More than 500 jobs available at the country's largest professional careers fair for digital entertainment

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      Ever wanted to work on some of the world's top movies and games? Now’s your chance.

      This Saturday (April 14), the Vancouver Economic Commission is hosting the region’s largest professional careers fair for digital entertainment. Spotlighting companies in the visual effects, video games, virtual reality, and animation for film and TV industries, the event will feature 35 top local businesses all looking for new employees. Together, they offer 500 jobs.

      Over 2,000 jobseekers and students are expected to head to the Vancouver Convention Centre to meet those prospective employers. Providing the chance to build valuable relationships with high-profile companies and discuss the future of their businesses, the one-day session will feature booths from organizations of all sizes and areas of expertise.

      One of the biggest draws is the calibre of exhibitors. Individuals will have the chance to introduce themselves to the studios behind the magic of prestigious titles including Star Wars (ILM Vancouver), Game of Thrones (Image Engine), FIFA and NHL (EA), Rick and Morty (Bardel Entertainment), and the Lego Movies (Animal Logic). For those interested in developing for cutting-edge technologies, rising virtual reality and augmented reality companies like Archiact and LlamaZOO will also be present.

      A number of those companies will also feature in the Speakers Corner, where current employees will discuss industry trends and local innovations.

      “The Career Fair is a great place to connect with the talent we need for our projects,” says Lorraine Rozon, Recruitment Manager at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). “It provides jobseekers who attend with a lot of value because they are able to have one-on-one conversations with team leads and supervisors. In addition to showcasing our work and meeting recruitment needs, participating is a good way to engage the whole community.”

      Metro Vancouver is a world-recognized hub for the VFX, film and TV, animation, and gaming industries. Colloquially dubbed Hollywood North, the region boasts studios with established legacies and more than 40 years’ worth of expertise. As well as offering jobs to the right candidates, the Career Fair provides individuals the chance to probe at the future of screen-based entertainment in Vancouver, and work out the next steps for their career.

      “You’re getting a glimpse of the present state of affairs,” says Nancy Basi, Executive Director at the Vancouver Economic Commission, who founded the Career Fair in 2011 with the Visual Effects Society. “You can make an educated guess at future growth and trends. By attending the career fair, professionals already working in the sector can build their careers in directions they may not have considered.”

      The Vancouver Digital Careers Fair is at the Vancouver Convention Centre East Building (999 Canada Place). It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the first three hours focused on professionals, and the final three hours open to post-secondary students. More information is available here. Tickets are free, and available here.

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