PIXEL Vienna – the Annual Austrian Conference on Computer Graphics and Animation – is taking place on October 25th – 27th 2013 this year. Located within the beautiful setting of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the historical city center of Vienna, it provides CG fans from all around the world with an opportunity to get valuable insights into current developments in the field of CGI, to showcase their work to international industry prominence or to just meet and chat with like-minded individuals in a cozy environment.
This year’s speaker highlights include illustrious names such as:
– Animation legend Eric Goldberg on “2D Techniques in a 3D World” (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
– Academy Award winner Robert Blalack on “Invisible Visions and the Movie Business” (VFX for Star Wars: Episode IV)
– Animation Supervisor Troy Saliba on “Developing Animated Characters for Film” (Sony Picture Imageworks)
– VP of Production Technology Markus Kurtz on “Making of Life of Pi” (Rhythm & Hues Studios)
– Creative Director Mario Ucci on “BBC Olympics – Art Direction” (Passion Pictures)
While providing presentations and workshops held by acclaimed international and national guest speakers from various fields such as CGI feature films, game design and VFX, PIXEL is also proud to present the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival as well as the Austrian Computer Graphics Award ceremony and hosts the legendary PIXEL Battle & Party.
Another special last-minute highlight this year will be the screening of the not yet released Walt Disney CGI-Short “Get A Horse!” as part of the Computer Animation Festival.
What sets PIXEL apart from other conferences?
To quote last year’s speaker Michael Shantzis (Pixar):
“I actually am really impressed with this conference. You know, one of the reasons is that I’ve been to many conferences in my life, and to be in a conference in such an intimate setting – not to mention such a beautiful place – actually makes it really, really easy to be here!”
Being a comparatively small conference, PIXEL’s picturesque, yet comfortable surroundings allow you to share your thoughts with other CG professionals, students and enthusiasts. You can mingle and chat with people in a stress-free atmosphere, enjoy a night of partying at the PIXEL Party while watching talented artists locking horns in a live PIXEL Battle, and even have a beer and a personal discussion with one of your CG idols there.
PIXEL Vienna, established in 2007, arose from the drive to connect computer graphics professionals from Austrian and all around the world and to build a community to share experience and knowledge. While the PIXEL has grown in size and importance over the past years, its original idea has not changed. PIXEL Vienna is a non-profit undertaking and entirely organized and operated by the Austrian computer graphics community. A team of volunteers works tirelessly all year to make the conference an unforgettable experience for all attendees.