Outline of the competition

The iMapp Bucharest 2019 Video Mapping Competition is jointly organized by the Bucharest City Hall through creart – Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of the Municipality of Bucharest – as the Producer, Maxin10sity Ltd. – as the Art Curator and 360 Revolution Srl – as Video Solution Management Provider henceforth collectively referred to as the Organizer.

Starting this year, iMapp Bucharest becomes the International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League, according to a collaboration agreement signed between iMapp Bucharest and 6 important video mapping festivals worldwide: Borealis (U.S.A.), Genius Loci Weimar (Germany), Kyiv Light Festival (Ukraine), 1minute projection mapping competition (Japan), Zsolnay Light Festival (Hungary) and Luz y Vanguardias (Spain). The 1st prize winners of these 6 festivals, as well as the winners of iMapp Bucharest 2018 edition – Jury Award and Public Award – will automatically qualify as finalists of iMapp Bucharest 2019, event that takes place on 21st of September, in Bucharest, Romania.

These 8 winners will be the only finalists of iMapp Bucharest 2019, there will be no open calls, taking into consideration that the event becomes The International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League.

The 8 teams will create 4 minute long 3D video mapping animations to the bellow theme, adapted to the façade of the Palace of Parliament, Bucharest, Romania, harmonizing with the architecture and accompanied by music. The animations will be projected on 21st of September 2019, in front of an international jury and a live audience.


One Map. Different Journeys

Discover the Video Mapping World at iMapp Bucharest!

Starting 2019, iMapp Bucharest becomes the International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League, reuniting the winners of 7 important video mapping festivals worldwide (including iMapp Bucharest 2018). Thus, the façade of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania, becomes the map of the video mapping world, each finalist team revealing its own way of exploring the world and the international video mapping scene.

Each video artwork should present the way we discover the same world through different experiences, based on our different cultures and perceptions. The map of the Globe stays the same, but it is enriched by the million ways we see and experience each continent, region, land, city, corner, scenery, route or path of the world.

Moreover, in 2019 the whole world celebrates 30 years of the World Wide Web (WWW). And since this vision of universal connectivity made the borderless communication possible, as well as travelling and exploring different cultures and regions in online and offline, the first edition of iMapp Bucharest as the International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League will also make a reference to the 30th Anniversary of the WWW and the limitless possibilities – including the borderless cooperation and communication – it brought into our life.

With iMapp Bucharest we celebrate the artistic and cultural life of our city. While we believe in the freedom of artistic expression, we do not condone any kind of geopolitical and political statement or social activism and we strongly advise against any offensive content of the shows.

The visual content can be conceptual or figurative, realistic or symbolic. It can fit a very abstract approach of the artist or it can be a part of a narrative puzzle/story.

Technical information

  • Resolution: 7680 x 2000
  • Frame rate: 25 fps
  • File format: (Encoding HAP)
  • Sound separate file WAV 48Khz uncompressed
  • The 8 teams will create 4 minute long 3D video mapping animations

3D model of the façade will be sent to the finalists.

Technical compliance with the provided specifications is mandatory.

Eligibility and entry fee

Entry is free of charge. As a financial support for the production each of the 8 finalist teams will receive € 11.000 net.

Travel and accommodation

All 8 finalist teams can be represented at the live show by 2 persons. The organizer of the festival willensure the costs for international flights and a 3-nights accommodation for these 2 representatives/team, excluding the teams based in Bucharest.


In that case you have any questions about the competition, do not hesitate to contact us by the following e-mail:


On the 21st of September 2019, the 8 finalist teams will be juried by a professional panel of international judges, who are all distinguished experts and prominent representatives of international visual culture (from the field of arts, visual communications, media, film etc.) and who represent the partner festivals.

The jury component will be announced on the website ( the latest on 1st of September 2019.


Two prizes:

  • Public Award (the public will vote live by SMS): Prize of 5.000 € gross
  • Jury Award: Prize of 5.000 € gross


  • Each team should appoint one representative as a contact person, who will solely be responsible for communication with the organizers.
  • The finalists can only enter the competition with their own, original work. In case someone enters the competition with work other than that of her/his own, the entry will be rejected and the team/person will be immediately disqualified. Should it be discovered only after the competition, the finalist will be stripped of his/her honors and the prize will have to be returned. The finalists declare that the work submitted by them is their own intellectual property, and warrant that it does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.
  • The work submitted has to meet the requirements as set forth in the ”TechnicalInformation section.

It is strictly forbidden to embed any real or fiction advertisements in the work either overtly or in a covert way, i.e. it is forbidden to feature any product, brand, name, logo or recognizable image or text etc. (with the exception of the inscription on the façade of the building), and/or any mark or symbol suggesting whose work it is.


The video mapping artworks of all finalists will remain the property of the participants. By submitting their work, the finalists give their consent for their artworks created for iMapp Bucharest 2019 (entirely or partially) to be used at no charge for advertising and promotional activities, exclusively related to the event. Examples of promotional activities may include press releases, public relations activities for the competition, internet – related promotion or articles, live streaming during the event, tv, all free of charge. The Organizer is not liable for any fees resulting from potential copyright infringements that result from the content of the animations submitted by the participants. Moreover, the participants should allow the projection of  their works in the next editions of iMapp Bucharest.

The 2 representatives of each finalist team, who will participate in the event on 21st of September 2019, as well as in the rehearsal, agree to offer interviews (tv, radio, online and print  media) regarding their artwork and participation in the 2019 iMapp Bucharest – Winners League. Furthermore, they agree to take part, free of charge, in artist talks regarding iMapp Bucharest, during their stay in Bucharest.


  • 10th of July 2019 (at latest): The finalists will receive the official brief and technical information regarding their participation in iMapp Bucharest 2019.
  • 15th of July 2019: First preview from the finalists (concept phase with references)
  • 29th of July 2019: Second preview – first phase of animation
  • 25th of August 2019: Third preview – next phase of animation
  • 8th of September 2019: Final Preview – the complete animation of 4 minutes in preview resolution
  • 14th of September: Final files must be handed in (final file in final resolution)
  • 19th/20th of September 2019: Rehearsal onsite
  • 21st of September 2019: iMapp Bucharest 2019 – the International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League

iMapp Bucharest 2019 becomes

The International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League

8 teams compete in the 6th edition

Bucharest City Hall, through Creart – Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of Bucharest Municipality, organizes since 2014 iMapp Bucharest – one of the biggest international 3D video mapping competitions, that brings design, contemporary art and ab unforgettable show directly on the 23,000 square meters façade of the Parliament’s Palace (the second largest administrative building in the world), in Bucharest, Romania.

Throughout five editions, the festival brought together audiences of over 300,000 spectators and has become a reference subject for the international audiovisual industry specialists.

Starting this year, iMapp Bucharest becomes the International Video Mapping Competition – Winners League, inviting in the Capital on 21st of September some of the best video mapping artists in the world who are the winners of the last edition of these famous international festivals: Borealis (U.S.A.), Genius Loci Weimar (Germany), Kyiv Light Festival (Ukraine), 1minute projection mapping competition (Japan), as well as the winners of the 2019 edition of Zsolnay Light Festival (Hungary) and Luz y Vanguardias (Spain) who are about to be announced soon. These 6 teams will be joined by the winners of iMapp Bucharest 2018 edition – Jury Award and Public Award.

Thus, with the 6th edition, iMapp Bucharest becomes the binder of the video mapping scene across the world, creating, together with the 6 partner festivals, a community of those who have transformed video mapping into a form of emerging visual art, which at this moment enjoys a real success in various fields of activity. At the same time, through this collaboration arises an international platform that encourages artists to participate in many video mapping competitions and to present their work in as many corners of the world as possible. Starting this year, winning a prize at one of the international festivals of this genre, brings the video mapping artists closer to Winners League – iMapp Bucharest qualification.

The 8 artworks of the participants will be analysed, in the evening of the event, by a specialized jury, consisting of important representatives of the 6 partner festivals. At the end of the evening, they will decide the winner of the Jury Award and the public will be able to choose the winner of the Audience Award by voting via sms.





BOREALIS – Festival of Light is a competition and exhibition of technology and light art that takes place each year, in October, in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. The festival is free to the public and features a unique combination of live music, street art performance, lighting art installations and multimedia video mapping, designed to transform landmark buildings and façades into a virtual reality extravaganza – an urban canvas for unconventional storytelling by artists from around the globe. Within the 4-day-long event, more than 120.000 people admired the artworks on site in 2018.



The international GENIUS LOCI WEIMAR Festival for audiovisual projections was launched in 2012 as part of the ”Weimar Summer” initiative. Optimally located in this city of poets, musicians and thinkers, as well as the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement, the festival has become an important cultural event for Thuringia and is now in its seventh edition. Throughout, the festival is distinguished by the interplay of a broad range of artistic genres, the event reuniting the widely appreciated façade projections, the Genius Loci LAB stage featuring up-and-coming artists, as well as music events and the light installations in public spaces.

The GENIUS LOCI WEIMAR Festival is the realisation of a concept that is unique worldwide, combining digital technology with artistic expression and historical heritage. Today, the festival represents an international platform in the field of video mapping, through the competition organized at each edition: annually three façades of heritage buildings are chosen, the artists who create artworks that transform these façades being selected after an open call.



KYIV LIGHTS FESTIVAL stands for three days of unforgettable atmosphere created by an international festival of light and media arts in the Ukrainian capital. The stunning possibilities of advanced technologies turn the city into an open-air art gallery with colourful light sculptures, installations, and projections. Media artists from different countries are invited to transform the River Port building on Poshtova square into a huge screen with spectacular video projections. The Kyiv Lights Festival follows the traditions of famous light festivals that are held annually in many capitals of the world. Admission is free to all festival venues.



1minute Projection Mapping Competition is an international competition and one of the biggest mapping contests in the Asian area. The ”1minute Projection Mapping Competition” started in 2012, many great artworks from different corners of world being presented during each edition.

This competition has two unique features. One is the length of content, being the shortest video mapping competition in the world, where each creator is expected to demonstrate originality, visual techniques, attractive stories and innovative ideas within a less than 2 minutes video-artwork.

Another feature of this competition is the fact that the venue and the theme are different each year, which represents a challenge for creative participants worldwide, the number of participants increasing annualy. 125 entries from 42 countries and different areas joined the last competition in Miyazaki, the southern part of Japan.



In mere three years, the Zsolnay Light Festival from Pécs has grown to become one of the most attractive events in Hungary. In 2019, the event will take place between 27th and 30th of June. Hungary’s first and still only light festival was a huge success in 2018, enjoying more than 75,000 visitors. Also this year the event will organically combine the world of light festivals with street art productions, concerts, theatre and contemporary-circus performances.

The main attraction of the festival is the Zsolnay Light Art Mapping Competition, where visitors can enjoy three-dimensional, moving light designs on the monumental façade of the Cathedral from the city, creating a world where the imagination of the public is the best guide and the curiosity – the best travel companion.



Every year in June, the festival Luz y Vanguardias places the Spanish city of Salamanca in the spotlight of the national and international art scene by bringing together an international video mapping contest and the creations of renowned artists that use the light as the raw material of their works. The event overlays the streets and the most emblematic buildings of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with art and light projections during four nights. Visitors and residents can walk around the city and learn about the latest artistic trends while enjoying the history and universal legacy of Salamanca from  a different angle. The festival was organized for the first time in 2016 and it has grown significantly every year. In 2018, the festivalLuz y Vanguardias gathered more than 366,000 people and 38 participants from ten different nationalities.


iMapp Bucharest is organized by Bucharest City Hall, through Creart – Center for Creation, Art and Tradition of Bucharest Municipality.

Throughout five editions, the festival has enjoyed the participation of outstanding finalist teams from: Canada, Spain, China, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Montenegro, Russia, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.

Prior to the 3D video mapping competition, local and international renowned artists perform on the stage in Constituției Square, marking the offical opening of the event with electrifying concerts.

In 2016, iMapp Bucharest was nominated in the Live Event of the Year section of the AV Awards from London – a well-known international competition meant to recognize and award excellence across the audiovisual industry, organized by the AV Magazine from the UK, a publication that has been the authority in the field of audiovisual review for more than 40 years and enjoys recognition in Europe and beyond.