CHILDREN will be able to get hands-on with all the technology involved in creating their favourite games and movies at the BFX festival at the BIC this weekend.

From green screen technology, to computer programming, families can learn about the techniques used by the visual effects, animation and games industry.

There will be workshops that allow young people to test their skills and learn first-hand what it takes to make movies and games and play on retro games consoles.

Other activities include floor robots, pixel art, and an exclusive Ralph Breaks the Internet art exhibition provided by Disney Animation Studios.

Bookable workshops include a chance to use a tool called Z-brush, learning how to sculpt a 3D character. There is also a Minecraft scripting workshop using Raspberry Pi, Stop Frame Animation workshops and a Micro:bit coding and craft workshop.

Tickets for the Family Weekend are £2.50 per person, with workshops priced at £4 per person, including a ticket to the main activity.

BFX Festival director Sofronis Efstathiou said: “One of the reasons we organise the BFX Festival every year is to teach and enthuse new generations about visual effects, animation and gaming.

“We all love movies and games, and the UK has a major industry in these areas, with good, well-paid jobs for people who are passionate about these industries. The family weekend is a great chance to have a look at visual effects and games, we’ll have loads of fun, but it might also be a chance to explore a future career with your children.”

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