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The Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society has been holding events on behalf on the S3D Centre at Emily Carr since 2011. In January 3013, the 3D[FWD] Conference and Networking Event was the first official Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society sanctioned event. Since then, we have had several more events across Canada.

We are always looking to hold more events. If you have an idea for an event in your area, would like to host or sponsor an event, please get in contact with us!


Passes and session tickets are now available for SPARK [FWD] 2014!

This February 5-9th 2014, we are hosting an event in Vancouver unlike any before it.

Conference passes and individual films/sessions are available at Job Fair registrations also takes place at

This is a new event that contains a designated three days for the conference and workshops, two day job fair, and five day film festival. The goal of the newly formatted event is that through panels and presentations, attendees gain insight into the evolution and latest techniques of the digital media industry, and creative leaders receive the opportunity to share knowledge on trends, technology, and new methodologies. Attendees will enjoy exposure to recent leading artistic and technological advancements through direct contact with world-class studio executives, VFX artists, and film professionals. This strong conference presentation series is complemented by film festival screenings chosen to exemplify innovation and excellence in the field of VFX and advanced imaging. Concluding the event is a high-energy reception which provides an opportunity for peers and industry leaders to interact and celebrate together. This event is a critical opportunity for British Columbia based companies and organizations to network with industry professionals, create business opportunities, expand their knowledge and develop new skills.

Organized by the Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society (C3DAIS), the Spark CG Society, the S3D Centre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, ACM SIGGRAPH, and the Vancouver Chapter of the Visual Effects Society.

James Stewart, Bruce Alcock and Claire Blanchet engage audience in an evening of discussions

Three filmmakers from three cities across Canada and their films treat audience to a showcase of talent.

This free community event on Oct 5th 2013 resulted in an evening of panels, films, food, drink, prizes and networking! The 2013 3D Showcase & Party by the S3D Centre + Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society celebrated the most recent creative and technical advancements in stereoscopic 3D filmmaking here in Canada. It featured James Stewart from Geneva Film Co, Bruce Alcock (Toronto) of Global Mechanic (Vancouver), and Claire Blanchet of NFB (Montreal) as well as their respective films "Foxed!", "Impromptu", and "The End of Pinky", all shown in stereoscopic 3D and surround audio.

Thanks to our sponsor Quantel, attendees enjoyed food and a prize for a Fuji W3 3D full HD video camera was given to a lucky winner. Wine was provided thanks to Spark CG Society.

September saw a full house in Toronto after TIFF to celebrate 3D

At TIFF 2013 there were a record number of short and feature films in 3D. To celebrate, the Society's chair James Stewart threw a full day of panels and an afterparty for 3D members and enthusiasts.

Chris Landreth, Bruce Alcock, Claire Blanchet, and James Stewart were there to discuss, promote and celebrate 3D filmmaking. The room was crammed full of spectators during the panels, and then every attendee at the afterparty got a free pair of Ingrod:Dahl 3D glasses!

September 2013 saw many Society members speak at the Toronto Intl'l Stereo 3D Conference

Members who presented included:

Catherine Owens, Filmmaker, U23D
Jim Chabin, President, International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society
Buzz Hays, True Image Co
James Stewart, Geneva Film Co, Chair- Canadian 3D and Advanced Imaging Society
Ian Herring, Director/Producer Parallax Films
Tim Dashwood, Stereo 3D Unlimited, Dashwood Cinema Solutions
Robert Neuman, Disney
Florian Maier, Founder STEREOTEC
Philippe Baylaucq, director, award winning "Ora"
Julian Pinn, Dolby
Adam May, Vision3
Maria Lantin, S3D Centre
Denise Quesnel, S3D Centre/Canadian 3D and Advanced Imaging Society

Check out the Conference website for more information.

We hosted Philippe Baylaucq of Montreal to Vancouver to discuss filmmaking and his award winning short "Ora".

In an evening with celebrated filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq, we screened his award winning experimental Stereoscopic 3D short film “Ora” for the first time in Vancouver. Baylaucq spoke about the process of making the film, from using infrared thermal imaging cameras to working with performers in darkness – the only light source being the internal heat of the human body.

In addition to the screening of “Ora”, Baylaucq showed behind the scenes video, scenes from other works, and answered audience questions. “Ora” recently was the winner of the Autodesk 3D Independent Short Film Competition 2013 at the 3D Creative Arts Awards hosted by the International 3D Society.

This event was held at Simon Fraser University's Westminister Savings Lecture Theatre in Surrey, BC.

A free Stereoscopic 3D Meetup “Research and Demonstrations Showcase” in Vancouver

Hosted by the S3D Centre at Emily Carr, attendees were the first in Canada to see the groundbreaking research happening in our own backyard. Featuring researchers from Canada and demonstrations of the latest in software + plugins for S3D, hear about projects from partner Universities (ECUAD, SFU, UBC, Concordia, Ottawa, York, NSCAD).

Variable high frame rate (VFR) research and tools for narrative S3D productions were presented by Denise Quesnel, with some of the world’s first variable frame rate S3D content created by researchers at the S3D Centre screened as video examples. Dr. Panos Nasiopoulos from the University of BC's ICICS presented with graduate students on autostereo, high dynamic range, video compression. Sean Arden from tEmily Carr University of Art + Design presented some of the work done by researchers and students at the S3D Centre at Emily Carr.

the 2013 International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society's Creative Arts Awards had some great outcomes for Canadians.

Philippe Baylaucq of Montreal won the Autodesk 3D International Film Competition for his short film "Ora".

Director/producer Ang Lee won a number of awards including the prestigious Harold Lloyd Award, which has been established to annually honor a visionary filmmaker who has achieved 3D excellence in motion picture story telling.

This was the 4th edition of the awards and according to the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society President Jim Chabin it was the biggest and best attended to date.

The flagship event for the Canadian 3D & Advanced Imaging Society was a huge success.

3D[FWD], held in Vancouver at the Vancity Theatre on January 24th & 25th, brought together business leaders from a cross-section of industries to explore the impact of 3D technology and emerging 3D concepts and tools.

Emily Carr University of Art +Design with the S3D Centre are thrilled to have organised this event with the International 3D Society, with support from National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). This event couldn’t have been possible without the support of those organizations, and also our friends at Massive Media.

This was the banner event for the recently created Canadian Chapter of the International 3D Society.

“I think it was probably the best first time 3DU Event that any chapter has done. We’ve got some great chapters. But it could not of gone any better.” Jim Chabin, President, International 3D Society

Over 130 attendees came to Vancity theatre on the 25th of January to listen to some of the best 3D leaders in the world. We were treated to 4K 3D presentation of content from our speakers thanks to Christie Digital stepping in with a model CP4230 projector. The content was not only in brilliant hi-res 3D, but was BRIGHT! Our fantastic A/V team from Vancity Theatre and Zoom A/V made sure the projector and Dolby 3D system were installed in time, and that all the speaker’s presentations flowed without problems.

Speakers included:

- Jim Chabin, International 3D Society
- Robert Neuman, Disney
- Adam May, Vision3
- Joshua Hollander, Pixar
- Buzz Hays, True Image Co
- Canadians James Stewart- Geneva Film Co, Hugh Murray- IMAX, James Cowan- Finale Editworks, Ian Herring- Parallax Film, Gener8's Colin Jenken & Mark Lasoff
- Grant Anderson, Sony 3D Technology Center
David Brenner, Principal Media

The full recap of the event is available at 3D[FWD] 2013 Recap and details.


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