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


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


Zoe Cormier

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

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Past Speakers

This small sampling of past speakers ranges across design, art, technology, science, film and politics.



Designers, animators, storytellers


Charlie White

Artist, photographer, educator



Award-winning filmmakers, masters of the surreal


Jacob Escobedo

Head of design for Cartoon Network and [adult swim], purveyor of goat heads


Kid Koala

DJ, artist, father


Mark Romanek

Celebrated director of feature films, music videos and commercials


Nathan Love

Animators, storytellers, collaborators



Technologists, designers, storytellers


Rachel Maddow

Host of MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show"


Shantell Martin

Artist/technologist, pushing the boundaries of drawing


Wayne White

Artist, puppeteer, banjo player


Two full days and nights of creative collisions

From 10am to 8pm, F5 is two days packed full of insight and inspiration.

Speaker sessions are 40 minutes long. Lunch and drink breaks give you time to stretch your legs and stay loose.


We love to nurture creativity in every way possible, to push boundaries, and celebrate the unconventional and experimental. We want our space to be a place for artists to create art for art’s sake, and a playground for attendees to experience their vision.

RE:PLAY Best of Motionographer

Since 2006, Motionographer has been sharing ground-breaking visual experiences with the world. Get an uncut dose of brilliance with the RE:PLAY Best of Motionographer showcase, screened between sessions and in selected viewing areas throughout Terminal 5.

The After Party

Cap off a life-changing event with a mind-altering after party. Featuring a special live performance, the F5 after party is a potent mix of music, art and visuals — a sensory ritual to ring in your personal new you.


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.

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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.