Watch VIEW Conference 2020 online for free
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Watch the VIEW Conference 2020 online for free

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | Written by Jim Thacker

Originally published September 7, 2020. Scroll down for details about the free online event.

The Italian VIEW conference has started announcing speakers for this year's event, including a keynote from Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull and sessions with the directors of many of the world's greatest animated features.

The conference – one of the few industry events that will take place physically this year – also features presentations from Stefen Fangmeier, VFX supervisor for Game of Thrones, and VFX legends Phil Tippett and Dennis Muren.

Updated October 7th: The conference is now an online-only event. Details below.

A who's who of the world of feature animation
VIEW is now in its 21st year one of the leading CG festivals in Europe and offers a five-day program with lectures, workshops and film screenings as well as its own animation prizes, the VIEW Award.

The keynote speech for the 2020 conference comes from Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar and former President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, while the speakers are a real who's who of the world of animation.

Previously confirmed directors include Spider-Man: In the Spider-Verse Peter Ramsey, Kris Pearn of The Willoughbys, and Tomm Moore, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated Song of the Sea.

The conference should also provide a sneak peek into two of next year's key animated features, with sessions from Joel Crawford, director of The Croods 2, and Kyle Balda, director of Minions: The Rise of Gru.

On the business side of the industry, Moana producer Osnat Shurer will speak about her career and current work as a producer on Disney's upcoming cartoon Raya and The Last Dragon.

Lectures on VFX and game development as well as practical workshops and master classes
Outside of the feature animation, Stefen Fangmeier, VFX supervisor for the epic final season of Game of Thrones, is the final speaker confirmed for the 2020 conference.

He is joined by Roger Guyett, VFX supervisor for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Hal Hickel, animation supervisor for The Mandalorian, and VFX industry legends Phil Tippett and Dennis Muren.

Speakers from the game industry include Nate Fox, Creative Director of Sucker Punch Productions for Ghost of Tsushima, EA founder Trip Hawkins and Milan Jovovic, co-founder of mobile developer Nordeus.

The event will also include a series of panel discussions and masterclasses, while Jeremy Clapin, director of the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated I Lost My Body, will host a workshop on his experience transitioning from animated shorts to full-length shorts for Properties.

Updated October 7, 2020: The VIEW conference is now an online-only event – and access to all sessions, including the accompanying Business Innovation Summit, is now free for everyone.

A free ticket gives you access to live streams of the sessions while they are taking place. There are also paid passes available that allow you to view sessions until at least December 31, 2020 upon request.

Dates and details
The VIEW Conference 2020 will take place from October 18-23, 2020. With a free ticket you can watch every session live.

Light passes, which offer access to standard lectures, sessions and panels if required, cost 85 euros. Full conference passes cost € 200 (about $ 240) and all-access passes cost € 250 (about $ 300).

Prices are excluding taxes and Eventbrite fees. More details can be found here.

Further information on the VIEW Conference 2020 can be found on the event website

Check out the full program of speaker sessions and workshops for the 2020 VIEW conference

Videos of the free PreVIEW sessions can be found on the conference's YouTube channel

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