergence of interactive & mobile media, gaming, art and design, architecture, simulation and more. Digifest will celebrate the latest achievements in visualization, simulation and interaction in many fields, inspiring and connecting all involved.
Everyone is invited to attend Digifest. With the array of events we have planned, we can honestly say there is something for everyone. Whether you are a student, a professor, an artist, or a C.E.O, we guarantee that you will be educated, inspired, and entertained with a week’s worth of events and exhibits to attend. For business networking and to stay up to date with the latest developments in digital technology, check out our Innovation Days. To promote your game, vfx or animation studio, sign up to present at our First Person Show. Or, if you just wanna party, don’t miss our Digifest Halloween Spooktacular. It’s gonna be amazing.
Digifest is produced by the School of Design at George Brown College. Our key organizers are:
Project Head – Luigi Ferrara, Director of the Centre for Arts & Design at George Brown College
Event Producer – Samantha Fraser
Technical Director / Competitions Coordinator – Nick Crampton
Project Coordinator – Priscilla Li
Nope. Digifest was first founded in 2002 by Luigi Ferrara, then President of the DXNet and Vice President of Design Exchange. It was followed by festivals in 2004 and 2006 organized originally by the DXNet at the Design Exchange. This will be Digifest’s fourth festival after a five year hiatus, with a focus on industry and academic partners in order to grow the festival to become an annual celebration of Toronto’s digital cluster. October 2011 marks the revitalization of Digfest, and we’re back and better than ever.
Digifest has been renewed and updated by the School of Design at George Brown College in partnership with the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFF), Applied Arts Inc., Meet The Media Guru (Italy), TOJam and various academic, cultural, media and venue partners.
Of course! We would love to have you on board for this one of a kind event (and we would appreciate the help). We have all sorts of sponsorship packages available (which include a number of benefits for you), and many events where you can promote your work. For more information on sponsorship, please contact Samantha Fraser at email@example.com. If you are interested in submitting your art to our Link online exhibit, please visit: http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2011/link.
Yes indeed. A strong volunteer crew is an essential element to a smoothly running festival. You can bring whatever strengths you have to the table by filling out a volunteer application form (and we would like to thank you in advance for your help). The form can be found at this address: http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2011/volunteer. We are particularly looking for event staff to help us run the multitude of events happening concurrently across the city.
No. See above.
No. Digifest is a not-for-profit festival dedicated to celebrating the digital media community and uniting various sectors. All profits made from ticket sales go directly to funding the event: i.e. flying in presenters, booking venues, and so on. Trust us. If we were making money we would be in Monte Carlo with a leggy blonde, and definitely not answering all of these Questions that are so Frequently Asked.
About – Content
Digifest consists of five jam-packed days of innovation, information, and entertainment. We are hosting a number of cool events. Here’s a sneak preview of what is to come:
Gaming Incubator Launch Party (October 26, 5pm-7pm) FREE
The festivities begin with our Gaming Incubator Launch Party at the George Brown College Gaming Incubator (333 King St E).
Innovation Days (October 26-27, 9am-5pm) PAID event
Showcasing the latest in industry and academic research partnerships, Innovation Day presentations will be accompanied by a series of interactive exhibits throughout the venue, allowing the audience an opportunity to test-drive the newest in digital ingenuity. In conjunction with our Innovation Days, we are also holding Innovation Field Days, a platform for local creators, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, to present/exhibit their exciting work to the public.
The Applied Arts Annual Winners Exhibit (October 26-27) FREE
You won’t want to miss this. The exhibit, the only one of it’s kind in Canada, will display over 900 winning pieces from the 2011 Applied Arts Awards including Advertising, Design, Interactive, Photography & Illustration, Printing and Student Awards. The 2nd Annual Creative School Expo will run in conjunction with the Awards Exhibit. Art schools, colleges and universities offering visual communications programs, will be exhibiting. High school students and professionals, interested in returning to school, are invited to attend and learn more about post secondary education in visual communications.
Meet the Media Guru (October 26-28, 7pm-9pm) PAID event
Check out our Meet the Media Guru (MMG) events. MMG is a Social Network and an Open Community of Digital Culture that organizes events in Italy to meet the world famous protagonists of innovation. Digifest is bringing MMG events to Ontario by making them a key component of our schedule. These evening speaker events will bring innovators from across the globe for thought-provoking presentations that will inspire and challenge attendees.
TIFF Nexus Innovation Day (October 28) PAID event
The TIFF Nexus Innovation Day will feature emerging technology talks and presentations as well as the results of the 2011 Gaming Peripherals Jam – putting game developers together with hardware hackers to innovate in areas of interface – which will be showcased in an evening reception at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
First Person Show (October 29-30, 10am-5pm) FREE
To put it simply, First Person Show (FPS) is a meet & greet show & tell for the video game, VFX and animation communities in Ontario. Exhibitors will be provided with space and screens to show off their latest projects, with the option of public play and interaction. Come and mingle with the amazing brains that make up Toronto’s – and Ontario’s – talent pool.
Link Exhibit (October 29-30, 10am-5pm) FREE
Link is an open-call exhibit to highlight the best digital art that the city, the province and the world have to offer. Consisting of an online digital showcase and weekend exhibition(s), the themes of play, touch, build & watch, will be used to curate interactive installations, ground-breaking websites, short films, animation, video games and much more to demonstrate how digital media connects us all.
TOJam Arcade (October 29-30) FREE
The Toronto Independent Game Development Jam (TOJam) is a free, annual game-making event open to the public. For the last 5 years, they’ve gathered together the craziest game makers in the world for a 3-day, around-the-clock game making binge. TOJam attracts a mix of hobbyists, students, and professionals. For some, it’s an opportunity to try new ideas, for others it’s a chance to focus.
Halloween Spooktacular (October 29, 9pm-2am) $20
Heroes vs. Villians. This masquerade ball will be the spookiest and most AWESOME way EVER to celebrate digital Halloween. Be there or be SCARED … get it?
Yonge-Dundas Square Funday Sunday (October 30, 10am – ?) FREE
Look forward to a heap of great content free for anyone walking through the Square. If you would like to submit an idea for an awesome interactive content piece, please contact us.
Ziris™ Digifest Closing Gala (October 30, 5pm-7pm) PAID event
The final day of Digifest will conclude with a celebration of the week’s past festivities. Hosted at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front St. E.), this unmissable party will premiere the work created for the Sony Ziris™ wall. Come enjoy the visual feast (there will also be snacks!).
For a complete and detailed schedule of all the DIgifest events, please visit the following link: http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2011/schedule
Sure, why spend money on a babysitter? We have a number of family friendly events. If anyone in the world appreciates video games and digital doodads, its kids. We’ll have lots of cool new games for them to try out (and you can play too if you taught them how to share).
To reiterate, Digifest has something for everyone in the family. So what if your grandmother/grandfather/great aunt or uncle doesn’t know the difference between a CD and a frisbee? All the more reason to bring ‘em down and show them some of the advances that have been made in technology since the transistor radio.
Sorry, no. Unless your pet has a sincere interest in digital culture, we recommend for you to leave him/her at home. We’re sure he/she won’t be too deeply offended. Also, we’re pretty sure velociraptors are extinct, though our event producer, Samantha is convinced they’re lurking around the next corner.
We are looking for presenters well established in their field, whether they are industry thought leaders, academics, or students. If you think you have something interesting, innovating, and inspiring to present, please contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s really, really, cool. The Ziris™ Wall is an epic 21-screen HD video wall featuring Sony’s new Ziris™ digital signage software. Content that goes beyond HD can be streamed seamlessly across all screens for a mind-blowing effect. Winning art from the DIGIFEST 2011 ZIRIS™ COMPETITION will be displayed on the Wall at the Ziris™ Digifest Closing Gala on October 30 from 5pm-7pm.
About – The Rest
Digifest is taking place at various locations across the city of Toronto. Some venues include:
St. Lawrence North Market
The Berkeley Church and Field House
The Gaming Incubator at George Brown College
The Sony Center for the Performing Arts
TIFF Bell Lightbox
In a word – YES!
Boo ya. Many of our events will have a liquor license. Some tickets will also include a free drink. So prepare yourself for a digital jam.
At many events there will also be snacks available. Is food all you think about?
We have a number of affordable ticket packages for students and industry members alike. Stay tuned for more!
So is alcohol and pizza. We understand. Many events will have a student discount available for all you starving youngsters out there. Some events are also free!
So glad you asked. Yes.
For general inquiries, please visit the following link: http://www.torontodigifest.ca/2011/contact/
For more specific presentation, sponsorship, or advertising inquiries please e-mail Samantha Fraser, Event Producer: email@example.com
For questions regarding the Ziris™ Wall competition, please e-mail Nick Crampton, Technical Director: firstname.lastname@example.org