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Friday, May 9th, 2008 — 1:47pm PDT
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VIDFEST (Vancouver International Digital Festival) 2008 is fast-approaching and I’m just now beginning to comprehend how many elements, conferences, galas and events all fit under its 4-day festival umbrella.

The Vancouver International Digital Festival is an event for the top creative minds working in digital media. Join visionaries from games and digital entertainment, Web 2.0, interactive design, animation and mobile applications, at this annual ‘must-attend’ in Vancouver, Canada. [VIDFEST]

Here is some more info from their “core facts” sheet:

  • VIDFEST 2008 is presented by New Media BC and runs May 21-24 on Granville Island. Venues include the Granville Island Hotel, Arts Club Theatre and the Emily Carr Institute
  • Nexon North America is bringing Wired Magazine’s Chris Anderson to VIDFEST 2008 to deliver keynote speech on the economy of “free”
  • VIDFEST takes place during the Vancouver Digital Week, also featuring the Vancouver International Games Summit (VIGS), Convergence 2008 and the PopVox Awards
  • There are several local webby companies up for PopVox Awards and anyone is encouraged to head to the website and vote for your favourite in categories ranging from Best Digital Animated Short, Best Mobile (Game) to Best Do-Gooder site (Social Change Initiative) or Homegrown Award (Best BC-based Venture).

    Some nominees close to my heart include, ChangeEverything, Strutta, MemeLabs, Now Public, and the Knob Hockey folks (just to name a few).

    Here’s a quick condensed version of the festival schedule overall:

    May 21st – VIDFEST and VIGS Opening Reception at the Vancouver Art Gallery

    May 22nd – International Partnering Forum (IPF) and Convergence 2008 (featuring my panel, yay!), then Happy Hour

    May 23rd – Creative Exchange Conference (featuring speakers such as Heather “Dooce” Armstrong and Chris Anderson of Wired with the Keynote), Schmooze Lounge and the PopVox Awards

    May 24th – Pitch ‘n’ Play and Recruiting Fair

    There’s a TON of action going on having to do with all facets of digital media. You can purchase single tickets for Chris Anderson’s keynote, or daily passes for each of the mini festivals within starting at $50 for the PopVox Awards ceremony only, going up to $375 for VIP, and $875 for a joint pass for VIGS and VIDFEST.

    Current contests on


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