(Originally published on Huffington Post)

Motion Graphics Festival 2009Motion Graphics Festival (MGFest) has been touring the U.S. for nearly 5 years, but you may not have heard of it until now.

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Sunday’s MGFest included a digital painting workshop by Shantell Martin – an internationally touring visual performance artist with an “inside look at the technology and aesthetics of live painting software,” whose work appeared later that night in the annual submissions screening.

Sunday night’s MGFest official 2009 event screening, sponsored by STASH, a DVD magazine, saw a reel of best work from 2008 and the 2009 selected submissions screening of new creative digital animation, including work by Shepard Fairey in N.A.S.A.’s “Money” video.

For the conference organizers, MGFest is about expanding opportunities for artists and creative professionals. “There are lots of events already in New York and L.A., ” said conference co-organizer Jameson Wallace. “Instead of flying everyone to one place, we try to go where the talent is.”

Wallace wants to see MGFest travel to cities people may not expect – preferring Portland, San Francisco and Seattle to Los Angeles, he said at the Sunday night screening, during conversation about finding a west-coast city for MGFest.

For now, you can add and find photos of MGFest 2009 in DC and other cities on Flickr (tagged MGFest09), including a photo set of slides from the Sunday night screening.

MGFest is currently scheduling a 2010 tour in Chicago. For more info on MGFest, or to request MGFest visit your city, click http://mgfest.com/.

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