Animex was founded by Teesside University in 2000 with a view to creating a world-class inclusive festival that would draw some of the games and animation industries' brightest lights and future stars together to share their knowledge with the next generation. Consisting of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events, exhibitions and screenings, Animex promotes an ethos of collaboration and sharing and prides itself on its warm friendly atmosphere.
Animex is your chance to meet industry experts, discuss the state-of-the-art, see behind the scenes of the biggest hits, and to have a great time at one of the premier games and animation events anywhere in the world.
Keep checking back for updates on speakers and events that will be occurring as part of Animex 2017.
Animex Game is a packed two day programme of talks from top AAA and exciting indie studios worldwide. Join us for a behind the scenes look at recent and highly anticipated games, as well as top tips from some of the games industry’s shining stars.
Animex AVFX is a two day programme of talks from world class animation and VFX studios, packed with expert insight into the year's major releases and the lowdown on the projects that are grabbing the headlines.
Whether you're a student, professional or just an avid gamer, the Animex Lounge events provide perfect opportunities for you to network with like-minded people, make contacts and get great advice from industry figures. Both Lounge events are free to all Animex pass holders.
Animex Workshops give you the opportunity to meet and learn from highly respected professionals in all areas of the animation and games industries. Keep checking back for new listings.
Screen is Animex's animation film festival and includes Animex Awards - the international competition for student and professional animations. The diverse film programme brings you eight days of screenings celebrating the unique art of animation in every style and technique. Featuring internationally acclaimed professional shorts and outstanding entries into our Animex Awards from students and professionals around the world. Film details and programmes will be released soon after the selections of international submissions have been made.
Call for entries
Animex Exhibition runs throughout festival week and is your chance to view exciting pre- and post- production artwork and individual projects by artists and designers in the field of animation and games. Check back for announcements on this years exhibitors.
Animexperience works with over 100 primary school children, giving them an exciting introduction to creating stop-motion animations. The children’s animations are screened at a special red carpet premiere event during festival week where they are awarded certificates by special guests.
Animex Awards once again invites you to enter your work, open to any style genre and technique of animation.
Animex Awards is an international competition focusing on student animations, which is part of the 'Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games' held in May 2017, the largest festival dedicated to animation and computer games in the UK.
This edition for 2017 is also inviting entries of professional animation. Both professional and student animations are eligible to compete for awards. The short-listed and selected animations will screen in an extended programme of student and professional animations under the banner of Animex Screen & Awards.
From visual effects to stop-motion to animation for computer games, from drawing to CGI, Animex Awards 2017 aims to celebrate the art of animation, reward the talent of student animations worldwide and recognise cutting edge professional animation.
The submission deadline is open until 12th March 2017.
We have simplified the submission process - all work must be submitted using FilmFreeway. For all guidelines, category details and to submit your work go to:
Keep checking in or follow us on Twitter for updates on this year's line-up.
Microsoft Rare Ltd
Award-winning animator and illustrator
Bethesda Game Studios
More speakers coming soon
Availability is limited so book your pass as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Animex Game & AVFX Pass
This pass gives you access to both days of AVFX talks on 22-23 May, both days of Game talks on 25-26 May, networking events, the exhibition and all screenings. It does not include workshops (these can be added to your booking or booked separately).
An Animex Game Pass covers both days of talks on 25-26 May, networking events, the exhibition and all screenings. It does not include workshops (these can be added to your booking or booked separately).
An Animex AVFX Pass covers both days of talks on 22-23 May, networking events, the exhibition and all screenings. It does not include workshops (these can be added to your booking or booked separately).
Animex Screen & Awards Pass
This pass gives you access to all animation screenings including all awards sessions, as well as the AVFX and Player's Lounge networking events. Featuring more than 250 international short films, special screenings and feature animations across 10 days from 22 May to 4 June (final dates tbc).
Workshops Half day
This pass gives you access to the Animex Workshop of your choice, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn from highly respected professionals in all areas of the animation and games industries.
School of Computing
Middlesbrough, Tees Valley
This year's festival is supported by: