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BFX Competition Finalists 2013


Over 100 talented individuals and a total of 23 teams from 11 UK HEI’s applied for a coveted spot in this 6-week battle to be hosted by the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA)  at Bournemouth University (BU) and the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).

The quality of submissions by all the applicants was impressive and the amount of commitment shown by the teams was nothing short of extraordinary, particularly as many of them where undertaking major projects and exams at the time.  With the help of  industry experts from Framestore, The Mill, Double Negative, Cinesite, MPC, Realise Studios, D’Arblay Films/Hibbert Ralph Animation and Creative Skillset as well as academics from BU and AUB; we shortlisted this to the 10 teams seen below.

Thanks once again to everyone who applied; and of course our industry partners and sponsor Next Limit for making this competition a reality. Enjoy the team pitches of our final contestants.

 “It is a great opportunity for us to support the talented students who are the future of VFX, and we are delighted to be involved.”

Victor Gonzalez, founder and CEO of Next Limit

Blonde Rangers

Blonde Rangers – Blondherland Pitch Video from BFX Blondherland on Vimeo.

Pitch handbook BlondeRangers-PitchHandbook



“It was great to see the breadth of projects that the entrants

had proposed.  There’s a great range of styles and content; all of the

teams have a challenge ahead that is going to make for an interesting

and exciting competition in the summer! “

Karl Wickens, Head of 3D, Double Negative


Team Maos

Pitch handbook maos_handbook_Reduce



“BFX is an excellent opportunity for the student’s to utilize and

demonstrate their talents. Congratulations to the selected teams.

After seeing such enthusiasm and dedication in the team applications,

I’m looking forward to tracking their progress and lending as much

advice and support as I can. Good luck”.  

Richard Clegg, Head of Lookdev, MPC 


Team Wizard

BFX Competiton 2013 | Pitch Video | Team Wizard! from Dave Sadler on Vimeo.

Pitch handbook Bfx_Team_Wizard_Reduce



“All the judges were impressed at the amount of trouble that the entering

teamshad taken with their pitches, which varied from ‘professional’ to

‘amusingly off the wall’. The mentoring process will be both challenging

and fun – probably for all parties.” 

Jerry Hibbert, D’Arblay Films/Hibbert Ralph Animation



BFX Pitch | Polyphemus’ Feast | Team POSEIDON from Simone Giampaolo on Vimeo.

Pitch handbook BFX_HandBook_TeamPOSEIDON



“The first thing that struck me about the BFX competition was what a fantastic

opportunity it provides for new emerging talent to gain accessto Bournemouth

Universities facilities and industry mentorship. I wish I had an opportunity like

this whilst I was an undergrad.  There was a diverse range of disciplines and talents,

great to see the use of traditional graphic techniques in the early concept and

boarding stages. The successful entrants will surely have a challenge ahead of them.

Competition will be high and I look forward to aiding the students in developing

their concepts and delivering stunning films.”   

Peter Hodsman, Deputy Head of Nuke, The Mill






“I was really impressed with the high standard of work from the groups and I am looking

forward to mentoring them this summer”.

Eamonn Butler, Animation Director, Cinesite  



Pitch handbook Kuklopls_Pitch


 “Supporting new VFX talent is one of Creative Skillset’s key priorities.  

BFX is an innovative new opportunity that directly responds to

one of the Next Gen recommendations, enabling students and graduates

around the UK to develop their skills and prepare for work in the industry.  

We are pleased to be supporting this inaugural year, and have been impressed

by the standard of entries, which has been particularly high.”

Dan Simmons, Head of Film at Creative Skillset 



Traditionally Digital

Trad Digital from Nicholas Mallinder on Vimeo.

Pitch handbook Traditionally_Digital_Pitch_Handbook








Level 2

Pitch handbook Level-2-Water-Babies-Project-Proposal



Team U.U.L.A

 Pitch handbook Team U.U.L.A. Handbook Document_Reduce


“Team Poseidon is thrilled to be part of the BFX Competition and can’t wait to unleash its little cyclops character to let him eat as much as he can!”

Team Poseidon from BU

“We’re astounded that we were picked! We’re all really excited to make an action packed sequence filled with Lasers and Robots”

Team Wizard from Portsmouth University