The VFX Festival 2021

Hosted by Escape Studios, The VFX Festival returns in 2021 and will celebrate the theme of ‘limitless creativity’ in the visual effects, animation, games, and motion graphics industries. The virtual festival will begin in March and will feature insight into award-winning productions, inspiring expert-led presentations, careers advice, as well as the latest trends, technology, and innovation from around the world. 

Each year the festival brings together an awesome creative community, allowing emerging talent to explore the best of the creative industries and gives opportunities for professionals to expand their knowledge. There are three exciting areas to this year's festival.

The VFX Festival EDU 

For school and college students (under 18 years old) who are excited to learn about the world of visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics.

This part of the festival is free to attend. 

16th March - 18 March

You can book your tickets via the form below. 

The VFX Festival Emerging Talent

For students currently studying within Higher or Further Education and young professionals who are looking to kick start a career. The festival will be filled with inspiring talks, panel discussions, bite-size presentations, careers, and recruitment opportunities.

9th March - 11th March

You can book your tickets via Eventbrite. 

The VFX Festival Virtual Series

A series of monthly events focusing on award-winning projects, trends, technology, development, and innovation from around the world. This part of the festival will consists of talks, presentations and workshops to dedicated to everyone looking for knowledge-building opportunities. 

Starting end of March

You can book your tickets via Eventbrite. 

The VFX Festival Emerging Talent (9th and 11th March 2021) | Programme

What to expect?

  • Learn from studio professionals during inspiring talks
  • Get the latest industry news through selection of presentations
  • Hear careers tips and advice during panel discussions
  • Hear about recruitment opportunities and jobs at the newest addition to the festival called 'Marketplace'
  • Meet and network with artists and recruiters

Tuesday, 9th March 2021 

12.25 - 12.30 | Welcome remarks

12.30 - 13.30 | Making a stylised short in Blender with purpose

14.00 - 15.00 | The Last Kingdom, Season 4 VFX - BlueBolt’s Battles, Blood and Extensive Environments

15.30 - 16.30 | Panel Discussion 'How to start in VFX and animation?'

17.00 - 18.00 | Concept Art - Behind the Pipeline

18.30 - 19.30 | Q&A with Roger Guyett, VFX Supervisor moderated by Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean / Director at Escape Studios

Marketplace

The ‘Marketplace’ which runs alongside The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will provide great opportunity for attendees to meet studios and hear about their work, as well as open or upcoming vacancies. Live sessions with studios representatives are scheduled between talks and presentations to provide you a chance to experience full programme of the event.

12.00 | Meet Industrial Light & Magic

13.30 | Meet Blue Zoo

15.00 | Meet The Third Floor

16.30 | Meet Union VFX

Thursday, 11th March 2021

10.55 - 11.00 | Welcome remarks

11.00 - 12.00 | A walk through of the VFX work on the Smyths Toy’s Commercial

12.30 - 13.30 | Arm & Hammer - A breakdown of the animation process and techniques used

14.00 - 15.00 | Developing Outcasters

15.30 - 16.30 | Panel Discussion 'How to start in games?'

18.00 - 19.00 | Art vs Story - Kris Pearn in a virtual conversation with Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean / Director at Escape Studios

Marketplace

The ‘Marketplace’ which runs alongside The VFX Festival Emerging Talent will provide great opportunity for attendees to meet studios and hear about their work, as well as open or upcoming vacancies. Live sessions with studios representatives are scheduled between talks and presentations to provide you a chance to experience full programme of the event. 

12.00 | Meet DNEG

13.30 | Meet The Focus

15.00 | Meet NVIZ

15.30| Meet FreeFolk

16.30 | Meet Foundry

17.30 | Meet AXIS Studios

The VFX Festival EDU (16th to 18th March) | Programme

Tuesday, 16th March 2021 

13.00 - 14.00 | Unleashing the VFX of Project Power

14.30 - 15.30 | Art vs Story - Kris Pearn in a virtual conversation with Saint John Walker, Deputy Dean / Director at Escape Studios (Pre-recorded session)

16.00 - 17.00 | Panel discussion - ‘Getting started in VFX and Animation’ by Access: VFX

17.30 - 18.30 | Filmmaking Revolution

Thursday, 18th March 2021 

14.30 - 15.30 | Roles in a Game Studio: the obvious, the intriguing and the totally unexpected

16.00 - 17.00 | Panel discussion - ‘Getting started in games’.

18.00 - 19.00 | Up your game – all you need to know about Unreal Engine

NOTE: In case you will not be able to attend The VFX Festival EDU live event we will be able to share some of the recordings from 16th and 18th March events including panel discussions. Please book your ticket and get in touch via vfxfestival@escapestudios.com to receive the recordings.

Book your place at The VFX Festival EDU (only for tutors and students under 18 years old)

Please note bookings are now closed for The VFX Festival EDU 2021. 

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How to join The VFX Festival sessions?

  • 1-day before the event each attendee will receive unique joining links for each session
  • 1-hour before each session attendees will receive a reminder. This reminder will include link to the session as well.
  • Link to the Marketplace will be provided via EventBrite email
  • Please join with the same email address as used upon registration

Thank you to all our contributors, speakers, presenters and panelists representing the following companies: 

Partners

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VIEW Conference 

VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX. VIEW 2020 will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between real and digital worlds. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames. 

ACCESS:VFX 

ACCESS:VFX is a global, industry-led, non-profit comprised of 40 leading companies, industry bodies and educational establishments in the VFX, animation and games industries. It focuses on actively pursuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment. ‍ 

ArtStation 

ArtStation is a community that was shaped with the goal of empowering artists and creating opportunities for success. As a one-stop-shop for artists, ArtStation provides you with a simple, yet powerful way to show your portfolio and be seen by the right people in the industry. Users can showcase their portfolio, monetize their work through digital or print-on-demand products, learn to improve their craft through courses, and find jobs. 

NOTE:

Recording of the sessions: The sessions will NOT be available to watch after the event. All our sessions are delivered live.

Programme: Please note that Programme is subject to change.