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TOSMI 2009 - Application deadline approaching


TOSMI LogoTOSMI 2009 is from August 10, 2009 - August 30 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's a yearly training event with a heavy emphasis on Blender. Signup closes on June 20th.

Zlatina Ganeva wrote:

For a third year now TOSMI focuses on Blender (open source 3d content, animation and game creation software) and features sessions dedicated to modeling, animation, materials, lighting, rendering, compositing, sound and video editing. Participants are trained to work with open source solutions and to customise them to their needs, which give professionals the advantage not only to work with an already built instrumentarium, but also to fit it to his or her own needs. Apart from the huge pool of possibilities, essential for free and open source software, it enables independent professionals to produce quality content at lower production costs, saving money otherwise spent on software licenses and regular updates.

There will be three separate workshops in 2009:

  • General Blender Techniques, Tips and Tricks .17 to 22 August, 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria Trainees will develop, edit, model and produce their own short 3D film. Starting with writing the script and developing their characters they will animate them and bring them to life in just one week of lessons. TOSMI is designed as a training programme for professionals, but no prior knowledge of 3D studio max or Maya is expected. However, applicants should possess basic artistic skills and familiarity with media software.
  • Blender for Game Artists, Game Art Design. 24 to 30 August, 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria Blender is highly customizable and adaptable to any project's needs. In Blender for Game Artists, Game Art Design trainees will learn how to make artistic game design for games from sketch, game modding and machinima, how to make concept design, low-poly character and level design and reuse the existing game logic of YoFrankie! open source game. This course will use Blender as a multifunctional authoring tool for new game creation. Ideally, participants should have some experience with 3D software and good drawing skills would be an advantage.
  • Producing Media for the Web, Open Source Software and Web 2.0. 10 to 16 August, 2009, Sofia, Bulgaria During this course, focusing mainly on Drupal, trainees will learn the benefits of using open source software to deliver media content on the web. Trainees will work in teams to produce their own media rich sites as a means to learning powerful content management software and web 2.0 site design. Approaches to audio and video streaming will also be introduced. This course is ideal for those looking to develop their own live rich visual content site.

PROJECTS AND PARTICIPANTS 14 participants who will be professionals from the audiovisual industry, professionals from the post-production field, trainers, new media content producers, interactive and web production professionals.

PARTICIPANTS FEE 1,000 EUR per workshop, including subsistence costs.

CONTACT Margarita Doroska, Project Co-ordinator, InterSpace Association, 27 Benkovski Str. Ent 2, Ap. 18, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria Send an email to TOSMI Tel 359 2 983 48 43


About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. As one of the trainers, let me say that there are many scholarships available so you dont always have to pay the 1000E fee, just mention in your application that you apply for a scholarship.

    Here you can see a video of interviews of last years participants discussing the blender modules and what they learned:

    Also allow me to introduce the list of the trainers for the 2 blender modules:

    Bassam Kurdali - Director-animator
    Alexandros Sigalas - Architect
    Theodore Dounas - Architect
    Miro Brozovic - 3d Artist

  2. Akoodu Oluwafemi Rufus on

    Dear Sir/Ma,

    How are you and how is everything? I am sure everything is going on great.
    l am final year student of University of lbadan,Nigeria. l am writing to let you know that l am very interested in the TOSMI 2009, that will come up on the 10th to 30th Aug, 2009 in Bulgaria. And l will really appreciate if you can give me a chance to be one of the participant in this year training Event.

    Best Regards,
    Oluwafemi Akoodu Rufus.

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