In less than 2 weeks, the premiere international film festival for the world’s most acclaimed YouTube creators will return to Toronto, Canada. Buffer Festival 2015 will be taking place from Oct.23rd-25th in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district.
It’s an event that allows the talented community of YouTube creators to showcase their best work on the big screen to thousands of passionate fans through 2 days of screenings in over 10 different genres from October 24th to 25th.
The fun begins on October 23rd though, as the featured guests will walk the red carpet and attend the Gala Premiere which showcases the best video premieres of Buffer Festival. In addition, there’s also a day filled with workshops, panels, networking, and much more for up-and-coming YouTubers, called Creator Day.
Yes, there’s a lot of cool stuff happening! To learn more about Buffer Festival, we recently spoke with founder, Corey Vidal:
Buffer Festival took place for the first time in 2013. What led to its creation?
I’ve been on YouTube for almost ten years now. In terms of events for YouTube there was VidCon, which I love, but events like that are conventions. As a lover of film and filmmaking, I wanted to see something like TIFF. I found the inspiration for Buffer Festival in 2011, when I went to a few red carpets during TIFF and it got the wheels turning.
It made me wonder, why isn’t there TIFF for YouTube? By having a YouTube screening in a theatre, the focus can be placed on the content, and creators have the opportunity to see their work on a big screen, which is where it deserves to be.
The biggest event of Buffer Festival is the Gala Premiere Screening, which features many of the most popular YouTube creators worldwide. Can you tell us a bit about that?
The Gala is the biggest event at Buffer Festival, and the one event that summarizes and ties everything together. All of the individual screenings on Saturday and Sunday have a theme, category or genre. The gala however, is meant to be the best of the best.
It brings all YouTubers, staff, sponsors, and fans together to show off the absolute best content. If you’re only able to make it to one event during Buffer Festival, this is definitely the one.
For the passionate communities of fans attending the Buffer Festival screenings, what can they look forward to?
People attending Buffer Festival can look forward to not only seeing YouTubers in person, but also seeing them release high-quality content that they’re passionate about. It’s an opportunity to engage with the creator and with the content. Fans get to see what’s popular on YouTube before it’s on YouTube.
This year, you’re introducing Creator Day! Can you tell us about that?
In year one of Buffer Festival, we looked at serving attendees. In year two, we added Industry Day to unite industry professionals to discuss YouTube. This year, we wanted to serve the up and coming YouTuber.
We’ve partnered with Ryerson University and CBC to bring Creator Day to the festival, which will be an awesome crash course on everything you need to know to take your online content to the next level. We’ve structured it to be a training program for people to learn how they can become the next generation of YouTubers. Who knows, they may be at Creator Day this year, and a guest at Buffer Festival next year!
What can up-and-coming YouTubers expect at Creator Day?
Creator Day is split into two parts. The first half of the day will be keynotes, panels and presentations from successful YouTube creators, industry professionals and YouTube employees. It will be everything you need to know to use YouTube effectively.
The second half of the day will be hands-on workshops to provide guests with the opportunity to get their hands on cameras, lights and tripods. The workshops will be in small groups of 20 people, so that everyone has the opportunity to work with gear and materials they may not have at home, and understand how to use these tools to create content.
How great is it to bring this unique experience to the passionate community in Canada?
2015 is a huge year for YouTube in Canada. We saw a massive rise in companies supporting Canadian YouTube Creators. Kin Community owned by Corus, MUCH Digital Studios, CBC and Fullscreen, and Collective Digital Studio are all companies working with YouTube, and supporting Buffer Festival in some capacity this year.
What do you most look forward to each year at Buffer Festival?
Sleep! (Haha). There are two things. The first thing that I look forward to each year at Buffer Festival is bringing my YouTube friends to Canada. I’m not an events guy. In my heart I am a YouTuber, so the best part of this festival is the opportunity to bring over 100 of my peers, colleagues and friends to the city.
The second thing that I most look forward to at Buffer Festival is sitting in a theatre, with the lights off, watching videos on the big screen and enjoying a true cinematic experience. That’s truly why I created Buffer Festival in the first place. The theatres we have this year for the festival are an awesome way to experience the content being premiered.
Attend Buffer Festival 2015
This is going to be fun! To get more information and tickets for all the events taking place during the three day festival in Toronto, you can visit BufferFestival.com/Tickets
On behalf of Fjaloret, we’d like to thank Corey Vidal for taking the time to discuss Buffer Festival with us!
Photos: Courtesy of Buffer Festival/Press
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