The VFX Festival 2018

6-8 February 2018

Escape Studios, part of Pearson College London, introduces the 6th Annual VFX Festival, which celebrates the best in VFX, Games, Animation and Motion Graphics.

What's on?

Over three jam-packed days we will present the most dynamic and enterprising films, games and animations of the past year. The festival assembles industry leaders through a range of talks, workshops, panels and interactive exhibition spaces.

The VFX Festival will be housed in arts and cultural hub, Rich Mix in vibrant Shoreditch.

Escape Studios created the VFX Festival to support the creation and development of world-class, studio-ready talent for the VFX, Games and Animation industries. Escape’s degrees (undergraduate and postgraduate) and suite of short courses in VFX, Game Art, Animation and Motion Graphics are designed and delivered by industry professionals. Escape Studios’ 4000+ alumni spans some of the most celebrated and award winning names in the industry.

Diversifying the creative industries

As a wealth of changes take place in our industry, the 2018 festival theme, will focus on how all elements are diversifying and changing, to adapt to the future.

At the heart of the festival will be a series of discussions and demonstrations from the leading VFX, Gaming, Animation and Motion Graphic companies. Exploring new trends and changes in the use and application of technologies such as VR, AR & motion capture across VFX and games studios. Analysing how this impacts the skillset required for the next generation of VFX and gaming practitioners.

A series of panels, workshops and talks, will explore different sides of this diversification, from industry and education, to technology and broader cultural issues.


The countdown is officially on; the VFX Festival is back for 2018, celebrating the very best and brightest in the creative industry, in London.

Spanning four floors over three jam packed days, the festival will feature dedicated interactive exhibition hubs, with exhibits from leading industry talent.

The schedule will include a series of headliner talks and showcases from across the VFX, animation, games and motion graphics sectors.

Stay tuned for further announcements, schedule updates and news.

Day 1 - VFX, Games and Animation Newcomers - 6th February 2018


Framestore (VFX) - Paddington 2

Slip on your duffel coat and help yourself to a generous spread of marmalade for Framestore's talk on childhood classic, Paddington 2!

First responsible for bringing the iconic bear to life in 2014, world renowned Framestore will delve into their latest adventures in the creation of Paddington 2.

Creative Assembly (Games) - Introduction to Blowing Stuff Up in Games by David Rolfe

Creative Assembly will be presenting at the festival. Led by their passion for quality gameplay, Creative Assembly are passionate about bringing stories to life and crafting some of the most renowned gaming experiences.

Wider range of workshops and key showcases

The Mill - Heathrow 'It's a Wonderful Flight'

During this session The Mill will discuss their work on Heathrow Christmas advert, "Its a Wonderful Flight". This heartwarming sequel to last year’s festive spot tells the 50-year story of the relationship of Edward and Doris who meet in 1967 when she was an air stewardess and he a passenger.

Climax Games - 10 Game Dev Things You Should Probably Know

To be confirmed


To be confirmed

Day 2 - VFX, Games and Animation Enthusiasts, Graduates and Professionals - 7th February 2018


Framestore (VFX) - Thor: Ragnarok

Get your hammers at the ready… Oscar-winning creative studio Framestore will be exclusively presenting on Thor: Ragnarok.

Reuniting with Marvel Studios for the climactic final act of Thor: Ragnarok, Framestore's lead VFX Supervisor, Alexis Wajsbro, will be delving into the production of 459 shots of heavy-duty VFX.

Wider partners who will be featuring include

MPC Film (VFX)

MPC’s VFX team lead worked alongside Director Ridley Scott to create more than 700 stunning shots for Alien: Covenant. As lead studio, MPC’s work included the creation of the movies terrifying creatures, alien environments, vehicles and complex FX simulation work. In the session Dan Zelcs will go into more detail about the work that went into the film to create the iconic creatures that appear in this prequel to Ridley Scott’s classic Alien series. The presentation will look at the artistic and technical challenges of bringing to life creatures including the Neomorph, a new addition that makes a debut appearance in this movie.

Cinesite (VFX)

Climax Studios (Games) - AR/VR: Designing Reality

To be confirmed

Blue Zoo (Animation)

Blue Zoo co-founder Tom Box and Director Ben Steer will be showing the studio's latest short film "Mamoon", created using projected CG animation onto miniature polystyrene sets. They will be speaking about how the project came about, the process by which it was made, and how their chosen medium both inspired and restricted the story and visuals.

Day 3 - VFX, Games and Animation Graduates and Professionals – 8th February 2018


Creative Assembly (Games) - 'Magic for Massive Battles in TW: Warhammer II' by Mohrag Taylor and Steph Anderson

Creative Assembly will be presenting at the festival. Led by their passion for quality gameplay, Creative Assembly are passionate about bringing stories to life and crafting some of the most renowned gaming experiences.

Creative Assembly will also be running a talk on ‘The secrets behind great FX in games' by David Rolfe

Wider partners who will be featuring include

Fire Without Smoke (Games) - "Walkers, Plumbers and Epic Battles at Fire Without Smoke"

Director and VFX Supervisor Hugo Guerra talks about the making of the "The Walking Dead March to War", "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" and "Heroes Arena" reveal trailers made by Fire Without Smoke.

DNeg (VFX)

Double Negative will once again be sharing behind-the-scenes insights into their incredible work at The VFX Festival 2018. Watch this space for confirmation of sessions and speakers from this multiple Academy Award winning VFX studio.

MPC Advertising (VFX)

To be confirmed

REWIND - From VFX to VR - Ghost In The Shell

To be confirmed

The Mill presents John Lewis 'Moz the Monster'

We are pleased to announce The Mill will be discussing this year's John Lewis 2017 Christmas advertising campaign ‘Moz The Monster’ at The VFX Festival 2018. Set to a cover version of The Beatles song ‘Golden Slumbers’, recorded by British band Elbow, the two minute advert tells a heartwarming story of a little boy called Joe, who is kept awake by a 7ft imaginary Monster called Moz who is living under his bed.

Dneg (VFX)

Double Negative will once again be sharing behind the scenes insights into their incredible work at The VFX Festival 2018.


We're pleased to announce that we'll be back at Rich Mix for 2018! Did you know that it was once a vast leather factory, and was transformed into a multi-arts venue, all 62,000 feet of it, 11 years ago. Spread over five floors, and housing three cinema screens, there are a multitude of flexible performance spaces where Rich Mix work with both emerging and established artists, not to mention creative businesses, to support them to deliver and develop their artistic practice. It is truly a perfect venue to host The VFX Festival 2018.

Where is Rich Mix?

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA


The VFX Festival 2018 will run in association with arts and cultural hub, Rich Mix in vibrant Shoreditch. Rich Mix is East London’s independent arts venue, currently celebrating its first 11 years in the capital. Having created a public space of welcome and inclusion, a place 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.


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