Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

ACCESS:VFX Launches New European Chapter

News Image
ACCESS:VFX has launched its new European chapter.

With the help of new sponsorship from Netflix, the organisation is building upon its mission to promote diversity within the VFX industry by expanding into Europe. The aim of the new chapter is to provide practical tools for up-and-coming creators across Europe that are essential to succeed in the industry, including mock interviews, reel reviews, virtual events and e-mentorships.

The new chapter will be led by Glassworks’ chief operating officer, Chris Kiser and supported by people and culture coordinator, Bianca Crichigno. The European VFX studio has offices in London, Amsterdam and Barcelona making Chris and Bianca the perfect leaders of the chapter to engage with creatives across Continental Europe.

The European chapter’s first steps will be to promote initiatives such as its e-mentoring scheme (sponsored by long-time supporter The Foundry and new sponsor Netflix), industry apprenticeships and awareness-building events. The team will also partner with local schools and organisations throughout Europe. The growing chapter hopes to extend its outreach to not only students within Europe, but those already working in the industry or re-entering after having had a break from the workplace.

"I'm delighted and honoured to be leading the ACCESS:VFX initiative in Europe and look forward to making our presence known throughout the region," said Kiser. "The VFX, animation and games industries can be difficult to break into and we want to change that. Our goal is to introduce a new generation to the kinds of opportunities available within the VFX industry in order to further diversify and expand the pool of talent across all disciplines."

Established in 2017 to encourage diversity under its four pillars of Inspiration, Education, Mentoring and Recruitment, ACCESS:VFX is an industry-led coalition of 61 leading media and entertainment companies. It’s successfully united passionate people around the common goal of addressing the lack of diversity in the VFX industry. Members include ILM, MPC, Epic Games, Cinesite, Foundry and Framestore, alongside many more industry leaders. Together they run and participate in educational & industry events such as the recent UCAS Create Your Future and reach thousands of potential future employees of primary school age and above across the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada – working with organisations including We Are Stripes, Luma Pictures, Zoic Studios, The Molecule, Psyop, Into Film and NextGen Skills Academy.

"We're ecstatic to finally have a presence dedicated to mainland Europe and couldn’t have done it without the unwavering commitment from Chris Kiser at Glassworks, and the generous sponsorship from Caroline and the team at Netflix," said Simon Devereux, Director & Founder at ACCESS:VFX. "Their support and collaboration will be fundamental in growing our global e-mentorship scheme in Europe and helping connect aspiring creatives with new opportunities, advice and support."

Caroline Garrett, Director of VFX (EMEA) at Netflix said: "This is an exciting new chapter for ACCESS:VFX that will provide an incredible opportunity to the many talented artists across Europe. Supporting and developing our industry is of paramount importance and we are proud to help Access VFX expand their efforts."

ACCESS:VFX's European chapter joins ACCESS locations across the UK and North America, including Montreal, New York, Chicago and the West Coast. Any Europe-based studios interested in joining the newly established chapter can contact Chris Kiser.

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Future Film Skills – An Action Plan
The BFI has launched Future Film Skills – An Action Plan at the House of Commons alongside the Culture Secretary, Karen Bradley, and producer Barbara
Europe's state film councils propose a new vision for the industry
Europe's 16 state-funded European film councils have called for the European Commission to adopt a more ambitious vision for the European film industr
New Partnerships, New Solutions And Treading New Territory At NAB, Pt 2
Continued from Part 1... Panasonic, somewhat swamped by Canon space wise, led with the P2 Cast cloud-based news production system (Dalet had put up a
New Partnerships, New Solutions And Treading New Territory At NAB, Pt 1
Looking back at NAB, Hans Hoffman, the EBU's Programme Manager of media technology and innovation, believes that the number one finding was the indust
Blackmagic Design Releases Software Update
Blackmagic Design has announced the immediate availability of DeckLink 7.3 with loads of features for the video professional. DeckLink 7.3 is a free u
Production News : London Mayor And Film Industry Leaders Tackle Diversity In The Film Industry
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and major film industry leaders have teamed up to tackle the lack of diversity in the film industry. Sony Pictures, H
Industry confidence high, reports IABM Industry Trends Survey
Respondents to the IABM Industry Trends Survey have revealed that their confidence is high with just over half stating increased confidence in the nex
Key Changes Announced For BVE 2020
A number of key changes have been announced for BVE 2020, including a date change to the summer and new support for industry sectors like AV, Live Pro
BVE 2018 Marks The Start Of A New Chapter
With disruptive technology revolutionising the industry, and rapid changes and innovations in the broadcast infrastructure, it promises to be an inter
A New Chapter Opens In Television Weather Presentation
At about 7.50 am Eastern Standard Time on 20 May 2015, a new chapter opened in television weather presentation. The Weather Channel® introduced the fi
New Chapter For Pro Motion Hire
Pro Motion Hire has announced the completion on their new central London headquarters. Pro Motion’s new bespoke premises are located on Newport St, (S
New chapter for Final Draft
Final Draft, publisher of the eponymous screenwriting software, have teamed with Lone Eagle Publishing to put out a new imprint of screenwriting books
IABM Highlights Key Industry Trends In New Analysis Report
The Business Intelligence Unit of IABM has published a Strategic Industry Analysis report which highlights and analyses the key trends driving change
Guide For New Industry Creatives Published
A new guide for entrants into the UK's creative industries has been published. The book, Breaking Into UK Film and TV Drama, has been written by indus
New Tax Scheme For Film Industry In Ireland
Ireland's Minister for Finance has announced improved funding for filmmakers in Ireland. Under the new provisions, from 01 May 2016, the expenditure p