SUPERNOVA DIGITAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
ReGeneration - 6th Annual Edition 2021

Regeneration celebrates a period of renewed existence, an improvement of social and economic conditions, a release from corruption, positive feedback, and the reactivation of a catalyst. It represents the conceptualization of a generation that will disrupt the hegemonic structures of the past and a break from patterns that no longer serve. A REgeneration in the spirit of change and expansive reasoning towards an alternate future that puts digital motion artists and their work at the forefront.

SUPERNOVA Digital Animation Festival brings an explosion of digital animation and motion art to the public through a singular, extensive network of LED displays located within the downtown Denver Theatre District, and to animation enthusiasts worldwide through the festival’s robust online presence. SUPERNOVA is presented by Denver Digerati a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the mission to advance digital motion art through exhibition and education, accelerating the merger of art and technology. Learn more at denverdigerati.org

SUPERNOVA presents short-form animation and motion-art created by individual artists or teams using computer software as the focal development of their work. Longer form animations are also welcome for consideration. All works must be suitable for public presentation. Genres are not limited but tend toward narrative, abstract, experimental, playful, mind-bending, gaming/machinema, music video, educational, documentary, etc... Artists working with adult themes may be considered for the annual “Overdrive - Adults Only Animation” program, curated by Faiyaz Jafri.

Supernova dedicates approximately $5,000 towards cash-prize awards and artist residencies within the the Festival’s annual focal Competition program, as well as other categories such as Director’s Choice, Student Shorts and others as funding or theme allow.

Supernova typically collaborates with partner venues and screens throughout the community for special screenings, curated programs/exhibitions and official selections. In 2019 Supernova initiated a partnership with The Arts Commission to present Supernova programming at the annual Momentum Festival in Toledo, held concurrently with the festival dates in Denver. Unfortunately, most of that was ravaged by COVID19 in 2020, but Supernova still managed to host a live public display via our singular outdoor LED infrastructure that will continue to carry forward in 2021.

Live programming scheduled for Supernova 2021 currently includes:

- Night Lights Denver Video Mapping Commissions presented in conjunction with Denver Theatre District, throughout the month of September.

- Silent Screen activations on public LED as part of exclusive live event presented to public on third Saturday of September. Artist wishing to propose animation or a project for this day-long activation that leverages our access to downtown Denver public LED screens may visit denverdigerati.org/silent-screen-supernova for details regarding submissions.

The majority of Supernova programming is presented free to the public. Visit denverdigerati.org for a comprehensive view of Supernova 2020 including the festival's award winners.

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Supernova utilizes a robust network developed over ten 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 dynamic, immersive public art viewing experience. The program promotes the rapidly advancing impact technology is having in art throughout the world today in an exciting and radically innovative context.

Supernova has been funded through sponsorships with the Denver Theatre District, Denver Arts & Venues / Next Stage NOW, The Arts Commission Toledo, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Orange Barrel Media, Branded Cities, and many other groups and organizations, including an arts innovation Grant from Bonfils Stanton Foundation.

Keep informed about updates to the festival on Instagram @denverdigerati or sign up for our newsletter at denverdigerati.org

View a massive collection of video documents related to the festival through Denver Digerati on Vimeo.

FilmFreeway cover photo is a still from Faiyaz Jafri's "Leaders" presented on the 16th and Arapahoe LED as part of Silent Screen 2020.

SUPERNOVA will award select cash prizes in conjunction with our new artist online residency initiative commencing in 2021. Awards are offered in the following categories:

Supernova Competition
Director's Choice curated program
Student Showcase
Everything Abstract Sonic
Everything Abstract Experimental

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

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HISTORY OF AWARDS

Supernova 2020

Competition Awards
Grand Prize: Sine Özbilge / 21xoxo
2nd Prize: Huckleberry Hax / STOMOL
3rd Prize: Ted Wiggins / Lizard Ladder
Honorable Mention: Tim Ross / The Last Page of Summer
Honorable Mention: Geoff Hecht / Metro6
Honorable Mention: Nick Flaherty / Trepanation

World on Fire Awards
Grand Prize: Maja Gehrig / Average Happiness
2nd Prize: Raquel Meyers / Inattention
Honorable Mention: Favo Studio / Quarantine
Honorable Mention: Molly Murphy / A Hole
Honorable Mention: Sean Capone / THEO TW’AWKI

Director's Choice Award: Kimberly Burleigh / Jealousy

Student Shorts Awards
Grand Prize: Natalie Nichols / Identity Crisis
Honorable Mention: Wyatt Hall & Kaz Fontone - Nearsiders
Honorable Mention: Zibo Xu / TanukiAndTangerine

Gifathon Awards of Distinction
Daniel Maw / Gabe’s Oasis: Iowa City, IA
Eun Bi Chang / Shadows
Greg Doble / The Active Realization of Self in the Mirrored Mind

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 - 2018 Awards

SUPERNOVA Grand Prize

2018 Winner: Jeron Braxton / Octane
https://vimeo.com/291830420

2017 Winner: Max Hattler / Divisional Articulation
https://vimeo.com/218815513

2016 Winner: Peter Burr / The Mess
https://vimeo.com/161315453

GALAXY 2nd Prize

2018 Winner: Sean Capone / The Sky Report
https://vimeo.com/291830420

2017 Winner: Jack Wedge / Tennessee
https://vimeo.com/170368549

2016 Winner: Raquel Meyers / Vladijenk II
(The corroded mainframe at Tartarus edition)
https://vimeo.com/144860400

STAR 3rd Prize

2018 Winner: Ryan Wurst / Don't Make Out
https://vimeo.com/291830420

2017 Winner: Nikita Diakur / Ugly
https://vimeo.com/207505736

2016 Winner: Alan Warburton / Soft Crash
http://www.cgwtf.com

HONORABLE MENTIONS

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

DEADLINES & FEES

- Early submission deadline is April 30th, 2021.

- Early submissions are $15 each. Artists may submit up to two entries. Submissions after April 30th are $25 each.

- Final deadline for all submissions is July 2nd, 2021.

- The Supernova program schedule will be announced in August.

- Follow us: Denver Digerati Facebook and Instagram or denverdigerati.org for more information.

GENERAL RULES & TERMS

Denver Digerati is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with its signature project, the Supernova Digital Animation Festival (“Supernova”). Denver Digerati’s mission is to advance digital motion-based art through exhibition and education, accelerating the merger of art and technology.

1. Supernova will accept an Artist (“Artist”) submission (“Submission”) from anywhere in the universe. All Submissions must be suitable for public display. Artists may submit up to two Submissions for consideration. Submissions must be at least 2 minutes in length.

2. Supernova will only accept Submissions built primarily through digital means and techniques. Please don’t send “live-action” works unless they integrate appropriately with a digital interface. Supernova will showcase the best digital motion-based art animations created in the world across a variety of categories and genres.

3. Submissions must be the original work of the Artist. Artists are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials including, but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, and copyrights. Denver Digerati expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

4. All Submissions must have been completed no earlier than 2020. Priority will be given to new works that are not yet available for viewing online until after the Supernova takes place. Supernova may consider “works in progress” that are not fully complete before the deadline, if so noted.

5. Artists selected for the Supernova Festival programming or competition will be notified via email upon acceptance sometime in July/August 2021. Denver Digerati will produce Artist title screen credit for all accepted works. All Submissions accepted into Supernova may be sampled for advance festival promotions presented online and through Supernova’s public LED screens.

6. Supernova LED screens have variable frame ratios. Supernova Submissions will be formatted with black masking for presentations as necessary. Submissions must be as digital files in .mov format at highest quality of resolution available. Vimeo Links also accepted for review purposes.

7. Artist represents and warrants that Submissions are wholly original; that Artist has sole ownership of all Submissions and, therefore, has the full unrestricted right, power and authority to participate in Supernova; that no rights of Submissions have heretofore been sold, assigned, licensed or otherwise transferred to any other person, firm or corporation; that said rights are free and clear of any and all liens or claims whatsoever; and, that Submissions are completely protected by copyright in the United States.

8. Artist agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Denver Digerati and the Supernova Festival, together with each of their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisors, agents and representatives (collectively, “Denver Digerati Related Parties”), from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, damages, fees and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs) that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by any Denver Digerati Related Parties, at any time in connection with the Artist Submission or Denver Digerati’s use, handling, consideration or exhibition thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by Artist to Denver Digerati Related Parties, including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.

9. In the event that the Artist Submission is accepted by Denver Digerati for inclusion in and exhibition at Supernova, Artist thereby grants to Denver Digerati the following rights without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use all digital assets associate with the Submission, including, but not limited to, any representation of the Submission in the form of video files, still images, assets streamed via the Internet, and/or all other assets and information provided by the Artist for use by Denver Digerati in its non-profit mission and programs to advance digital motion-based art through exhibition and education, accelerating the merger of art and technology; (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity or promotional purposes concerning the Artist and the Submission to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information; and, (c) the right to provide Artist and Submission information to creative industry or organizations that sponsor Supernova events.

10. Any Artist documents, files, photos or other material submitted will not be returned and will remain in the property of Denver Digerati as part of its Artist 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 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 and educational screening programs. The Artist retains the right to reproduce and distribute or otherwise make use of Artist Submission. Denver Digerati does not retain any rights to sell an Artist Submission for profit use; but rather, the right to include Artist Submission material in its own curated programs and online apps with appropriate art reference clearly indicated.

QUESTIONS

May be addressed to info@denverdigerati.org

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  • Taokan Xu

    Supernova was one of the most experimental and artistic and open-minded festivals I have ever seen. It was a super opportunity to show the work beside the other artists.

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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your impressions on the festival Taokan, and for your outstanding work. Audenie was truly impressive and such a perfect fit for Supernova.

  • Tamás Rebák

    The festival staff was kind and helpful with communication, hope we can meet in person some day.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Tamas, we would love to meet up with you one day as well, keep up the terrific work. We really enjoyed sharing Escape Velocity with everyone, its such a standout animation.

  • Brian Cowe

    Other festivals would do well to take notes from this one. The team was friendly, responsive, supportive, the whole package. I plan to submit more in the future. Thanks, Supernova!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Brian, we really appreciate your participation and thoughtful review. And most of all, you brought a lot of smiles and excitement to Supernova with "Ahead," we enjoy your work very much

  • Jenelle V Davenport

    This was my first digital animation festival in which I was chosen as an emerging artist, so maybe I am biased, but the communication was very appreciated, the line-up was engaging, and it was very exciting to walk downtown and see the film shorts displayed and playing on the sides of city buildings.

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much Jenny, we appreciate you sharing your thoughts and it was wonderful to share your first animation with both our online audience, as well as here in Denver.

  • Very helpful and communicative team!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Chris, we appreciate it and hope to see your work back with us again, it was a pure pleasure to share Individuation with everyone