- Multiple LED screens presenting content continuously in downtown Denver + auxiliary screen hosts throughout the community.
- New collaboration with Momentum Festival Toledo, first LED screen to present Supernova outside of Colorado State.
- Competitions featuring $3,500 in total prize money and an additional $8,500 in artist stipends for works selected into the festival in 2019.
- Additional digital motion art activations and new-media installations.
- Free for the public.

Supernova is the only major festival to focus solely on the latest advances in digital animation and motion-based art, presented free to the public on large-scale LED screens in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The festival celebrated its fourth consecutive year in 2019, boasting an expansive lineup of outdoor screens to display the festival’s primary programs and annual competition showcase. Additional animations were presented on a series of 3 well-placed Satellite LED screens throughout the day, and an exciting split-surface LED hosting Animations created by students active in CU Denver's College of Arts & Media. Supernova also supported two additional indoor screens in prominent Denver community hubs in displaying Supernova content to further widen the public’s interaction with Digital Motion-Art.

Supernova also supported the first ever collaboration to bring the festival’s unique programming to a prominent LED screen outside of Colorado in association with The Arts Commission and Momentum Festival in Toledo, Ohio. The partnership introduced Supernova’s singular international network of vanguard digital animators to a robust new audience, through programs that captured the best of past festival animations along with a simultaneous screening of the 2019 competition selections, with participants across both cities to determine an exciting new cash-prize audience award. A “Great Lakes” focus program also showcased developments occurring within that region’s growing digital art community. This exciting partnership with Momentum fully celebrated Digerati’s focus on positioning digital motion-art as the next level of public art, free for all to enjoy.

Supernova's focal programs in 2019 included the following:

Everything Abstract / Experimental
Student Animation Showcase (with $500 best in category award)
Animation for All Ages
Annual Competition (with $1,500 Grand Prize award)
Director's Choice (with $1,000 best in category award)
Satellite Screen Silent Looping animations

Visit for a comprehensive view of this year's programs and activations.

Supernova also launched the first of its kind streaming channel in conjunction with the festival in 2019, which features the majority of content that has been shown at Supernova since 2016 up to the present festival. The streaming service was used in conjunction with a new audience vote award, and will be an ongoing concern in association with future festivals and year-round viewing.


Supernova utilizes a robust network developed over eight 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.

SUPERNOVA is presented by Denver Digerati with support from Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts & Venues / Next Stage NOW, The Arts Commission Toledo, CU Denver College of Arts & Media, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Orange Barrel Media, Branded Cities, and more. Community affiliations for 2019 include Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Understudy, Central Market and Denver Film. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation supports Supernova with a significant arts-innovation grant. Additional Sponsorships always available for forward thinking organizations

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View our 32 minute 2018 documentary collage, representing the full scope of Supernova in 2018:

SUPERNOVA Competition Grand Prize
$1,500 cash prize + Supernova 3d printed Trophy

SUPERNOVA Director's Choice Award
$1,000 cash prize + Supernova 3d printed Trophy

SUPERNOVA Audience Vote Award (only through Streaming service)
$500 cash prize

SUPERNOVA Student Showcase Award
$500 cash prize

Previous festival award recipients are not eligible for awards two years in a row, but may still submit content for Superonova's curated programs.



Supernova 2019

Competition Grand Prize
Eli Ayres / Standard Operating Procedure

Director's Choice Award
Jack Wedge / Goodbye Mommy

Student Showcase Award
Kamal Adisa / Paradise Island

Audience Vote Award
Sara Roth / Whirligig

2016 - 2019 Awards


2018 Winner: Jeron Braxton / Octane

2017 Winner: Max Hattler / Divisional Articulation

2016 Winner: Peter Burr / The Mess

GALAXY 2nd Prize

2018 Winner: Sean Capone / The Sky Report

2017 Winner: Jack Wedge / Tennessee

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

STAR 3rd Prize

2018 Winner: Ryan Wurst / Don't Make Out

2017 Winner: Nikita Diakur / Ugly

2016 Winner: Alan Warburton / Soft Crash


2018 HB - John Butler / The Dependency Loop

2018 HB - Eli Ayres / Ackerman in Flux

2017 HB - Seishi Irimajiri / Bordeline

2017 HB - Emily Sasmor / Strangers Cowboys

2016 HB - Kendra Fleischman / String Ballet

2016 HB - Birch Cooper / Ornamental Threshold Release


- Early entry is by May 15th, 2019
- 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, 2019.
- Entries after May 15th at $25 each.
- Please specify which component of Supernova you are submitting for (Premier Competition, Student Competition, Curated Program or Satellite Screen).
- Entrants located within the US Great Lakes Region please make note for possible inclusion in Momentum Festival special programming.


1. Supernova will accept submissions from anywhere in the universe. All submissions should be suitable for display in a public context (except where noted above), 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 across a variety of categories.

3. Submissions should be at least 2 minutes in length except where noted above such as the Student Competition.

4. All submissions must have been completed no earlier than 2018. Priority will be given to new works that are not yet available for viewing online until after the festival takes place. Supernova may 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 for presentations as necessary .

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 artist title screen credit for all accepted works.

9. Program schedule will be announced in early September 2019, in advance of the festival. The best place to follow SUPERNOVA is on the Denver Digerati Facebook page and on Vimeo.


Artist acknowledges they either own all visual and audio assets submitted in their work, or have secured the rights to use them royalty-free. Artist further agrees to indemnify Supernova from any liability relating to such rights as it relates to Supernova promoting, showing or distributing this video.

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

Denver Digerati curated programs and content reels are intended for public display or presentation in appropriate 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, the Supernova App, 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 and online apps 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 any public facing and online media.

By entering 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 John Butler featured at the 2018 festival competition screening.

Overall Rating
  • Gabriela Ilijeska

    Super awesome digital animation festival!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Gabriela, it was such a pleasure to meet you and to share your wonderful 1.9E377 with everyone here in Denver. It will show this friday too at our "Best-of" Supernova screening with the Denver Film Festival!

  • Danou He

    Supernova was a very memorable experience shared with some of the most talented and passionate filmmakers in the world. Ivar brings together art and artists from all scopes of life to the screens of Denver, weaving together a narrative of the future, which I believe everyone should get the opportunity to experience at one point in time. Thank you Ivar!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Jenny, it was wonderful having you here with us this year and the opportunity to present your wonderful creation "Matryoshka!" Thank you for expressing such thoughtful comments here, this year was exceptional all around.

  • Michael Edwards

    The whole concept and execution of this fest is great. I love how the public outside screenings allow the films to mix with the sounds and happenings of the urban environment (not unlike a John Cage indeterminacy composition). I think every film was enriched through this juxtaposition. Though cinema is a powerful art form, there is always a strange backdrop of intangibility compared to the more tactile nature of some other arts. The outside screening sort of solidified the experience in a way, giving cinema (the intangible) a body of sorts. The result is electrifying.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Michael, it was such a pleasure to have you here with us this year, your comments are much appreciated!

  • This was my second year taking part in this amazing festival and, while I was unable to attend in person, the communication regarding all aspects of the festival was amazing! Ivar has created a truly groundbreaking experience that shows great respect and regard to the both the participating artists and the viewers; his mission to bring such a diverse collection of art to the people on such a large scale is an inspiration. An absolutely fantastic festival!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Steven, I hope you can experience the festival with us at some point in the future. Keep up the great work, you are a major inspiration for us!

  • A remarkable festival that genuinely looks at a different ways of producing moving image as an art form: call it film as shorthand if you like, but it doesn't cover it. Ivar, the organiser, is passionate, engaged and committed to the people who are invited, and to the work that is being shown. This is this first year I've made it, it's a long way from the UK, but I'm so glad I went.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Tess, it was amazing to have you out to Denver, this was definitely a banner year all around. 4 years in felt good, and getting better all the time! I appreciate you sharing your comments here