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Thu, Mar. 15th, 2018, 01:03 pm
vidukonnews: Update: Important Dates, Memberships, Room Bookings, Scholarship, Premieres and Vidder’s Choice

Hello everyone!

With the con exactly three months away, now seems like a good time to share a roundup of some important dates and other information.

Attending and Supporting Memberships:

Attending memberships are still on sale. For the low, low price of £39.99, you can attend this year’s fabulous convention in glamorous Cardiff! Get your tickets soon though, as the price rises to £49.99 on April 13. After that, you have a month remaining to buy tickets before bookings end on May 13. (Bear in mind while booking that tickets for the Saturday night dinner are £18.99, and you may wish to pay for this at the same time!)

If you’re attending the convention, bear in mind that programming begins on Friday afternoon - you’re welcome to arrive at any time that works for you, but if you have the chance to arrive earlier there will be some slightly more casual programming from around lunchtime on the Friday.

Supporting memberships are on sale until May 31. A supporting membership of the convention gets you real-time streaming access to the virtual con, a downloadable copy of the Premieres DVD, the opportunity to showcase any one of your backlist vids in the Vidder’s Choice show, and the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting the con! All of this will set you back £15.99.

For either option, just go to the site to register: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/

Room Bookings:

Hotel rooms are available at the con rate until 15 April. You can have up to four people in a room, although once you have more than two people, each additional person adds a small extra amount to the overall price. Take a look at this post for more information or to find a roommate: https://vidukon-cardiff.dreamwidth.org/32993.html

Scholarship:

The VidUKon scholarship is still open for nominations (very much including self-nominations) of European fans who are Non-UK-resident, have not been to the con in the past, and would like to attend.

All nominations (European, UK and international) will close on Sunday April 1 and the scholarship will be awarded by April 9 to allow the recipient sufficient time to make travel arrangements. If there has been no interest from international fans by the March 19 the scholarship will be made available to UK residents. Take a look here for more information: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/scholarship

Premieres and Vidder’s Choice:

The deadline for submitting vids to both Premieres and Vidder’s Choice is the end of May 14, which is a Monday. You will be able to upload your vids for both shows on the VidUKon site from the beginning of May - we’ll let you know when!

All vidders, regardless of attendance/support of the con, are invited to submit premieres. A premiere is a vid that hasn't been shown in any previous convention or event and has not been released online prior the con. It will be shown for the first time ever at the Premieres show on Saturday night at the con.

The Vidder’s Choice show is open to anyone with an attending or supporting membership for this year. We invite you to submit absolutely any vid from your back catalogue, as long as it has been posted online or shown at a con previously.

TL;DR:

March 19 - scholarship opens to UK residents if no international fans have come forward

April 1 - scholarship nominations close

April 13 - attending memberships rise in price

April 15 - last day to book hotel rooms at the con rate

May 13 - attending memberships close

May 14 - upload deadline for Premieres and Vidder’s Choice

May 31 - supporting memberships close

June 15-17 - VidUKon!

Hoping to see you at the con, either virtually or IRL!

Sun, Mar. 11th, 2018, 12:03 pm
vidukonnews: WE NEED YOU(r panel ideas!)

The deadline for Panel submissions has been extended to April 30th. Right now we only have shows, but no panel submissions!

If you have an awesome, interesting, weird, wonderful or even zany, idea for a panel, please please please submit it! If you're unsure about going it alone, or just want some reassurance that other people are totally into your idea, comment here and talk it out!

For inspiration: vividcon's panels this year: http://vividcon.com/vividcon-2018-panels-and-programming/

Previously we have had panels on: colour, choreography, multifandom, opening sequences, acquiring source, running a convention, codecs, sound, after effects, AU, character studies, robots, clip choice, humour, narration, vidding theory...

and in 1812, formal dance, music and mystery and parlour games ;)

Mon, Feb. 26th, 2018, 11:02 am
vidukonnews: One week left to submit your vidshow and panel ideas!

Vidshow and panel submissions for VidUKon 2018 are open until the end of March 5.

If you have a show, panel or other programme item that you'd like to volunteer to make/present, head on over to the site, log in/create an account and let us know. You don't need to be attending the con to create an account or to submit a potential programme item.

Submit show ideas here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/shows and panel ideas here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/panels

If you have some ideas but you're not sure what to do with them, or if you have any questions, comment here: https://vidukon-cardiff.dreamwidth.org/31871.html

VidUKon is a UK-based, fan-run, vid-focused convention. This year it's taking place in Cardiff on June 15-17. If you're interested to learn more, explore the site here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/

Sun, Feb. 4th, 2018, 06:02 pm
vidukonnews: Room Bookings

Room Bookings:

Rooms in the Future Inn Cardiff Bay are available for booking at a special VidUKon rate for the weekend of the con. Here are the current room rates:

Friday 15th - £94.00 single/£104.00 twin or double

Saturday 16th June - £119.00 single/£129.00 twin or double

Sunday 17th June - £74.00 single/£84.00 twin or double

There are currently 10 rooms being held for the con; these rooms are only being held until 15 April. Rates after that may go up sharply, particularly if there's an event on in Cardiff, so don't delay.

If you want to have more than 2 people in a room, make sure to check the rate when you're booking as this will have an effect on the price.

Make sure to mention VidUKon when you book to secure the special con rate. We strongly recommend speaking to the Reservations department to arrange your room, not Reception, as they will be more aware of the con rate. We also recommend making your booking during the week if possible, as you're more likely to reach the necessary staff members - but get in touch if you have any problems.

Roommates:

If you're looking for someone to share a room with for the con, comment on this post (on the Dreamwidth or LJ version) or take a look at who has already commented to see who else is looking.

(While you're here, don't forget to vote on your favourite Festivids to help put together this year's Festivids show: https://goo.gl/forms/Oa3pafip8qRH5pgt2)

Sun, Jan. 21st, 2018, 10:01 pm
vidukonnews: The VidUKon 2018 auction is live!

The VidUKon auction 2018 is now open for bids! Some wonderful volunteers are offering their vidding services - bid for fandoms including Strange Empire, Farscape, One Day at a Time, Star Trek, American Gods, Doctor Who, The Good Place and loads more for the chance to have your dream vid made (and help the con at the same time!)

The auction will remain open until 2000 GMT on January 27, 2018.

If you’d like to make a bid, or just explore the full list of fandoms, visit the auction page here:

http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/auction

Sat, Jan. 20th, 2018, 10:22 am
vidukonnews: Last day to volunteer for the VidUKon auction!

Today is the final day of volunteer signups for the VidUKon auction!

If you'd like to offer your vidding services to be bid on, now's the time. You don't need to be an experienced vidder to volunteer to be auctioned! We've had a range of vidders from the relatively inexperienced to the very well-known and accomplished, and every single person has been bid on multiple times. By volunteering to be auctioned, you help the con out immensely, and you get to make a vid that will delight the person who won your auction, and there's a pretty good chance you'll get extra jelly beans at the con too, if you're attending.

For more details, look here:

http://www.vidukon.co.uk/news/2018/01/15/48-auction

Mon, Jan. 15th, 2018, 05:01 pm
vidukonnews: Auction!

We're running the VidUKon auction again! The auction has a been a big success for the last few years, and we're hoping that with the help of some lovely volunteers, it can be again. Thanks to past auctions, we've been able to do things like buy our own projector and speakers - freeing us from the unreliable hotel av equipment - provide more tea and coffee and nicer food, provide a USB copy of the library, give donations to charity and generally add both bells and whistles. That's all thanks to you - the people who volunteered to be auctioned, and the people who bid on those auctions!

What does the auction involve? Basically, lovely people volunteer to make a vid for the person who submits the highest bid for that vidder. That the vid will be about is agreed after the auction, but the people being auctioned usually suggest things they'd like to vid, shows and fandoms they'd be happy to vid for, and so on. Enthusiastic people then bid on the auction, the vids are made, the con gets extra stuff, money goes to charity, and amazing bidders get lovely vids.

You don't need to be an experienced vidder to volunteer to be auctioned! We've had a range of vidders from the relatively inexperienced to the very well-known and accomplished, and every single person has been bid on multiple times. By volunteering to be auctioned, you help the con out immensely, and you get to make a vid that will delight the person who won your auction, and there's a pretty good chance you'll get extra jelly beans at the con too, if you're attending.

What Do We Want To Do?
Like last year, we’d like to be able to provide more tea and coffee, nicer food, quiz with prizes and so on - we’d also like to have a buffet lunch during the vidding workshop, to allow more time for our terrible, glorious, only slightly monsterous creation. Additionally, one of the con attendees has generously helped out by acting as a kind of con taxi for years, ferrying people around, providing lifts, and going on emergency runs when something catches fire or we find that we're missing something, and though they will continue to do so out of their own pocket if needed, we'd really like to try and contribute to their vehicle hire and running around costs. And, last but not least, we'd like to be able to donate more to charity.

Those aren't a hard limit or list of goals, though - if there are other things you think it'd be good for the con to do/have that could be auction stretch goals, please do let us know - both years the auction has run, we've raised more than expected, which is a measure of how lovely all of our bidders (you) are!

What Are The Timelines?
The site is open for people to volunteer already, sign ups will be open until the evening of the 20th (UK time), and then auction bidding will start on the 21st.

How Do I Sign Up?

Go to http://www.vidukon.co.uk and log in, and you should see an auction signup option in the panel on the left. If you are signing up, thank you - you're wonderful. Please don't be scared to sign up - some signups have been people who've never been auctioned off before, and hopefully they'll be willing to tell you that it isn't terrifying :)

Is There A Submission Deadline?

Auction vids can be shown at the con (and we love it when they are) but they aren't a guaranteed part of a show - we tend to show them during/after Premieres, but we don't demand that vids be shown. This tends to mean that for those vids that are shown, the deadline for submissions is a bit later than others - particularly if the vid doesn't need to be listed in the conbook or form a part of the Premieres DVD. The aim is for it to be a nice thing for those involved, and being shown at the con is a completely and totally optional thing - so there's no stress if the vid doesn't make it into a show. We want it to be a fun experience for all involved.

So, please, consider signing up to be auctioned off. Think about how happy you'll be making the person who wins your auction, and how much you'll be doing for the con! Plus, remember that we love you for signing up or joining in, and are willing to bribe people with jelly beans.

Sat, Jan. 6th, 2018, 03:18 pm
vidukonnews: Seeking programming ideas for VidUKon 2018!

We're now open for programming ideas! The good, the crazy, the weird, the wonderful...

As ever, we're particularly in need of panel ideas, also panel/vidshow combos are great, and if you'd like to try a workshop or different format, make a suggestion, brainstorm and make it happen! Priority will be given to attending members, but supporting members can put together vidshows for us as well.

Veteran VJs are welcome and so are first-timers - if you'd like to put a vidshow together but don't know where to start, get in touch and we'll be happy to help. Want to brainstorm? Get feedback on your ideas or suggest them for someone else to pick up in the comments here or on LJ.

Vidshow and panel submissions will remain open until March 5.

Submit show ideas here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/shows and panel ideas here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/panels

If you have questions, comment here or email nemo.no.man@gmail.com

Fri, Dec. 22nd, 2017, 07:58 pm
vidukonnews: Early Registration for Vidukon 2018 is open!

Registration for Vidukon 2018 is now open!

The convention will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018, at the Future Inn Hotel, Cardiff Bay.


If you book in the early registration period, between now and December 28, you can take advantage of our festive discount. To use the discount, just go to the Registration page on the Vidukon site (http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/registration), and use the discount code FESTIVE17. This will get you a 5% saving on the £39.99 attending membership.


If you’re thinking of attending but you’re not sure the con is for you, you can view some of the vidshows and panels from last year, as well as the programme, here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/vidukon-2017. (Click on the title of each programme item to see the vids or more information.)

Fri, Dec. 15th, 2017, 07:03 pm
vidukonnews: Announcements - Dates, Programming Submissions, Scholarship Nominations, Festive Discount

Greetings everyone!


Preparations for Vidukon 2018 are in full swing. 2018’s convention will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of June, at the Future Inn Hotel, Cardiff Bay.


As usual, there’ll be a festive discount available for those who want to get their attending registrations nice and early. Early registration is open from December 22 until December 28. Using the discount code FESTIVE17, you’ll be able to get a 5% discount on the £39.99 attending membership between these dates.


If you’re interested in making a vidshow, running a panel, or organising other content we haven’t yet thought of, now is the time to get thinking about it! Vidshow and panel submissions are now open. Vidshow submissions will remain open until February 28, and panel submissions will remain open until March 6. Look out for more detailed information and an ideas post soon.


Scholarship applications/nominations are also now open for European applicants outside the UK. The VidUKon Scholarship is funded by donations and intended to offer support to one fan who is Non-UK-resident, has not been to the con in the past and would like to attend. For more information, or to nominate yourself or somebody else (self-nominations are encouraged!), take a look here:


http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/scholarship


All nominations (European, UK & international) will close on Sunday April 1 and the scholarship will be awarded by April 9 to allow the recipient sufficient time to make travel arrangements. If there has been no interest from international fans by the March 19 the scholarship will be made available to UK residents.


Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for announcements about the auction, room bookings, and more.

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