This new global event will take place on June 7 and 8 at the Montreal Science Centre

Organized by the Quebec Film and Television Council (QFTC) and produced by Kaliko ProductionsCAFÉ is a whole-new event dedicated to visual effects and animation professionals. From June 7 to June 8, 2022, industry professionals will meet online or at the Montréal Science Centre for conferences, panels, presentations and networking activities. This event is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec.

“Québec has world-renowned expertise in animation and visual effects. That is why our government wishes to support this major event, which will allow us to maintain our leadership,” said Jean Boulet, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Minister of Immigration, Francization and Integration and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region.

In this event’s first edition, participants will be able to attend some 15 conferences and panels where industry experts will share their expertise. Some themes that will be discussed are: the creation of the Dune universe, the Quebec animation series Cracké that was broadcast in over 210 countries, the impact of virtual production and the use of USD technology on production pipelines, and the animation of the Star Wars saga characters. In collaboration with Centre de développement et de recherche en intelligence numérique (CDRIN), there will be a special rapid-fire presentation event to allow researchers, service providers and companies to present their innovation, research and development projects. The event will include an activity dedicated to the future generation, in which students will be able to receive advice from supervisors and recruiters. Finally, participants can also join a networking cocktail hour at the end of the day.

The event will feature the most prestigious studios in Quebec, including DNEG (winner of the 2022 Best Visual Effects Oscar), Rodeo FX, Squeeze Studio, Folks VFX, Reel FX, Cinesite, Mikros, Hybride, and more.

One of the world’s largest visual effects hubs along with London and Los Angeles, Montreal is world-renowned for its expertise and exceptional talent. Some 40 Quebec-based studios work on over 200 projects every year. According to data from the QFTC, the industry accounted for more than 6,000 jobs and $950 million in local economic activity in 2021.

“The visual effects industry’s exceptional growth over the past 10 years has contributed to Quebec’s reputation as a major centre of expertise and digital creativity. It is therefore imperative that a world-class event brings together the industry’s key players and lets their creativity shine. We want to make CAFÉ a must-attend event for all professionals in this creative and innovative industry,” stated Christine Maestracci, CEO of the QFTC.

Tickets are now available and the full program will be available in the following weeks on cafe-vfx.com and on social media at @cafevfx.

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