The BFX Festival is back in Bournemouth for 2017, and with it comes the BFX Family Weekend.

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October the BFX Family Weekend will offer a chance for kids to get hands-on with the technology that goes into creating their favourite games and movies.

From green screen technology, to computer programming, families can learn about the technology used by the visual effects, animation and games industry.

“If you are the sort of parent who can’t tear their children away from video games, then this is the event for you. You can get them out of the house and engaging in a practical way with the technology behind the games and movies your children watch.

“More than that, you can start to teach them about the careers behind these games. That is what BFX is all about, showcasing the best in games, visual effects and animation and listening to people who have made careers out of the gaming and film industry. The child playing computer games in their bedroom could be making the games that kids play in the future. There will be talks on careers in visual effects and how to get your kids started on a path towards a future that will test and challenge them, while engaging them in something they love.”

Sofronis Efstathiou, Director of the BFX Festival

The BFX Festival is organised by Bournemouth University, who run courses in visual effects and computer animation. Students studying on these courses go to work at some of the biggest visual effects companies in the world, on some of the biggest movies and games.

Games and films featured at the BFX Festival this year include Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Alien: Covenant, Star Wars Battlefront and Forza Horizon 3.

Tickets for the BFX Family Weekend are £10 per family, and the whole event takes place at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).