Looking Back – Women in Games and BFX

09th October 2017

Looking Back – Women in Games and BFX

The Centre for Digital Entertainment was very proud to sponsor the Women in Games Conference 2017, which took place in London on the 5th and 6th of September. The conference, with over 40 speakers and panellists, highlighted the diverse talent that exists in the games industry to educate inspire and help stimulate future generations. Keynote speakers included Anita Sarkeesian, the feminist media critic and blogger and the founder of Feminist Frequency and Brie Code, the writer, AI programmer, and CEO and creative director of Tru Luv Media, a tiny video game studio making games with people who don’t like games.

Our very own Mike Board and Rahul (Rey) Dey attended, holding a presentation on the CDE EngD and the opportunities available. Rey shared his experience within the CDE and why he selected the EngD instead of a standard PhD, the presentation was well attended and very well received, and we hope that we have helped to inspire the next generation of researchers in games. Find out more about the Women in Games Conference.

It has been a busy time for us within the CDE these past few weeks. October saw the arrival of BFX, the Bournemouth festival of games, visual effects and animation.

BFX was launched in 2012 as a student competition and a festival – the BFX Competition identifies and encourages the next wave of talent in VFX and Animation production, while the BFX Festival is designed to raise the profile of Bournemouth as a centre of excellence for the creative industries by showcasing the very best in animation, VFX and Games from around the world.

The festival takes place annually and features presentations, workshops and master classes delivered by leading industry professionals, screenings of the best VFX and Animation movies as well as the latest developments from the Games industry. The presentations are entertaining, educational and inspirational and highlight the amazing work of the creative and technical artists behind the latest blockbuster movies and games. The festival culminates in a two-day family weekend aimed at enthusiasts aged 8-18, boasting an array of educational, engaging and fun workshops, talks and demos to enthuse and inform on the routes to this ever-expanding industry. CDE took part in the careers/recruitment day. The festival was also a great welcome event for our new CDE Research Engineers, who relished the idea of having such a great opportunity to meet with the industry and take part in additional workshops and master classes. Find out more about BFX.

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