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BFX Festival will return in 2017

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Carrie Mok

The visual effects festival will return for fifth year in Bournemouth

BFX Festival will return in 2017

Bournemouth’s BFX Festival is back, running between 2-8 October 2017.

At BFX 2017, the best games, films and animations from the last 12 months will be shown at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).

Previous years of the Festival have seen behind the scenes footage from films including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Interstellar, The Lego Movie and Moana, and films set to feature in 2017’s Festival will be released shortly.

Previous talks have been conducted by production houses such as Framestore, MPC, ILM, Disney, Animal Logic, Creative Assembly, Sony and Pixar to name a few.

BFX Festival will return in 2017
BFX Festival will return in 2017

In 2016, Bournemouth University graduate Mark Ardington even returned to the Festival to talk about his work on the Academy Award-winning film Ex Machina, bringing the Oscar he won with him.

Festival director Sofronis Efstathiou said, “This year will be our fifth anniversary, so this is going to be a very special year. We have involvement from the biggest studios in the world, superstars of the visual effects, games and computer visualisation industries keen to share their work and give insights into some of the biggest and best projects in the last year – there will be something for everyone, with a real behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into creating a top Hollywood blockbuster, triple AAA game, award winning commercial or indie title.”

The Festival will end with a family weekend, where children and adults can try their hand at doing their own animations, watch films and engage with the visual effects industry.

In addition to the Festival, the BFX Competition for students also takes place, with winners announced at the Festival itself. The Creative Vision Award, an initiative alongside accountancy firm Kingston Smith, is open to all students. This year, teams will be competing to create a bespoke animated short film for one of two charities: Re-cycle and Debra.

The two charities were announced as winners of the Kingston Smith Creative Vision Award, which means each will have visual effects films created for them by the BFX Competition entrants.