BFX Competitions

5 creative competitions are presented as part of BFX 2023 – which will you sign up to?

The BFX Easter Jams

In partnership with BU’s Animation Society, The BFX Festival presents the annual Easter Jam Competition. BU Students can get creative, expand their professional portfolios, and immerse themselves in the creative community.

Over two weeks of competitions, you’ll be given a theme to design and submit a piece in one of four categories. Week 1 will be Concept Art, Real-time 3D Environment and Week 2 will be Modelling, Character Animation.

Each week, you’ll meet with industry mentors virtually to receive feedback on your piece before each week’s submission deadline.

Enter the Easter Jam

Key dates

  • Week 1 of Competitions: Concept Art, Real-time 3D Environment – Monday 3 April 2023
  • Submission Deadline – Monday 10 April 2023
  • Week 2 of Competitions: Modelling, Character Animation – Monday 10 April 2023
  • Submission Deadline – Monday 17 April 2023
  • Public Vote Opens – Friday 21 April 2023
  • Public Vote Closes – Friday 12 May 2023
  • Winners Announced – Thursday 18 May 2023
  • Winner’s work showcased at the BFX Festival – dates to be announced.


On the theme of deforestation, Dario Splendido won the category of modelling and texturing with his render called Spirits of the Dead trees. Dario studies BSc (Hons) Games Design at Bournemouth University.


Radu Caraus was runner-up in the modelling and texturing category. Radu studies BA (Hons) Visual Effects at Bournemouth University.


Under the theme of extinction, the category of lighting and rendering was won by Josiah Naguar. Josiah studies BSc (Hons) Games Design at Bournemouth University.


Andria Theocharous was runner-up in the lighting and rendering category with his nebula painting illustration. Andria studies BA (Hons) Computer Animation Art & Design at Bournemouth University.


In the real-time art category Klaris Shtambari won with his piece entitled Invasive Species. Klaris Shtambari studies BSc (Hons) Games Design at Bournemouth University.


Lily Larsimont was runner-up in the real-time art category with her art animation called Baby Rainforest. Lily studies BA (Hons) Computer Animation Art and Design at Bournemouth University.

BFX Competition

The BFX Competition takes place annually; participating teams of up to five UK Higher Education students are provided with scripts prepared by charity organisations and have seven weeks to bring their briefs to life in a 30-second production.

Participants benefit from virtual mentor sessions with industry professionals and regular meetings with the charity you are working with.

A judging process will involve the public, peers, charities and industry professionals.

Submissions will be screened during the 2023 BFX Festival. Winners will be announced and prizes presented at the Awards Ceremony during the festival.

We are delighted to be working with the following charities in 2023:

The RNLI, The Dorset Ukrainian Community, and National Park City Foundation.

Key dates

Enter by Friday 19 May 2023
Production period – Monday 22 May to Sunday 9th July 2023
Submission deadline – Monday 10 July 2023
Public vote opens – Monday 17 July 2023
Public vote closes – Monday 21 August 2023
Winners announced during the BFX Festival – dates to be announced.

Submit your team

Video Gallery

BFX has a 10-year history, a variety of competitions, and Game Jams have, and continue to be, hosted annually. Peruse through previous entries.

BFX Game Jam

The BFX Game Jam takes place annually, three days prior to the BFX Festival starting. Teams can be up to 5 participants, as long as your team has at least one current Bournemouth University student, you are welcome to enter. More details on how to enter will be released in September 2023.

Caricature competition

The 10th annual BFX Festival in 2022 saw the launch of the inaugural Caricature Competition. Entrants were invited to create a caricature of a visiting industry guest from the BFX Speaker Series.

Sculpting competition

Entrants had 30 minutes to speed sculpt either a human, creature or cartoon of their choosing. Here are the two winners from 2022.