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.


Guest Artist Robert Seidel on Supernova and the lineage of Digital Animation, Susan Froyd, Westword, September 21, 2018

Supernova Director’s Picks: Ivar Zeile on the Best of the Best, Susan Froyd, Westword, September 19, 2018

Hello Denver, My Name is Ryan Wurst, Cori Anderson, 303 Magazine, September 18, 2018

Colorado Creatives: Ryan Wurst, Susan Froyd, Westword, September 17, 2018

VP 003: BENEFITS OF BEING UNCOMFORTABLE WHILE STAYING TRUE TO YOURSELF, Heather Crank Interview, The Vitalic Project, September 13, 2018

Supernova brings boundary-pushing animated art to downtown Denver’s massive LED screens, Ray Mark Rinaldi, Denver Post “The Know,” September 13, 2018


SUPERNOVA Outdoor Festival of Digital Animation and Art is one of the few Denver film festivals exclusively programming short films at the cutting edge of technology. This free festival, held in and around the Denver Theatre District, democratizes the movie-going experience, giving audiences a look into the future of the medium. Running an entire weekend, SUPERNOVA includes a juried competition, educational opportunities, presentations by filmmakers, and outdoor screenings of artist-made movies from around the world. This year, the festival's third, promises to be as forward-thinking and fun as ever.” - Best of Denver / Westword, 2018

Some of the pieces resemble elaborate screensavers or moments plucked from a video game, while others would be at home in an animated film festival. Some are accompanied by music, narration, and sound effects, others are perfectly silent. Some will make you smile, and some will make you scratch your head. Capturing their similarities would be no easier than quickly comparing Kandinsky, Rothko, Dali, and de Kooning, whose work led to plenty of head scratching in their day." - Digital Animation: Fine Art’s Next Frontier? / Modern In Denver, June 27, 2017

“I liken it to a drive-in movie theater right in the heart of downtown,” Supernova director Ivar Zeile says. “There’s so much traffic going through there, we really like the idea that the exposure comes to those that are not suspecting it to be there.” The festival includes music videos, abstract works and even a block of kid-friendly films. - Denver’s Supernova Fest Brings The Drive-In Theater Experience To Downtown / Corey H. Jones, Colorado Public Radio, September 20, 2017


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