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Faculty Member Larry Bafia has been appointed Producer of the Computer Animation Festival at SIGGRAPH 2018

Mar 03, 2017 By Chris Sroka

Faculty member Larry Bafia has been appointed producer for the 2018 Computer Animation Festival (CAF) at SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques). With attendance in the tens of thousands, this important and globally significant computer graphics conference is returning to Vancouver for the first time since 2014. It is a premiere conference to attend for all computer graphics, animation and art professionals. The Vancouver event will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from August 12 to 16, 2018 showcasing the latest technology concerning computer graphics and interactive techniques through a wide range of media, from special effects and animated shorts to technical/scientific applications and student work. 

Sylvain Provencher, creative director of SPARK, the computer graphics society that is in alliance with the Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH will be collaborating with Larry on CAF. They have worked together on SPARK since 2009 when it was officially a part of the SIGGRAPH chapter. Working together and with all the members of Spark and the digital media communities at large helped bring back SIGGRAPH to Vancouver. The North American event has only left the US once (in Vancouver in 2014) but with a large push from the Spark communities, the creative studios in Vancouver and with the support of Creative BC, the provincial government and the City of Vancouver, it will once again be coming north to Canada.

As a producer, Larry will provide vision and the program plan for the Computer Animation Festival. In preparation for the role, Larry will be shadowing Paul Jeromia, a developer at PIXAR and the chair of the SIGGRAPH 2017 festival in Los Angeles. Bafia will be going to LA in late July to learn the structure, jurying, curation process and setup of the VR theatre as well as the development of the show itself.

SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver

SIGGRAPH Conferences 2014 in Vancouver

This year’s SIGGRAPH festival in Los Angeles will house the first iteration of the Virtual Reality (VR) theater, where the audience will witness passive VR experiences. VR exhibitions that require more interactivity or are longer than 6 minutes will be shown in the VR village in another section of SIGGRAPH. Based on Larry’s learnings of the VR Theater in LA, he will iterate and plans to improve on that experience when it is brought to Vancouver.

Larry and his team spent a lot of time developing the Spark events in preparation to bring SIGGRAPH back to Vancouver. It is a great opportunity to showcase Vancouver’s local digital media and computer animation talent on the world stage in the hopes for greater collaboration with the global digital media industry in the future.

Although Larry is very excited for SIGGRAPH to come back to Vancouver he knows there is much work to do to keep the event sustainable in the Vancouver market. It requires a lot of participation from the local digital media community and therefore there will be a lot of outreach to get a greater audience to attend. Larry plans to tie in other SIGGRAPH and Spark events to promote the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival.

SIGGRAPH 2018 will also mark the final event of the Centre for Digital Media’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Speakers, meetups and other events throughout the year will support Larry and all the digital media community in making SIGGRAPH in Vancouver a huge success. Stay tuned.

Learn more about Larry Bafia here.