F5 is a creativity festival exploring the intersection of design, art & technology.

F5 brings together the thinkers and doers that are breaking ground and shaping new standards in media and design. It’s an essential meeting point for future-minded individuals with the power to create lasting change.

Founded on the ideal that true insight and lasting inspiration come from unexpected places, F5 fosters artistic collisions—unexpected insights from sources you didn’t see coming.

The two-day festival gathers filmmakers, writers, digital artists, game designers, interactive artists, motionographers, graphic designers, visual effects experts, musicians, industry visionaries and many more.



Music composers, sound designers and makers of all things audio


Ben Rubin

Co-founder of The Office for Creative Research


Block & Tackle

Motion design studio and creators of F5 title sequence


Brannon Braga

Executive producer and director of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"


Carolina A. Miranda

Los Angeles Times staff writer covering culture from high to low


Darius Kazemi

Maker of bots and generators and other weird internet stuff


Debbie Millman

Designer, author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters


Dr. Janet Iwasa

Molecular biologist, visualizer of complex cellular activity


Dr. Michelle Thaller

Assistant Director for Science Communication and Higher Education at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


Eddie Opara

Designer, strategist and partner at Pentagram


Erin Sarofsky

Founder and ECD of Sarofsky, an award-winning production company


Fred Tomaselli

Internationally acclaimed artist known for highly detailed mixed media works


Fuerza Bruta

Special F5 performance of the off-Broadway experience (limited space)


Giant Ant

Cross-media visual storytellers



Motion designer/director extraordinaire


Julia Pott

Director of animated tales


Juliette Cezzar

Designer, Educator, Author and Associate Director of Communication Design at Parsons the New School for Design


Michael Ian Black

Comedian and host of the "How to Be Amazing" podcast


Parker Posey

Actress, writer and musician to be interviewed for live recording of the How to Be Amazing podcast with Michael Ian Black


Patrick Clair / Antibody

Emmy award-winning director and designer


Patrick Moberg / Dots

Artist, illustrator and co-creator of the crazy success​ful Dots and TwoDots games


Rama Allen

Dreams up and directs films and experiences for virtual and built space at The Mill


Scott Carrier

Author, educator and Peabody award-winning storyteller



Founders of influential music and technology festival


Zoe Cormier

Author of "Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll: The Science of Hedonism and the Hedonism of Science"


Friday, April 17th

10:00am Badge Pickup
10:55am Opening Titles
11:00am Patrick Clair
11:40am Scott Carrier
12:10pm Giant Ant
12:30pm Lunch Break/Best of Motionographer
2:00pm Erin Sarofsky
2:25pm Sónar
2:50pm Ben Rubin
3:15pm Eddie Opara
3:45pm Julia Pott
4:25pm Patrick Moberg
4:45pm Drinks & Arepas Break
5:30pm Zoe Cormier
6:25pm Antfood
8:30pm F5 Performance of Fuerza Bruta @ Daryl Roth Theater*

* NOTE: Space is limited. To reserve your spot, you must sign up at Terminal 5 on Friday, April 17 during F5.

Saturday, April 18th

10:00am Badge Pickup
10:55am Opening Titles
11:00am Block & Tackle
11:30am Debbie Millman
12:00pm Dr. Janet Iwasa
12:30pm Rama Allen
12:50pm Lunch Break/Best of Motionographer
2:20pm Fred Tomaselli interviewed by Carolina Miranda
3:10pm Darius Kazemi
3:40pm Brannon Braga & Dr. Michelle Thaller moderated by Juliette Cezzar
4:30pm Drinks & Arepas Break
5:15pm Gmunk
6:05pm How to be Amazing podcast live recording with host Michael Ian Black and guest Parker Posey
10:00pm Closing Party @ Cielo Club*


* NOTE: Badges required for free entry. Space will be limited. First come, first serve.


Breakfast: Instaprint
Dawn of Man: Graffiti Girl & Boy / Balloon Boy
Positron: Polyhedron
Magnus Östergren: Goo
MPC: Trifecta
Antfood & Buck: Jump In
Lustix: Doppler Reactor
Jodi Terwilliger: Prism Pulse
Studio Studio: GIF Photobooth
Frederico Phillips: AS-PHYX-I-A
Dark Igloo: Self-e-wear


High & Mighty Brass Band
Ted Ganung, Deeper Vision Recordings
DJ Shaun Pazel


Love Yourself Project
Breakthrough New York


F5, Meet Terminal 5

As the epicenter of global creativity, New York City is the perfect home for F5. Our new venue, Terminal 5, is one of the premier venues in NYC.

With a capacity of 3,000 people spanning three floors and a rooftop, we have plenty of room for all of F5’s eclectic speakers and attendees, and then some. We’re certain T5 will help make this the best F5 yet.


610 W 56th St.
New York, NY 10019

By subway

1; A, C; B, D at Columbus Circle, then walk west along 56th St. Terminal 5 will be on your left between 11th and 12th Avenues.


Home at the Hudson

The Hudson Hotel is the official hotel for festival speakers and attendees — and other surprises to be named later.

Standard, superior, and deluxe rooms are being offered with a discount of more than 20% off for friends of the fest. For one of the trendiest boutique hotels in midtown Manhattan, this is a sweet deal.

The Hudson is pure F5, crafted with the designer in mind. It’s visual appeal is only outweighed by its proximity to all things NYC: Central Park, Times Square, every type of eatery imaginable, subways to here-there-and-everywhere, and, most importantly, Terminal 5.

Book your room!
Why F5?

Purity matters

F5 was created by creative spirits for creative spirits. We’re not in this for the money. We do this out of pure, unbridled passion.

What does that mean for you, the attendee? Watch this quick overview of our ethos and everything will become clear.


The Motionographer connection

Motionographer.com has been sharing the best in moving media and covering the industries of motion design, animation and visual effects since 2006. F5 is the physical manifestation of the spirit of Motionographer.


Regular Ticket


Student Ticket


NOTE Email a photo or scan of your current student ID or tuition bill to f5@f5fest.com to receive a student discount code.

Got a group?

Drop us a line at f5@f5fest.com and we can discuss your options.



Carlos El Asmar: Founder/Executive Producer
Justin Cone: Founder/Curator
Ventura Castro: Director
Kulani Jenkins: Producer
Ave Carrillo: Curator
Noah Norman: Technical Director
Vincent Diga: Art Director
Steffen Kuronen: Motion Graphics Designer

Kurt Peloquin: Installations Producer
Olney Atwell: Technical Producer
Dot Lung: Social Media Coordinator
Marc Nadal: Videographer
Jhoel Delgado: Photographer
Bernie Tipton & Janie Wilson: Volunteer Coordinators
Veronica Cabezas: PR

Block & Tackle: F5 Opening Titles
The Mill: Best of Motionographer Package
Buck: Brand Animations