Industry leaders from DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Blue Sky Studios and other animation and visual effects houses are heading to New Zealand to meet up with Wellington’s own Weta Digital for the inaugural AnimFXNZ. Taking place Nov. 4-5 in Wellington, the symposium will offer two days of lectures, screenings and workshops, as well as a series of business meetings in both Wellington and Auckland. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Warner Bros. Animation president Sander Schwartz, Over the Hedge director Tim Johnson and a man widely regarded as the ‘godfather’ of New Zealand animation, Euan Frizzell.
Sponsored by Positively Wellington Business and IBM, AnimFXNZ is a first of its kind event for New Zealand, and is designed in part to recognize the country’s innovation and growing influence in the industry. ‘These Hollywood-based companies are among the best in the world, and their presence here shows the high regard they have for our creativity, story-telling and technological abilities,’ says Positively Wellington Business CEO Philip Lewin.
‘The global success of our film industry is driven by the talent of the people that work in it,’ adds IBM New Zealand’s managing director Katrina Troughton. ‘Increasingly, this includes those that develop and run the IT systems that bring film, television and games to life. Their innovation has put Kiwi film makers on the map and is providing an engine for growth in our economy.’
AnimFXNZ is supported by the Los Angeles-based Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s only organization representing the full breadth of vfx practitioners in all areas of entertainment. Also lending a hand to the event are Academy Award-winning vfx supervisors Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop and Joe Letteri of Weta Digital. A full program list and registration details are now available at www.animfxnz.com.