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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

Coronavirus information page

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

The most recently added information on this page is a webinar on the pandemic's effect on laser shows. To see it, scroll down to the "Member events and news" section.


FDA only accepting electronic variances

On May 29 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent the following notification.

FDA Dockets Management Staff (DMS) is not able to process mailed Variance applications at this time.

For more information, see the DMS website at: https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/dockets-management.

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) would like to inform you that variances, including laser light show variances, can be submitted electronically through the Regulations.gov website. Online submission is simple, fast, and allows easier tracking of your submission.

To submit a variance electronically, follow these steps:

  1. Save an electronic copy of your variance application to your computer. For information on preparing laser light show variance requests, please see: Laser Light Shows. For more general information on submitting variance requests, please see: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?CFRPart=1010.
  2. On the www.regulations.gov website, type “FDA-2013-S-0610” into the search bar and click the Search button. You should see a search result entitled “ Electronic Method for Specific Electronic Submissions to FDA's Dockets Management Staff.” Click the button that says Comment Now! located next to this search result.
  3. Enter a simple explanatory message into the Comment area, for example, “Please see the attached laser light show variance application”.
  4. Click the Choose files button and select the file you’d like to upload, or you can drag and drop your file into the area labeled “Drop files here.”
  5. Enter your first and last name
  6. In order to receive your variance acknowledgement and approval letters, provide your email address by checking the box next to “I want to provide my contact information.” This will also facilitate communication for any FDA questions.
  7. If you are submitting a variance on behalf of someone else, please check the “I am submitting on behalf of a third party” box and enter your information as well. The first and last name of the person for whom you are submitting the variance should still be listed above.
  8. Select category: Private Industry – C0003 from the drop down box.
  9. Click the Continue button to see a summary of your information.
  10. If all of your information is correct and you are ready to submit, check the box next to “I read and understand the statement above” and click the Submit Comment button. If you need to correct anything, click the Edit button.
  11. Once submitted, a tracking number will be immediately displayed for your records.
If you have any problems submitting your variance, you can contact the Regulations.gov Helpdesk at 1-877-378-5457 or use the Contact Us link on the Regulations.gov webpage. For processing questions after submission, you may contact the FDA’s Dockets Management Staff at 240-402-7500.

Please note that for the Laser Light Show industry, a laser light show report and possibly a laser projector report are also required to be submitted to CDRH in order to have a variance approved. Please submit these reports via email to RadHealthCustomerService@fda.hhs.gov and not through DMS.


New! ILDA Offline-Connected contest for graphics and abstracts

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ILDA's April-May 2020 "Offline" contest was a big success for beam shows. However, we did not receive many graphics and abstract shows since they take so long to do. Therefore, Awards Committee chair Richard Gonsalves has devised a new contest.

The ILDA "Offline-Connected" contest is for graphics and abstract shows only (no beam shows). Entrants will have one month before the Sunday, June 21, 2020 deadline to submit entries. As before, entries are restricted to using a single XY scanner projector. Entrants can select their own music.

An interesting twist is that the start and end frame of each show will be the same. This will allow ILDA to string the shows together to create one long, unbroken show.

This contest is for anyone, ILDA Members or non-members. Members can submit for free. For non-members, there is a $5 fee per entry.

Full details are on the Offline-Connected contest page.

The deadline for "Offline-Connected" entries is Sunday, June 21, 2020 by 11:59 pm your local time. The countdown clock shows how much time you have left.

Entry period has ended

The entry deadline has passed for the ILDA Offline-Connected contest. The next event is voting on the entries.

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2019 ILDA Award winners

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The 2019 ILDA Awards booklet, a 68-page PDF document, has details of all the awards. A link is on the 2019 Awards page.

The 2019 ILDA Award winners were announced at a gala presentation November 10, 2019 — the finale of the ILDA Conference in Orlando.

Congratulations to all winners, and especially to the recipient of ILDA's highest honor, Alberto Kellner-Ongaro, the 2019 Career Achievement Award winner. A list of all the award winners are at the 2019 Awards page.

A PDF booklet containing all the 2019 ILDA Award winners is now online. It contains a list of all the winners along with a description of each winning entry.

Also, a compilation video is now at YouTube. It has short excerpts from each of the winners, giving a good overview of the best laser shows in the world. Click the image below to watch the video on this page.

If you can’t play the video: Because of copyright claims on some audio tracks, the video may not play on phones or other devices, or may not be available in your country. If you cannot play the above video, try a version with copyright-claimed audio removed. About six Award winners will have no audio.

The 31-minute 2019 ILDA Award winners compilation video includes work from the three top shows in each of these categories:

Corporate Show
Live TV Show
Edited Film / TV / Video
Laser Show with Added Effects/Multimedia
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 Outboard Effects
Beams/Atmospherics Show for Multiple Scanner Projectors
Innovative and Fine Art Laser Applications
Laser Photography
Fenning Award for Technical Achievement
Fenning ILDA Digital Network Standards Technical Achievement Award

2015-2018 ILDA Award videos

We also have the 2015 through 2018 ILDA Award compilation videos. Each one is about 20-25 minutes long, and has the best shows from those years.

2015 ILDA Awards compilation

2016 ILDA Awards compilation

If you want to see each 2016 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the
ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2016 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.

2017 ILDA Awards compilation

If you want to see each 2017 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the
ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2017 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.

2018 ILDA Awards compilation

If you want to see each 2018 winner as it was entered (up to 4 minutes maximum), go to the
ILDA YouTube playlists, and click on the “2018 ILDA Awards”. Every winning video is available at its full entered length.


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Photo credits: Large slideshow pictures, in order — “Rainbow” by ILDA; “X-Factor" by ER Productions, "Axwell Ingrosso Summerburst" by Laserimage AB, "Mukor Rules" by Christopher Short, "Transformations" by Visual Sensation Lasershow & Technologies, "Lasing Nang Talung Interactive" by Illuminatus Lasers, "FOL 2019" by Prolight, "Laser Light Synths" by Seb Lee-Delisle, "Orange Depth" by Lasershow-Creation. Green beams above column 1 (The universe’s most unique light) — “Scooter” by Lightline Lasertechnik.