Freefolk announces return of Futurefolk internship scheme

Member News  |  21 March 2024

The initiative is expanding its search to seek talent from non-grad backgrounds.

Spitalfields-based VFX studio Freefolk has launched its seventh annual Futurefolk competition, its initiative to nurture, inspire and kick-start the careers of the next generation of VFX talent.

Futurefolk launched in 2018 and was created to help build a workforce that reflects the society we live in. This year, they want to hear from people from all backgrounds, those who have, and just as importantly, those who have not taken the university route.

We are always on the lookout for talented VFX artists and this year it’s our mission to search out the more hidden talent, those who might not have a degree or VFX qualification but do have the passion and commitment.

Just over 30% of the UK population have a university degree, but the latest figures from UK Screen Alliance show that 80% of those in the VFX sector have a degree. This has to change, but first of all, we have to give everyone the opportunity to access our industry. You don’t need qualifications to prove to us you’ve got what it takes.

Fi Kilroe, Managing Director at Freefolk

Whether you are a budding animator, CG generalist, FX TD 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 can be anything at all that you have worked on that showcases what you can do in either 2D or 3D. The one-month internship will involve experience within Freefolk Commercials and Freefolk Film & Episodic, in either the 2D or 3D department. This year’s placement will take place during the summer.

If your talent makes the grade, you will be invited to meet the Freefolk team and convince them that you are the right person to win a chance to learn from award winning VFX professionals on both TV and commercial projects. The deadline for submissions is midnight, 14 April 2024. You can apply via the Freefolk website here.

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