The world’s first festival dedicated to Youtube content is coming to Toronto this November 8-10 in multiple theatres across the city, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The Buffer Festival is a multi-day theatrical event that showcases the best creative work from video creators on YouTube. The festival is the idea of Corey Vidal, a long-time Youtube sensation, whose videos have been seen over 67 million times.
“I am very excited to combine the YouTube experience with a theatrical setting,” said Vidal, who is acting as the executive producer of the festival. “There is so much incredible content being made specifically for YouTube, and as a full-time YouTuber I am delighted to showcase some of that talent.”
The festival will feature 50 features-length shows over the three days. There will be two different styles of shows as well, creator shows and genre shows. Creator shows will be centred around users’ favourite “YouTuber” and while genre shows will focus on a particular genre. Each show will have a variety of “YouTuber special guest” appearances with it’s own special “YouTuber” host. Each show is a custom experience.
Vidal and his co-organizers, like ApprenticeA Productions, are dubbing the festival as a “classy event with sit down, limited seating shows in nice theatres.” It’s encouraged that festival-goers dress the part. “This is the perfect excuse to pull out that nice shirt and pants from the back of the closet.”
Some of the guests appearing at the Buffer Festival include popular Youtube personalities like Vidal, Michael Buckley, Nadine Sykora, Damon Fizzy and Daniel Shim. A full schedule of who will be attending will be released on September 23.
Tickets to the shows will be available on September 26th 2013 and are $15 for individual screenings, with package deals available. Tickets will be available online or for purchase directly from the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office.