Denver hosts its first outdoor digital animation festival

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DENVER -- Downtown Denver featured a unique look on Saturday night as the city hosted its first outdoor digital animation festival.

“Supernova” hosted by Denver Digerati featured digital animation on outdoor screens on 14th Street and Arapahoe and Curtis streets. Spectators included passersby and some that even brought their own chair.

“This is a moment in time where it’s ripe to do this,” Denver Digerati founder Ivar Zeile said. “This is the evolution of public art. Ten years from now you’re going to have cities hopefully from all over the world doing this and it would have started here in a unique way.”

Denver Digerati used the massive LED screen on the corner of 14th and Champa streets to display their unique form of public art.

More than 130 artists, local and international, were featured in digital animation pieces ranging from 10 seconds to nearly an hour.

“It’s animation art and as we know animation is the most popular form of entertainment in the world,” Zeile said.

The festival not only served as a competition for the artists, but also displayed a new form of art to the public.

And the artists, who included many students from CU Denver’s College of Arts and Media, were judged by internationally renowned leaders in animation from Washington, Spain and Iran.

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