Thursday, 21 September 2017

Access VFX in London Next Week

Access:VFX events are taking place next week, at visual effects studios across Soho. Access VFX is all about promoting diversity and inclusion in our industry.

Events are taking place at Framestore, Double Negative, MPC, Jellyfish Pictures, ILM, Blue Zoo Animation, Union VFX, Escape Technology, and UK Screen Alliance.

We're encouraging our students and recent graduates to attend these events; you can book your free tickets online through

What's this about?
Access VFX is all about promoting better inclusion and increased diversity within the VFX industry and wider creative sector. It's all part of National Inclusion Week.

Why go?
Because it's a great chance to network in our industry and make contacts. The animation and VFX industry is booming in the UK, but it remains the case that companies can be reluctant to hire you if they don't know you already. Why? Because no one likes to take risks. Get to know the chief players in our industry and you are well on your way to getting a foot in the door.

What are the Highlights?

Meet The Parents - Friday 29th September at Double Negative in Soho
How to keep doing what you love and spend time with those you love. The panel will explore the challenges and how employers can help working parents in the VFX industry. Louise Hussey - Exec VFX Producer DNegTV & VFX Chair AWUK; Pete Levy - VFX Producer DNegTV; Nicky Bentham - Film Producer and founder of Raising Films; Tory Wire - HR Director The Mill; Una Mazaroti - Animator and Editor; Rebecca Barbour - Talent Manager ILM;
When: Fri - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: Double Negative

Channel 4 - We Are the Superhumans - Thursday 28th September at 3pm at MPC in Soho
A talk from the team behind the award-winning 2016 Paralympics campaign
When: Thurs - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: MPC Screening Room

Badass Women in VFX - Tuesday 26th September at 12.30pm at The Mill in Soho
Popular Talk Radio show The Badass Womens Hour comes to The Mill to discuss and debate gender inequality within the VFX industry and the creative and commercial no-brainer for diversity and inclusivity. This panel will feature senior women from Framestore, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures and Double Negative.
When: Tues - 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: The Mill

Who can attend?
The workshops and events are open to students, with events happening at multiple locations including VFX studios, the BFI Southbank and The Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town.

Careers Day
There will also be a careers day at Westminster Kingsway College and a mentoring programme for 15-18-year-old students from diverse areas of London. A group of VFX apprentices will be running a day-long takeover event for young job-seekers at Escape Studios in Shepherds Bush.

Find the Programme
You can access the full programme of events on the ACCESS: VFX website and book your ticket online.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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