SIGGRAPH 2018 – the Largest Convention Hosted at Vancouver Convention Centre
With 60-plus world-class VFX and animation studios, 8,000 VFX and animation artists and some 20,000 film and TV jobs in Vancouver, it makes sense that the largest convention hosted at the Convention Centre to date, SIGGRAPH 2018, chose to return to Vancouver for the third time from August 12 to 16. The annual conference of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), is recognized as the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience focusing on research, science, art, animation, technology, gaming, interactivity, education and the web.
Last held in Vancouver in August 2014, SIGGRAPH then brought over 14,000 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students and academics from 75 countries to Vancouver. SIGGRAPH 2018 is expected to draw similar attendance from approximately 80 countries and generate an estimated $37.1 million in direct spending to the local economy.
SIGGRAPH 2018 provides an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the expertise and innovation of the local graphics industry to a global audience. Roy C. Anthony, the conference chair of SIGGRAPH 2018, enthuses, “We are delighted to be returning to Vancouver for SIGGRAPH 2018! Vancouver’s rich, production-centric communities are leading the way in film and VFX production for television and movies, all while the city also creates and develops new media content, games, and new workflows, including those for AR, VR, and mixed reality. These attributes make Vancouver one of the most appropriate places in the world to host our SIGGRAPH conference.”
SIGGRAPH’s 2011 Vancouver conference marked the first time the annual event was hosted outside of the United States. Craig Lehto, general manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre, notes it was a collaborative effort to bring the conference to one of Canada’s leading digital FX communities, “We are excited and proud to welcome SIGGRAPH back to our venue and city. For a convention that took decades to bring to Vancouver for the first time, our collective ability with Tourism Vancouver and hospitality and industry partners to entice them back for the third time in seven years speaks volumes – about our facility, our city, the hospitality industry and the strength of the local computer graphics and digital effects community.
The public is invited to experience SIGGRAPH with a complimentary Exhibits Only pass (using code VTB2018 when registering online). The Exhibition opens on August 14, featuring the latest technologies and innovations.