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What will be happening?

There will be a wide range of events, including:

FREE Public Events:

TICKETED Public Events: all at Perth Town Hall

INDUSTRY Invitation-Only Events:

  • Official Opening - by invitation only
  • Closing Party - also by invitation only (thank-you to volunteers)

Many events will be podcast and interviews done by Create Digital Motion.

You can download the Byte Me! Festival Program as a printable PDF in two forms: At A Glance (double-sided A4) and the Full Program (A5, 20 pages).

Ticketing Info can be found HERE

The Interface Space Ghost Town Pervasive Game
Unravelling the New Media DNA
Get Reel Screening A Fairlight Fetish
AFTRS Centre For Screen Business Seminar An Animated Life
Figwit LOTR Doco Premiere Music Video Art
from Far Far Away Plug n Play National
From Dubai to Skull Island, Visual FX Revealed She Got Game


The Interface - free interactive activities

The Interface:

Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th December 10am - 5pm daily
Perth Town Hall Foyer. Free!

Fun, interactive activities for people of all ages. There will be PCs with WA-made computer games to play, free wallpapers and ringtones for your mobile phone and loads of other things to do and see. Info about study and careers in the digital content fields will also be available. Some of our great guest speakers and representatives from local digital content community will be hanging our here to chat with the public. ...more

Ghost Town:

Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th December
Starting at Perth Town Hall Foyer. Free!

The game will run throughout the Byte Me! Festival in various locations in the Perth CBD. You will need a mobile phone with Bluetooth to play. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate!. ...more

Ghost Town - locative alternate reality game you play with your mobile during Byte Me! Festival

Live Cinema

Live Cinema Event:

Saturday 1st December @ Dusk (around 8.30pm). Free!

VJing grew up, went to school and this is what it became. Using the same tools and techniques developed in nightclubs, live video performance has now become a recognised artform. Some of the very best in the world will be in Perth to collaborate on this event - a large-scale outdoor video projection performance unlike anything you've seen here before.

Solu (Finland/Barcelona), Jean Poole (Melbourne) and local practitioners VJzoo will be performing at a secret CBD location to be announced on the website on the day. ...more

Heartlands, Photographers in Perth:

Sunday 2nd - Friday 7th December
KURB Gallery, William St, Northbridge. Free!
Gallery opening hours: Sun-Thu: 1-6pm, Fri: 1-8pm

What are the photographs you have taken that are close to your heart? This was the question asked for the Heartlands exhibition, Photographers in Perth's showcase event for the Festival.

See here for full version of featured image by PiP member electricnerve aka Mark Roy.

Photographers in Perth Flickr Group

Unravelling the New Media DNA

Unravelling the New Media DNA

Saturday 8th December 1pm - 4pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall. Free, but Registration required

Featuring Megan Elliott from X|Media|Lab and other guests TBA.

The traditional media hyphenates of writer/director, director/producer et. al. are being changed irrevocably for the benefit of creators, users and audiences.

This session highlights the intersections between the creators of original audiovisual content and advanced social media networking, next generation blogging, music distribution, Web 2.0, and video sharing across platforms and across continents.


Sunday 9th December 1pm - 4pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall. Free, but Registration required

A BarCamp is an unconference, where the attendees not only act as audience members - they act as presenters too. Want to get up and speak? Then get up and speak - or conduct a discussion, or a live coding session.

So what is a BarCampNano? It's a really little BarCamp!

The Australian Web Industry Association will be conducting BarCampNano between 1pm-4pm on Sunday 9th of December at the Perth Town Hall. Want to show the world what you do in 20 minutes or less? Then come along, and put your name down! Pre-registration page coming soon.

BarCampNano Perth

SUMMARY OF EVENTS - Ticketed Events

Get Reel:

Various times, Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th Dec
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $8/$5 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for Get Reel Screening

This is a showcase of Western Australian digital content that covers a wide spectrum - from animation to ads, from 3D fly-throughs to spatial mapping. We're aiming to show you the variety of work being done, the rich diversity of jobs and the international opportunities that skills in the digital content fields can open up ....more

A Fairlight Fetish:

Friday 30th November 9pm - midnight
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for A Fairlight Fetish

Pre-Party - A Fairlight Fetish - Retro-Electro Partytime! Vintage-AV performance featuring collectors of old audio, video and computer equipment Morph (Syd), Chrism & Fenris (Melb/Per) and VJzoo (Per).

The Perth Town Hall is a heritage-listed building and no 'modern style' dancing is allowed. The seating will be cabaret-style, with tables and chairs so you can watch and listen in comfort. ...more

Business Models for a Digital Landscape

Sunday 2nd December 11am - 3pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for Business Models for a Digital Landscape

AFTRS Centre for Screen Business ran this excellent seminar at the recent RevFest and I was so impressed I've asked them to reprise the seminar so that we can get more people along. While the title may sound a bit yawnworthy, this is SO worth your attending if you produce any type of digital content, or are interested in using online tools to market pretty much any product or service. ...more

AFTRS CSB - Business Models for Digital Distribution

An Animated Life

An Animated Life:

Sunday 2nd December 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for An Animated Life

Melanie Beisswenger (Germany) will share her experiences as an animator on a wide range of projects, from animating on TV commercials in smaller studios to work on large feature film productions such as Happy Feet.

Randall Lynton from Liquid Amber Design (Perth) will discuss his work as the award-winning animator of Ransis and Alee and Suicidal Balloon. ...more

Figwit (Frodo Is Great, Who Is That?) (NZ)

Australian Premiere Screening, with Film-maker Q+A

Monday 3rd December 6pm - 9pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for FIGWIT Australian Premiere

How did a non-speaking extra in Lord of the Rings become a cult star in his own right? If you've heard the story of Figwit (Frodo is Great... Who Is That?), now you can see the documentary and hear from the film-maker Stan Alley in this tongue-in-cheek exploration of online fandom. ...more

Figwit Premiere Screening

Music Video Art Panel

Music, Video, Art:

Wednesday 5th December, 6pm - 9pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $8/$5 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for Music Video Art

With the Perth music scene getting so much attention, it’s time for the film and art scene to step into the same limelight. ‘Music Video Art’ will be a night of screenings and discussion into the collaboration between Perth artists from different fields, and creating large scale projects that break new ground. ...more

From Far, Far Away:

Thurs 6th December 6pm - 9pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for From Far Far Away

Big-screen Show 'n Tell by people in the Industry. Some of these talks will be a bit technical, but they'll all be aimed at a non-geek audience. Think of it like the 'Making Of' extras on a DVD, except - you get to ask questions! ....more

  • Sue Erokan, Dreamworks Animation, worked on Shrek movies (USA)
  • Martin Davidson from animatED publishing company FinnCragg (Perth)

Guest Speakers Show n Tell

Plug n Play AV VJ Showcase

Plug n Play Showcase:

Thursday 6th December 9pm - midnight
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $8/$5 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for Plug n Play

Plug n Play started in Melbourne, and spread to Perth and then Sydney. It's a regular, hands-on audiovisual jam session where VJ's, electronic musicians, AV acts and other audiovisual geeks come along and show off their skills, style and equipment to each other. ...more

From Dubai to Skull Island: Visual FX Revealed

Saturday 8th December, 6pm - 9pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for From Dubai to Skull Island

Creating Fantasy Worlds, from Digital to Analogue.

Perth-based 3D graphics studio Last Pixel will take you behind the scenes on some recent international projects, then Weta Workshop's Paul Van Ommen will discuss his role as Head of Miniatures on King Kong and his work other projects such as Lord of the Rings. ...more

from Dubai to Skull Island

She Got Game

She Got Game (He Got TV)

Sunday 9th December 6pm - -9pm
Perth Town Hall Main Hall, $19/$9.50 (booking fees apply) Book Tickets for She Got Game

Robin Hunicke is the Lead Game Designer on MySims at EA’s Sims Division. In her copious spare time, she’s finishing a PhD in Computer Science at Northwestern University, studying Artificial Intelligence and Video Games.

Robin will be joined by Perth animator Stephen Grant who will talk about his work on the animated TV series Dogstar, shortly to commence airing on the Nine Network, and a range of other Australian and international projects. ...more



Official Opening:

Sunday 2nd December 6-9pm

Perth Town Hall Main Hall, Invitation Only - Industry, VIPs, & Media

The Festival will be officially opened by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi and The Honourable Francis M Logan BA (Hons) MLA Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Enterprise.

Keynote Speech of the Festival will be delivered by Megan Elliott, director of X|Media|Lab and all round dynamo. There will be a screening of the Get Reel to show you the great digital content being created here in WA.

Seating will be cabaret style, but we encourage you to move around and swap tables in between talks and screenings. Drinks and canapes will be served - the amount and quality will depend on sponsorship received :)


Closing Party

Saturday 8th December, 9pm - midnight

Perth Town Hall Main Hall, Invitation Only - Industry, Community Bodies, Sponsors, Speakers etc etc

Almost over - and a chance to let our hair down. Behind closed doors, guest performers will play for the entertainment of all the wonderful people who have helped us to make this happen.

Festival Lounge:

Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th December 10am - 6pm daily and other times when Festival events are on.

Perth Town Hall Supper Room, Invitation Only

Want somewhere quiet to meet and greet with people you've met through the Festival?

In town for the Festival, and want to update your blog without schlepping back to your hotel?

We will be aiming to provide wifi access, printing facilities, Fair Trade tea and coffee and other necessaries for guest speakers and VIPs who are in town for the Festival.

Kat also ran a BM!F style workshop at the ICTWA 2007 Conference called The Social Web is Serious Business - the resources are still online, you may find them useful.

Hopefully that should cover something for everyone!


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