- 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 (new for 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 returns for the fourth consecutive year to the Denver Theatre District in 2019, boasting an expansive lineup of outdoor screens to display the festival’s primary programs and annual competition showcase. Additional animations are presented on a series of 3 well-placed Satellite LED screens throughout the day, and an exciting split-surface LED hosting Supernova’s innovative Student Animation Competition. And new for 2019, Supernova Goes Viral with the support of four exceptional indoor screen hosts in the Denver community displaying Supernova content to further widen the public’s interaction with Digital Motion-Art.

Supernova also supports the first ever collaboration that brings 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 will introduce Supernova’s singular international network of vanguard digital animators to a robust new audience, through programs that capture the best of past festival animations along with a simultaneous screening of this year’s Supernova’s competition selections, with participants across both cities to determine an exciting new cash-prize audience award. A “Great Lakes” focus program will also showcase developments occurring within the region’s growing digital art community. This exciting partnership with Momentum fully celebrates Digerati’s focus on positioning digital motion-art as the next level of public art, free for all to enjoy.

Supernova is now accepting submissions for our multi-tiered program in 2019. The following options are important to consider when submitting your work:


Supernova will accept up to 25 works for an expanded competition program, to be shown on three premier public screens with sound, and select interior locations within Denver. Works considered for the annual competition can be within any genre with preference towards advanced artist-driven works. Animations must be suitable for public viewing, and should be between 3 - 8 minutes in length, though works of longer duration will be considered. Priority will be given to works produced in 2018/2019 or made specifically for Supernova 2019.

Accepted entrants have the choice of receiving $150 in recognition of their work being juried into the competition or $250 as a travel stipend to come join us in Denver and participate in the festival.

Visit for views of the competition screens


Three distinct hour-long programs will be curated for Supernova 2019. Works may be of any length or genre and will screen with sound. Final programming will be based on common themes or specific interests that emerge from the full field of works submitted. Works with adult/mature themes will also be considered for an indoor program hosted by Alamo Draft House to coincide with the festival this year, please make note when submitting applicable content.

All works selected for these programs will receive $50 as a participation fee.


Supernova employs three additional public LED screens of a non-standard format situated in the Denver Theatre District throughout the day for looping animations presented without sound. Artists may submit works for consideration to be shown if specifically created or modified to fit the format of a particular screen. The Satellite screens are well suited to visually entrancing experimental or ambient works that can sustain viewers attention without necessarily requiring a narrative. Supernova will select approximately 2-6 works in each format, with each selected entry receiving a $150 participation stipend. Preference will be given to works formatted to the specific screen parameters as noted:

Satellite Screen No. 1 - 360 pixels high x 456 pixels wide.
Satellite Screen No. 2 - 256 pixels high x 880 pixels wide.
Satellite Screen No. 3 - 216 pixels high x 572 pixels wide.

Visit for select views of the auxiliary screens.


Supernova utilizes a robust network developed over seven 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, Zeppelin Station, and the Source. Bonfils-Stanton Foundation supports Supernova with a significant arts-innovation grant. Additional Sponsorships always available for forward thinking organizations

2019 sponsor and screen host updates will be made throughout the spring and summer on

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Go even deeper by viewing our project history on vimeo at:

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

$1,000 + Supernova 3d printed Trophy, determined by Guest Juror Jeron Braxton

SUPERNOVA Vision Award
$1,000 + Supernova 3d printed Trophy, determined by Festival Director Ivar Zeile

SUPERNOVA People's Choice Award
$1,000 + Supernova 3d printed Trophy, determined by public vote (new for 2019, voting details still in development, including online)

SUPERNOVA Student Star Award
$500, determined by Guest juror TBD.

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




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
  • Heather Crank

    Ivar is a visionary! Amazing artists, wonderful festival.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Heather, that's so nice of you to say! This year is going to be off the charts cool

  • I loved being part of Supernova! Well run Film Festival, awesome!

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Beth, your works looked fantastic on the screens this year!

  • Wonderfully fun and a unique experience. From the education forum to the screenings, there is so much to do.

    October 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Peter, so great to have you out again for the festival this year, it was a huge treat

  • It was an honor to participate. The director's energy & enthusiasm for the artists and their work is indefatigable and inspirational.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sean, really appreciate that

  • 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