BFX is a student competition designed to give you direct exposure to cutting-edge practices and showcase your skills to some of the best supervisors, producers and artists in the VFX and animation industry.
‘We ask teams of 5 people to submit an application form and showreels (unlike previous years, an animatic or treatment is not required at this stage). The teams with the strongest set of skills and showreels are then shortlisted and 8 final teams chosen to take part in the competition. Each team is given a charity brief selected for them by the BFX team. They will then have approx. 2 months to create storyboards, animatics and character designs for the charity. The charity review the treatment and provide further feedback before the residential competition starts in July.
As a team of five people, you will be tasked with creating a stunning 2D or 3D visual effects or animation sequence for 4 charities that is based on one of 8 supplied screenplays. The 7-week residential competition is based in Bournemouth over the summer from July to August (all accommodation is free and the team members are given a stipend to help with their cost of living expenses). In 2017 and 2018, teams were mentored and judged by experts from Framestore, Double Negative, MPC, Animal Logic, Hibbert Ralph Animation, ILM London, ToonBoom, Outpost VFX, Jellyfish Pictures and Blue Zoo.’
In the first instance, we are organising a group Skype meeting with the competition director, Sofronis Efstathiou, who will be able to give you further details and answer any questions you may have.
Please can you leave a comment by MONDAY 21st JANUARY if you feel this is something you might be interested in taking part in, and we will then organise a suitable time for the meeting.
More details of the competition, and examples of previous entries can be seen HERE.