UK

Presenting the BIFA winners

Rocks wins 5 awards including Best British Independent Film. 4 BIFAs for His House. Anthony Hopkins wins Best Actor amongst 3 wins for The Father. Two awards each for Saint Maud, Mogul Mowgli, Misbehaviour and The Reason I Jump.

VMI helps launch UK’s first apprenticeship standard for camera technicians

Apprenticeship standard for UK camera rental companies will include a high level of training to enable school leavers to enter the industry and become fully-trained camera technicians with a full-time job at the end of the programme.

Does the pandemic present an opportunity for change?

The pandemic has brought unfair working conditions to the forefront and could teach the valuable lessons to ensure a more humane future for those in the film and TV industry, says Kurt Brazda, Chair, IMAGO Working Conditions Committee.

Made In Her Image and Panavision introduce the Catalyst Cohort diversity programme

Made In Her Image and Panavision are launching a new educational, mentorship, and networking program that seeks to address gender and racial disparities within the motion-picture industry.

Applications open for NFTS Inside Pictures programme

Applications are open for the NFTS prestigious Inside Pictures business training and leadership skills development programme.

Gorilla Group upgrades to Sony BVM-HX310 master monitor supplied by Big Pic Media

Video production house Gorilla has invested in a latest-generation Sony Trimaster BVM-HX310 LCD monitor, supplied by Big Pic Media.

DNEG and Dimension announce virtual production partnership

Deal gives filmmakers access to revolutionary volumetric production studios and virtual content creation for feature film, episodic and animation projects.

ARRI Lighting strengthens product management with Markus Klüsener and Dan Reed

ARRI Lighting has welcomed two new team members - Markus Klüsener as senior product manager, Lighting and Dan Reed as product manager, Lighting Products, Network, and Software Control.

Accessing animation, games and VFX through tech

As the pandemic loomed, leading animation, VFX and games studios went online to support young talent with careers advice, feedback on creative projects and guidance on fast-changing technology trends. Simon Devereux, founder and director of ACCESS:VFX, shares his views on how technology tackles the current challenges in the creative industry and supports the development of its diverse talent.

NFTS and BFI education partnership announced to further diversity and inclusion within the industry

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has announced a major new partnership with the BFI to deliver a programme of activity that aims to increase access to world class industry education.

The VFX & Post Talent Agency launches Futures scheme

The agency is looking for talent from VFX and post production backgrounds, who either want to transfer their skills production side or step-up from their current role.

Vine FX delivers seamless VFX for BBC’s The Serpent

Vine FX delivered 500 shots for The Serpent, BBC One’s new eight-part mini series.

Motion capture technology set to unlock a new wave of innovation in VFX

Vicon’s latest vision report highlights how the use of motion capture will enable the rapidly changing VFX sector to bring new creative experiences to life.

The Mill appoints Josh Mandel as global chief executive officer

Mandel will be taking on the newly appointed role as previous acting CEO David Patton turns his focus to growing the wider advertising division at The Mill’s parent company Technicolor.

Sundance Film Festival award winners announced

Bold, intimate, and humanising stories prevailed across categories, with Grand Jury Prizes awarded to CODA (US Dramatic), Summer of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (US Documentary), Flee (World Cinema Documentary) and Hive (World Cinema Dramatic). 

Cap on contributions to ScreenSkills Skills Funds to rise

The cap on industry contributions to the Film and High-end TV Skills Funds will increase to £61,000 with effect from the new financial year.

ScreenSkills launches unconscious bias training

A free online learning module designed to address unconscious bias in the screen industries has gone live as the next step in a suite of ScreenSkills resources designed to support achieving real change in the sector.

17 scientific and technical achievements honoured with Academy Awards

17 scientific and technical achievements represented by 55 individual award recipients, as well as two companies, were honoured in a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on 13 February 2021.

Megaport helps Framestore render Hollywood hits quickly in the cloud

Framestore turned to Megaport to create on-demand, multicloud connections to speed up rendering process across the globe.

iMAG and Treehouse Digital deliver mobile virtual production facility

Technical production and LED screen hire company, iMAG, has joined forces with film production company Treehouse Digital, to pioneer a state-of-the-art mobile LED virtual production facility.