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ACCESS:VFX is a cross-company initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in the VFX industry. Many VFX companies, educational organisations and stakeholders have come together to plan and create events to raise awareness and champion the important issue, helping to bring about change.

National Inclusion Week

The launch event for ACCESS:VFX is a week of talks, screenings, workshops and panel discussions to coincide with National Inclusion Week in the UK. The events will take place across various event spaces and VFX studios across central London.

 

There will also be a careers fair, workshops and mentor-ship pairing taking place on Wednesday 27th for students from diverse and economically challenged backgrounds, looking to break into the industry.

 

For more information on each of the events below, click on the title for details and to reserve free tickets.

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
9:00 am
MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
A Mental Health First Aid England workshop to break down barriers to the support that people need to stay well, recover, or manage their sytems in order to thrive in learning, work and life
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AWARENESS WORKSHOP
Mental Health First Aid England hope to break down barriers to the support that people need to stay well, recover, or manage their systems in order to thrive in learning, work and life.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
KNOW YOUR BIAS
Whether or not we like to admit it, we all have unconscious biases. They affect our perceptions, our decision-making processes and our workplace cultures. Becoming aware of an unconscious bias is the first step to changing that, and it can ultimately help us all create a more inclusive and productive working culture. This is a thought-provoking, interactive workshop where you’ll take away practical tips to apply straightaway at work.
9:30 am - 11:00 am
01 Zero One, Soho
WE'RE ALL DIVERSE
We are all diverse and multi-faceted. Join Sereena Abbassi, founder of All Here for a celebratory and interactive talk that will drive home the message that recognising and appreciating difference can lead to more meaningful connections and enrich our lives.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
The Mill

POWER AND PRIVILEGE WORKSHOP
DESIGN FOR INCLUSION: An introductory exploration into the way power and privilege manifest everyday across gender, race, class, sexuality, faith and ability.
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
10:00 am
DISABILITY EQUALITY WORKSHOP
Esther Leighton looks at different ways of thinking about disability and how they can enable everyone in your team to excel.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho

BADASS WOMEN IN VFX
Popular Talk Radio show The Badass Womens Hour comes to The Mill to discuss and debate gender inequality within the VFX industry and the creative and commercial no-brainer for diversity and inclusivity. This panel will feature senior women from Framestore, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures and Double Negative.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
11:00 am
12:00 pm
INCLUSIVITY - WHAT ABOUT THE MEN?
In this provocative session, award-wining editor, journalist, and broadcaster Martin Daubney looks at the needs of 50% of the population who are strangely absent from the inclusivity and diversity dialogue: men.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill

SO, HOW DO WE DO DIVERSITY?
Want to know what actually works? This. Creative Equals has launched the Creative & Media Equality Standard, a diversity and inclusion review and road map for teams. We've seen where the challenges are and what kind of things can make a difference. And, some of them will surprise you. We know how to roll up our sleeves and make good things happen. Come listen and join our TalkShop. That's a talk, plus a workshop.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Framestore
THE NEW GIRL
ELLE UK magazine’s transgender columnist, Rhyannon Styles will be sharing experiences from her life since transitioning from male to female. The talk will focus on the personal, political and emotional challenges transgender people face when navigating the world and how non-transgender people can understand them.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
MY LIFE AS A GAY SOLDIER
Seeking escape from the quiet countryside of North Wales, James Wharton joined the British Army with adventure on his mind and he found it. At basic training, boozing and brawling accompany the daily trials of army life, but all the while James faced a battle of his own: he is gay, and finding the courage to tell not only his family and friends but also his fellow soldiers was be the biggest challenge of all.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
I LOVE WHAT WE DO, NOT THE WAY THAT WE DO IT
How can we work together to improve our working conditions, and thus positively impact the mental health of our teams? This talk gives an overview of how prevalent illnesses such as anxiety and depression are exacerbated by the often difficult working conditions that we have come to accept as the norm in the animation and VFX industries. A talk from Isobel Stenhouse, Production Supervisor, Double Negative.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Double Negative
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
MACMILLAN 'GOOD TOGETHER' FILM PROGRAMME PREMIERE
This summer, Macmillan, Mental Health Foundation and Open Cinema have been training 14 people with experience of cancer and diminished mental health in filmmaking and wellbeing skills. The filmmakers will proudly present their film at this event. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and networking refreshments.
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
BFI Southbank
LISTEN, EVEN WHEN YOUR HEART IS CRYING
A personal documentary written and directed by Melissa Mostyn that explores the often taboo and unspoken grief felt by families when they find themselves with a Deaf child, and the impact that has on their offspring. Official selection for Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015, Best Documentary nominee for CINEDEAF Awards 2015. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Mill
BLACK BOYS DON'T CRY
Join IGGYLDN as he speaks openly about the making of ‘Black Boys Don't’ Cry’ and about the importance of dissecting masculinity through film in the 21st century. IGGYLDN will be screening the Black Boys Don't Cry film as well as sharing a short clip of his upcoming film 'Fatherhood’ with a Q&A at the end.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Mill
SEE WITH YOUR EARS, HEAR WITH YOUR EYES
A discussion about improving access services for film, TV and commercials. Could subtitling and audio description be improved to provide consumers with sensory dissabilities a far richer experience. With Pablo Romero Fresco, Professor of Accessible Filmmaking at Roehampton University and Sumaira Latif, Inclusive Design Consultant at Proctor & Gamble. In conversation with Neil Hatton, CEO of the UK Screen Alliance.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MPC Screening Room
MEET THE PARENTS with ANIMATED WOMEN UK
How to keep doing what you love and spend time with those you love. The panel will explore the challenges and how employers can help working parents in the VFX industry. Louise Hussey - Exec VFX Producer DNegTV & VFX Chair AWUK; Pete Levy - VFX Producer DNegTV; Nicky Bentham - Film Producer and founder of Raising Films; Tory Wire - HR Director The Mill; Una Mazaroti - Animator and Editor; Rebecca Barbour - Talent Manager ILM;
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Double Negative
3:00 pm
MACMILLAN 'GOOD TOGETHER' FILM PROGRAMME
This summer, Macmillan, Mental Health Foundation and Open Cinema have been training 14 people with experience of cancer and diminished mental health in filmmaking and wellbeing skills. The filmmakers will proudly present their film at this event. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Double Negative
PEOPLE OF COLOURS
People of Colours is a digital collective and online space promoting diversity in the Film and Virtual Reality industry. Hear from founder Nadira Amrani where she will discuss growing P.O.C as a movement and showcase some work from a range of directors of colour.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Mill
CHANNEL 4 WE ARE THE SUPERHUMANS - TALK
A talk from the team behind the award-winning 2016 Paralympics campaign
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MPC Screening Room
4:00 pm
S.O.U.L INDUSTRY CONNECT
S.O.U.L. is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of diversity in the British film and TV industries. This event will connect diverse talent with the world leading UK VFX industry. Supported by BFI Future Film and Escape Studios.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
BFI Southbank
5:00 pm
6:00 pm
SUMMER IN THE FOREST
Four people who have intellectual disabilities create L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the films director, Randall Wright.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Double Negative, Screening Room

MARIA MORENA
Created by two friends (one a VFX artist at Framestore) without any external funding or production company support, Maria Morena is a theatre comedy show that tells the story of a young Spanish girl that travels to London to try to become a 'superstar'
8:00 pm - 9:20 pm
The Lion and Unicorn Theatre.
AN EVENING WITH FULLY FOCUSED
Come by to be immersed in some of the youth led media organisation's work and meet members of the ambitious creative team who make up this small non profit with a serious amount of heart.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Framestore, Screening Room
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE. BUT IT HELPS!
A panel discussion raising awareness and understanding of mental health from a range of different perspectives. Chaired by comedian and mental health activist John Ryan, this promises to be a lively, thought provoking and interactive evening. Panel members will be Jenny Edwards CBE (CEO Mental Health Foundation), IGGYLDN (Artist and Filmaker) Natasha Devon MBE (Self Esteem Team) and Nige Atkinson (Author)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Mill
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
Notes on Blindness encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness. Screening of this award winning documentary + Q&A.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MPC Screening Room
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
9:00 pm

Monday 25th

Tuesday 26th

Wednesday 27th

Thursday 28th

Friday 29th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
9:00 am
MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOP
A Mental Health First Aid England workshop to break down barriers to the support that people need to stay well, recover, or manage their sytems in order to thrive in learning, work and life
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
10:00 am
11:00 am

Monday 25th

No events available!
Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
2:00 pm
MACMILLAN 'GOOD TOGETHER' FILM PROGRAMME PREMIERE
This summer, Macmillan, Mental Health Foundation and Open Cinema have been training 14 people with experience of cancer and diminished mental health in filmmaking and wellbeing skills. The filmmakers will proudly present their film at this event. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and networking refreshments.
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
BFI Southbank
3:00 pm
Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
10:00 am
DISABILITY EQUALITY WORKSHOP
Esther Leighton looks at different ways of thinking about disability and how they can enable everyone in your team to excel.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
11:00 am
12:00 pm

Tuesday 26th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
8:00 pm
MARIA MORENA
Created by two friends (one a VFX artist at Framestore) without any external funding or production company support, Maria Morena is a theatre comedy show that tells the story of a young Spanish girl that travels to London to try to become a 'superstar'
8:00 pm - 9:20 pm
The Lion and Unicorn Theatre.
9:00 pm

Monday 25th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
6:00 pm
SUMMER IN THE FOREST
Four people who have intellectual disabilities create L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the films director, Randall Wright.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Double Negative, Screening Room
7:00 pm
8:00 pm

Monday 25th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
4:00 pm
S.O.U.L INDUSTRY CONNECT
S.O.U.L. is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of diversity in the British film and TV industries. This event will connect diverse talent with the world leading UK VFX industry. Supported by BFI Future Film and Escape Studios.
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
BFI Southbank
5:00 pm

Monday 25th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
12:00 pm
BADASS WOMEN IN VFX
Popular Talk Radio show The Badass Womens Hour comes to The Mill to discuss and debate gender inequality within the VFX industry and the creative and commercial no-brainer for diversity and inclusivity. This panel will feature senior women from Framestore, The Mill, Jellyfish Pictures and Double Negative.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
1:00 pm

Tuesday 26th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
3:00 pm
MACMILLAN 'GOOD TOGETHER' FILM PROGRAMME
This summer, Macmillan, Mental Health Foundation and Open Cinema have been training 14 people with experience of cancer and diminished mental health in filmmaking and wellbeing skills. The filmmakers will proudly present their film at this event. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Double Negative
4:00 pm

Tuesday 26th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
6:00 pm
AN EVENING WITH FULLY FOCUSED
Come by to be immersed in some of the youth led media organisation's work and meet members of the ambitious creative team who make up this small non profit with a serious amount of heart.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Framestore, Screening Room
7:00 pm
8:00 pm

Tuesday 26th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
12:00 pm
THE NEW GIRL
ELLE UK magazine’s transgender columnist, Rhyannon Styles will be sharing experiences from her life since transitioning from male to female. The talk will focus on the personal, political and emotional challenges transgender people face when navigating the world and how non-transgender people can understand them.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
1:00 pm

Wednesday 27th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
2:00 pm
BLACK BOYS DON'T CRY
Join IGGYLDN as he speaks openly about the making of ‘Black Boys Don't’ Cry’ and about the importance of dissecting masculinity through film in the 21st century. IGGYLDN will be screening the Black Boys Don't Cry film as well as sharing a short clip of his upcoming film 'Fatherhood’ with a Q&A at the end.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Mill

Wednesday 27th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
3:00 pm
PEOPLE OF COLOURS
People of Colours is a digital collective and online space promoting diversity in the Film and Virtual Reality industry. Hear from founder Nadira Amrani where she will discuss growing P.O.C as a movement and showcase some work from a range of directors of colour.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Mill
4:00 pm

Wednesday 27th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
6:00 pm
YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE MAD TO WORK HERE. BUT IT HELPS!
A panel discussion raising awareness and understanding of mental health from a range of different perspectives. Chaired by comedian and mental health activist John Ryan, this promises to be a lively, thought provoking and interactive evening. Panel members will be Jenny Edwards CBE (CEO Mental Health Foundation), IGGYLDN (Artist and Filmaker) Natasha Devon MBE (Self Esteem Team) and Nige Atkinson (Author)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Mill
7:00 pm
8:00 pm
Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
12:00 pm
MY LIFE AS A GAY SOLDIER
Seeking escape from the quiet countryside of North Wales, James Wharton joined the British Army with adventure on his mind and he found it. At basic training, boozing and brawling accompany the daily trials of army life, but all the while James faced a battle of his own: he is gay, and finding the courage to tell not only his family and friends but also his fellow soldiers was be the biggest challenge of all.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
1:00 pm

Thursday 28th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
9:00 am
KNOW YOUR BIAS
Whether or not we like to admit it, we all have unconscious biases. They affect our perceptions, our decision-making processes and our workplace cultures. Becoming aware of an unconscious bias is the first step to changing that, and it can ultimately help us all create a more inclusive and productive working culture. This is a thought-provoking, interactive workshop where you’ll take away practical tips to apply straightaway at work.
9:30 am - 11:00 am
01 Zero One, Soho
10:00 am

Thursday 28th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
2:00 pm
SEE WITH YOUR EARS, HEAR WITH YOUR EYES
A discussion about improving access services for film, TV and commercials. Could subtitling and audio description be improved to provide consumers with sensory dissabilities a far richer experience. With Pablo Romero Fresco, Professor of Accessible Filmmaking at Roehampton University and Sumaira Latif, Inclusive Design Consultant at Proctor & Gamble. In conversation with Neil Hatton, CEO of the UK Screen Alliance.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
MPC Screening Room

Thursday 28th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
3:00 pm
CHANNEL 4 WE ARE THE SUPERHUMANS - TALK
A talk from the team behind the award-winning 2016 Paralympics campaign
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MPC Screening Room

Thursday 28th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
6:00 pm
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
Notes on Blindness encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness. Screening of this award winning documentary + Q&A.
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MPC Screening Room
7:00 pm
8:00 pm

Thursday 28th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
9:00 am
POWER AND PRIVILEGE WORKSHOP
DESIGN FOR INCLUSION: An introductory exploration into the way power and privilege manifest everyday across gender, race, class, sexuality, faith and ability.
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
10:00 am
11:00 am

Friday 29th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
12:00 pm
I LOVE WHAT WE DO, NOT THE WAY THAT WE DO IT
How can we work together to improve our working conditions, and thus positively impact the mental health of our teams? This talk gives an overview of how prevalent illnesses such as anxiety and depression are exacerbated by the often difficult working conditions that we have come to accept as the norm in the animation and VFX industries. A talk from Isobel Stenhouse, Production Supervisor, Double Negative.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Double Negative
1:00 pm

Friday 29th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
2:00 pm
MEET THE PARENTS with ANIMATED WOMEN UK
How to keep doing what you love and spend time with those you love. The panel will explore the challenges and how employers can help working parents in the VFX industry. Louise Hussey - Exec VFX Producer DNegTV & VFX Chair AWUK; Pete Levy - VFX Producer DNegTV; Nicky Bentham - Film Producer and founder of Raising Films; Tory Wire - HR Director The Mill; Una Mazaroti - Animator and Editor; Rebecca Barbour - Talent Manager ILM;
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Double Negative

Friday 29th

No events available!
Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
2:00 pm
LISTEN, EVEN WHEN YOUR HEART IS CRYING
A personal documentary written and directed by Melissa Mostyn that explores the often taboo and unspoken grief felt by families when they find themselves with a Deaf child, and the impact that has on their offspring. Official selection for Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015, Best Documentary nominee for CINEDEAF Awards 2015. Screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director.
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Mill

Tuesday 26th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
1:00 pm
SO, HOW DO WE DO DIVERSITY?
Want to know what actually works? This. Creative Equals has launched the Creative & Media Equality Standard, a diversity and inclusion review and road map for teams. We've seen where the challenges are and what kind of things can make a difference. And, some of them will surprise you. We know how to roll up our sleeves and make good things happen. Come listen and join our TalkShop. That's a talk, plus a workshop.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Framestore

Monday 25th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
12:00 pm
INCLUSIVITY - WHAT ABOUT THE MEN?
In this provocative session, award-wining editor, journalist, and broadcaster Martin Daubney looks at the needs of 50% of the population who are strangely absent from the inclusivity and diversity dialogue: men.
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Mill
1:00 pm

Monday 25th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
9:00 am
WE'RE ALL DIVERSE
We are all diverse and multi-faceted. Join Sereena Abbassi, founder of All Here for a celebratory and interactive talk that will drive home the message that recognising and appreciating difference can lead to more meaningful connections and enrich our lives.
9:30 am - 10:30 am
The Mill
10:00 am

Friday 29th

Monday 25th Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th Thursday 28th Friday 29th
9:00 am
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID AWARENESS WORKSHOP
Mental Health First Aid England hope to break down barriers to the support that people need to stay well, recover, or manage their systems in order to thrive in learning, work and life.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
01 Zero One, Soho
10:00 am
11:00 am

Wednesday 27th

No events available!