Largest VFX and Animation Conference in the Eastern Portion of North America – effects MTL

effects mtl 2017 previewAbout effectsMTL:

effectsMTL is the largest international conference for the VFX & Animation industries on the North American East Coast. Featuring:

An expo zone: showcasing the latest products/services

Top quality sessions: benchmark with peers, keep up to date with industry news/developments & strengthen knowledge by learning new practices and new approaches using the latest technology available

A business lounge: for qualified meetings with potential partners and clients (all arranged in advance using our specialized Meeting App – making time on-site extremely efficient)

Networking: grow business networks, catch up with existing contacts and cement relationships while having a ton of fun in great venues around Montréal

Job fair: recruiting the best talent for each company

Why Montreal hosts effectsMTL:

Montreal is the 4th largest global centre for visual effects. With an estimated $278 million in contracts for over 187 local and foreign projects, the industry has steadily expanded since 2009, posting an impressive annual growth rate of 27%.
Quebec studios have crafted over 21,634 VFX shots for a number of large-scale film productions, including Star Wars: Rogue One, Arrival and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, as well as Versailles and American Gods, produced for television.

Counting nearly 40 companies and more than 3,000 industry professionals, Quebec has sealed its status as a world-renowned hub of skill and creativity.

effectsMTL, the largest international conference for the VFX & Animation industries on the North American East Coast, is just around the corner (Palais des Congres, Sept 6-7).

How to get a job in the VFX industry:

There’s a strong emphasis on starting work in the industry this year with recruitment panels so there could be an interesting angle about finding work in the industry / getting a start in VFX, etc. Founder of rhum, ressources et humains, Pierre-Luc Labbée will be the moderator of two effects MTL HR panels: Hire me now Animation and Hire me now VFX. He will bring different topics to the recruiters in order to demystify the recruitment process: interviews, positions, opportunities, social media, resume, and mistakes to avoid!

Women in VFX:

Even though the number of women entering the industry is slightly increasing, according to Zoe Cranley of Double Negative studios this is still a male-dominated field. Which is why I thought the effectsMTL 2017 ‘Women in VFX’ panel chaired by Natasia Schumacher of Montreal studio Atomic Fiction, could be of interest for a spot on the site / the paper. Alongside her, the panelists will be:

Zoe Cranley of Double Negative

Gaelle Bossis of MPC

Evelyne Leblond of Rodeo FX

Lucy Killick of Framestore

Subject: Gender Equality – Women in VFX

Summary: There is a visible gender gap in the visual effects industry, with studies showing just 17.5% of visual effects roles occupied by women. While many studios are working hard to bridge this disparity in female representation, there are still hard discussions and work to be done. The panel discussion is to shine a light on this topic and hear what women in prominent roles in the industry have to say.


Canadian talent:

Maybe we could round-up a few of Canada’s best and brightest talents for a discussion about this country’s digital / VFX industry leaders. We have people such as:

Natasia Schumacher Atomic Fiction

Emily Paige E*D Films

François Lord of Rodéo FX

And plenty more to choose from for a discussion about the growing influence of Canadian talent in the world of VFX…


International keynote speakers:

If you’d be more interested in speaking with one of the world-renowned international presenters coming to Canada for the event, the effectsMTL 2017 Master Classes are presented by the following international talent:

Scott Eaton (UK)

Stuart Sumida (California)


Or opening keynote will be presented by Kevin Baillie of Atomic Fiction


Additional Information:


-Full schedule:

-Venue:  Palais des congrès de Montréal 1001, place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal (QC, Canada), 5th floor

Show Floor hours: September 6 -7  from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Keynote sessionsSeptember 6 at 9:30 am


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