MOVE Summit, Scotland’s premiere animation and VFX event, is returning to Edinburgh this year, from the 22nd-24th of February.
Featuring speakers from the likes of Pixar, Aardman, and Netflix, as well as dedicated sessions and content for up-and-coming artists and students, the event has something for everyone even tangentially involved in the realm of animation.
An Event For All Seasons
Co-founded in 2017 by Edinburgh-based animation studios Interference Pattern and Stampede, MOVE Summit went on to become an annual event; a Mecca of sorts for Scotland’s, and to an extent the UK’s, animation industry. According to Tom Bryant, the event’s Director, this ongoing success is due to the range of content the event offers for animation professionals at all levels:
“We host amazing speakers from studios around the world. Industry powerhouses such as Disney, Pixar, Framestore, Blue Zoo, Axis Studios, MPC, Aardman, Buck, Epic, Unity, Nexus, to name a few. Basically the best of the best. As well as these talks and presentations, we run a range of other sessions, such as more intimate skills workshops, where delegates can get insight into specific skills such as storyboarding, 3D character, sculpting and grooming, character design.”
Beyond these high-level sessions, MOVE Summit also offers a lot in the way of early-career mentoring and development:
“Since its inception, MOVE has been focussed on helping talent grow and find their way into employment. To this end, our Emerging Talent development day for current animation students and those recently graduated is a dedicated programme of focused talks, workshops, panels and networking opportunities. Then we have our renowned (and often emulated) portfolio and creative reviews for students, recent graduates and freelancers, where you can book a 15 minute 1-2-1 feedback and advice session with one of our frankly unbelievable reviews panel, with the aim of helping you find your place within the industry and developing your craft.”
“So, why come to MOVE Summit? In a nutshell it’s the biggest, best and most comprehensive event for the animation and VFX industry in Scotland, if not the whole of the UK. If previous attendee feedback is anything to go by, you will leave buzzing and inspired and if the day-time schedule is not enough, don’t forget the legendary MOVE Summit after parties, held on both of the industry days.”
If that doesn’t sell you, we don’t know what will. MOVE Summit 2023 runs from the 22nd-24th of February, and will be held at the Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh. You can check out the full lineup for this year’s event below, and grab your tickets on the official site here.