1st edition of CAFÉ in Montreal on June 7 and 8

The Quebec Film and Television Council (CFTQ) and Kaliko Productions are launching COFFEE, a new event dedicated to visual effects and animation professionals. Industry professionals will meet online or in person at the Montreal Science Center for conferences, panels, presentations and networking activities. The conference takes place on June 7 and 8 and is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Quebec.

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

During the first edition of the event, participants will be able to take part in 15 conferences and panels with industry experts. Discussions will focus on: the creation of the Dunes universe; the Quebec animated series Cracked (broadcast in over 210 countries); the impact of virtual production and the use of USD technology on production pipelines; and animation of star wars characters from the saga.

In collaboration with the Center for Development and Research in Digital Intelligence (CDRIN), a special rapid presentation event will allow researchers, service providers and companies to present their innovations, research and development projects. There will also be an activity for students to get feedback and advice from supervisors and recruiters. Finally, at the end of the day, participants are invited to join a networking cocktail.

Quebec studios expected to participate include DNEG (2022 Best Visual Effects Oscar winner); Rodeo FX; SqueezeStudio; Folks VFX; Reel Effects; Kinesite; Mikros; and Hybrid.

Montreal has become a major visual effects hub alongside London and Los Angeles. The 40 Quebec studios work on more than 200 projects each year. According to BFTQ data, the industry accounted for more than 6,000 jobs and $950 million in local economic activity in 2021.

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

Tickets are now available here; the complete program will be available soon.

Source: Quebec Film and Television Council

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