Escape Studio’s The VFX Festival 2017
7 February – 9 February 2017

The VFX, Games and Animation Festival 2017
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London

Stellar Industry Line Up Announced for The VFX Festival 2017

Framestore and Motion Graphics Superstar, Danny Yount, to headline Escape Studios Annual Festival

MPC, Cinesite, Blue Zoo, State of Play, REWIND, Glassworks amongst other leading industry brands

Running in Association with Arts & Cultural Hub Rich Mix

THE VFX FESTIVAL is back for 2017, bigger, better and bolder, than ever before. Presented by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London, The VFX Festival 2017, is thrilled to announce the first line-up of all-star industry leading headliners. The festival will run in London from February 7th – 9th February 2017, in association with arts and cultural venue, Rich Mix.

Top visual affects (VFX) companies who have worked on some the latest and biggest blockbusters will be in attendance, including headliner Framestore, who will be presenting for the first time on the VFX for a ‘top-secret’ project. World-leading visual effects and animation facility Cinesite will be discussing their work on blockbuster Independence Day: Resurgence. Lastly, MPC will take us into the jungle, giving insight on their innovative and groundbreaking approach to filmmaking on The Jungle Book.

From the gaming world, State of Play will take us behind the scenes of their Apple Design Award winning iOS game, INKS. Animating the festival with their presence will also be multi-BAFTA winning Blue Zoo, who will be talking about their top-notch CG character animation, alongside animation studio Glassworks.

The festival will also be delving into the past year’s biggest technology trend, VR. REWIND, the award winning company harnessing these immersive technologies, will be discussing their VR production. EMMY and BAFTA winning studio MOMOCO will be discussing the process of making titles, and exclusively premiering a new film sequence plus the Doctor Who spin-off Class. Motion Graphics superstar, the man behind the graphics on some of the last decade’s most impressive visuals, Danny Yount will be flying in from LA to present on his career defining title sequences.

Whether you are passionate about VFX, animation, games or motion graphics, The VFX Festival 2017 truly offers something for everyone. The schools day will feature a range of exclusive workshops, from Escape’s industry leading and expert tutors, who have worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest films. Days One and Two will be tailored for graduates, enthusiasts and professionals, with an array of headline talks and recruitment sessions, from some of the world’s award winning studios. The festival remains dedicated to inspiring the next generation of filmmakers, gamers and animators, whilst offering an opportunity to celebrate the success of Escape’s graduates, who have gone on to work on Oscar winning and nominated pictures, including the likes of The Jungle Book and more.

The Festival is housed in a new venue for 2017, in association with arts and cultural hub Rich Mix. Rich Mix is East London’s independent arts venue, currently celebrating its first 10 years in the capital. Having created a public space for the creative industries to thrive and for people to come together to make and experience world-class art, Rich Mix is committed to delivering excellent art to increasingly diverse audiences. Rich Mix work with both emerging and established artists, and creative businesses, supporting them to deliver and develop their artistic practice. It is truly a perfect venue to host The VFX Festival 2017.

Ian Palmer, Director of Escape Studios has commented, “The VFX Festival is committed to attracting and showcasing the very best this vibrant creative industry has to offer in London; whether it’s from VFX, Gaming, Motion Graphics, or Animation. Now in it’s fifth year, the 2017 festival will be our boldest offering yet. Whether you’re already established in the industry, looking to network and raise your profile, or find out how to break in to it, we’ve something for everyone over three jam packed days.”

The VFX Festival was developed by Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London, in 2013 and has run every year since. The festival aims to bring together a number of highly respected colleagues from all spectrums of the VFX, Games, Animation and Graphics industries.

List of announced speakers to date:

Schools Day – VFX, Games and Animation Newcomers – 7th February 2017

‘How to Break into the Industry’ talk from London Creative Edge
Top Secret showcase from MILK
Range of workshops and key showcases – to be announced

Day 1 – VFX, Games and Animation Enthusiasts, Graduates and Professionals – 8th February 2017


Blue Zoo – ‘Masterclass in Cartoony Character Animation’ (Animation)
Aardvark Swift – ‘Get in the Game’ Industry Careers Talk (Games)
JM Blay (Motion Graphics)

Day 2 – VFX, Games and Animation Graduates and Professionals – 9th February 2017

HEADLINER – Framestore (VFX)

MPC – The Jungle Book (VFX)
REWIND – VR production from Storytelling to Storyliving (VR)
State of Play – Delving into the Graphics Behind INKS (Games)
Glassworks – (Animation)
MOMOCO – The Title Sequence: Concept to Screen (Motion Graphics)

Wider career and recruitment talks by a range of leading studios to be announced.

The VFX Festival, created by, Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London will run from February 7th – 9th 2017 at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. Bringing the best in VFX, animation, games and motion graphics to industry professionals and anyone considering a career in visual effects.

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