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

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

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

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

This year the kitchen staff of De Balie will make us dinner in the grand cafe - reserved entirely for us! We'll start with a variation of smaller snacks, main course is their signature platter with a hamburger and potatoes - or a vegetarian dish, as desert we'll get Gooseberry pie. Dinner includes three drinks (beer, wine or sodas).

Parallel sessions

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

Thailand - 23 October
Mexico - 24 October

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.

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

Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen
Kloveniersburgwal 97
1011 KB Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 624 68 32

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
T: +31-20-694 44 30

Other hotels

You can find hotels via common sites such as 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.