Buffer Festival Red Carpet Premiere Screening with The World’s Most Acclaimed YouTubers
Founded by Canadian YouTube entrepreneur, producer, and filmmaker, Corey Vidal, the third annual Buffer Festival returned to Toronto, and with it some of YouTube‘s biggest stars.
Held from Friday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 25th, the three-day festival kicked off with a gala-screening event premiering content from the most acclaimed creators on YouTube.
Familiar faces walked the red carpet at Roy Thompson Hall, which played home to Friday night’s formal gala.
Despite less than ideal weather, fans flocked to the red carpet to catch a glimpse of their favourite YouTube stars, all of which impressed in big screen premier worthy attire.
Worth noting, the captivating “Smoke that Travels” by Kayla Briët, the animated oh-so-true “Waiting for that Movie” by Leigh Lahav, a spine-tingling live performance by Peter Hollens, and a personal favourite of mine “Visual Vibes: Atlantis Dunes” by Mr. Ben Brown.
Other noteworthy guests included Akilah Hughes, Jasmeet Singh (JusReign), Tim Kellner, and Sawyer Hartman, for YouTube stars and the fans that love them the list goes on and on.
The festival continued Saturday and Sunday as an array of YouTube’s highest quality content was showcased during screenings held at various theatres in the city’s Entertainment District.
The screenings were divided into 12 categories including Daily Vloggers, Sketch Comedy, and Women of YouTube.
“Year one we got seven premiers, year two we got forty premieres, this year we got over two hundred premieres,” said Vidal to an applauding audience at Friday night’s gala.
Fans and creators alike were also able to engage in Q&A’s, meet-and-greets with popular channel hosts and other fan events throughout the city. This year also included the welcomed addition of ‘Creator Day’, a workshop for aspiring YouTubers.
Not only have submissions increased each year, but Buffer Festival‘s audience has also grown exponentially over the years as well, with over 10,000 tickets sold in 2014. A much larger crowd was expected for 2015 including an anticipated 21.5 billion views on YouTube. That’s more than any major television show on air today.
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