The BFX team recently headed to London to present the pre-production work of this year’s competition teams at the offices of Kingston Smith, competition sponsor.

This year’s BFX competitors have been working hard to create storyboards, animatics and character designs for their given charity brief, in preparation of their final 2D or 3D animation or visual effects sequence, based on screenplays supplied by BU Scriptwriting students.

The BFX team presented the work of the 8 teams to the 4 selected charities and industry mentors, who provided feedback from both a charity branding and industry design and technology perspective. The feedback will now be shared with the teams for them to action and to present at the start of the 7 week residential competition at BU’s Talbot Campus.

Throughout the 7 weeks the teams will live on campus free of charge and receive a stipend to cover their cost of living expenses, they will have 24/7 access the NCCA’s facilities, including animation laboratories, studios and equipment. Each of the teams will receive regular ongoing feedback and guidance from the mentors to ensure that they achieve the best results in the time allowed.  This year’s mentors once again come from some of the world’s top studios and they have a wealth of industry experience that they will share with the competitors as they advise on solutions covering everything from narrative and cinematography to character and environment design as well as animation and VFX.

‘The support from Kingston Smith, the judges and industry mentors has once again blown us away. This event just keeps getting better, we never dreamed that the competition would  achieve so much and create so many wonderful films for such great charities! ’ Peter Truckel and Sofronis Efstathiou, BFX Team.

Keep up to date with the competitions teams progress on social,, and find out who will be mentoring the teams this year