10am - 5pm 30 August
The Speaker Program is a day of talks from digital artists who work in disciplines ranging from design and motion graphics to VFX and character/FX animation. Short Q&A sessions follow each presentation. Some talks include R&D and supervision, but the emphasis at AEAF is on production-side techniques and processes. Their work always relates to recent, well-known projects spanning feature films TV, commercials, online productions.
6pm 30 August
AEAF is an international competition and screening and speaker program, now in its 21st year with entries from around the world.
The awards are given for creative and technical excellence in the use of visual effects and animation in the creation of screened work. The judging criteria include the technical skill, artistry and quality of the visual effects and animation, their appropriateness within the project as a whole, and their contribution to storytelling.
The AEAF Awards finalists and winners will be shown at a screening event on 30 August 2018. A panel of judges will select the top ten entries in each category for screening, and the top scoring entry from each will be named category winner and receive the award.
Winning entries receive the specially commissioned Award and, most important, exposure through the screening of the entries, the Online Festival, press coverage including the Showcase issue of Digital Media World Magazine and the recognition of the digital content creation, animation and VFX communities. Entrants to the AEAF Awards have the opportunity to show their projects in the AEAF Online Festival.
The AEAF Awards are open to all digital content creators and motion graphics, digital video, animation and effects professionals and students. Previous winners of the AEAF Awards are among the world's premier post-production companies, effects houses and film studios. Past winners include:
Weta Digital - MPC - Framestore - DreamWorks - Cinesite - Sony Pictures Imageworks - Method Studios - Industrial Light & Magic - Digital Pictures - Iloura - Plastic Wax Animation - The Mill - Method Studios - Pixomondo - Cutting Edge and many others.