SUPERNOVA DIGITAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
7th Dimension 2022

Supernova 7th Dimension aims to elevate artists that are changing the world and those who fashion their unique position in a multi-faceted society. The number 7 acquired complex significance throughout history with ties to early science, esoteric practices, and numerology. In its symbolic representation, the number 7 has been influential across the ages, influencing artists from the Medieval period to Surrealists in the early 20th century, and even film, which is acknowledged as the “7th Art.” Supernova is presented by Denver Digerati, a nonprofit organization with a global reach that believes in the freedom to create without restrictions. Learn more at denverdigerati.org

Supernova’s dynamic presentation of digital animation and motion art is delivered through a robust infrastructure of public LED screens, an online platform that allows global participation, as well as distinguished partnerships with organizations that seek to support the development of this wide-ranging, wildly expanding artform.

Participating artists and animators have the opportunity to compete for Supernova’s cash-prize awards, a pool totaling approximately $5,000 including an exclusive annual artist residency offered within the focal competition program. Additional competition categories include Director’s Choice, Student Showcase, Everything Abstract Sonic and Abstract Experimental. Exclusive forums outside of the main program categories include Night Lights Denver, Supernova Silent Screen and the annual Solo Artist Spotlight.

Supernova’s main emphasis is on short-form animation and motion-artworks, however; the forum also considers long-form projects, including feature length films that promote distinguished advances in the medium. Supernova does not limit submissions to any specific genre, but is most interested in artists exploring experimental practices and innovative creators that are pushing the boundaries of the medium in new and exciting ways. Students are encouraged to submit their work for our annual Student Shorts competition. All works must be suitable for public presentation, though artists working with mature themes may be considered for Overdrive,a rousing adults-only program of refined raunchiness that occasionally materializes within the festival’s purview.

Supernova offers additional forums for artists to showcase their work:

Our annual Silent Screen outdoor exhibition, presented on public LED screens, carries a separate Call to Action available through our website, curated by environmental activist, Beatie Wolfe.

Review the full spectrum of Supernoa’s 2021 programming at https://denverdigerati.org/supernova-regeneration-archive

Supernova receives financial support from Bonfils Stanton Foundation, the Denver Theatre District, Colorado Creative Industries and other select entities each year.

Keep informed about updates to the festival on Instagram @denverdigerati or become a member and receive our email newsletter through denverdigerati.org

Artists and animators selected for Supernova competition programs have the opportunity to compete for cash-prize awards, a pool totaling approximately $5,000 including our annual artist residency, offered within the focal competition program.

Focal Competition Jurors: Yaloo, John Butler and Frank Wang Yefeng
Everything Abstract Sonic Competition Juror: Milton Melvin Croissant III
Everything Abstract Experimental Competition Juror: Wednesday Kim
Student Short Competition Jurors: Cherish Marquez, Barry Whittaker and Livy Snyder
Director's Choice Curators: Ivar Zeile and Sharifa Moore

SUPERNOVA typically awards cash prizes in the following categories:

Supernova Focal Competition
Director's Choice
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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SUPERNOVA 2021 AWARD WINNERS

Focal Competition Awards
Grand Prize: Louis Crevier / Sometimes I think about things, and sometimes I get sad
Artist Residency Award: Eunseo Kim / Megalomania
2nd Prize: Johannes Duncker / Soft Rains
3rd Prize: Taokan Xu / Audenie
Honorable Mention: Linyou Xie / We will love you
Honorable Mention: John Butler & Lina Theodorou / J.I.

Director's Choice Awards
Brian Cowe / Ahead
Dane Cree / Dragon
Honorable Mention: Kendra Fleischman / Daisy Chain
Honorable Mention: Jenelle V. Davenport / Chrysalis Mama

Student Shorts Awards
Grand Prize: Tsz Wing Ho / Hand
Honorable Mention: Gobelins Student Group / Coffin
Honorable Mention: Haomin Peng / BUT (bud)
Honorable Mention: Yoon Hei Cho / Parked

Everything Abstract Experimental Awards
Grand Prize: Faiyaz Jafri / Gently (and Chainsaw)
Honorable Mention: Snow Yunzue Fu / Avalanche
Honorable Mention: Benjamin Ridgway / Formless Form

Everything Abstract Sonic Awards
Grand Prize: Esteban Azuela / Drop to Hell
Honorable Mention: Sacha Beeley / Craziest Things
Honorable Mention: Martina Scarpelli / A Little Too Much

Learn about our full awards history on our website at: https://denverdigerati.org/awards-history

DEADLINES & FEES

- Early submission deadline is April 29th, 2022.

- Early submissions are $15 each. Artists may submit no more than two entries.

- Submissions after April 30th are $25 each.

- Final deadline for all submissions is July 1st, 2022.

- Members of Denver Digerati receive complementary submission to the festival through FilmFreeway. Visit our Support page to enroll in membership through denverdigerati.org

- The Supernova program schedule will be announced in August.

- Follow us: @Denverdigerati on Instagram

GENERAL RULES & TERMS

Denver Digerati is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation that specializes in digital animation and motion art, supporting an expansive network of international artists. We believe in the freedom to create without restrictions, and promote those who aspire to express their unique visions through their art. Our nonprofit produces content, manages artist commissions, collaborates on events, delivers lectures and workshops, and manages the annual Supernova Digital Animation Festival (“Supernova”). Learn more about us at DenverDigerati.org.

1. Supernova will accept original content (“Work”) created by the artist (“Artist”) submitting from anywhere in the universe. All Work must be suitable for public display. Artists may submit up to 2 Works for consideration. All Work must be at least 2 minutes in length. Supernova will ONLY accept Work built primarily through digital means and techniques. Please don’t send live-action work unless it integrates with a digital interface.

2. Artist represents and warrants that they are the sole owner of or has properly licensed all rights in and to the Work, including and without limitation the copyrights therein; the work does not violate or infringe any rights of any third party; and the Artist has the right to submit to Supernova granting rights herein. Supernova is not responsible for verification of copyright and usage and will not be held responsible for the inclusion of Work that has not been cleared or that has been misrepresented by Artist. Previous Supernova award recipients are not eligible for awards two years in a row in the focal competition, but may still submit content for Superonova's other curated programs.

3. All Works must have been completed no earlier than 2021. Priority will be given to new Works that are not yet available for viewing until after Supernova takes place. Supernova may consider “works in progress” that are not fully complete before the deadline, if so noted.

4. Artist hereby grants Supernova and Denver Digerati the worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free right and license to duplicate, reproduce, display, publish, and otherwise use the Work, in whole or in part, in connection with certain short film compilations for use in advertising, marketing, education, and screening; this includes, but is not limited to presentation online, in-person, on social media, and through public LED and projection interfaces. Further, Supernova will produce Artist title screen credit and will apply branding for all accepted Work. Artist hereby grants Supernova and Denver Digerati the right to issue and authorize publicity or for promotional purposes concerning the Artist and Work to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information; and the right to provide Artist and Work information to creative industry or organizations that sponsor Supernova events.

5. Supernova LED screens have variable frame ratios. Works may be formatted with black masking for presentations as necessary. Works must be digital files in either .mov or .mp4 format at highest quality of resolution available. Vimeo links are accepted for review purposes.

6. Artist agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Denver Digerati and the Supernova Digital Animation 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 Work or Supernova’s usage, 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.

7. Artist documents, files, photos or other material submitted will not be returned and will remain in the property of Supernova as part of its Artist content archive. Supernova 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 Supernova and 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 the Work. Supernova does not retain any rights to sell an Artist Work for profit and the Artist retains all copyright.

8. No Work that has been accepted for the Supernova Digital Animation Festival can be pulled from the festival by the submitter or associates.

QUESTIONS

May be addressed to info@denverdigerati.org

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  • Joshua David Blum

    This festival made sure that films got seen and that it's audiences felt included in the excitement of new talent and animation. Thank you so much for inlcuding Boys Clap, Girls Dance.

    November 2022
  • Wataru Iwata

    So glad to take a part in Supernova! Well-made events, as well as an internet site, and I hope to join physically next occasion! Thank you very much!

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Wataru, it was a pleasure having you in the festival this year, and all I can say is "Sphere" looked so spectacular presented large on screen, its truly a breathtaking work of art!

  • Qurratul Ain Saeed

    A lovely festival with a variation of digital art and animation. Was an honour to be showcased amongst some very stunning work! Hope to be able to attend in the future.

    October 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Qurratul, we were so happy to include your work in what was another outstanding field of international artists again this year with Supernova.

  • Mayte Gomez-Molina

    Amazing! Such an honor to be a part of this greta event, the staff is incredible. Felt like home!

    October 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your kind words Mayte, we so appreciate that and were thrilled to have you involved this year. Can't wait to see what's next for you in the new year and always!

  • 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.

    October 2021
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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.