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Oscar-winners and Disney descend on Bournemouth, UK @BFXFestival

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A four-day visual effects, animation and games Festival is coming back to Bournemouth – bringing Oscar winners and Hollywood designers to the South Coast.

The BFX Festival, taking place at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) between 24 and 28 September, features hands-on animation workshops, movie screenings and talks from industry professionals.
A special Disney art exhibition will take place at the BIC throughout the Festival, showcasing special designs from Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent. A screening of Maleficent will also take place on Wednesday 24 September, with a talk from the movie’s animators beforehand. Screenings of The Lego Movie and Frozen are also on offer throughout the weekend, along with a number of animation workshops designed specifically for children and families.

The Festival will also include a number of talks from world-leading visual effects companies, featuring movie titles such as Gravity, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Edge of Tomorrow.  The talks will give delegates an insight into the range and quality of visual effects needed to create such blockbusters. Legendary computer games, such as the new instalment of Elite from Frontier Developments, called Elite: Dangerous will also be presented.

Animators from Framestore, the company who produced the visual effects for Oscar-winning film Gravity, will be at the Festival on Friday 26 September to offer insights into how to create visual effects that win Academy Awards.

The Festival is being organised by the International VFX Hub; a collaboration between the award-winning National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University and the Faculty of Media and Performance at the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).

Sofronis Efstathiou, Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University and the BFX Festival Director said, “We are delighted to be hosting the second BFX Festival this year and to celebrate the best VFX and animation in the world. There is truly something for everyone; from industry experts to hobbyists, animators to technical directors. Come and learn more about this amazing industry and the hard work that goes into creating some of your favourite movies and computer games.”

Bournemouth Council is sponsoring the event, and Councillor Lawrence Williams, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said: “We are delighted to support the BFX Festival. It is a fantastic opportunity for people starting their career to speak to the experts and gain insight and inspiration to enter the industry. Not only that, it is also a fun day out for children (and adults) who would enjoy finding out about how their favourite animation films were created, such as Lego Movie and Maleficent, or perhaps enjoy a film screening.”

Companies such as Animal Logic, Double Negative, The Mill and MPC will also be speaking at the Festival, along with Festival partners The Foundry, Chaos Group, Next Limit and AMD.

The Festival is open for all members of the public to attend, with tickets and more information available at




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