BFX Festival 2015 to be bigger and better than ever before

The BFX Festival is back this month and set to impress with huge names and studios from the VFX, animation and gaming world.

The third BFX Festival is set to return later this month and is jam packed with screenings, workshops and presentations with some of the biggest names in the industry set to attend.

Mad Max low res

Split into three parts, BFX Pro, BFX Core and the Family Weekend, there is something for everyone, whether you’re a film fan, student animator or professional in the industry.

Kicking off the Festival is BFX Pro, aimed at professionals it is a one day conference of presentations, demos, and networking. Current and future research, services and platforms, and their role within the sector is all on the agenda, plus some renowned speakers.

At the heart of the Festival is BFX Core, this is for anyone with an interest in VFX, animation or gaming. There are a whole host of presentations from international studios such as Double Negative, Iloura, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Aardman and more.


All week there are showstopper events and each day is specially themed; Tuesday is Visual Effects Day and will see speakers and presentations from Iloura, MPC, ILM, The Third Floor and Framestore who worked on movies like Guardians of the Galaxy, Mad Max: Fury Road, Exodus and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Wednesday is based on all things animation. For the first time ever BFX will be welcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios, all the way from California. There will be a presentation on their latest work, which could include Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, and the smash hit, Big Hero 6. There are also Aardman, the company behind Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

Big Hero 6

Thursday is computer games based, Frontier the team behind Elite: Dangerous, has built a uniquely diverse track record comprising games that have defined genres, been critically acclaimed and sold many millions of copies. Find out from Frontier’s Chief Operating Officer David Walsh what it took to create this spectacular new multi-player instalment in the seminal open world series of space games that started with Elite.

The BFX Competition awards evening is a BFX tradition, we watch the final films created by teams of students who have been competing over seven weeks to create visual effects masterpieces and the winners are announced. The animations were made for two great charities, Anthony Nolan and Dyslexia Action, get inspired and see how you can enter the BFX Competition 2016…


Running throughout the Festival is the Walt Disney Animation Studios “Big Hero 6″ Concept Art Exhibition, to see the beginnings of the films ideas and design, a unique opportunity to see the journey from paper to screen with original artwork provided by Disney.

big hero 6 schematic

Throughout the week there are a number of evening film screenings featuring the best visual effects and animation movies in recent years such as Interstellar and Mad Max:Fury Road. As a one off special event, film maker, Paul Campion is screening two of his films and presenting, The Devil’s Rock – Shooting a low budget horror film in 15 days, in a Saturday night Fright Night!  

Paul at work

For those looking for a career in anything VFX, animation and games related, the Careers and Recruitment day is one to attend, a full day of presentations by HR recruiters from a host of top studios including Method Studios, Animal Logic, ILM, MPC, Framestore, The Mill and many more. There is the chance to network with future employers and find out what it takes to get ahead in this creative industry and land your dream job, all taking place on Friday 2 October.

Ending the Festival is the Family Weekend, completely free of charge there are film screenings, workshops and presentations for all ages. Try your hand at creating your own 3D characters using animation software or have a go at your own animations, there is also the chance to watch some of the best children’s animation films including Disney’s Big Hero 6. If you see yourself with a future in the VFX industry then there is the opportunity to speak to the careers hub including STEMNET and Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA): there is all this plus much more.

Moon low res

Festival Director, Sofronis Efstathiou, said: “We are so excited about the BFX Festival this year – artists from some of the best films and games are going to share all the behind-the-scenes information about their movies – we’ll be watching films, talking about the latest techniques, creating animation and wowed by this year’s speakers. Come along and join us, BFX 2015 is going to be the best one yet!”

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