About

  • Icons is a demoparty, a festival of electronic art.
  • Icons will be held in a movie theatre 21st of January 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.
  • Entrance fee is 15 euros. Tickets can be bought from Tiketti. At party place tickets can be bought with cash only. We don't accept any debit or credit cards.
  • Unlike normal demoparty, there are no computer seats available in the venue.
  • Venue is serving alcoholic beverages. You have to be 18 or older to participate the event.
  • Even two invitations exist! 35mm and Super8.
  • Feel free to RSVP in demoparty.net and facebook.com.

Location

Andorra Kulttuurikompleksi
Eerikinkatu 11
Helsinki, Finland

Instructions in how to get to the party place from Helsinki Central railway station in reittiopas.fi.

If you're coming from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to the partyplace then the best option is to take the bus 615 to Central railway station (the last stop) and follow the aforementioned instructions.

News

19th of January 2012
Tickets can still be bought from the door on Saturday. Please notice that it's cash only and we don't accept any card payments.

Program schedules were also slightly changed. Biggest change is that 1K intro competition entry showing is combined with demo compeition.

23rd of December 2011
Competition rules about Film competition and VJ competition have been updated. This is very important if you're planning to have a physical film reel entries in the film competition.

Please note that organizers will reply to every sent email. If you haven't received a reply within one day after you have sent email then please resend the email. If you don't receive any reply even on second try then please call to the following number: +358 40 718 4661 (Mika)

22nd of December 2011
Tickets to the party can be bought from Tiketti online service.

23rd of November 2011
Icons will be showing a Hungarian documentary film Moleman 2 - Demoscene - The Art of the Algorithms. This will be the European premiere of the English language version.

29th of October 2011
Only 2 of 4 competition entry slots left to VJ demo competition. If you want to participate then be quick!

Schedule

16.01.2012 - Monday

Time Type Place Name Description
18:00 Deadline Competition deadline Deadline for all competitions. Remember to submit your entries!

21.01.2012 - Saturday

Time Type Place Name Description
12:00 Whole venue Doors open Feel free to come to the party place now!
12:00 Competition Venue walls Photo Photo competition entries can be seen in the walls of the venue.
12:00 Competition Venue walls Freestyle graphics Freestyle graphics competition entries can be seen in the walls of the venue.
12:30 Event Theatre Moleman 2 European premier of English language version of Hungarian documentary film Moleman 2 - Demoscene - The Art of the Algorithms
14:30 Event Theatre Less than 64K Showing computer created audio and visuals which are less than 64 kilobytes, which is in size less than one digital camera photo.
16:30 Competition Theatre Film & digital video Short films.
18:00 Event Bar Monolith Resistor Gig by Monolith Resistor.
19:30 Competition Theatre 1K intro and demo 1K intro: Computer created audio and visuals that are less than 1024 bytes, which is in size less than 6 SMS messages.
Demo: Computer created audio and visuals with no size limitations.
21:00 Event Theatre Film reel Short films.
22:00 Competition Bar VJ demo & Get Me gig Computer created VJ visuals for gig by Get Me.

22.01.2012 - Sunday

Time Type Place Name Description
00:00 Competition Bar Music
01:15 Voting ends Voting for competitions ends and after that votes are not counted anymore.
01:30 Event Bar Prize giving Competition winners are announced.
02:00 Event Whole venue Doors close. The end. Hopefully you enjoyed the show and we'll see again!

Competitions

Deadline for all competitions is 16th of January 2012, 18:00 (EET/Finnish time).

Please note that deadlines for all competitions are before the event!

Remote entries are allowed.

There are no size or time limits if the competition rules don't state otherwise.

If you have any questions, contact us at competitions@icons.fi

Machine used to run and capture the realtime entries has the following specifications:
  • Operating system: Windows 7 64bit
  • CPU: 3GHz, 4 cores
  • GPU: Graphics card with DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0 support
  • RAM: 12 GB.
If your entry doesn't support aforementioned computer then please capture your entry preferably in high quality with your machine.

Projector's resolution is 1024x768.

If the length of your competition entry is over 20 minutes then please send us an email before 31st of December 2011 so that the entry can be properly scheduled.

You must have the copyrights or permission from the copyright holders if your entry uses material that is not made by you. Entries must follow Finnish laws.

Organizers reserve right to disqualify entries or change the rules. Any competition may have a preselection.


Freestyle Graphics

There is a preselection and 10 best entries will be showed on the walls of the venue throughout the party. Pictures will be printed in standard A4 size. File format is PNG.

Photo

Colors can be slightly adjusted. There is a preselection and 10 best entries will be showed on the walls of the venue throughout the party. Pictures will be printed in standard A4 size. File format is PNG.

Film & digital video

35mm, 16mm and super8 film is supported.
  • If you're going to deliver an entry in 35mm, 16mm or super8 format then send an email latest by 31st of December. If you were not able to send the mail by the deadline date then you can still provide a digital version of the entry on the general deadline date.
  • Competition entries' film reels must be delivered latest by 14 EET to the party place's info desk.
If the entry is in a digital format the file format should be something that is supported by vanilla VLC media player version 1.1.11.

VJ Demo

Play a VJ set for live music act. Live music is provided by the band Get Me.

Actual song list will not be public before the competition so improvising is a must but feel free to get inspiration from the songs in the myspace page.

VJ set length is approximately 20 minutes.

VJ demo competition participants will get free entrance to the party.

 

Maximum number of entries in the competition is 5. Only 1 competition entry slot(s) left!

If you want to participate to this competition then please send organizers a mail. Due to restricted amount of participants you should give some sort of proof that you have experience doing VJ gigs or that you are truly able to do it.

Band is not going to stop playing at any time during the competition and there is no announcement of entries and participants. It's strongly recommended that VJ demo competition participant will display at least the entry name when the entry begins.

Remote entries are not allowed in this competition (due to hopefully obvious reasons...).

 

Equipment provided in the competition per VJ set:
  • VGA cable for the bigscreen
  • 3.5 mm audio-in cable
  • Table for two persons and two computers.
  • Note that competition participant has to, for instance, bring his/her own computer!
VJ set must be assembled in less than 15 minutes before the performance starts and disassembled in less than 5 minutes immediately after the performance.

1K Intro

Maximum size of the executable is 1024 bytes. All platforms are allowed. If the demo can't be run in the Windows competition machine, then you need to provide capture of your demo in a format that is supported by vanilla VLC media player version 1.1.11.

Demo

Traditional demo competition. All platforms are allowed. If the demo can't be run in the Windows competition machine, then you need to provide capture of your demo in a format that is supported by vanilla VLC media player version 1.1.11.

Music

Make some music! Supported file formats are FLAC and OGG. Our preference is that you'll use a lossless format.

Submitting competition entries

Please send mail in the following template.

If you don't have any place to upload your entry then we'll try to resolve the issue by some other way.

We'll always reply to any sent email! If you don't receive a reply within one (1) day then it's in spam box or in some other mystery place and please resend the email. If you don't receive any reply even on second try then please call to the following number: +358 40 718 4661 (Mika)

To: competitions@icons.fi

Title: Entry to competition [competition name]

Body:

Competition: [competition name]
Entry name: [entry name]
Handle/group: [handle/group name]
Download: [URL to the entry file]
Notes to the organizers: [notes that will only be showed to competition organizers]
Notes to the big screen: [notes to be displayed before showing the entry]