Competition 2018

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Applications for the 2018 competition opens on January 2nd and closes on February 28th.

Do you dream of a career working on blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Mad Max, Alien: Covenant or The Batman 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.

This year we are asking for 8 teams of 5 people to only submit an application form and showreels by the 28th February 2018 deadline (unlike previous years, an animatic or treatment is not required at this stage).  The teams with the strongest set of skills and showreels will then be shortlisted and 8 final teams chosen to take part in the competition.  On the 5th March, each team will be given a charity brief selected for them by the BFX team. They will then have until 31st May 2018 to create storyboards, animatics and character designs for the charity. The charity will review the treatment and provide further feedback before the residential competition starts on July 9th 2018.


As a team of five people, you will be tasked with creating a stunning 2D or 3D visual effects or animation sequence for 4 charities that is based on one of 8 supplied screenplays. The 7-week residential competition is based in Bournemouth over the summer from 9th July to 24th August 2018 (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.


BFX has partnered with media accountants Kingston Smith as part of their Creative Vision Award and we have selected four charities to be announced in January 2018.

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

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Competition Brief 2018

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