Many of YouTube’s brightest stars have descended on Toronto for the first ever Buffer Festival. The film festival created for and by the YouTube community will include three days of screenings, Q&A sessions, and signings.
It would be easy to pigeonhole Buffer as ‘Vidcon, but in Canada’, but Corey Vidal‘s brainchild has a much heavier focus on actual content. On Friday, a roster of creators including The Fine Bros, The Gregory Brothers, and PrankVsPrank will host screenings where we can expect them to present recent videos to their respective audiences. The ‘Holy Trinity Of Comedy’, consisting of BFFs Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, and Mamrie Hart, will present their snappy live show on Friday as well.
In addition to showcasing their own work, attending creators will help host ‘genre shows’, where certain popular YouTube categories are highlighted; these specialized events begin on Friday with a Musical Comedy screening hosted by Jack Douglass and Andrew Gunnarolla and a Daily Vlogging screening hosted by Craig Benzine and Helbig.
Of course, with Buffer taking place in Toronto, the Canadian YouTube community will be well-represented. Canadian creators in attendance include Andrew Huang, Gunnarolla, AsapSCIENCE, and event organizer Vidal, who himself will host screenings on Friday and Sunday. Vidal has featured the festival in regular vlogs leading up to its debut weekend, and he stars in an official Buffer video providing instructions to attendees.
We look forward to a weekend full of debuts, announcements, and other assorted happenstances. For those of you who have made the trip up to Buffer, have fun and don’t forget to stay warm.