FREE Family Weekend set to impress

The BFX Festival 2015 is hosting a free Family Weekend with workshops, films and more!

The BFX Festival has lined up a Family Weekend that includes film screenings, workshops and talks and lots of fun for all the family, and best of all its completely free.

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From Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 October, the Family weekend is full of drop in events aimed at children between the ages of 5-18 years. Aiming to inspire the next wave of VFX, gaming and animation talent, there is a whole host of activities.

Walt Disney Animation studios have generously lent BFX a selection of concept art from the incredible animated feature film Big Hero 6. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 29th September until Sunday 11th October and will be displayed in the Bourne Lounge at the BIC. There’s the opportunity to watch some of the best recent animation films, these include Big Hero 6, Frozen, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons.

To get hands on with animation, there’s a fun workshop for children and families using stop motion animation techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to make an aeroplane, background elements and props using a variety of materials and learn the secrets of animation and the techniques used by the professionals. There’s also the opportunity to create a 3D character with an academy award winning digital sculpting software tool, Zbrush, today it’s used in virtually every film that requires special effects work. Working in pairs you will be able to sculpt and paint your very own creation. Come along on both the Saturday and Sunday for ages 8-18.

There will be a Microsoft games station including X-Box and Minecraft as well as careers advice from Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) and STEMNET ambassadors.

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To come along to any of the events, please register for a family ticket (note that this does not guarantee a space on the animation workshops).

Join in the conversation using the hashtag #BFX2015.

To find out more about the festival and buy tickets, visit the homepage.

All information included in this post is subject to change.