Animation and Motion Design Conferences to attend in 2022

This is the first in a series of articles where we highlight creative festivals and design conferences that are organized around a specific creative discipline. Today we kick off with animation and motion design.

Animation and motion design are closely related but very different. Animation is an umbrella term for the whole field of moving imagery, including everything from cartoons to claymation. Motion design focus on giving movement to graphic elements to support the storytelling aspect of a movie title, explainer, or gesture in a mobile app. Essentially, motion design it’s animated graphic design.

The selected festivals have in common that they are a crossover between the field. Showcasing the process behind blockbuster movies to indie animation productions, and everything in-between.

All programs are highly curated. Bring great value through inspiration, workshops, learning experiences, and provide plenty of network opportunities to energize your work and bring your ideas to life.

Enjoy.

animation motion design festivals

September

Half Rez

HalfRez is a one night event crammed with guest speakers, networking, drinks and lively conversations about motion design and the industry. Covering motion design and 3D.

  • September 9, 2022
    ‍- Chicago, IL, USA
  • $50

Motion Plus Design Paris

Motion Plus Design promotes the art of motion design across the world by creating international events and sharing its best resources. On June 11, Motion Plus Design invites the cream of the crop of the best worldwide Motion Designers for one full day of talks.

  • September 18, 2022
  • Paris with live stream
  • Tickets: from €10

Pictoplasma Conference

Pictoplasma Berlin 2022: Join the world’s most vibrant meeting point for artists trailblazing the face of tomorrow’s visual culture.

  • September 14-18, 2022
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Tickets: TBA in April

Trojan Horse was a Unicorn

Launched in 2013 by designer André Luís, 'Trojan Horse was a Unicorn' grew out to a networking ecosystem created to share knowledge, inspire and empower creators from all areas of the digital entertainment & interactive industry. Their annual main event includes talks, workshops, recruitment sessions, and many other activities

  • September 19 - 24, 2022
  • Tróia, Portugal
  • Tickets: €660 + fees

October

Design in Motion Festival

The second edition of DEMO. Design in Motion is an initiative of studio Dumbar. Celebrating the best motion design from the finest studios, amazing designers, emerging talents, and art academies around the world

  • 6 October 2022
  • The Netherlands, 5000+ OOH screens - 24 Hours
  • Tickets: Free. You need an OV ticket to access a train station.
  • Open Call will be announced soon

VIEW Conference 2022

VIEW Conference is a computer graphics event in Italy and is held yearly in Turin. Topics represented at the event include interactive techniques, digital cinema, 3D animation, gaming and VFX.

  • October 16-21, 2022
  • Torino, Italy & Online
  • Tickets: TBA

Adobe MAX - The Creativity Conference

Adobe MAX - The Creativity Conference is an annual event with the purpose to promote the latest Adobe releases to those in the computer design and development industries.

  • October 18 - 20
  • Los Angeles and virtual
  • In-person $299 - $1895
  • Virtual is free after registration
  • Plan your trip

November

Blend Festival | Breda

Playgrounds Blend is a catwalk of inspiring, progressive and innovative makers. Artists known for stretching outside of a genre and mashing things up take over our stage. With Blend, Playgrounds aims to signal new trends and developments in the industry and to connect visual art with other genres.

Blend Festival | Amsterdam

Playgrounds Blend is a catwalk of inspiring, progressive and innovative makers. Artists known for stretching outside of a genre and mashing things up take over our stage. With Blend, Playgrounds aims to signal new trends and developments in the industry and to connect visual art with other genres.

The Pixel Show

This yearly event is the largest creative festival in Latin America. Organized by Zupi Magazine, The Pixel Show brings together incredible artists in illustration, motion graphics, graphic design, comics, CG, VFX, and more together for an amazing event. With over thousands of attendees each year, this event is a must for those in the Sao Paulo area of Brazil.

  • November 5 - 6, 2022
  • São Paulo, Brazil

That’s it for animation and motion design festivals!

I love to hear from you. Let me know what your favorite event xis. If you’re planning to attend any of the listed events and have a question, drop me an email or DM on Instagram. I am happy to help you.

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