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Blender Conference 2015: 23-24-25 October, De Balie, Amsterdam.


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION!

We welcome proposals for papers, workshops, case studies. Check examples from last year's speakers to see what we usually accept.

There will be an online submission system later, we now handle early submissions via email: conference at blender.org.

E-mail your proposal as follows:

  • 1) title of presentation
  • 2) your name/occupation
  • 3) Expected duration of presentation
  • 4) Summary of talk/workshop in just a few lines of text (no attachments please. url is OK)

Deadline for submitting presentations:

- July 23rd: On this date we will start accepting talks, for early confirmation.
- August 23rd: Last date to submit proposals.

List of accepted talks will be available early September 2015.




Blender Conference 2014 took place October 24-25-26 in Amsterdam, at 'De Balie' venue. With over 275 visitors, it was a total success!

Almost 50 Conference Presentations in 2014

Every year we have a great mix of technical talks, scientific presentations, case studies from studios and workshops by artists and developers from all over the world.


Click on the link above for the list of presentations with videos. The original slides of the talks can be downloaded here.

Conference Program 2014

A full schedule is available here.

Previous Conferences

To get an impression of how previous Blender Conferences went, you can check on the reports and schedule of conferences since 2004 on the old Blender website.

With the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union

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Ticket pre-ordering - started now.

The Blender Conference is held in a popular conference venue and theater, right in the middle of the city. De Balie is a great place to hangout with free drinks and lunches, and a grand cafe to hangout all evening. Ticket costs are approx. 125 euro. Click the link above to order.


Suzanne Award / Animation Festival

“De Balie” has a real cinema with excellent projection facilities. We will collect submissions this year to assemble a great 90 minute Short Film festival, which will run Friday evening. Call for submission will be coming soon here.

Saturday evening dinner

We always try to find places where people can celebrate an evening together, enjoying food and drinks. Announcement will be done later.

Parallel sessions

If you organize an event parallel to the Blender Conference, let us know!

Monday, Blender Institute open house

The day after everyone’s invited to drop by at the Blender Institute to inspect the premises! Opening hours: 11-18h.

Conference Venue

The conference venue is 20-25 minutes walk from the central railway station. Alternatively you can take Tram lines 1 2 or 5 too (exit Leidseplein).


Travel and Accommodation

Directions upon arrival

Arrival via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Walk to the main exit hall, there’s a railway station underneath. Take train to to Amsterdam Centraal Station (15-20 minutes). You can get tickets in vending machines or at desks.

Arrival at Amsterdam Centraal railway station
Get out at “Centrum”, walk to De Balie is about 20 minutes. You can also take tram lines.

Arrival by car
Parking in Amsterdam is impossible or expensive! Best is to park outside the center; like in “ArenA Transferium”. Cheap parking rates include metro/tram tickets. http://www.amsterdam.info/parking/park-ride/

In general
Avoid taxis! Especially taxis at the railway station will rip you off. Taxi ride from Airport to De Balie can easily cost you 45 euro. If you really need a taxi in Amsterdam, ask the hotel to phone you one, or phone the “Taxi Centrale Amsterdam”: 020 7777777, they’re reliable.

Hostels and other options

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark
(Walking distance)
phone: +31 (0)20 551 31 90
www.stayokay.com

Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Kloveniersburgwal 97
1011 KB Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 624 68 32
http://www.stayokay.com

Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg
(Is 30-40 minutes walk, but easy tram connection)

Camping Zeeburg Amsterdam
(they have cabins)
It’s not very close, has tram connection though.
Zuider IJdijk 20
Amsterdam
T: +31-20-694 44 30
www.campingzeeburg.nl

Other hotels

You can find hotels via common sites such as booking.com easily. Unless you have a good budget (100 euro per night or more), it's advised to not choose a hotel within the canal area - and certainly not in the old city heart or close to the Railway Station. The cheap hostels there are known to be among the worst of Europe!

Find a hotel outside the canal area, on bicycling distance or one that has a good tram connection to Leidseplein, where De Balie is. On 10-20 minutes tram/bicycle distance are usually decent and affordable hotels. Bicycle rentals are everywhere.