Global Game Jam | Portland 2018

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The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

The structure of a jam is usually that everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then a secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. In January 2017, we had 700 locations in 95 countries create over 7000 games in one weekend! GGJ 2018 is January 26-28 at a location near you… if not you can make one of your own. The jam is known for helping foster new friendships, increase confidence and opportunities within the community. The jam is always an intellectual challenge. People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.

The GGJ stimulates collaboration and is not a competition.


The local GGJ is run by PIGSquad (Portland Indie Game Squad) and sponsored by us. Join us at Art Institute of Portland on Jan 26 for the keynote.

Watch this space and our email announcement for registration. Space is limited to the first 100.

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Autodesk Hits Portland 2017 | Now including a Pre-Show






Logistics November 30, 2017 Schedule:

  • 5:00 – 6:30 Pre-show: plus Beer/Wine, Food & Networking
  • 6:30 – 9:00 Demonstration
  • 9:00 Raffle – Wacom

Ticketing Register now at Eventbrite

Location and Parking

At the Incredible Empirical Theater, OMSI

1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Free parking, Free event

This is a free event for creative, technical, and marketing professionals. Come early to mix, mingle and network with industry peers over delicious appetizers and drinks.

Join friends and colleagues at this special event where Autodesk and 3DV will present new tools, products, and processes for the Entertainment and Design industries.

During the Pre-Show, event Sponsors HP, Wacom, and 3DV will be on hand with some of their latest products and offerings to try out in person. This is the first time we feature a Pre-Show to discuss and demo how hardware and software solutions facilitate the creative process in Media and Entertainment, Design and Manufacturing.

A number of giveaways will be raffled, so get your ticket at the beginning and stay to the end, in order to win a Wacom tablet, a free membership to the local SIGGRAPH Chapter and more.

Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in the entertainment, product, architectural, industrial, transportation, 3D printing, or design industries.

Content creators for any media: 3D printing, advertising, motion graphics, VR, high end web, broadcast, VFX, animation, video games or mobile content.

Marketing professionals looking to take that next step in competitive differentiation of design and visual messaging.

Why You Should Attend

New tools and workflows in 3D, pre-production, reality capture, and VR are opening doors to new and improved design processes facilitating better, faster iterations, leading to more creative solutions in Entertainment and Design.

Higher levels of audience sophistication and competition for impressions and eyeballs as well as the need for access to massive compute power are driving creative output.

Access to faster and better rendering solutions like Arnold, Cloud, and Cloud rights as well as standardized project management tools like Shotgun facilitating and optimizing small and large productions and offer unlimited, on-demand computing power.

Technology is driving disruptive changes in most industries: this event is focused on helping you keep up with those changes.

What You Will Learn

Increase your knowledge of how new Autodesk products, workflows, and services are enabling artists to create things faster.

Watch a live show on tools and techniques focused on Maya, Max, Shotgun, Sketchbook, Recap, and Rendering. Topics covered include new features in Proceduralism, 3D printing, VR, and Cloud Rights that can be incorporated in workflows and pipelines immediately to enhance your visual content faster. 


About the Speakers

Jose M. Elizardo – Technical Specialist, Autodesk

Jose Elizardo is an expert extraordinaire when it comes to anything and everything related to Autodesk® 3ds Max. He’s been with Autodesk for over 10 years, and his experience in the media and entertainment industry have made him a specialist of visualization and Live Design.

Marcel de Jong – Tech Team Lead, North America, Autodesk

At Autodesk, Marcel is focused on Film and TV. He works with studios such as Disney, Pixar, and ILM, as well as a range of medium sized VFX studios. In VFX he started as a consultant for studios like Dream Quest Images and Warner Digital. Production experience or credits on films like Inspector Gadget and Pirates of the Caribbean. His background and training are in industrial design and worked with design studios such as Hauser Design and Honda R&D. His designs have been published in “ID magazine”, “CGW”, “Innovation”, and “Popular Mechanics”. Marcel studied at UT Arlington and Art Center, College of Design. He is also co-founder of Gnomon, School of Visual FX.

About Sponsors and Partners

Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners for making this event possible:

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Computer Animation Festival 2017

Our local screening of the Electronic Theater and Virtual Reality Theater will be using a new method this year: live streaming. Join us at the PCC Cascade Multimedia Theater for the leading annual festival of the world’s most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in the Electronic Theater. For SIGGRAPH 2017, the festival is moving beyond the flat screen to present short films and experiences in a new space, the VR Theater, where attendants will experience the next generation of storytelling in virtual reality.


The Computer Animation Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival. Since 1999, several works originally presented in the Computer Animation Festival have been nominated for or have received a Best Animated Short Academy Award.

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The Almost Summer Social

with Election Candidates at Lucky Lab Hawthorne


  • Friday, June 167:00pm – 10:00pm

  • at Hawthorne Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

  • Map Link:

Come have a bite to eat and a drink with the local SIGGRAPH Chapter, talk shop, find people to collaborate with, and have fun. Whether you are a hardened industry vet, an amateur, or just curious, come down, hang out, and have fun with your local SIGGRAPH chapter.

Want to put together an event this year? A screening, art show, talk, panel discussion, collaborative art experience, jam, portfolio review, etc — come and tell us your ideas.

This Friday is a good time to come and talk to us about joining our team or working with us: the board, the chapter, or a committee, and what it entails. Our SIGGRAPH chapter is looking for professionals and students that are interested. We are running elections this month. Open positions include officers and board members-at-large: Member Chair, Events Coordinator, Vice Chair, etc.

Are you an animator, game developer, video or film person, web designer or developer, drafter, Illustrator, or digital artist, motion graphics specialist or any type of artist that uses computer graphics? Are you looking to grow in your field? Joining our board provides a great opportunity for professional development, a way to network, create events, meet people in your field and gain leadership experience.

We meet once per month for a couple hours and work to provide excellent events and chapter membership in Portland Oregon and surrounding areas. Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH is a chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and serves the computer graphics community by working to promote all aspects and applications of computer graphics.

If you are interested, please contact the chair, Demetra Auel, at or by text or phone at area 503 local 367 and 1522. But the best is to meet up at the Social this Friday at Lucky Lab.
About Us:

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Blender Workshop | Intro to 3D Modeling in Games

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • At Epicodus, 400 SW 6thAve #800 , Portland, OR 97204
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Blender is a free, open source 3D graphics and animation software. Join the Portland Indie Game Squad and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH in a workshop run by community members, where we’ll learn the basics of using Blender to make our own 3D model of a dinosaur!

Computers with Blender provided, though feel free to download Blender on your laptop and bring it with you. We may share computers pending RSVP/attendance numbers. Download the latest version of Blender.


This event is free and open to the public, by PIGSquad.


NW Animation Festival Northwest Animation Fest Hollywood Theater Sven Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

We recommend this locally produced, world-class animation festival, celebrating the best new animations from around the world. Advance tickets are now on sale for all screenings. Select your favorite topic, or treat yourself to an all-festival pass and experience the whole five-day extravaganza!


Special Networking Event | Meet the Animation Tribe

A professional networking party, presented as part of the 2017 Northwest Animation Festival

Schmooze with friends both old and new, talk shop, and trade business cards. Whether you’re an industry veteran, a freelancer looking for gigs, or just arrived in Portland yesterday — come celebrate NWAF’s opening night with the local animation tribe!

FREE and open to the public. Hosted by The Magnolia (a beer and wine bar) immediately across the street from the Hollywood at 4075 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon. 9:00 pm.

About the NWAF

The Northwest Animation Festival collects excellent short animated films from around the world for screening at an annual multi-day gathering in Portland, Oregon. Our goal: to create a large local community of impassioned enthusiasts and inspired artists, and an internationally recognized hub of animation culture. More>


Digital Dreams | Retrospective

with Kurtis Hough, local animator

Enjoy the art of Portland’s own Kurtis Hough, as he brings a collection of films spanning a dozen years in moving image manipulation. A recent Best Experimental Short winner at the International Animation Festival, Hough blends photographic and computer techniques, creating dreamlike worlds based in patterns found in nature and music. The special collection focuses on works made with digital technologies, including 3D animation, special effects, motion graphics and digital photography.

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Date: March 16, 2017 at PCC Cascade


  • 6:30p Registration and Meet and Greet
  • 7:00p Screening of Digital Dreams
  • 8:15p Q&A
  • 9:00p After party at Chapel Pub, down the street

Place: PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Auditorium (MAHB room 104), 705 N Killingsworth St., Portland OR

Tickets: Register at EventBrite

Digital Dreams Kurtis Hough, Retrospective, Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, PCC Cascade, ASIFA

About the Speaker

Kurtis Hough’s award-winning work has screened in numerous international film festivals, art galleries, television, and over a million viewers online. Locally his work has screened in the Northwest Animation Festival, Best of the Northwest Filmmakers Festival Tour, Portland International Film Festival, and grant recipient from the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and Regional Arts & Culture Council.

Learn more at


Screening Lineup

Water from the Same Source                                    

stumble then rise on some awkward morning   



Walking Through Mist: Part 1                                     

My Shelf                                                                             


les Chaussons Rouges                                                   

In Mirrors                                                                           

The Path                                                                             

Seven Daffodils                                                               

Transverse Plane Vertical                                            

Some Trees                                                                       

Painted Hills                                                                      

To See More Light                                                                                                                                                         

Run time: 75 min



Parking available on the street. Carpooling is advised or take Trimet Bus #4 Division/Fesseden and get off at Albina and Killingsworth.


Feb 25th Event

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Freelancer’s Toolbox III

Have you ever asked the internet how to do your taxes? Or how to sign up for health insurance? Much of freelancing is cobbling together resources and teaching yourself, but we wanted to cut some of those late night googling sessions by asking the experts. The Wacom Experience Center hosts as we answer questions about taxes, health insurance, finances, intellectual property, and any other business-related freelancing questions you may have. ’Tis the season, let’s talk business!

Featuring panel participants:

  • Jonathan Bebe of Collaborative Financial Group
  • Benjamin L. Petersen of the Nora Group
  • Dane Johnson of Inspiration Spaceship
  • Ben Luce of Soul Proprietor
  • Xilia Mairead Faye of Soul Proprietor


  • Wacom Experience Center

  • 1455 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209

  • Saturday, February 25th 1pm-3pm


Presented by Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH, ARCs, ASIFA Portland and Scopic

Feb 20th Event

Game Night | Where CG and Games Meet

Film Screening and Game Play Mixer,

Come to a gathering of game enthusiasts and multimedia specialists, screening one of our favorite films, Us And The Games Industry, explorations in game design interactivity and inspiration.

“This new generation of game designers seeks to make gaming a cerebral, artistic, or emotional experience.”

– Stephanie Beth, Director

Us and the Games Industry is a feature documentary that investigates design principles with contemporary computer game developers. Featured are: Jenova Chen with lead programmer John Edwards and Producer Robin Hunicke and team members at work at thatgamecompany that was responsible for the game, JOURNEY for networked play on the PS3.

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Sign-up for Free Registration at EventBrite (

Come on February 20, 2017 at PCC Cascade (see map)


  • 5:45p Registration, food and drink, meet and greet
  • 6:00p Mixer / Game Play: (Gang Beast TBA)
  • 7:00p Screening of Us and the Game Industry
  • 8:45–9:00p put things back.

The movie is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes long.

Snacks and drinks supplied by PIGSquad.




Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH Homebrew ARCs local animation

HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase is an event long in the making. Celebrating recent works from the gamut of local animators, you’ll find the screening collection fun, refreshing and very Portland. Organized and moderated by Sophya Vidal, a long-standing member of the animation and theatre community, creative and thoughtful storytelling are at the core of the program. The screening will be followed by a panel with several of the creators, so bring your best questions and get to know your Portland Animation Ambassadors. This event is brought to you by The Animation resource Community Service (ARCS), Portland ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH. (3 hours).

Line-up includes works by Kurtis Hough, Beryl Allee, Curtis Randolph, and many more. Animation styles consist of Hand drawn 2D, 3D, Cut-out animation. Program is rated PG-13

Event Details:

  • Festival Date: Sunday, January 29th @ 3pm
  • Venue: 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201
  • Tickets: General is $10; ASIFA/SIGGRAPH Members get in for $5.
  • Purchase tickets: or at the Door. We sold out last year, so get them early!

About ARCS

ARCS stands for Animation Community Resource Service and is a growing online resource community for animations and story-makers in Portland, OR. The goal is to bring more awareness (and creation) of creative events, resources, and networking activities with locals in mind. See: