BFX Pro panellists all set for Festival

BFX Pro, in partnership with The Foundry, brings new track for professionals to BFX Festival 2015.

BFX Festival is back later this month with screenings, presentations, panels and more. From 28th September to 4 October some of the biggest names in visual effects and animation will come to Bournemouth to celebrate and promote the visual effects, animation and gaming industry.

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For the first time, BFX Festival will include BFX Pro, which brings The Foundry’s experts together with some of the biggest names in the VFX industry and takes place on Monday 28 September. The one-day conference comprises presentations, demos and networking for CTO’s, pipeline engineers, asset managers, service providers, professionals and academics working within the creative industries.

Current and future research, services & platforms, and their role within the sector are all on the agenda. Themes include ‘Tools for Iteration and Collaboration: Pipeline Empowers Creativity’, ‘The Cloud – Invisible Technology and the Backbone of the Future’ and ‘A/R & V/R – The Reality of Virtual Content’.

Below is some of what you can expect to see.

Pipeline Empowers Creativity will be hosted by Jordan Thistlewood, Head of Creative Specialists at The Foundry. The confirmed panellists are:

  • Davide Pesare, Lead Engineer USD – Pixar
  • Rob Pieké, Software Lead – MPC
  • James Golding, Lead Programmer - EPIC Games,
  • Michael Kaschalk, Head of VFX - Disney Animation Studios

The Cloud – Invisible Technology will be hosted by Jon Wadelton, CTO at The Foundry. The confirmed panellists are:

  • Dominic Anschutz, Director – Global Cloud Team, Microsoft,
  • Lee Danskin, CTO - Escape Technology
  • Matt Hawkin, Founder & Chairman - C4L

A/R & V/R – The Reality of Virtual Content will be hosted by Jon Starck, Head of Research at The Foundry. The confirmed panellists are:

  • Duncan McWilliam, CEO – OutpostVFX
  • Carl Grinter, Director and Executive Producer - Three Wise Monkeys
  • Jarrad Vladich, Executive Producer – The Mill

Festival Director, Sofronis Efstathiou said “We are very proud and excited to work with The Foundry in developing BFX Pro, you couldn’t wish for a better strategic partner. The conference is looking fantastic, with some amazing speakers from around the world discussing a variety of themes concerning the future development of services and technologies, and their impact.”

Nicki Morris, education manager at The Foundry said: “We’re delighted to be supporting BFX Pro and exceptionally lucky to collaborate with partners and industry colleagues who are willing to come along and share their knowledge. Research and development underpins everything we do here at The Foundry, which is very complementary to NCCA’s approach to exposing students to new tech and workflows early on in their education. Sharing our knowledge and passion for technology and development along with the expertise of the panellists, in an education environment is terrifically exciting.”

Tickets cost £75 and group options are available, to buy your ticket click here.