THE ONLY FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO DIGITAL ANIMATION
Denver Digerati, along with the Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts and Venues and a host of additional sponsors, present “Reality Bytes,” the third edition of SUPERNOVA Outdoor Digital Animation Festival taking place September 14th – 23rd in Downtown Denver, Colorado. The only forum of its kind in the world to focus exclusively on the convergence of technology and animation, SUPERNOVA is a singular, dynamic example of innovation in art merging with the public sector. Each year the festival hosts an all-day education forum, art exhibitions and other special events to bookend an entire day of public screenings taking place on large-scale L.E.D. screens situated in the heart of Denver, including a special temporary LED screen located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex outdoor Galleria. SUPERNOVA programming defines what is current in digital animation today, presenting works by visionary animators who apply advanced technology in thrilling ways. Emerging artists and seasoned veterans are all celebrated at the festival, which boasts $5,000 in prize money to top winners in the festival’s Juried Competition. Artists from anywhere in the world have through July 15th to submit up to two animations for consideration through SUPERNOVA’s entry portal on Film Freeway. An additional $1,500 in prize money is being introduced this year for a Student Competition, currently open only to Colorado-based animators, and the festival’s first Invitational program, highlighting artists who have been previously involved in the festival and Digerati related events. A robust slate of community collaborations centered on digital art practices will also take place throughout Denver leading up to and during the week of the festival, making SUPERNOVA a robust experience for locals and visitors to engage with.
SUPERNOVA 2018 continues the tradition of bringing on board three distinguished jurors to enhance the growing prestige of the festival. Max Hattler (Hong Kong), Katie Torn (NYC) and Robert Seidel (Berlin) will be our guests in Colorado this year as presenters in an all-day education forum, participants in the festival’s core and auxiliary programming, and to select cash prize awards ranging between $250 – $2,000 USD in the festival competition. The three jurors have been chosen for their pioneering work within the fields of new media, contemporary art and digital motion graphics on an international level as well as their previous involvement with Denver Digerati, whether as SUPERNOVA award winners or participants in over six years of our ongoing programming.
SUPERNOVA commenced in 2016 as a singular example of innovation within an urban context, promoting a relaxed and rewarding visual experience like no other for free to the public. Digerati’s partners and sponsors are some of the leading advocates for arts within Denver’s greater cultural community, and our impressive artist network spans the globe. The festival’s encompassing theme “Reality Bytes” for 2018 was selected as a reflection of current times, both playful and ominous, exquisitely shaped through practitioners of animation and art around the world today.
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SUPERNOVA is presented by Denver Digerati with support from Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts & Venues, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Meow Wolf, Understudy, Exclusive Education Partner CU Denver College of Arts & Media, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Orange Barrel Media, Branded Cities and WeedenLaw. Community affiliations and collaborations in 2018 include MCA Denver Teens, Redline, Denver Film Society, CU Boulder Sonic Arts, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and Emmanuel Art Gallery at CU Denver. SUPERNOVA also supports the summer-long exhibition “Pixelated” at Denver Botanic Gardens.