The VFX Festival, hosted by Escape Studios, returns from 8-10 March 2022 for its 10th edition, bringing together the creative community and emerging artists to explore the industry, expand their knowledge and delve into the latest opportunities presented by the metaverse.

In 2022, the hybrid festival will be hosted at Escape Studios in central London, with limited ticket availability, while it will also be delivered live online to provide access for a global audience. Tickets are available on the festival website.

The festival features insight into award-winning productions, inspiring expert-led presentations, careers advice, as well as the latest trends, technology, and innovation from around the world. There are three exciting areas of this year’s festival:

The VFX Festival EDU – Tuesday 8th March
For school and college students (under 18-year-olds) who are excited to learn about the world of visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics. This part of the festival will be filled with inspiring sessions and top tips from industry professionals about how students can get their foot into the door of our exciting creative industry.

The VFX Festival Emerging Talent – Wednesday 9th March
For students currently studying within Higher or Further Education and professionals who are looking to kick start a career and learn more about the industry. The festival will be filled with inspiring talks, presentations, panel discussions, careers, and recruitment opportunities.

The VFX Festival: The Future – Thursday 10th March
Escape to the Metaverse: a day of virtual production and virtual worlds. For professionals and students looking for knowledge about the latest changes taking place in the creative industries. In 2022 this part of the festival will focus on the ‘Metaverse’ exploring its future impact, opportunities and challenges.

Dr Ian Palmer, Director of Escape Studios, said: “We are thrilled to be going into our 10th year of the VFX Festival, which is testament to our commitment to the creative industries in the UK and our ongoing pledge to create studio-ready talent. 2022 sees another year attracting and showcasing the latest expertise that our fast-growing industry offers; whether it’s from VFX, animation, games or motion graphics. If you want to see behind the scenes of some of the most exciting projects of the last year, are looking to network and raise your profile, or want to find out how to get your first break in the industry, we’ve something for everyone.”

Saint Walker, Deputy Dean of Escape Studios, added: “The metaverse and its future impact on entertainment is being widely discussed within the screen industries. An unexpected effect of Covid has been the increased demand for all kinds of immersive entertainment and communication solutions. We’re excited that this year’s VFX Festival will bring together experts and innovative pioneers to present the latest in virtual production and debate ways to make more 3D immersive experiences a reality.”

Over the years, festival attendees have had a chance to participate in selection of sessions delivered by the world’s leading companies including Aardman, AXIS, Blue Zoo, Creative Assembly, Climax Studios, DNEG, Epic Games, ETC, Framestore, Foundry, Industrial Light & Magic, The Third Floor, Jellyfish Pictures, Lux Machina, milk, MPC, RodeoFX, Splash Damage and more.

Please visit to learn more and follow #VFXFestival on social media for updates.

Tanya Combrinck
Author: Tanya Combrinck

Tanya is a writer covering art, design, and visual effects. She has 15 years of experience as a magazine journalist and has written for publications including 3D World, 3D Artist, Computer Arts, net magazine, and Creative Bloq.