Soho VFX studio’s Futurefolk competition offers two one-month paid work placements


Soho VFX studio Freefolk has launched its second annual Futurefolk competition, aimed at the next generation of VFX talent.

Futurefolk is open to pre and post graduate VFX students, and will again result in one female and one male winning an internship at Freefolk.

Applicants need to compile a two minute reel of their best work to be in with a chance of winning a one month paid work placement.

One of last year’s winners, Emily Fung, a computer visualisation and animation student from Bournemouth uni, is now working as a full time VFX artist as a direct result of the programme.

Fung said: “I would recommend this opportunity to any aspiring VFX artists, hoping to branch into the industry, this experience has given me the confidence in my abilities and has enabled me to pursue a career in CG.”

Freefolk, Managing Director, Vittorio Giannini commented, “We all know how important it is to discover the VFX experts of the future and this initiative allows us to find the talent and nurture it. Last year we had two excellent interns and I’m looking forward to see who makes it through this year.”

Neil Hatton, chief executive of UK Screen Alliance said: “The increasing demand for VFX in film, TV and commercials has created a global shortage of people with the right skills. Whilst there are some good graduate courses feeding in new talent, students that have meaningful work experience are at an advantage. This paid internship from Freefolk sounds like a great opportunity for someone to gain valuable insights of the workings of a busy studio which will really kick-start their career.”Soho