Belfast’s RENDR Festival Returns with Line-up of Award-Winning Animators

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Speakers from Pixar and Aardman as well as ILM, Sony, and ILM are all on the list

Following the success of its debut last year, Belfast’s RENDR festival returns to the city next month with an extraordinary line-up of creative talent from the global animation industry.

The two-day creativity and technology festival, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Studio Ulster, Ulster University, Ulster Screen Academy and Belfast City Council, takes place from 29 February – 1 March at Portview Trade Centre in East Belfast.

Over 30 speakers are scheduled to deliver keynote speeches over two evenings. They will also be demonstrating live and interactive digital art, gaming and new technology. RENDR is offering live virtual access from anywhere in the globe for the first time.

Oscar-winning Senior Animation Supervisor will be joining the festival as a representative from the animation world. Hal Hickel, from Industrial Light & Magic. Hal’s work includes Toy Story, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of The Caribbean 1, 2, and 3, Iron Man, Rango, Pacific Rim, Warcraft, and Rogue One among others. Currently, he is the Animation Director of Disney+’s Mandalorian series.

Hal Hickel, from Industrial Light & Magic, is currently supervising animation for The Mandalorian and will speak at RENDR in Belfast.

Sony Pictures Imageworks is a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Pawel GrocholaHe is an FX Supervisor and Look of Picture Supervisor. He has worked on films such as Edge of Tomorrow, The Mitchells vs the Machines and The Mitchells vs the Machines. His most recent feature, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, is shortlisted for Best Animated Feature in this year’s Oscars.

Digital Artist at Pixar Animation Studios Dylan Sission, will share his 25 years’ of expertise in animation and visual effects. He has been a key figure at Pixar Animation Studios, since 1999. He has made a significant impact on the development and promotion of RenderMan.

Other speakers include Amy Ash, Head of character at Axis Studios who has worked on League of Legends, Magic the Gathering and other projects, and Suzy F. Parr, from Aardman who served as director and lead character animation on the recent feature film Chicken Run Dawn of the Nugget.

Michael Weir, Festival Director, comments: “RENDR offers opportunity to gain insight into unique perspectives within the fascinating worlds of film, gaming and animation, and to network with highly esteemed professionals in these industries. This is an important festival to the ever-growing creative industry in Northern Ireland and we’re proud to make a contribution. Building upon the success of last year, we hope RENDR can serve to inform, engage and challenge the creative community here to push the boundaries of technology in their work.”

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