The BFX Competition is back for its fifth year.
The Competition sees talented teams of VFX and animation students facing off one another to create a short for a charity in just seven weeks, with mentoring from industry experts. Previous pro mentors have come from Framestore, Double Negative, The Mill, MPC, Animal Logic, PsyOp, Realise Studios, Hibbert Ralph Animation, ILM London, ToonBoom, Chaos Group, Outpost VFX, Glassworks and Blue Zoo.
For 2018, BFX Competition sponsor Kingston Smith has chosen two winners in the small charities category; DEMAND and Access All Areas, and two in the regular charity category; Rethink Mental Illness and Book Aid International via its Creative Vision Award. The winners receive an animated brand film estimated to be worth £150,000.
BFX Director Sofronis Efstathiou said, “The BFX Competition is a great chance to work on a real brief for some very worthy charities. This is a real experience, to showcase your skills, meet artists, work alongside some of the biggest names in the UK animation and visual effects industries and, ultimately, something to enhance your CV.”
Access All Areas is a charity that champions learning disabled creative voices, while Book Aid International provides around one million new books to thousands of libraries, schools, refugee camps, hospitals and prisons around the world.
DEMAND make custom disability equipment to make daily life easier for people with disabilities and Rethink Mental Illness supports millions of people affected by mental illness, helping them get through crises and live independently.
The competition is already open for applications with entries accepted up to 28 February 2018. The competition then begins in July 2018, and will be hosted by Bournemouth University, who also organise the BFX Festival.
Winners of the competition will be announced at the BFX Festival in October.
The BFX Festival will also be returning for its fifth year this year, and is one of the largest visual effects, games and animation festivals in the UK. Previous talks have included Moana, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Star Wars franchise, while games such as Forza Horizon have been showcased.