The VFX Festival 2013

We are pleased to present the opening of the VFX Festival on 4–13 November, the VFX Festival 2013 will bring together the next generation of visual effects talent with the biggest names in the industry to celebrate the people, tools and ideas that are shaping visual effects.

If you have a passion for all things visual effects and want to develop your VFX career, join us for 10 days of debate, knowledge-sharing and networking.

Delve into the creative and fantastical world of VFX with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at 2013’s biggest blockbusters Gravity, White House Down,Kick Ass 2 and World War Z.

Be part of a special creative analysis of Gravity, of one of this year’s biggest intergalactic 3D thrillers.
Plus an exclusive launch panel debate 13th November – featuring BBC film critic Danny Leigh, Samantha Perahia from British Film Commission Sir William Sargent – CEO at Framestore, Pat Joseph – CCO at The Mill, Saint John Walker from Creative Skillset and Anthony Hunt from Cinesite.


Returning for the second year, The VFX Festival will once again invite the creatively curious to explore the world of visual effects and experience the movie industry’s best-kept secrets. Bigger and better than before, this year’s festival will see last year’s three day event transformed into a ten day programme of specially curated exclusive screenings, VFX breakdowns, talks and interactive workshops from 4th-13th November.

Shining a light on the UK’s visual effects industry, the VFX Festival will bring the industry’s greatest talent to the fore, expose its best-kept secrets and reveal its most impressive works including an exclusive VFX screening of Gravity, undoubtedly the VFX industry’s biggest triumph of 2013. The art of visual effects will be explored through an array of engaging workshops, showreel demos and premieres, set to celebrate the creativity and technical skills that are contributing to the growth of this booming industry.

Unlocking some of this year’s biggest blockbusters, the workshops will delve behind the big screens of Gravity, World War Z, Kick Ass 2, White House Down and Assassin’s Creed, as well as one of 2013’s biggest sci-fi thrillers still to be revealed. And with the support of software giant Autodesk and the expertise of London’s leading VFX studios on-hand, there will be unique opportunities to explore this aspect of the movie industry that is rarely seen or understood.

Festival workshops will combine behind-the-scenes industry masterclasses on the cutting-edge tools used to create jaw-dropping effects. The line-up includes talks from renowned VFX Supervisor Alex Pejic (Inception, Total Recall) who will share his expert perceptions of the feature film White House Down starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx. Lead VFX Supervisor Hugh MacDonald (Skyfall, Hugo) will be breaking down the effects and techniques used in Kick Ass 2 featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson; as well as Cinesite’s Eamonn Butler (Iron Man 2, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), who will be offering creative insight into the playful world of animation.

An exclusive one-off panel debate will also be held on Wednesday 13th November, which will see experts from the visual effects and film industry come together with educational leaders to discuss the New Direction of Digital Creativity. Chaired by BBC film critic Danny Leigh, the discussion will shine a light on the UK’s approach to higher education and the need to bridge the gap between educational institutions and industry. The panel will feature Saint John Walker from Creative Skillset, Samantha Perahia from the British Film Comission, Anthony Hunt from Cinesite, and Oscar winner and CEO atFramestore – Sir William Sargent, along with Pat Joseph, CCO (Chief Creative Officer) of leading VFX studio The Mill.

Vue CinemaLeicester Square, will play host to the exclusive screenings that include an innovative selection of presentations from Cinesite who will explore the creation of World War Z.
MPC (Moving Picture Company) will also be presenting the exclusive story of their mind-blowing effects on Assassin’s Creed. And an incredible opportunity ticketholders can access a unique VFX breakdown from Framestore behind the epic forthcoming 3D sci-fi blockbuster Gravity.
The VFX Festival 2013
The VFX Festival was established by Escape Studios, the global academy for visual effects, in 2012 to celebrate its 10th anniversary of excellence and to recognise London’s huge contribution to the booming global industry.

Founder of Escape Studios and VFX Festival organiser, Dominic Davenport, explains: “After the success of last year’s festival and seeing the appetite out there amongst young people for insights into VFX, this year we have extended the festival offering and broadened the opportunity for people to engage with the varied components of this industry.

“The VFX Festival combines a crucial mix of large-scale, commercial screenings which shows the best work out there, with hands-on experience which provides the skill foundations for anybody keen to enter a career in VFX. It gives a 360 degree introduction for young British creatives to recognise the vast opportunities and possibilities within this vibrant industry.”

Tickets for the VFX Festival on 4th – 13th November will be available at: