BFX Competition

Do you dream of a career working on blockbuster films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner 2049 and Moana? If you are currently studying visual effects or animation at a UK Higher Education Institution (university 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.

Find out about the competition journey 

The Brief

We ask teams of 5 people to submit an application form and showreels. The teams with the strongest set of skills and showreels are then shortlisted and 8 final teams chosen to take part in the competition. Each team is given a charity brief selected for them by the BFX team. They will then have approx. 2 months to create storyboards, animatics and character designs for the charity. The charity review the treatment and provide further feedback before the residential competition starts in July.

Each team is 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 July to August (all accommodation is free and the team members are given a stipend to help with their cost of living expenses). Throughout the residential, teams are mentored by talented professionals from the industry. The competition culminates with an award ceremony at the BFX Festival in October.

How to apply

2019 Charities

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Kentish Town City Farm

Kentish Town City Farm is a community charity that helps people in the city connect with animals, the outdoors, nature and the environment. We provide an extensive educational programme to schools; therapeutic riding to people with special needs; work experience opportunities for young people and farm related activities for local children and families.


SANE is a UK-wide mental health charity that works to improve the quality of life of people affected by mental illness. It fights for better care and treatments, hosts pioneering research and offers emotional support.


Step Up To Serve – Young people have the energy, skills and ideas to change the world. However, too many young people, particularly from less affluent backgrounds, fail to have their voices heard or talents recognised. The campaign aims to connect campaign partners, communicate the stories and impact of quality social action, and challenge partners to do more.

Competition Terms & Conditions

Previous Competition Films

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  • Bournemouth University logo
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