You can post messages at the Blender Conference 2012 forum to discuss ideas, arrange car pools, share accommodation, etc.

Suzanne Award / Animation Festival

"De Balie" has a real cinema with excellent projection facilities. We will collect submissions this year to assemble a great 90 minute Short Film festival, which will run friday evening. 

The winners of the Awards have been voted for!

Best Animation: Park, Danaiel Martinez Lara
Best Design: Reversion, Giancarlo NG
Best short film: Our New World, Niklas Holmberg

Parallel sessions:

Virtual World Blender Conference, 2nd Life.

If you organize an event parallel to the Blender Conference, let us know!

Saturday evening dinner

As usual we'll try to find a place that fits 150 people for food and drinking fun together. This will be again in De Krakeling - like in 2010 - with an awesome Thai food buffet cooked by Blender Institute's favorite chef Judy!

Monday, Blender Institute open house

The day after everyone's invited to drop by at the Blender Institute to inspect the premises! Opening hours: 11-18h.

Google map to De Balie

The conference venue is 20-25 minutes walk from the central railway station. Alternatively you can take Tram lines 1 2 or 5 too (exit Leidseplein).


Hostels and other options

1. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark (Walking distance)

phone:  +31 (0)20 551 31 90

2. Stayokay Amsterdam Stadsdoelen

Kloveniersburgwal 97
1011 KB Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 624 68 32

3. Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg

(Is 30-40 minutes walk, but easy tram connection).

3. Camping Zeeburg Amsterdam (they have cabins)

It's close, although not walking distance. Has tram connection though.

Zuider IJdijk 20
T: +31-20-694 44 30

Blender Conference 2012

The annual conference was again in Amsterdam, De Balie, 12-13-14 October. A special edition this time; celebrating on Saturday the 10th birthday of Blender as Open Source project!


Conference program

Every year we have a great mix of technical talks, scientific presentations, case studies from studios and workshops by artists and developers. The Blender Conference is really for everyone who's interested in Blender in general.

Bios of speakers and their presentations.

The conference schedule overview.

Article about conference, by Arno Kroner

Picture galleries

Sebastian Koenig


Jonathan Williamson

Nelson Fritsch

Quentin Geluyckens

Previous conferences

To get an impression of how previous Blender Conferences went you can check on the reports and schedule of conferences since 2005 in the header of this page.

Blender Conference 2013

Mark in your calendars: the last weekend of October, 25-26-27 October, in Amsterdam. End of daylight saving weekend again! (Date is 99.99% sure).

Google hangout live stream archive.

Friday: Opening & Welcome, Ton Roosendaal

Logo design by Joaclint Istgud
De Balie
The large theater has 150 seats (by S. Koenig)
The Salon seats 80 people (by S. Koenig)

Travel and arrival tips

  • Arrival via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: walk to the main exit hall, there's a railway station underneath. Take train to to Amsterdam Centraal Station (15-20 minutes). You can get tickets in vending machines or at desks.
  • Arrival at Amsterdam Centraal railway station: get out at "Centrum", walk to De Balie is about 20 minutes. You can also take tram lines. See info at right side.
  • Arrival by car: parking in Amsterdam is impossible or expensive! Best is to park outside the center; like in "ArenA Transferium". Cheap parking rates include metro/tram tickets.
  • In general: avoid taxis! Especially taxis at the railway station will rip you off. Taxi ride from Airport to De Balie can easily cost you 45 euro. If you really need a taxi in Amsterdam, ask the hotel to phone you one, or phone the "Taxi Centrale Amsterdam": 020 7777777, they're reliable.