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8th Annual VFX Festival Set for March 16-18

Hosted by Escape Studios, the celebration of visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics returns to London’s Southbank Centre with panels, talks and recruiting sessions.

The 8th annual VFX Festival, a celebration of visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics hosted by Escape Studios, returns to the Southbank Centre from March 16-18, 2020, with a focus on discovering and developing new and emerging talent.

Featuring numerous panels and sessions, including talks on Fortnite and Spider-Man: Far from Home, the festival offers creative professionals an opportunity to share their insights on award-winning productions.

The VFX Festival EDU will take place on Monday March 16 at the Southbank Centre. It’s an event for school and college students who want to learn about the world of VFX, Games, Animation and Motion Graphics through inspiring talks and meetings with industry professionals.

The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will take place from March 17-18, also at the Southbank Centre. It’s an event for students currently studying within higher education and young professionals who are looking to kick start a career in the creative industries. The festival will be filled with talks, panel discussions and a recruitment exhibition zone.

The VFX Festival After Hours will take place on March 16-18 at Escape Studios in central London, within walking distance from numerous award-winning studios. These late afternoon technical talks and advanced workshops are aimed at experienced industry professionals looking for knowledge-building opportunities and the chance to network. The sessions are also suitable for young professionals looking to progress their career in the creative industries.

According to Dr Ian Palmer, director of Escape Studios, “We are thrilled to be going into our 8th year of the VFX Festival, which is testament to our commitment to the creative industries in the UK and our ongoing pledge to create studio-ready talent. 2020 sees another year attracting and showcasing the latest expertise that our fast-growing industry offers; whether it’s from VFX, animation, games or motion graphics. If you’re established in the industry, looking to network and raise your profile, or want to find out how to get your first break, we’ve something for everyone.”

Over the three days, festival attendees will have a chance to participate in talks on award-winning projects, including:

  • His Dark Materials: Animating the daemons - Marion Strunck, Lead Animator at Framestore
  • Fortnite World Cup Tournament: Real Time in VFX - Eolan Power, AR Director at NVIZ
  • Creating the dazzling ‘Illusion Battle’ sequence in Spider-Man: Far From Home: Alexis Wajsbrot,  VFX Supervisor at Framestore
  • Of Rats and Goop, Stranger Things Monsters by Rodeo FX - Yvon Jardel, Animation Supervisor at Rodeo FX

In addition, attendees will receive encouragement and advice from experts in careers and recruitment:

Panel Discussions:

  • VFX, Animation, Games and Motion Graphics: Monday March 16 - Panel hosted by Access: VFX
  • VFX and Animation: Tuesday March 17
  • Games: Wednesday March 18

As part of the Recruitment Exhibition Zone, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from studios, to discover more about their available roles, career pathways and progression. Studios confirmed for the Exhibition include Bluezoo, The Focus, DNEG, RodeoFX and Framestore.

Source: Escape Studios