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The Best Motion Design Conferences of 2019

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Ready to meet some new MoGraph friends? Here’s a list of the best Motion Design conferences and events to attend in 2019.

Are you a conference fanatic? We are. So we thought it’d be super fun to put together a list of the biggest MoGraph conferences of 2019. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but if you’re looking for some killer events with amazing MoGraph folks you’ve come to the right place.

Mouvo

  • Location: Prague, CZ
  • Dates: February 22 & 23, 2019
  • Price: ~$96 (2200 CZK)
The Mouvo conference is one of the most innovative events on this entire list. This year’s lineup features the likes of Ash Thorp, Daniela Görzen (Kurzgesagt), Memo Akten, and Nidia Dias. The conference is full of hangouts, talks, and networking opportunities with other motion designers. At Mouvo the focus is entirely on motion, so you’re guaranteed to get something out of every talk.

Motion Plus Design

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Dates: February 23rd
  • Price: $75
Motion Plus Design is making their US debut in Los Angeles on February 23rd. In true LA fashion the event has the biggest star-studded lineup on this entire list. At the event you’ll hear from the likes of Andrew Kramer, Beeple, JR. Canest, Karin Fong, Kyle Cooper, and More! There’s even a cocktail hour where you can meet some of your favorite MoGraph celebrities.

Keyframes Conference

  • Location: Orlando, FL
  • Dates: February 25-27, 2019
  • Price: $795+
The Keyframes Conference is a brand new event being hosted in Orlando. This education-centered event is great if you are looking to learn something new and meet new friends in the process. The conference is hosted by Future Media Concepts so you know the education is going to be top-notch. Joey will also be speaking at the event so if you’ve ever wanted to see his shiny head in-person, now’s your chance. Warm Weather, Check. MoGraph, Check. Theme Parks, Checkaroo.
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NAB

  • Location: Las Vegas
  • Dates: April 6 - 11
  • Price: $0+
What would happen if you took a gigantic city and filled it only with nerds who like to party? NAB of course! NAB is a right of passage for anyone in the video world. While the focus of the conference isn’t exclusively MoGraph you will find plenty of motion designers at the conference.
If you like attending talks, you’ll find a ton of fantastic training at the conference. From free lectures at the Maxon Booth, to a slew of fantastic paid classes at Post Production World, there is no shortage of education at NAB.
But let’s get real, you’re not going to Vegas just for the education… NAB is basically a week full of the nerdiest parties you’ve ever been to in your life. Notable parties include the GreyscaleGorilla Pinball Party, The Media Motion Ball, and MoKart.
We are also proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the 2nd annual ‘MoGraph Meetup’ on Sunday April 7th (event page in progress). Come say hello and meet 350 of the coolest people in motion design!
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FITC

  • Location: Toronto, CA
  • Date: April 29 - May 1, 2019
  • Price: $527+
There's no other way to say it; FITC is downright dope! The conference focuses on incredibly interesting subsections of design and technology including motion design, VR, and Space-Travel (I kid you not). This is a conference for nerds, but in a really cool and well-branded kind of way. If you're the type of artists that appreciates art, technology, and Canada, this is the conference for you.

Half-Rez 8

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Dates: TBD (likely September)
  • Price: TBD
Half Rez is a night full of inspiration, incredible motion design talks and tons of 3D nerdiness. This one night event features some of the biggest names in motion design with plenty of booze along the way. Plus, while you’re there you can get some of that deep dish pizza!

Blend

  • Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Dates: September 20-21, 2019
  • Price: TBD
The rumors are true. Blend is coming back in 2019 and we are absolutely stoked. Blend isn’t a typical conference, it’s more like a 2-day party with your favorite MoGraph folks. While there is no official word on the price we can guarantee that it is worth every penny. Plus, Vancouver is stunning the September!

After Effects World

  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Dates: July 26 - 28, 2019
  • Price: TBD
After Effects World (formerly Adobe Video World, formerly After Effects World) is getting a major overhaul in 2019 and we are super excited to see the new-and-improved conference. The event will take place at Adobe’s HQ in Seattle. Seattle in July is absolutely spectacular, mix in some mograph knowledge, and you have yourself a perfect vacation.

SIGGRAPH

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Dates: July 28 - August 1, 2019
  • Price: ~$1750 (Pricing is still pending)
If you think you’re nerdy just wait until you attend SIGGRAPH... SIGGRAPH is where the brightest minds in computer animation come together to share industry trends, showcase new products, and network with folks in the industry. SIGGRAPH is the conference the heavy-hitters attend. If there’s going to be an event where you meet a literal Academy Award winner, it’s going to be SIGGRAPH.

Adobe Max

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Dates: November 2-6, 2019
  • Price: TBD
Adobe Max is a conference that focuses exclusively on creativity and inspiration (using Adobe software). The event features celebrities from many artistic disciplines including directors, graphic designers, and, of course, MoGraph artists. The event is fun, inspiring, and full of swag (in both the metaphorical and literal sense). If you geek-out over the latest Creative Cloud updates this is the perfect event for you.

NodeFest

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Date: November 15th
  • Price: TBD
Nodefest is the premiere mograph event in Australia. Previous Nodefests have featured the likes of EJ Hassenfratz, Brett Morris, Raoul Marks, and more. It’s always been a dream for us to attend the event and grab a Carlton Draught with some of our fellow keyframers down under.
School of Motion will be in attendance at most of the events listed in this article. If you’re going to any of these events hit us up and say hello! We love meeting SoM folks in the wild. Also, if you know of any other events that we should add to the list shoot 'em our way!