International Laser Display Association

The leading worldwide association for companies and persons doing laser light shows, and providing lasershow-related projectors, hardware, software, and services. Supporting safe and ethical laser shows since our founding in 1986.


Six ways ILDA Members make better shows

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 SKYZAN™ 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

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


NEW! ILDA working on a standard for safe laser shows

ILDA is developing a standard for laser shows that the association would generally recognize as safe. The "Category A Laser Show Standard" includes requirements for simplified, lower-power shows with terminated beams.

The standard is currently being drafted. It is not yet approved or adopted. ILDA welcomes comments and suggestions. These are invited from anyone — Members, non-Members, regulators, safety experts, etc.

The draft document, plus a summary of the proposed requirements and discussion of what the Standard hopes to eventually accomplish, are on the Category A Laser Show Standard page.


Hever Castle, home of Anne Boleyn, one of Henry VIII's six wives, and a filming location for "The Princess Bride". We will visit this on 5 Nov. Photo from Wikimedia by Christoph Matthias Siebenborn.

Register for the 2022 ILDA Conference

The 2022 ILDA Conference will be in Dartford, just 18 miles from London on 3-5 November. The Conference includes the ILDA business meeting, seminars, workshops, the Lase-Off, the Laser Jockey contest, the Awards Dinner — and a trip on 5 Nov. to Hever Castle. There is an extra optional London sightseeing bus trip on 6 Nov.

In addition two optional laser safety classes will be on 2 Nov., plus a third LSO class on 3 Nov.

The Conference is hosted by ER Productions. All ILDA events will take place at their new headquarters building in Dartford.

The conference hotel is the DoubleTree by Hilton Dartford Bridge. ER will be providing transportation between the hotel and ER's facility which is about a mile away.

Note: The number of hotel rooms held for ILDA during the Conference is limited. So if you want a guaranteed room at ILDA's rate, book early.

For more information on the Conference and on hotel registration, visit the 2022 Conference page.


ILDA Member discount at Lasershow.biz

ILDA Members receive a 10% discount on laser shows sold by Lasershow.biz. This is a platform for award-winning laser show designers around the world, to present and sell their work. Many of the shows themselves have won awards from ILDA and other groups.

When you register for an account at the website, click the ILDA Membership box if you are a Member. Later, when you go to purchase, Lasershow.biz will check your name against ILDA's online list of members and you'll get the 10% discount.


ILDA Member discount at Lasershow.biz

ILDA Members receive a 10% discount on laser shows sold by Lasershow.biz. This is a platform for award-winning laser show designers around the world, to present and sell their work. Many of the shows themselves have won awards from ILDA and other groups.

When you register for an account at the website, click the ILDA Membership box if you are a Member. Later, when you go to purchase, Lasershow.biz will check your name against ILDA's online list of members and you'll get the 10% discount.


Laser safety courses schedule, July-November 2022

Four online ILDA Laser Safety Officer courses have been set up. Here are the dates; the time is Eastern/New York:

  •  Tuesday, July 19, 9 am - 6:00 pm - Online via Zoom
  •  Wednesday, August 10, 5 pm - Thursday, August 11 2:00 am - Online via Zoom. Note: This class takes place 9 am - 5 pm Thu. Aug. 11 in Auckland, NZ.
  •  Friday, September 9, 10 am - 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom
  •  Monday, October 3, 10 am - 7:00 pm - Online via Zoom (rescheduled from October 7 due to a student needing a date change)

In addition, there will be in-person courses November 2-3 at the 2022 ILDA Conference near London, and November 15-16 at the 2022 LDI Show in Las Vegas.

The date and time of an online LSO class can be changed if no one has yet signed up for a class. For example, if you are in a time zone far from US Eastern, we can change the hours so it fits your schedule. If you are interested in an online class but need a date or time change, contact ILDA. Once at least one person signs up, then the date and time will no longer be changed.

The 9-hour online course has 5 minute breaks every hour or so, and a 1/2 hour break in the middle for a meal.

For each course day, there is about 3 hours of instruction, a 45-minute test, 3 more hours of instruction, a 1-1/4 hour test, and finally a test review. If you pass the tests, you will earn a Certificate of Completion.

The online course cost is $525 for ILDA Members, and $649 for non-members. Costs may be higher for in-person courses due to added expenses.

There is detailed information on the Laser safety courses webpage at this website; scroll down to the section "Laser Safety Officer (LSO) - Lasershows course."

To actually sign up and register, go to the Events page at our membership & event website.


Videos of the 2021 ILDA Conference are available

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Videos of the November 5-7 ILDA Conference, held online via Zoom, are available to Members at this webpage. Log-in as an ILDA Member is required.

Each video is timeline stamped, and has a transcript, making it easy to find topics of interest.

The videos represent 20 hours of the Conference. They are:

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 5
Pandemic Update Presentation, with Michael Strickland of Bandit Lites
Kickoff Discussion, moderated by Patrick Murphy
Food and Drug Administration Presentation, with FDA's Neel Samanta, Lowell Howard and colleagues
Federal Aviation Administration Presentation, with FAA's Stephen Prater
New York State Lasershow Requirements, presented by Michael J. Kondrat, Laser Theatrics

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6
Artistic Seminar A (first session), moderated by Nisha Ramnath
ILDA General Business Meeting
Event Safety Alliance Seminar, presented by Roberta McHatton with Jacob Worek, ESA Director of Operations
Awards Seminar, moderated by Patrick Murphy

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, presented by Kristin Nelson
ILDA Digital Network Seminar, moderated by Dirk Apitz
Advanced Technology Workshop, moderated by Dirk Apitz
ILDA Career Achievement Award Presentation to Fred Fenning
Post-Awards online "reception" - discussion of Fred Fenning and early lasers
Artistic Seminar B (second session), moderated by Nisha Ramnath
Improving ILDA — SWOT Analysis, moderated by Brian Gonzalez


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


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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