The UK’s biggest animation and visual effects festival is back for 2021, with leading names lined up to give talks and technical masterclasses.

Tickets are now on sale for the BFX Festival, which runs from 2-7 November 2021. The festival includes a three-day speaker series, followed by weekend masterclasses at Bournemouth University’s Talbot Campus.

MPC, Creative Assembly, Framestore and Weta Digital are among the confirmed speakers, with talks including the visual effects in Disney’s Mulan and Netflix’s The One and Only Ivan, the future of the games and animation industries, animation production for the big screen and TV, and many more.

A range of in-person technical masterclasses will run from Friday 5 – Sunday 7 November, covering everything from an introduction to the asset pipeline to sculpting creatures for VFX.

Festival Director Dr Oleg Fryazinov said: “This year’s programme has something to offer everyone who attends, from students to alumni and industry professionals who join us either on campus or online.

“We have three days of amazing speakers lined up, with award-winning and nominated professionals from animation, visual effects and the games industry – including Oscar-nominated VFX supervisors Ben Jones and Anders Langlands, BAFTA-winning Art Director Kevin McDowell, and Annie-winning Animation Director Chris Drew.

“The live-streaming of our Speaker Series means attendees can join our speakers from all over the world and makes this year’s festival truly unique.”

Organised by Bournemouth University, through its National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), the BFX Festival brings together students and professionals from across the world to share insights into how some of the best films, television shows, commercials and games are made, and what the animation, games and visual effects industries of the future could look like.

The 2021 festival will feature a blend of virtual and in-person activity. The BFX Speaker Series will be delivered at BU’s Talbot Campus, with BU animation and games students invited to attend in person. The series will also be live-streamed for everyone to view online.

Masterclasses will take place in person. Class sizes will be limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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