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DigiFest south returns next month


The Bossier Arts Council is bringing their digital arts festival and technology career fair back to Bossier City next month.

DigiFest South is a community outreach program that celebrates digital technology and artistic creativity combined in a family-friendly event. The Bossier Arts Council is currently seeking entries for next month’s second annual DigiFest South event.

Leigh Anne Chambers, Executive Director of the Bossier Arts Council, said they are looking for entries that use technology creatively that fit the eight categories – art film, animation, digital photography, student work, architectural/drafting, interactive/website/app, innovative and graphics.

Chambers said the stakes are higher and the prizes are bigger this year. There will be one first place winner in each of the categories that will receive a $250 cash prize. In addition to the category winners, there will be three best of show winners, totaling 11 winners, who will participate in a show at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Art Station in October.

“What we try to do at the Bossier Arts Council is to not only increase opportunities we can provide, but to bridge connections with other arts agencies in our region and outside of our region for greater exposure and advanced career opportunities,” Chambers said.

DigiFest South includes a digital art exhibition by students and independent artists, and a career fair featuring the most cutting edge companies and educational institutions in the region. Participants this year include Academy Award Winner Moonbot Studios, Twin Engine Labs, Blade Studios, the Cyber Innovation Center and Venyu. The goal is to inspire young students to seek digital media education and careers, strengthen the arts in schools and promote a stronger digital media economy in northwest Louisiana.

The two-day event, slated for Sept. 20 and 21, will be held at the Bossier Civic Center. Events include a digital art exhibit, a tech expose and education fair, interactive art and technology, the Phenom Film Fest and a video game jam.

DigiFest South is also expanding to Downtown Shreveport this year. The CoHabitat is hosting a two day series of digital technology panels, workshops, and lectures. Other events at CoHabitat will focus on entrepreneurship and industry networking.

Chambers said she is looking forward to seeing what artists do in the Innovative category.

“It’s kind of different. It can be anything that’s not described by any of the other categories,” Chambers said. “The sky is the limit so I’m excited to see what people come up with.”

The entry fee is $15 per submission and there is a limit of two submissions per artist per category. All applications and entry fees must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to the Bossier Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd. in Bossier City, or via email to leigh@bossierarts.org.

For more information, visit the DigiFest website at www.digifestsouth.com or call (318) 741-8310. Entry forms can also be found on the DigiFest South website.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.