Bournemouth’s visual effects, animation and gaming Festival is back, running between 2-8 October 2017. The BFX Festival, a festival bringing the best of the visual effects, animation and gaming worlds to the South Coast, is returning for its fifth year.

Running at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) the Festival promises to bring insight into some of the best games, films and animations from the last 12 months.

In previous years delegates have been treated to behind the scenes footage from films such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Interstellar, The Lego Movie, and Moana, and films set to feature in 2017’s Festival will be released shortly.

Last year, Bournemouth University graduate Mark Ardington even returned to the Festival to talk about his work on the Academy Award-winning film Ex Machina, bringing the Oscar he won with him.

Festival Director Sofronis Efstathiou said, “Every year BFX just keeps growing, we have involvement from the biggest studios in the world, superstars of the visual effects industry who want to be a part of the Festival, share their work and give insights into some of the biggest and best movies and games – there will be something for everyone, with a real behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into creating a top Hollywood blockbuster.”

The BFX Festival is one of the only events in the UK that brings together key players from the visual effects industry and last year over 1,000 delegates, ranging from students, graduates and industry professionals to families and local residents came to enjoy some of the hands-on activities, industry talks and workshops.

The Festival will comprise a talks and workshops from industry professionals on how the best films and games of 2016 and 2017 have been made.  In addition to previous years, the Festival will also include subject such as sound production and cinematography as a broad range of film making techniques are explored. In previous years, the talks have been conducted by production houses such as Framestore, ILM, Disney and Pixar.

The Festival will end with a family weekend, where children and adults can try their hand at doing their own animations, watch films and engage with the visual effects industry.

Sofronis Efstathiou continued, “If you have been to BFX before then you will know we have a brilliant time, always learn something new and celebrate the best in in visual effects from some of the world’s biggest names – this year will be no different. If you’ve never been before, then keep looking out for information, this is an event that truly has something for everyone – and one of the only places in the UK where you can engage with this sort of content.”

In addition to the Festival, a BFX Competition for students also takes place, with winners announced at the Festival itself. The Competition, sponsored by Kingston Smith, is open to all students and this year teams will be competing to create a bespoke animated short film for one of two charities, which this year will be Re-cycle and Debra.

The two charities were announced as winners of the Kingston Smith Creative Vision Award, which means both charities will now have visual effects films created for them by the BFX Competition entrants.

The competition was launched at BAFTA in 2012 and invites students and recent graduates from around the country to compete against briefs to create animated videos under the watchful eye of industry practitioners from some of the best visual effects companies in the world, including Framestore, MPC and Double Negative.