The August 10-14 digital arts and graphics showcase set a convention centre attendance record in 2011 when it drew 16,000 people to Vancouver. It was the first time the conference had been hosted outside of the U.S.
Vancouver VFX houses are banking on Siggraph, which stands for Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Technologies, pulling in even more people this year. Many companies are setting up recruiting stations and throwing parties aimed at drawing more VFX artists to the West Coast.
Shawn Walsh, a partner and executive producer at Vancouver’s Image Engine, said the goal of the company is to have a well-rounded staff of B.C. residents.