6 Can’t-Miss Video Industry Conferences (Fall 2016)
Network with creative professionals and learn something new at this fall’s must-attend video industry conferences.
It can be easy as a video professional to live your life in a vacuum, isolated from the world around you. If you happen to fall into this category, I can’t recommend the following conferences enough. Each one gives you exciting opportunities to network and make lasting friendships. So if you’re looking for a great new experience, check out these awesome video industry conferences.
Going on its ninth year, the Amsterdam Supermeet complements the annual NAB Spring Supermeet that occurs in Las Vegas every year. The Supermeet brings together video editors, no matter what software they use. At the Supermeet you’ll be introduced to hundreds of industry professionals from every post-production background and discipline. You’ll learn the latest post-production tips and tricks and see demos of new products. You can read more about this exciting event over on the Supermeet website.
- Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Date: September 11
- Price: €10.00 (about $11)
If you’re a gear lover, Photokina is the ultimate conference for you. Dubbed the “largest trade fair for the photographic and imaging industries,” at Photokina you’ll find camera technologies from still photography to video to 360-filmmaking. Photokina usually features new gear releases from all of the major camera manufacturers. This year it’s expected that Canon will release the long-awaited 5D Mark IV. Photokina will likely be the place where you can see it for the first time.
- Location: Cologne, Germany
- Date: September 10-25
- Price: Prices start at 12.00 EUR (About $13 USD)
IBC is the largest gathering of broadcasters in the world. Given the state of the broadcasting industry, this year’s edition promises to be the most important IBC conference in history. Notable talks this year include an in-depth look at UHD in broadcasting, apps versus channels, and Google’s plans for television. If you primarily focus on TV production (or if you’re simply in the mood to meet with industry executives), then this is the place for you.
- Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Date: September 8-12
- Price: Exhibition Pass – Free before August 19, Gold Conference Pass – €2,559 before August 19 ($2858 in USD)
If you use the Creative Cloud in your workflow, there’s no better video industry conference to attend than Adobe Video World. At Video World you’ll get the opportunity to network with Adobe users from around the world. The conference is broken up into two different sections: Premiere Pro World (September 27-30) and After Effects World (September 29 – October 2). Depending on your interests, you can attend one or both.
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Date: September 27-October 2
- Price: $1,845 for Full Pass
5. NAB New York
As you probably already know, when it comes to filmmaking and gear, it doesn’t get any more exciting than NAB. However, you might be surprised to hear that NAB has a smaller conference happening in New York this year. The conference will mirror NAB in Las Vegas, just smaller in scale. NAB New York focuses more on post-production than gear. Attendees are invited to follow learning tracks that focus on either Editing, VFX, or Production.
- Location: New York, New York
- Date: November 9-10
- Price: $50+
According to the US government, there are approximately 58,900 video editors in the United States. From corporate videographers to freelance filmmakers, creatives from all disciplines are invited to attend the Government Video Expo. The conference will feature the latest in future technology, from drones to cameras. If you’re a gear junky, this is a great conference to attend.
- Date: December 6-8
- Location: Washington D.C.
- Price: Free+
What conferences are you going to this fall? Share in the comments below.