SUPERNOVA 2018 - Reality BYTES!

Supernova is the only major festival to focus solely on the latest advances in digital animation as art, presented free to the public on large-scale LED screens in the heart of Denver, Colorado, one of the fastest growing cities currently in the US. The festival returns for the third year to the Denver Theatre District with the tagline REALITY BYTES! as a sign of current times and a playful assessment of digital culture today. This year's festival boasts an expanded lineup of screens, including the engagement of a new split-screen in the most prominent location in downtown Denver, and exciting program activities slated to energize the city in the fall of 2018. It's an experience not to be missed!

- Over $5,000 in cash prizes, including $2,000 Best Animation Award
- Jurors: Max Hattler (Hong Kong), Katie Torn (NYC), Robert Seidel (Berlin)
- Early reduced entry fee deadline: May 15, 2018
- Final entry deadline: July 15, 2018
- View the Supernova CFE promotion at
- View scenes from SUPERNOVA 2017 on VIMEO at

The core of Supernova is our competition showcase, presented simultaneously on our most prominent wide-screen LED at the corner of 14th and Champa as well as a temporary LED screen installed within the Denver Performing Arts Complex grand open-air Galleria, complete with seating and an outdoor bar. The new split-screen located at 16th and Arapahoe will be utilized for an international invitational program we are initiating for 2018, as well as a Colorado-only student competition, both featuring cash-prize awards.

Supernova's three invited Jurors for 2018 are another "dream-team" for the festival. Max Hattler (Hong Kong), Katie Torn (New York City) and Robert Seidel (Berlin, Germany) will be joining us in Denver to determine three significant cash prize awards and also participate in a variety of auxiliary events including art exhibitions, our singular day-long education forum, and other performance related happenings. Jurors are chosen for their prestige within digital media on an international level as well as their involvement with our programming and festival in previous years.

The festival includes up to ten hours of continuous film screenings consisting of curated, short-form digital content presented on our infrastructure of LED screens, all sorted into various genres including but not limited to narrative, abstract, student shorts, experimental, long-form and music video. SUPERNOVA's solo artist spotlight for 2018 is Jack Wedge, our 2017 second prize winner, we are thrilled to present a wide assortment of this young artists work to the public for the first time anywhere. The festival will also be presenting Lawrence Lek's recent CGI masterpiece "Geomancer" this year as part of our long-form programming. Additional surprises include Max Hattler's curated program of student work from Hong Kong, and some special indoor artist showcases taking place at the Sie Film Center hosted by the Denver Film Society.

Supernova financial partners include the Denver Theatre District, Arts and Venues Denver and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Additional Supernova sponsors for 2018 include Meow Wolf, Understudy, CU Denver CAM, Museum of Outdoor Arts, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Orange Barrel Media, Branded Cities, and more. Community affiliations and collaborations in 2018 include MCA Denver, Redline, Denver Film Society, CU Boulder Sonic Arts, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, NXT STG Collaborative and Emmanuel Gallery at CU Denver. SUPERNOVA also supports the summer-long exhibition “Pixelated” at Denver Botanic Gardens.

View our short reel of live footage from last year's festival screenings on our vimeo page at

Supernova will once again host a special all-day educational forum featuring juror presentations, field-related discussions and small-screen art engagement throughout day at the Auraria Campus Library on their Discovery screen. This is a limited attendance, rsvp requested event.

Supernova utilizes a robust network developed over six years of unique programming by host Denver Digerati that has brought advances in digital animation and motion art to a network of public LED screens situated in Denver’s downtown core as a new public art viewing experience. The program promotes the dynamic, rapidly advancing impact technology is having in art throughout the world today in an exciting and radically innovative context. Supernova is the future of public art.

Colorado is widely hailed for the state’s natural beauty and a great variety of outdoor sports. The city of Denver, however, is one of the highest growth metropolitan centers in the United States and the perfect arena for presenting this cutting edge experience. Denver is the only city to utilize LED screens for the greater good with a festival that celebrates a rapidly growing art form that is international in scope and caliber, making Supernova the city's most singular and innovative project to date.

Keep informed about updates to the festival via our Facebook page. We anticipate many announcements in the coming months that correspond with the festival including auxiliary programming that takes our initiative into various realms, both public and private.

SUPERNOVA Grand Prize Award
$2,000 + Supernova 3d printed Trophy

2017 Winner: Max Hattler / Divisional Articulation

2016 Winner: Peter Burr / The Mess

GALAXY 2nd Prize Award
$1,500 + Supernova 3d printed Trophy

2017 Winner: Jack Wedge / Tennessee

2016 Winner: Raquel Meyers / Vladijenk II
(The corroded mainframe at Tartarus edition)

STAR 3rd Prize Award
$1,000 + Supernova 3d printed Trophy

2017 Winner: Nikita Diakur / Ugly

2016 Winner: Alan Warburton / Soft Crash

$250 Cash prize award

2017 HB - Seishi Irimajiri / Bordeline

2017 HB - Emily Sasmor / Strangers Cowboys

2016 Honorable Mentions: Kendra Fleischman and Birch Cooper

Previous award recipients are not eligible for awards two years in a row, but may still submit content for the festivals curated programs.

SUPERNOVA is currently working to create additional cash-prize awards, details will be released in late spring or early summer.


- Early entry is by May 15th, 2018.
- First entry at $15. Additional second entry at $10
- Works entered by early deadline may be sampled up to 30 seconds for advance ads or our various “Flash” programs presented on our public LED screens.
- Final deadline for all entries is by July 15th, 2018.
- Entries after May 15th at $25 each.


1. Supernova will accept submissions from anywhere in the universe. All submissions should be suitable for display in a public context, please review Denver Digerati history for suitability purposes.

2. Supernova is only accepting works built primarily through digital means and techniques, please no “live-action” works unless they integrate appropriately with a digital interface. Supernova will showcase the best digital animation being created in the world from categories that might include, but are not limited to:

- Anything goes, show us your work!

3. All submissions should be at least 60 seconds in length. Submissions longer than 10 minutes will be considered for the competition screening, though may also be programmed into other curated sections.

4. All submissions must have been completed no earlier than 2017. Priority will be given to new works that are not yet available for viewing online until after the festival takes place. Supernova will consider “works in progress” that are not fully complete before the deadline, if so noted.

5. Supernova LED screens have variable frame ratios. Festival entries will be formatted with black masking as necessary for presentations.

6. Works must be submitted as digital files in .mov format at highest quality of resolution available. Vimeo Links also accepted for review purposes.

7. Artists may submit up to two works for consideration.

8. Artists selected for the festival programming or competition will be notified via email upon acceptance. Denver Digerati will produce screen credit for all accepted works.

10. Program schedule will be announced in early September 2018, in advance of the festival. The best place to follow SUPERNOVA is on the Denver Digerati Facebook page and on Vimeo.


Any documents, files, photos or other material submitted will not be returned and will remain in the property of Denver Digerati, as part of its content archive.

Denver Digerati curated programs and content reels are intended for public display or presentation in appropriate non-profit cultural settings throughout the world.

For this purpose the artist / license holder herewith grants Denver Digerati the non-exclusive public and non-public exhibition right to present the work in the Supernova screening program, at selected conference locations, in the online archives, and partnering curated screening programs.

The artist / license holder's rights to the work remain completely unaffected, especially the right to reproduce and distribute or otherwise make use of it. Denver Digerati solely asks for the right to include the material in its own curated programs with appropriate art reference clearly indicated.

Submission of the material grants Denver Digerati the right to feature samples and stills for promotional purposes of Supernova reference on TV and online media.

By entering the competition you certify that you hold all necessary rights for the submission of material and agree to the SUPERNOVA Submission rules.


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Our FilmFreeway cover image features an animation by Liam Young featured at last year's competition screening.

Overall Rating
  • A one of a kind festival that was both an honor and joy to be part what other festival can you have your work played on giant LED screens in the heart of a major city?

    February 2018
  • Atomic Elroy

    This is the premier outdoor video festival

    November 2017
  • Geoffrey James

    Very professional from the start. I had this event on my calendar and had even booked plane tickets but I had an emergency surgery a few weeks previously and couldn't attend. From what I can see the festival is an incredibly powerful and fun event. I really wish I could have been there, but am very honored to be included at all!

    October 2017
  • Sara Buehring

    Thanks for your great communication and organisation!

    October 2017
  • Paul Johnson

    Great unique presentation, awesome talks and people to meet there, and Ivar is personable and passionate about the festival. Thanks for everything!

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Paul, it was so great to have you out to the festival this year, your work looked great!