Hello! I’m Ben, a first year BA (Hons) The Art of Visual Effects student at Escape Studios.

The VFX Festival is returning for another year to celebrate ‘limitless creativity’ as this year’s theme. It will be hosted online, beginning in March, and will feature careers advice, talks from industry professionals as well as an opportunity to find out about the latest exiting technology that’s entering the industry.

EDU

If you are a school or college student then we have the EDU section just for you. It will run from the 16th to the 18th of March and tickets are free! This will provide you with an insight into what the world of Visual Effects, Animation and Game Art is all about whether you already have an interest in it or are going in totally dark to discover what it is. If you already have your heart set on one of these careers, however, not to worry. There will still be plenty of information for you to find out more about what’s going on behind the scenes of our favourite films or games.

Emerging Talent

If you are a student currently in Higher or Further Education then rest assured, we have the Emerging Talent part of the festival tailored for you. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite and the festival will run from the 9th to the 11th March. This exiting few days will feature talks from experts in the industry, panel discussions, presentations, and recruitment opportunities. The festival will be fantastic for anyone ready to get their career going.

Virtual Series

At the end of March we will begin the VFX Festival Virtual Series which is aimed at grads and those already working in the industry. It will focus on award winning work and exiting technology making a name for itself in the industry. There will be workshops, talks, panel discussions as well as presentations all to help you learn more about the latest news and trends in our industry. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

I personally am excited to hear stories and advice from experts as well as find out about the latest trends and technology! So, wherever you are in you VFX, Animation or Game Art journey, there will be something very useful as well as enjoyable for everyone attending, which will help you thrive in the industry or provide you with the very first stepping stone into the exiting world of digital art.

-By Ben Williamson (first year VFX student)