Supernova Will Bring Digital Animation to Downtown Denver’s Big Screens in September

Supernova will blow Denver's mind with digital animation on downtown LED screens this September.
Supernova will blow Denver's mind with digital animation on downtown LED screens this September.
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The beauty of digital animation as an art form is its portability: It’s a case of have screen, will travel, as Ivar Zeile’s Denver Digerati has shown over several seasons of Friday Flash summer programs featuring motion-based video media on the Denver Theatre District’s giant LED screen at 14th and Champa streets. But Zeile is now ready to take that model to the next level with Supernova, a daylong international festival of digital animation on multiple downtown screens, set for September 24. Denver Arts & Venues and the DTD are on board to provide support for the project.

Digital animation by Supernova juror Claudia Maté.EXPAND
Digital animation by Supernova juror Claudia Maté.
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“This concept broadens what we have already been doing,” Zeile says. “Friday Flash is a wondrous thing, but another Friday Flash is just another Friday Flash. Supernova is something nobody is doing anywhere else; it will be the first digital-animation festival of its kind anywhere.” The infrastructure is already in place — big screens in downtown Denver — but instead of a single 45-minute program, Supernova will feature seven hours of simultaneous curated programs on multiple screens, an international competition with cash prizes, and a ticketed educational forum.

Supernova Will Bring Digital Animation to Downtown Denver’s Big Screens in September
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An international call for entries for Supernova opened on May 1 and closes on August 15; guest jurors Claudia Maté, Jonathan Monaghan and Morehshin Allahyari, all high-profile new-media artists themselves, will award three grants toward commissions for the 2017 festival and smaller awards in a GIF competition. And Zeile himself will jury the Moon Award, given specifically for work by a Colorado-based artist.

For more information, visit Denver Digerati online. To submit work, go to the Film Freeway website

Supernova Will Bring Digital Animation to Downtown Denver’s Big Screens in September
Courtesy of Denver Digerati
Supernova Will Bring Digital Animation to Downtown Denver’s Big Screens in September
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