Serbia Film Commission in synergy with Crater VFX Training Center and VFX Serbia portal, is hosting for the second time CGA Belgrade Conference on November 16th and 17th, 2018, dedicated to computer graphics and digital arts to which success community of over 12 studios of SFC members is contributing. Yugoslav Film Archive will serve as home of the gathering some of the most important world names from the industry of visual effects, animation, gaming and digital art, which makes event unique in the region, with ambitions to become a permanent platform for networking between artists, studios, producers and everyone interested in computer generated imagery.
After first CGA Belgrade Conference in 2017 attracted more than five hundred visitors for the second edition, we prepared even more programme tracks and content through the most interesting interaction of film, gaming and IT industry. The main program of the conference over the two days will include more than fifteen lectures, panels and presentations equally interesting to professionals, students, and those who are considering redirecting their career into the computer graphics industry.
The biggest star of this CGA Belgrade conference will be Mike Seymour, founder of VFX Guide and ambassador of technological development of computer animation, whose online platform was the starting point for generations of artists around the world. Designing the look and some of the scenes in Blade Runner 2049 movie will be presented by Shahin Toosi, while Victor Perez will talk about how the experience he gained on film series such as “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” can be applied on projects with a much smaller budget. Alongside a number of foreign lecturers from the academic and professional CG world, a number of successful Serbian studios and freelance artists will present projects realized in cooperation with international clients and partners in film, advertising, and gaming industry.
Virtual reality fans will be able to get into the experiences created by digital artists and production studios and directly in the virtual environment to walk through the largest domestic VFX studios. In addition to this, the CGA Belgrade Conference this year opens the opportunity for meeting recruiters from Framestore, Pixomondo and Cinesite, who will be introduced to local talents in Belgrade and exchange ideas on the projects they are currently working on, as well as on the possibilities for potential cooperation.
Together with the main program of CGA Belgrade, two workshops will be held: VFX Production Management Workshop dedicated to producers in VFX led by Andrew Brasington from the London based Escape Studios. After the conference Film Skills Academy fifth workshop dedicated to the training of Maya Technical Directors will take place November 19-23rd, focusing on scripting and architecture of Maya software under the hood led by Serguei Kalentchouk.
The Conference is announced by the teaser video “Awakening”, whose original idea and creation was a joint project over 14 studios of SFC members.
Organization of the Conference was supported in partnership with the leading global companies: Autodesk, Foundry, Chaos Group, 3 Lateral and Epic Games as diamond partner. The conference received institutional support from the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Embassy of Canada in Belgrade and the Spanish Cultural Promotion Agency, as well as the support of the Government of the Republic of Serbia within the Program for Business Capacity Building in the IT sector, which is being implemented in cooperation with UNDP. CGA Belgrade is being held under the patronage of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with its Creative Industries Council, and within the framework of the Serbia Creates Platform, which aims to represent Serbian talents, innovation and digital community.