Non-profit visual effects coalition ACCESS:VFX is launching a European chapter which aims to build on its mission to promote diversity within the VFX industry.
The aim of the new chapter, which is being sponsored by Netflix, is to provide practical tools for up-and-coming creators across Europe that are essential to succeed in the industry.
The new chapter will be led by Glassworks’ chief operating officer, Chris Kiser and supported by people and culture coordinator, Bianca Crichigno.
To begin with, the European chapter intends to promote initiatives such as its e-mentoring scheme, industry apprenticeships and awareness-building events. The team will also partner with local schools and organisations throughout Europe.
“I’m delighted and honoured to be leading the ACCESS:VFX initiative in Europe and look forward to making our presence known throughout the region,” said Kiser. “The VFX, animation and games industries can be difficult to break into and we want to change that. Our goal is to introduce a new generation to the kinds of opportunities available within the VFX industry in order to further diversify and expand the pool of talent across all disciplines.”
Simon Deveraux, director and founder of ACCESS:VFX added: “We’re ecstatic to finally have a presence dedicated to mainland Europe and couldn’t have done it without the unwavering commitment from Chris Kiser at Glassworks, and the generous sponsorship from Netflix.
“Their support and collaboration will be fundamental in growing our global e-mentorship scheme in Europe and helping connect aspiring creatives with new opportunities, advice and support.”
More details are available on the organisation’s website.