• The April-May 2020 ILDA Offline contest

  • The April-May 2020 ILDA Offline contest

The deadline for entering the April-May 2020 ILDA Offline contest has passed. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted.

As described below in the sections "Round 3" and "Final Round", during the
2020 ILDA Conference currently scheduled for November, there will be an in-person vote for Round 3 entries, and then for Best of Show entries.

The remainder of this page is left for reference, and so you can see the Round 1 and 2 winners.


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The ILDA Offline contest

With laser shows being shut down in spring 2020, and with many of us being required to stay at home, Awards Committee chair Richard Gonsalves proposed that ILDA hold a contest to raise our spirits and give us something fun to do during the crisis. The Board agreed to his idea and sponsorship.

This contest is for anyone, ILDA Members or non-members, to create and submit laser shows set to music chosen by Richard.

Since each show uses the same music, and only one set of X-Y scanners, this makes for an even playing field. Entrants are competing on the quality, variety, and originality of the visuals, and how well they express or go with the music.

General information

Round 1 results

The theme for Round 1 was "Independent Artists." Here are the songs selected for Round 1:

BEAMS/ATMOSPHERICS: Desire by DJ Lord Fader (3:15)
GRAPHICS: Steady Freddy (2016) by Anitek (2:18)
ABSTRACT: Fünf Kameraden (2007) by Conny Olivetti (3:29)

Round 1 entries were submitted March 30 to April 8. Voting took place from April 10 to April 12. There were 250 votes cast during Round 1 voting. Congratulations to the winners!


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Beams/Atmospherics

FIRST PLACE
Entry "Offline-1B-3": Evaldas Lapėnas

SECOND PLACE
Entry "Offline-1B-6": Jimmy Boucher, ER Productions

THIRD PLACE
Entry "Offline-1B-2": VisuTek e.U. (Programmer: Markus Voggenberger, Laser operator: Helmut Gruber)

Videos of the three Round 1 winners are on this Vimeo page.

Note: In Round 1, only the Beams category had more than one entry, so this was the only category where there was a contest to find a winner.


Round 2 results

The theme for Round 2 was "Symphonic Cinematic." Here are the songs selected for Round 2:

BEAMS/ATMOSPHERICS: Battlecry (Choir Version) by Grégoire Lourme (3:51); alternate download
GRAPHICS: Bravo Tango by FMT (1:31); alternate download
ABSTRACTS: Orchestral Hybrid Dubstep by 2Elephants (2:28); alternate download

Round 2 entries were submitted April 13 to April 22. Voting took place from April 24 to April 26. There were 221 votes cast during Round 2 voting. Congratulations to the winners!


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Beams/Atmospherics

FIRST PLACE
Entry "Offline-2B-2": VisuTek e.U. (Programmer: Markus Voggenberger, Laser operator: Helmut Gruber)

SECOND PLACE
Entry "Offline-2B-6": Peter Hermanns

THIRD PLACE
Entry "Offline-2B-1": Tobias Höfer

Videos of the three Round 2 winners are on this Vimeo page.

Note: In Round 2, only the Beams category had more than one entry, so this was the only category where there was a contest to find a winner.


Round 3 results

The theme for Round 3 was "Timeless." Here are the songs selected for Round 3:

BEAMS/ATMOSPHERICS: Adagio for strings {Tiesto, Violanza cover} by Ekaterina Miroshnikova (2:14)
GRAPHICS: Sandstorm {Darude, cover} by David Garrett (2:10)
ABSTRACTS: Seven Nation Army {The White Stripes, cover} by 2Cellos (2:37)

Round 3 entries were submitted April 27 to May 6. Voting took place May 8 to May 10.

Round 3 winner to be determined later

During Round 3 voting, there were significant differences between the number of times entries were viewed at Vimeo, and the much, much greater number of votes cast for some entries. These differences were not seen in Rounds 1 and 2.

Due to these voting irregularities, the Awards Committee will not be awarding Round 3 based on the online vote. Instead, Round 3 will be voted in person at the 2020 ILDA Conference scheduled for November.

A voting system similar to the Laser Jockey contest will be used: Paper ballots are distributed to the audience in the room. After viewing all entries, the audience marks their ballot for their favorite. The entry with most votes receives a First Place trophy, the entry with second-most receives a Second Place certificate, and the entry with third-most receives a Third Place certificate.

Note: In Round 3, only the Beams category had more than one entry, so this was the only category where there was a contest to find a winner.


Final Round

The final round of voting will be a "Best of Show" contest among all the First Place winners. This will take place at the 2020 ILDA Conference scheduled for November, after the Round 3 First Place winner is determined.

The Best in Show winner will receive an ILDA Award at the next ILDA Awards Banquet and Presentation, currently scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2020 during the ILDA Conference. If the winner cannot attend in person, the trophy will be mailed afterwards.


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ILDA Offline award artwork (above) by Richard Gonsalves