Competition 2017

BFX Competition 2017 has now closed. Winners will be announced at the BFX awards ceremony Thursday 5th October

Do you dream of a career working on blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Mad Max, Deadpool or The Lego Movie?

If you are currently studying visual effects or animation at a UK HEI (uni or art college) or recently graduated; then BFX is the competition for you…

BFX is a student competition designed to give you direct exposure to cutting edge practices and showcase your skills to some of the best supervisors, producers and artists in the VFX and animation industry.

As a team of five people, you will be tasked with creating a stunning 2D or 3D visual effects or animation sequence that is based on one of several supplied screenplays. The 7-week residential competition is based in Bournemouth over the summer from 10th July to 25th August 2017 (all accommodation is free and the team members are given a stipend to help with their cost of living expenses). In 2015 and 2016, teams were mentored and judged by experts from Framestore, Double Negative, The Mill, MPC, Animal Logic, PsyOp, Realise Studios, Hibbert Ralph Animation, ILM London, ToonBoom, Chaos Group, Outpost VFX, Glassworks and Blue Zoo.

Competition closed.

Applications for the 2017 competition are now closed. See this year's finalists


BFX has partnered with media accountants Kingston Smith as part of their Creative Vision Award and we have selected two charities to be the beneficiaries of the BFX films – the DEBRA and Re-Cycle. And for the first time we are permitting a team to pitch twice, once for each charity; so you have double the chance of being successful.

This year we have space for 8 teams. We are looking for four teams to tackle the DEBRA briefs and four teams to tackle the Re-cycle briefs.

Please note – Numbers are limited, so all applications will be subject to a shortlisting process and interview.

If you’re looking for an extra team members, or maybe you’re looking for a team – check out our facebook page where you can add your details

BFX Competition Mentors 2017

Meet our very talented mentors and judges for this year’s competition.

Competition Brief 2017

Take a peek at our unique programme of presentations, workshops, tech demos, public screenings and family events, BFX CORE gives you unprecedented insight behind the screens of the creation of some of your favourite films, television series, commercials, games and software.

See this year's brief

Previous Winners/Finalists

Check out the BFX Family Weekend, offering a range of activities, including screenings, talks and animation workshops, to inspire the next wave of talent for the entire family.

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