Vancouver is to welcome back thousands of computer graphics and digital effects specialists for SIGGRAPH 2018, a conference expected to deliver C$37.1m in direct spending to the local economy. The event will be the largest convention held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The annual conference of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), returns to Vancouver for the third time from 12-16 August.
SIGGRAPH was last held in Vancouver in August 2014, and brought over 14,000 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students and academics from 75 countries.
The conference was first held in Vancouver in 2011, the first time the annual event had been hosted outside of the United States.
This year the general public can also experience SIGGRAPH with a complimentary Exhibits Only pass on 14 August.
Roy C. Anthony, 2018 SIGGRAPH conference chair, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Vancouver for SIGGRAPH 2018. There are 60-plus world-class VFX and animation studios in Vancouver, more than 20,000 film and TV jobs, and more than 8,000 VFX and animation artists working within the city limits.
“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. All of these attributes make Vancouver one of the most appropriate places in the world to host our SIGGRAPH conference.”
Craig Lehto, general manager of Vancouver Convention Centre, added: “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.”
Mario Pochat, CEO of Vancouver Animation School said: “Vancouver has established itself as a destination for Digital Art & Technology. As soon as our partners and students throughout the world are informed that SIGGRAPH will be held in Vancouver, they get excited and start contacting us with plans to visit us at SIGGRAPH.”