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Our Members add impact to shows with the purest, most brilliant light in the universe

Proven experience as an ILDA Professional accredited company

ILDA helps keep shows safe and legal; free safety software for Members


Customers buy with confidence when backed by the Code of Ethics

The world’s best laser shows, at the yearly meeting of the world’s best laserists

Using new technologies and developing industry-wide standards


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New! Laserium documentary now online for rent or purchase

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You can also visit the film's Instagram page and Facebook page.
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The first feature-length documentary on laser shows is now available on YouTube and on Google Play. "Laserium, The Gods of Light" traces the rise, fall, and rise again of commercial laser light shows. It focuses on pioneers Ivan Dryer and Elsa Garmire, and the company they founded which created the famed Laserium® shows.

As of mid-October 2021, pricing at YouTube is USD $4.99 for rent and $17.99 for purchase. Pricing at Google Play is $3.99 for rent and $12.99 for purchase. Both sites have a free trailer for the documentary.

ILDA was proud to host the world premiere of this film, which was shown for our Members attending the November 2019 Conference in Orlando.

In 2020, producer/director Bjorn Schaller received the ILDA Special Achievement Award for Documenting Lasershow History. The citation, which more fully describes the 5-year effort that went into making this documentary, is here. This is an excerpt:

"The film is an artistic and technical achievement:
  • Looked at solely as a non-fiction film covering a particular subject, it equals or surpasses the quality of documentaries on outlets such as PBS, the Science Channel, Netflix, Hulu, etc.
  • It covers the evolution of a unique art form by following the pioneering company whose name is synonymous with laser light shows.
  • Within our industry, it is the only detailed, filmed history of what we do everyday."
An excellent companion to the film is a free online book, "The Laserium Laserist: The Greatest Job on Earth" by Glenn Thomas.

2021 ILDA Award winners

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The 2021 ILDA Awards booklet, a 60-page PDF document, has details of all the awards.

The 2021 ILDA Award winners were announced November 7, 2021, during the online ILDA Cloud Conference. Here are the categories in which the entries competed:

Corporate Show
Live TV Show
Edited Film / TV / Video
Laser Show with Added Effects/Multimedia
Planetarium Show
Nightclub / Disco / Music Festival Show
Live Stage Show
Multi-Effect Laser Show
Graphics Show
Abstract Show
Beams/Atmospherics Show for a Single X-Y Scanner Pair
Beams/Atmospherics Show with Add-On Effects
Beams/Atmospherics Show for Multiple Scanner Projectors
Permanent Installation
Fine Art Laser Display
Innovative Application
Laser Photography
Live "Laser Jockey" Performance
Fenning Award for Technical Achievement
Fenning ILDA Digital Network Standards Technical Achievement Award
Career Achievement Award

Congratulations to all winners. A detailed list of all the award winners is at the 2021 Awards page.

A PDF booklet containing all the 2021 ILDA Award winners is now online. It contains a list of all the winners along with a description of each winning entry.

Videos

Videos of the First, Second and Third Place entries are available on YouTube. Links are below, in the list of winners. You can also go to the ILDA YouTube playlists for all Award-winning videos or for just the First Place winning videos.

(Note: The Second Place winner in the Live TV Show category may not be at YouTube in your region due to a copyright claim.)

Compilation video

If you want to get a quick overview of all of the winners, below is a video compilation of the 2021 Award winners. This 54-minute video contains short 15- to 60-second excerpts from the Award-winning entries.

To see videos from earlier years, back to 2015, click the gray bar below.

  •       2015-2020 ILDA Award videos

    These are the ILDA Award compilation videos from 2015 to 2020. Each one is about 20-45 minutes long, and has the best shows from those years.


    2020 ILDA Awards compilation

    If you want to see the full-length 2020 winners as they were entered — up to 4 minutes maximum — you can go to the 2020 ILDA Awards playlist for all video winners (First, Second and Third Place), or just the playlist for only the First Place winners.


    2019 ILDA Awards compilation

    If you want to see the full-length 2019 winners as they were entered — up to 4 minutes maximum — you can go to the 2019 ILDA Awards playlist for all video winners (First, Second and Third Place), or just the playlist for only the First Place winners.


    2018 ILDA Awards compilation

    If you want to see the full-length 2018 winners as they were entered — up to 4 minutes maximum — you can go to the 2018 ILDA Awards playlist for all video winners (First, Second and Third Place), or just the playlist for only the First Place winners.


    2017 ILDA Awards compilation

    The above has all music, but may not be playable in some regions due to copyright claims.
    The above has copyrighted music removed so it should be playable in all regions.

    If you want to see the full-length 2017 winners as they were entered — up to 4 minutes maximum — you can go to the 2017 ILDA Awards playlist for all video winners (First, Second and Third Place), or just the playlist for only the First Place winners.


    2016 ILDA Awards compilation

    If you want to see the full-length 2016 winners as they were entered — up to 4 minutes maximum — you can go to the 2016 ILDA Awards playlist for all video winners (First, Second and Third Place).


    2015 ILDA Awards compilation

    For 2015 we only have the compilation video, not the additional full-length winners as they were entered.


ILDA health plans for U.S. Members

ILDA has now joined with the LIG Insurance Group to bring health care policies to our U.S. Members. This is an Association Health Program where LIG finds policies that meet your particular health care needs and desires (including extras such as dental and vision).

If you like your current health care insurance, that’s fine. But if you’d like to hear about alternatives that may save money and/or give increased coverage, you can now call 888-869-7142 or check out the the LIG ILDA Health Coverage page.

Sorry, the healthcare benefit is U.S. only because of U.S. laws. On the other hand, many of our ILDA-Member countries have health care systems with coverage that may be more comprehensive and/or more affordable than the U.S. employer-based system. And if any non-U.S. Members have information about similar association insurance programs in their countries, we would be glad to get details.

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ILDA Members attending the 2018 Conference in Montréal


Coronavirus information page

ILDA has a page with links to resources and information about the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to visit it.


For more information, visit our other ILDA websites:

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ILDAmember.com: Membership database and event management, including joining ILDA
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LasershowSafety.info: Information about safe laser shows, including laws, regulations, checklists, and more

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