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Roomies For VidUKon

These posts have two purposes; firstly, to help people arrange their rooms for VidUKon, and secondly, to help them find roommates to share with if they're so inclined. The posts are on both Livejournal and DreamWidth, so please make sure to post on both if you're looking for a roomie.

Booking Your Room

Here are the current room rates:

Friday - £94.00 B&B single and £104.00 B&B double or twin
Saturday - £119.00 B&B single or £129.00 B&B double or twin

If you want to have more than 2 people in a room, make sure to check the rate when you're booking.

There are currently 10 rooms being held for the con; these rooms are only being held until 16 April. If you book later than that, you're fighting to get a booking at the regular room rates, whatever they are. Rates tend to go up sharply, particularly if there's an event on in Cardiff, so don't delay.

Sometimes the staff can get confused about what rate to book you at. We strongly recommend speaking to the Reservations department to arrange your room, not Reception. The reservations people are much more clued up, and should know what you're talking about if you say that you want to book one of the rooms reserved for VidUKon.

Finding a Roomie

In theory, finding a roomie should be simple - ask for one in a comment here, another kind soul spots your post and shouts "Yay!" and you work things out. However, to help with that, the con twitter will keep reminding people that someone's looking for a roomie, if there's a comment here saying that someone is looking. Hopefully, everything will be ... simples.

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As is traditional, this year's Vidukon will feature a show highlighting a few of the many gorgeous vids from this year's [community profile] festivids exchange!

We're trying something new this year, though - the show will be assembled based on suggestions from you, the Vidukon community! If you want to take part, head on over to the poll and let us know your top five Festivids:

https://goo.gl/forms/XkoOVRUuEDLYXnVR2

Go forth and suggest!
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VidUKon 2017 Auction Is Live!

The VidUKon 2017 auction is up and running, and the bids are already fast and frantic. Five lovely, wonderful people have volunteered to make one vid each for us, to help raise money for things like some speakers, so that we can avoid having to rely on the hotel's sound system, which is sounding about as old, creaky and cranky as I do.

The auction is running until 8pm GMT on the 29th of January, so there's roughly three days of bidding to go. We can't thank the lovely auction volunteers enough, but hopefully they know just how much we appreciate what they're doing! If you'd like to bid on one or more of the vidders, or even if you'd just like to watch everyone else fighting over them, here's the link to use: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/auction

Without further ado, let me introduce our lovely vidders... more information is available on the auction page, but this should give you an idea of the amazing things you could be in line to see if you win an auction...

Frith: known for making rich, layered vids, Frith really brings home a strong narrative and excellent characterisation through exquisite and effective clip choice. A natural storyteller, her vids are complex, thoughtful works that you'll be pondering for a long time afterwards. If you're lucky enough to win her auction, not only will you love your vid, but you'll be amazed at her knack for using lyrics to draw out elements of the story she's telling...

isagel: powerful emotions are always a huge part of isagel's vids; often celebrating tiny fandoms and encompassing a range of relationships and sexuality, her work can be brutal even as it exalts those characters she vids. Perhaps the vidder in the auction most likely to be able to vid the tiny show you love that no-one else has ever heard of, isagel's work encompasses not just movies and tv but also computer games, from the gorgeously painted to the remarkably abstract, and every vid is a joy to watch... even as the characters tear your heart out...

jagwriter78: if it were possible to summarise jagwriter in a single word, that word would be "passion". There's no other way to describe someone who can love a show so much that they make dozens upon dozens of vids for a show they love, and each one is better than the one before. With an amazing eye for pacing and a fierce love of her shows, jagwriter is an amazing vidder with an eye for the dramatic, the evocative, and the hilarious. Ever wanted to see Richard Castle as Elvis? Jagwriter's your vidder. Jagwriter's vids display her fierce love for the things she vids, and it's glorious to behold!


cosmic_llin: have you ever seen one of the VidUKon shows, watched a Star Trek vid, and been overwhelmed with feelings? There's a 90% chance that was llin reaching out through your monitor to leave you feeling wonderful. As adept with comedy as she is with drama, llin channels emotion like no-one else, and she could do that for you - if you're lucky enough to win her in the auction! Note: VidUKon cannot be held responsible if you end up crying tears of joy. You have been warned.


LithiumDoll: the dark queen of VidUKon, the great and terrible one who rules us all, and all who know her shall love her and despair, for she is glorious... and in our auction! Combining exquisite timing and editing with a tremendous sense of character, movement and physicality, her vids are gripping, entertaining and unafraid to take a walk on the dark side.

Auctions!

Jan. 15th, 2017 10:01 pm
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Auctions!

We're running the VidUKon auction again! The auction has a been a big success for the previous two 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 - freeing us from the unreliable hotel projector - provide more tea and coffee, provide nicer food, provide a USB copy of the library, confirm the hotel for the next two cons rather than just one, and give donations to charity. 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 person. 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 amazing or 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?

There are several things we'd like to do this year, which the auction can help with. We'd like to get our own speakers for the con; as you may have heard, the hotel sound system is... erratic. Whilst there's one person who has fun trying to work out what's causing the high-pitched whine each year, we moved across to using speakers borrowed from one of the ConCom, but we'd like to get the con its own speakers - hopefully with things like longer cables, so that we can give everyone a better audio experience to go with the great vid experience.

We'd also like to be able to provide more tea and coffee again, and nicer food. Last year, we had a quiz with prizes, the prizes being donated privately by one of the ConCom; we'd like to be able to add prizes from the con as a whole, too. 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. They've always done that out of pocket each year, but this year 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 signup as an auction victim... I mean, volunteer ... right now. It'll be open until the evening of the 22nd (UK time), and then auction bidding will start. 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.

Signup is through the con website - 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 :)

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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 on this post or the LJ mirror at [livejournal.com profile] vidukon

Deadline is 5th June!

Submit show ideas here and panel ideas here. Email me at nemo.no.man at gmail dot com if you have any questions!
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Hello everyone!

I hope that you're all having a marvelous holiday, be it with loved ones, loved pets, loved books, loved TV shows, or anything else that makes you happy. (There may or may not be Harry Potter movies playing in the background as I type this.)

In an effort to bring a little more good cheer to 2016, registrations for VidUKon 2017 have opened. We're in Cardiff again, and barring unforeseen disasters, we'll also be in Cardiff again next year, for anyone looking to plan ahead. Don't worry about foreseen disasters - in the event of the end of the world being accurately predicted, the con will still happen, but we'll include popcorn, zombie repellent and a small survival pack in the attendees pack...

Signup for attending and supporting memberships is through the site as per usual, and if you sign up before midnight GMT on New Years Eve, you can use the promo code FESTIVE16 to get 5% off the cost of your ticket.

There is a change between 2017 and 2016; we've had increasing numbers of Premieres DVDs go uncollected at the con, and during the feedback session at VidUKon 2016, the general feeling was that a downloadable copy would be of more use to people than physical media, and that for those who like having a physical media disc, having the show in a data format rather than formatted as an mpeg-2 format playable disc would be preferred. So, this year, the memberships will include a downloadable copy of the show by default, instead of a physical disc. You can still opt to get physical media of one kind or another - either a playable DVD, a playable USB stick, or a data DVD/data USB stick - but for a £3 surcharge. I hope that doesn't make the signup options more confusing - please do ask if you have any questions.

VirtUKon will return in 2017, and there's a good chance the evil quiz will too; it's too early to say if there'll be scones yet, but we always hold out hope!

So, I hope that you have a great holiday season, and I hope to see you all at the con - either in person, or virtually, whether you're a regular or a first-timer. Hopefully, this also means at least one good thing will happen in 2017...

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Flash poll! (Or non-binding referendum, if we want to stay topical o_O)

Please head to http://vidukon.livejournal.com/57530.html to vote :D
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We’re going to be running a Vidding 101 on Friday as part of our extended programming (get us and our fancy extra hours!) and we’d really love to get some content ideas from people who’d be interested. If you’re attending, intend to participate via VirtUKon or planning on reading the notes afterwards? You totally count.

The first half of our panel will look at getting the editing program, source, clips and so on - the practicalities and legalities - as well as have a quick demo of some of the software we’re covering (which will be multi-platform freeware so far as possible).

The second half of our panel will cover more subjective areas, such as “Music and Video, AUGH HOW WHY?”

So! If you have any topics you'd like covered or questions you’d like answered, let us know in the comments.

If you’re wanting to start vidding, what sort of things would you like a firmer idea of? (Bearing in mind that the answer might actually be “witchcraft”)

If you’re a more experienced vidder, what tricks or aesthetics do you wish you’d known earlier?

We can’t promise to cover everything in the panel itself, but we will make every effort to put things in the notes, even if it’s just a link to somewhere with a way better explanation than we can provide.
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Hello everyone!

The VidUKon 2016 "Vidder's Choice" vidshow is open for submissions. Many of you will already probably have taken part in this show in the past, but just in case you aren't familiar with it, this is what Vidder's Choice is all about...

Vidder's Choice is a show that anyone either attending VidUKon or who has purchased a supporting membership can participate in. Vidder's Choice has become a regular Friday night feature, almost like an introduction from everyone involved in making the con successful. If you've purchased an attending or supporting membership, you can submit any one vid you've made into Vidder's Choice, and it'll get shown during the show. It can be pretty much any vid you've ever made - not only are obscure shows and films and fandoms eligble, they're actively encouraged. Old vids, new vids, odd vids, funny vids, sad vids, angsty vids, action vids, horror vids... no matter what it is, this is your chance to have it shown at the con, and if you're attending to get to enjoy seeing everyone else watch it - and, if you're really lucky, you get to watch the VJ's head explode from outside the splatter radius as they wrangle all of the vids into something resembling a playlist.

Other than the requirement that you be an attending or supporting member of the convention, there are just two restrictions you need to be aware of:

1. The vid must not be a premiering vid. We've got a show already for premiering vids; it's called Premieres, it's a Saturday night highlight, and we'd always love to have more vids to show in it, so if you have a premiering vid, please send it that way.

2. The vid has to be submitted by midnight GMT on 15 May 2016. Any later than that, and the ftp server is closed for uploads, so the opportunity is lost.

Uploading your vid is easy. Honest. Even I've managed to do it consistently for several years, and I've been known to try and insert my tie into a card reader by mistake. All you need to do is log into your account on the con website, and from the homepage, click on "Upload" in the menu on the lefthand side. Then, at the next screen, select the "Vidder's Choice or Premieres" option, hit "Next", and follow the onscreen instructions.

Anyone who has a supporting or attending membership in place by the upload deadline can submit a vid for Vidder's Choice, so if you're still thinking about attending or supporting, why not jump in? I'd love to see what you submit for the show...

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If you are still looking for somebody to share a room with at VidUkon, could you please get in touch?
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If you're attending the con, today is your last day to book a room at con prices (and there's not that many blocks left!)

Ask to be put through to Reseverations and reference VIDUKON when booking. If you're looking for a room mate, you're welcome to comment - good luck!

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Friends, vidders, fanpeople. Every year, we hear that the people demand more panels in their VidUKon experience! And every year, few are willing to answer the call. We understand! It sounds a bit scary! But there's still time to submit panels and we would super love to have some more on our docket for this year. Remember, panels do not have to involve the panelist giving an expert technical presentation for 45 minutes, far from it!

Panels can include:

  • a discussion of the vidshow we just watched, or putting together a smaller collection of vids for discussion
  • roundtable or group discussions - by no means do you have to do all or even most of the talking
  • activities - do you have an idea for vidder pictionary or a quiz or a game of Sardines?

The concom are very happy to help you realise your idea, from advance prep to sitting on the panel with you if you'd like. Drop a comment or email such.heights at gmail dot com. Submit your panels here. The deadline is tomorrow, Friday 11 at 11.59 GMT, but you just need the starting idea by then. Be the hero VidUKon needs!

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Hi all,

Our VJs for this year are pulling together the con's amazing playlists, and some of them are asking for input. Please drop me links to any I've forgotten!

This Will Always Be Our Home, VJ'd by [personal profile] purplefringe
Aliens, and humanity's varying relationships to/with them VJ'd by [personal profile] carawj
vids from 2006 VJ'd by me
Revolution VJ'd by [personal profile] cosmic_llin and [personal profile] raven
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Scholarship

Once again, VidUKon will be offering a scholarship! Even though the con is held in the UK, we like to think of it as a European event. The scholarship has been funded by donation and is intended to offer support to one fan, who is not a UK resident and who has not been to the con before, to attend. This includes an Attending membership, Saturday Night Dinner Ticket and accommodation on the basis of sharing a room with one other person. Preference will be given to European residents. Please check out the website to see whether you are eligible and to nominate yourself or others. We are also accepting further donations to the fund if you would like to contribute, and this will go towards travel costs for the recipient.

You can also donate to the scholarship fund through the scholarship page, if you'd like to; you don't have to donate to the fund to nominate someone, and you don't have to nominate someone to donate. The scholarship funds are kept seperate from the convention funds, and will never be used to fund the con itself; if no-one accepts the scholarship, then the money will be rolled forward to fund a scholarship for next year. In the event that there is no next con, the scholarship fund will be donated to an international charity.

You can check out the scholarship page here: http://www.vidukon.co.uk/convention/scholarship

Auctions

There's just under four days left in the auction - there's still some time to grab yourself a vid from one (or more) of the six lovely vidders who're sacrificing themselves for our cause - metaphorically, not literally. Don't leave bidding to the last minute unless you love tension and are willing to risk losing out...

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The VidUKon auction, it is begun! We're raising for pretty much the same stuff as last year, plus a projector so the con comm doesn't dissolve into a pile of nervous wreckage. The charity we'll be donating 50% of anything above the target is Médecins Sans Frontières. Find out all about how the auction works at our website.

Once again, we have ridiculous talented vidders, because we win forever.

beccatoria is up for grabs, which. AAHHAHAHAH. OMG o/ There is seriously no one better with musicality and narrative and just. Maaan. But if you're a fan of animated or video game vids especially? I actually don't need to tell you, because you've already watched everything she's ever made and gone to bid, because this is your birthday now.

buffyann :D :D :D :D <3 Buuuuuuuffyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaann is amaaaaaaziiiiiing. Which is not actually news to anyone, but if I didn't start to use my words, this summary would basically be a series of smilies and stars. So ecclectic and so freaking engaging, and especially if you're after something a little more quirky. Buuuuuuuffyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaann :D :D :D

I'm not entirely sure how we got cosmic_llin? BUT WE GOT cosmic_llin AAHHAHAH NO TAKE BACKSIES :D As adept with comedy as drama, and with a pretty much magical sense of timing and pacing and seriously how does she even doooo thaaaat? I kind of want to say this is the best day ever for Trek fans? But honestly, this is the best day ever for vid fans.

I'm actually pretty sure we got meivocis through rituals and chanting, but you can get her through bidding! IT'S SECOND CHRISTMAS, PEOPLE. meivocis has an incredible sense of musicality and character, and her vids are mesmerising enough they may classify as a class C drug. Get her while she's still legal?

There are vidders who vid what they love, and then there are vidders who love what they vid so much they make a hundred vids for it. And that's just the start! One of the most prolific and imaginitve vidders out there, the delightful jagwriter78, volunteered to be auctioned by us! All of her vids tend to burst with wonder, and often with humour, and she's ours - all ours! *insert evil laugh*

And then we have got the ever-glorious Lithium Doll vidding for us! How she finds the time alongside making everything about the con work, we just don't know. But she does! She will make you a bee-ooo-tiful vid full of expertly-cut layers of meaning and insight that will you make you cry and be happy about it, which is the source of her power.

Go forth and bid!

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Greetings, vid fans! We've got a bunch of updates for you today.

  1. Brainstorm and submit your programme ideas
  2. Auction open for volunteers
  3. Extra time at the con
  4. Scholarship

Get your ticket here!

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1. Submit your programme ideas now! We are now open to your ideas for programming for this year's Vidukon. We're always particularly in need of panel ideas, and remember you can do a vidshow and panel combo if you'd like. 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 on this post at the livejournal comm or dreamwidth.

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm GMT February 11th. The final schedule will be announced a few days afterwards, and you will then have until March 12th to submit all content for your vidshow. More detail will be available when the schedule is finalised.

Submit show ideas here and panel ideas here. Email me at such.heights at gmail dot com if you have any questions!

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2. We’re holding the second VidUKon auction o/ Our goals this year are going to look eerily familiar to anyone who saw them last year (badges! more usb sticks! life-giving tea!), with the addition of something a teensy bit more ambitious: a projector to call our very own. The hotel’s AV system does a fair job considering half its circuitry was chiselled on rock using stone age implements, but for vid show enjoyment in general and the sanity of the concom in particular, we’d really love not to have to rely on it. Should we manage to exceed our target, the charity we’ve chosen to donate 50% of any additional funds to is Médecins Sans Frontières.

If you’d like to offer a vid (thank you! thank you! thank you!) you can sign up here (closing 10PM 23rd January). Bidding will open midday 25th January and run through until 8PM February 7th.

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3. Extra Time We took a gamble a few years ago, and started running programming on the Friday night of the con weekend, as an opportunity for everyone to socialise and make introductions. That's gone really well, and has proven pretty popular over the years, so we've decided to try something new. The bulk of our attendees tend to arrive on the Friday, and those who arrive early tend to spend a lot of time vidder-spotting in the hotel foyer or bar. We've decided to pay a bit extra, and book the con rooms from the lunchtime on Friday.

There probably won't be any programming until the usual time, but this'll give the techbunnies more time to hyperventilate and ask the important questions in life, like "But why is it doing that?" and hopefully give those who want to arrive earlier in the day somewhere to hang out, relax, and get to know everyone as they arrive. We hope this'll be useful on several levels - from the option of maybe getting earlier trains and saving on travel, to more chance to hang out and chat before the vidshows start, right through to hearing more exciting stores about the weird and wonderful things that those who arrive even earlier for the con have been up to.

Even More Extra Time If you're thinking of coming down even earlier than Friday lunchtime, there will still be people around; last year, beccatoria, BrokenMnemonic, doccy, LithiumDoll and Isagel spent some time off looking at dinosaurs, watching Mad Max: Fury Road, eating huge slabs of cheesecake, watching Mad Max: Fury Road again, spending loads of time talking about Mad Max, watching all those vids that never quite fit in any of the shows, converting other people to the joys of Mass Effect and Banshee... There also tends to be people around on the Sunday afternoon and even the Monday, if you want to chill out after the con, and while the concom may be partially comatose, there are always giant slabs of cheesecake around somewhere.

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4. The VidUKon Scholarship is funded by donations and intended to offer support to one fan that is a Non-UK resident, has not been to the con in the past and would like to attend.

The scholarship includes:

  • Attending membership for the con
  • Accommodation for 2 nights (Friday & Saturday) on the basis of 2 sharing a room.
  • Saturday dinner ticket

Nominations open on 1st of Feb, if there are no non-UK applicants by 15th of April the scholarship will be open to UK residents as well. All the details are on the website.

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Hello everyone!

We'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone all the very best for the holiday season - we hope that you're all having as much stress-free fun as possible. May the New Year bring you everything that you desire, and nothing you don't want.

As you may be aware if you're following VidUKon on twitter, registrations for VidUKon 2016 are open, and we're currently running a special offer for memberships, both attending and supporting. If you use the code FESTIVE when you buy an attending membership or supporting membership, you'll receive a 5% discount. That 5% discount brings the cost of an attending membership down to £37.99 and a supporting membership to £15.19. That makes attending tickets the cheapest they've ever been - and you can use the code to buy attending and supporting memberships for other people, too; you can use the code as often as you like, with just one restriction: the code is only valid until midnight GMT on 31st Dec 2015.

What could be better than seeing the New Year in with a con membership for VidUKon 2016? Well, admittedly, a few things... but either way, we'd love to have you with us in body, spirit or both at VidUKon 2016.

Happy New Year everyone - fingers crossed that 2016 is a good year for everyone.

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Jun. 26th, 2015 08:12 pm
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Hi guys! Over on LJ is poll that we'd really, really appreciate if you could take a moment to fill out, so we can make sure we're doing everything we can to make the con all it can be.

If you have any questions or thoughts on any of the items below (or in general) please comment here, there or message/email us.

Thanks!

I LIVE TO POLL
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Since not everybody who attended the con is on my flist I link to my mini-con-report here just in case.
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