Come Learn From the Pros: FUJIFILM Festival 2018 Set for October 5-7th in Venice, CA

If you live near or are planning to be in the Los Angeles October 5-7 (2018) and are into photography and/or videography/cinematography, consider signing up for FUJIFILM Festival 2018. The three-day paid event will take place on the exquisitely photographic Venice Beach and be packed with immersive workshops, short classes, and tutorials from Fuji X-Photographers and photo experts in their fields. Here's a schedule breakdown:

Day 1 (10/5)

All Day Immersive Workshops (Pick One)

  • Exploring Street & Documentary Photography with Xyza Cruz Bacani
  • Photographing the Beauty of Our World with Elia Locardi
  • Industrializing Your Video Content with Andrew Primavera and Tehillah De Castro
  • Wedding and Lifestyle Photography with Michelle Turner, a published author, experienced educator, and one of the top 100 wedding photographers in the USA; and, Capturing the Essence of Movement with Omar Z. Robles
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Day 2 (10/6)

90-Minute Workshops (Attend Up to 4)

  • Tips and Tricks with FUJIFILM Experts
  • Portfolio Review
  • Partner Hour Showcase

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Day 3 (10/7)

Free Public Photo Walk along Venice Beach Boardwalk

The optional Add-Ons, Product Give Aways, and Swag Bags make this a no-brainer if you can take the time off and love photography.

Free Add-ons include:

  • Loan Program - Borrow a Fuji Camera and Lens
  • Check & Clean - Leave up to 1 X Series or GFX body and lens for inspection and cleaning by Fujifilm experts
  • Print Station - Print up to 3 images you take a day for free
  • Product Demos

So, what's the downside? There are only 150 spots available.

People who register by August 31st can take advantage of an early bird rate of $449 for the three-day event. If there are still spots open, anyone registering after August 31st will pay the regular price of $499. But know that aside from one immersive workshop on Day 1 and up to four elective courses on Day 2, your ticket price includes Breakfast on all three days, Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2 and Dinner on Day 2. (Instead of Dinner on Day 1 there will be snacks and a cocktail hour.)

$450-500 is a lot of money to spend, but having had the privilege of attending similar events in the past, I can say, without question, hands-on workshops with working pros PLUS a chance to demo new gear (or learn more about gear you already own)... is THE BEST WAY to grow as an aspiring or enthusiast photographer. Or, heck, even if you're a pro, this just might be the event to help you learn a new trick or unblock yourself from a creative lull.

Head over to Fuji's website for more information.



The FUJIFILM Festival 2018 will be an immersive, hands-on photography and videography learning experience; Open to photographers of all skill levels and styles

Valhalla, N.Y., August 6, 2018 - FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce the second annualFUJIFILM Festival, which will take place from October 5-7, 2018 in Venice, California. The Festival will be held across various venues in Venice including The Rose Room, Big Red Sun, The Unlikely Florist and Hotel Erwin, with ticket availability strictly limited to just 150.

"The FUJIFILM Festival was created to unite many different people in one inspiring event for the common purpose of learning more about capturing stills and video in an immersive and exciting way," said Yuji Igarashi, General Manager of the Electronic Imaging Division & Optical Devices Division at FUJIFILM North America Corporation.

This immersive Festival will offer a range of learning experiences including intensive full-day workshops, mini-workshops, elective courses, demonstrations, professional portfolio reviews, and exclusive networking opportunities.

"After the successful inaugural launch in 2017, we are very excited to be holding the second annual FUJIFILM Festival this year, as our way of delivering a unique and epic experience directly to photographers," said Lisa Yang, Product Manager of the Electronic Imaging Division at FUJIFILM North America Corporation.

The FUJIFILM Festival 2018 has been designed for photographers and videographers of varying skill levels and will cover a number of different styles including street, dance, travel, landscape, and lifestyle. Any photographer is welcome to participate--attendees do not have to be current FUJIFILM users. However, attendees interested in learning more about X Series and GFX system cameras and lenses will benefit from the FUJIFILM Festival 2018 Loan Program, which will offer them the chance to borrow and test some of the latest and most coveted FUJIFILM gear.

Learn from Renowned Professionals in Immersive Workshops

On Day One of the FUJIFILM Festival 2018, attendees will enjoy a full-day intensive workshop where renowned FUJIFILM X-Photographers and industry professionals will provide in-depth, hands-on learning experiences.

Registrants can choose one of five full-day workshops, which include: Exploring Street & Documentary Photography with Xyza Cruz Bacani, an internationally-recognized, award-winning street and documentary photographer and Magnum Foundation 2015 Human Rights Fellow; Photographing the Beauty of Our World with Elia Locardi, an internationally acclaimed travel photographer, videographer, writer and highly-skilled educator; Industrializing Your Video Content with Andrew Primavera and Tehillah De Castro, Andrew is a professional director and producer with MGX Creative, and Tehillah is a talented and innovative director of photography; Wedding and Lifestyle Photography with Michelle Turner, a published author, experienced educator, and one of the top 100 wedding photographers in the USA; and, Capturing the Essence of Movement with Omar Z. Robles, a street photography pioneer whose juxtaposition of the clean lines of dancers against rugged city landscapes has earned him an enormous worldwide following. These workshops will take place from 10:30am to 5:30pm on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Brush Up or Try Something New with Exciting Elective Courses

On Day Two (Saturday October 6, 2018), attendees can choose up to four elective courses. Between 9:30am and 3:30pm the program offers three mini-workshops--which are condensed, 90-minute versions of the intensive workshops offered on Day One - to ensure attendees do not miss out on any area of interest.

From 4:00 to 6:00pm, attendees can choose from one of three options or alternate between all three: learn all the latest best practices for using FUJIFILM gear at the Tips and Tricks with FUJIFILM Experts tutorial; gain insights and feedback from photography industry experts at the Portfolio Review session; or do some valuable networking with FUJIFILM Festival partners at the Partner Hour Showcase.

Participate in a Free Public Photo Walk along Venice Beach Boardwalk

On Day Three (Sunday October 7, 2018), there will be a Public Photo Walk along Venice Beach Boardwalk. It is an open event and free for anyone who attends. The Public Photo Walk offers the opportunity to capture the character, excitement, and charm of this unique location. Experts will be available to provide advice for getting the best out of FUJIFILM gear.

Make the Most of Exclusive FUJIFILM Festival Add-Ons and Extras

At any point throughout the Festival, photographers can take advantage of a range of optional, complimentary add-ons. TheLoan Program offers festivalgoers the opportunity to borrow some of the latest FUJIFILM gear, to try out different lens combinations and discover their perfect setup. There will also be Check & Clean services, which allow attendees to drop off up to one X Series or GFX system body and lens combination for inspection and cleaning by Fujifilm experts. In addition, our Print Station lets photographers create up to three free prints per day of images taken during the Festival. What's more, there will be Product Demos to teach attendees all about the unique abilities of FUJIFILM cameras and lenses.

Network with Festival Partners during an Exclusive Partner Hour

The FUJIFILM Festival 2018 has collaborated with a number of industry-leading organizations to provide the best Festival experience. During the exclusive Partner Hour Showcase, guests have the opportunity to network with Festival partners and learn from their impressive expertise or product offerings.

FUJIFILM Festival 2018 partners include: Profoto, Ikan, GNARBOX, SmugMug, Los Angeles Center of Photography, STOKED, and Classic Car Club Manhattan.

Exciting Partner Giveaways and Robust Festival Swag Bags

Attendees to the FUJIFILM Festival will have the exciting opportunity to win one of several giveaway prize bundles contributed by FUJIFILM Festival 2018 Partners. This year, the aggregate average retail value of the prizes totals over $10,500! Each Festival guest will also walk away with exclusive swag bags filled with takeaways including a t-shirt, tote bag, water bottle, bandana, power bank, notebook and more.

Limited Tickets Available with Early Bird Discount

The FUJIFILM Festival 2018 presents a uniquely flexible schedule that offers attendees freedom and control in equal measure. Attendees can personalize their experience by choosing exactly what they want to learn while allocating free time to explore Venice on their own. With just 150 spaces available, tickets are in high demand, so attendees are encouraged to book now to avoid missing out on an exceptional experience.

Registrations made by August 31, 2018 are available at a special early bird discounted rate of $449. Registrations made from September 1, 2018 onwards will be available at the standard rate of $499. The ticket price includes: 1 immersive workshop on Day One and up to 4 elective courses on Day Two, add-on experiences, as well as breakfast, snacks, and cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres. On Day Three, a light breakfast will be served. Lunch is included on Days One and Two, and dinner is included on Day Two. Most importantly, the FUJIFILM Festival experience aims to educate and inspire, leaving attendees with improved skills and fresh vision.

For more information, including full workshop and elective course details, the FUJIFILM Festival schedule and a comprehensive FAQ section, visit

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