On International Women's Day 2018, we are excited to formally announce Futurefolk, our new internship programme to nurture and inspire the next generation of VFX talent.
Our mission for this initiative is to spot talent across all VFX disciplines and, in an concerted effort to increase in number of women in the industry, the placement will result in one female and one male winning an internship.
'Futurefolk is a drive to discover young talent but it’s equally important for the winner to have the personality and work ethic to be able to deal with all the different types of people that make up this industry.'
Starting her career as a VFX artist, Freefolk MD Justine White, knows how far the industry needs to go to encourage women into tech roles, 'It made sense to us to launch this on International Women’s Day as we really want to encourage more females to follow a career in VFX. I started in VFX at time when there were very few women in creative roles and although this is slowly changing there’s still a long way before the male / female split is more equal.'
With the growing need for VFX the shortage of artists is steadily increasing and gaining workplace experience is invaluable. Neil Hatton, Chief Executive, UK Screen Alliance explains, '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.'
The competition is open to all VFX students - pre and post graduate, so whether you’re a budding 3D Supervisor or a superstar comper you need to compile a two minute reel of your best work to be in with a chance of winning a one month paid work placement this summer.
If your work makes the grade you’ll be invited in to meet the Freefolk team and that’ll be your chance to convince them that you’re right person to win their inaugural internship where you’ll have the chance to be involved in both TV and commercial projects. Entries are accepted until April 19th.
'Futurefolk is a drive to discover young talent but it’s equally important for the winner to have the personality and work ethic to be able to deal with all the different types of people that make up this industry.'Justine White