Belfast Media Festival 2017
Nov
16
to Nov 17

Belfast Media Festival 2017

The Belfast Media Festival is returning for it's 8th run next month.  The festival is spread over 2 days involving a variety of sessions and guest speakers.  It's a brilliant opportunity to connect with others, and create fantastic content and new business opportunities. There will be ample opportunities to for networking in between sessions. 

The festival is also hosting the 3rd Annual RTS awards and welcoming speakers like Dee Forbes, Director General of RTE; Jed Mercurio, writer and producer, Line of Duty C4’s Jon Snow and a whole host of commissioners and distributors.

For the first time this year, they are also partnering with the BBC Academy who will be running one of their Digital Cities events in the early part of the week across Belfast. Details here.

You can register for the festival here and it’s all free

 

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Games NI Meetup November - BBC Digital Cities Week
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Games NI Meetup November - BBC Digital Cities Week

You're welcome to Games NI November Meetup on Wednesday 15th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome.

This month is a special Games NI Meetup in partnership with BBC Digital Cities week. Instead of a talk, there will be a 30 - 45 minute panel discussing how the panelists got into the games industry.

Schedule

6PM - Doors open, drinks available

6.30PM - Panel on 'How we got into Games' featuring:

3d Artist: Ciaran Daly, Sony
Programmer: Vicky Potts, Whitepot Studios
Producer: Kevin Biemers, Italic Pig
Business: TBC
Chair: Kitty Crawford

7.15PM - Food & Drinks

If you have any questions or would like more information on this event, please do not hesitate to contact us at mail@gamesni.com

Special thanks go to Vandal for sponsoring the venue, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen

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Getting Into Gaming: RTS Future NI Careers Event
Nov
14
10:30 AM10:30

Getting Into Gaming: RTS Future NI Careers Event

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Are you interested in working in the games industry? Got a project, idea or piece of work you’d love to have professional feedback on? This workshop will give you access to professionals in Northern Ireland who will be able to look at your work, give you critical feedback and share their techniques. Specialists will include Programmers, Artists, Animators and Producers. The workshop will also give an overview of the industry here in Northern Ireland and the wider UK. The session will begin with a group overview of the games industry and will then split into three separate workshops focused specifically on animation, 3D modelling and programming.

Tickets for this event can be reserved here.

In association with RTS Future NI.

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOP
Nov
13
1:30 PM13:30

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WORKSHOP

Northern Ireland Screen intends to host a workshop, which facilitates collaboration between content producers who work with Immersive technologies and a select number of manufacturing companies creating innovative new products. The workshop will take place on Monday 13 November at The MAC (The Hub space).

Further event details, including registration information, can be found here.

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Digital Cities Hackathon: Hack The Screen
Nov
11
to Nov 12

Digital Cities Hackathon: Hack The Screen

  • Animations Labs, University of Ulster Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of BBC Digital Cities week, Northern Ireland Screen is hosting a hackathon on Saturday 11 November from 10:00 to Sunday 12 November 22:00, to be held in the Animation Labs at the Belfast Campus of Ulster University.

Aimed at bringing the screen industries and the tech community together to develop innovative new games, immersive and interactive experiences across all platforms, participants will be able to build teams, broaden their network of entrepreneurs and mentors and establish long term collaboration opportunities across the sectors.

Tickets and further information can be found here

 

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HUMAIN seeking Office Manager
Nov
10
10:30 AM10:30

HUMAIN seeking Office Manager

Humain delivers 3D computer animation characters and character related technologies to the world’s leading film makers, game developers and technology companies. The credits of their international staff include some of the most iconic films in recent history, Avatar, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, and Star Wars.

They are currently looking for an Office Manager to help us with their expansion. They are looking for a highly organised individual with great people skills to join our team in our Cathedral Quarter studio in Belfast.

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AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Programme Consultation NI
Nov
10
9:45 AM09:45

AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Programme Consultation NI

  • The Great Hall, Queens University Belfast (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Queen’s University and Ulster University are collaborating on an exciting new funding opportunity which could lead to the setting up of a Research and Development Partnership for the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme, the Programme is part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and aims to drive economic growth in the Creative Industries through the development of exciting new products, services and experiences.

The Creative Industries in Northern Ireland will be at the heart of the proposal and as such a consultation will take place on Friday 10 November at 9.45am in the Great Hall, Queen’s University. Attendees will have the opportunity to relay what they feel are the key challenges to growth for the creative industries in Northern Ireland and what the sector needs in terms of long-term support.

Contribution on the day has the potential to help shape the bid and the proposed work plan.

To register, please click here. Further information will be provided in advance of the consultation event.

If you would like to talk with a member of the team in advance of the event, please contact Frank Lyons at Ulster University or Kevin Fearon at Queen’s University.

DETAILS

  • Date: 10 November 2017
  • Time: 9.45am – 12 noon
  • Venue: The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
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Creative XR Briefing
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

Creative XR Briefing

Come along to the MAC on October 10th to take part in a fantastic Digital Catapult funding call and to hear more about some exciting news in the NI Immersive Technology sector.

Digital Catapult NI, in partnership with Immersive Tech NI, would like to invite you to an evening of talks, networking and to learn more about a brand new initiative: 'CreativeXR'.

Focused on the creative industries, namely the arts and culture sector; the three-month programme works with the best creative teams to help develop concepts and prototypes of immersive content by offering access to finance, facilities, industry leaders and commissioning bodies. The programme has been developed by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England, with support from Innovate UK.

Thanks to Immersive Tech NI, we'll also have an eclectic range of talks:

BBC Rewind will share their thinking around how they plan to use the BBC sound archive with intelligent personal assistants - devices such as Alexa.

Enter Yes will be sharing their studio secrets to bring you the story behind 'Beyond Hirieth', their exciting Sci-Fi shooter style game with an emotionally driven narrative available for VR and mobile platforms.

Retinize will explain how you film a world title winning boxer in 360 degrees while he attempts to punch the camera, with their 'Fight Game' Carl Frampton, VR experience.

Further information, tickets and an application to their open call for October can be found here

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DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR WITH GRAHAM MCALLISTER
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR WITH GRAHAM MCALLISTER

Northern Ireland Screen is hosting a development seminar with Graham McAllister on User Experience on Thursday 28th September from 7:00pm at Vandal, 3 Winecellar entry Belfast, BT11QN.

Talk outline:

What are the barriers to creating great games? Some factors may be outside your control, but many are within your control. This talk will show evidence on how developers are making mistakes on the factors inside their control, leading to reduced game scores, negative feedback online, and lesser revenues. Guidance will then be provided on how to address this, how can you approach game development so that these issues are minimised? Essentially, how can you develop your game with the player in mind.

Who should attend?

Game producers and developers looking to understand how to take a user centric approach to development and to minimize design pitfalls during development.

Students studying game development or animation may also find these sessions useful.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, please register early to avoid disappointment. Register now to secure your place.

Please let us know if you have any access or communication needs, prior to attending this event and we will be happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that we can make to assist you.

For any further information on the seminar, please click here.

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GamesNI Culture Night event
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

GamesNI Culture Night event

This year we are pleased to announce that Games NI, in partnership with local developer Boom Clap Games and Northern Ireland Screen, will be holding a game event during this years Culture Night. The event, which will be for family members of all ages, will be hosted in the Redeemer from 3pm - 10pm. The event will feature:

- A selection of local indie developers showcasing their projects
- A variety of vintage consoles and machines courtesy of Farset Labs
- A set of Playstation4s with a variety of the latest games courtesy of the Belfast MET
- A play area of board and physical games courtesy of The Creativity Hub
- Music and visuals
- Refreshments

All of this also couldn't be possible without the support of Northern Ireland Screen.

Location: 
The Redeemer, 101 Donegal Street.
3pm - 10pm, 22nd September

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Games NI Meetup September
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Games NI Meetup September

You're welcome to an extra special Games NI Meetup on Wednesday 20th September 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome.

This month we are hosting Outsider Games as they launch a kickstarter for their latest project Jennifer Wilde. Come down and show your support for the local team.

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

6.30PM - Talk from Outsider Games artist John McFarland on 2D art and animation in game developement, followed by Jennifer Wilde announcement trailer.

7PM - Food & Drinks

About Jennifer Wilde

Outsider Games are bringing their adaptation of Atomic Diner’sbest-selling comicbook, Jennifer Wilde, to Kickstarter.

At the start of the Jazz Age in Paris in 1921, young French artist Jennifer Chevalier becomes embroiled in death, espionage and revolution which takes her across the three nations of France, England and Ireland – ably assisted by the ghost of Oscar Wilde.

The Point & Click adventure game features a unique comicbook-styled inventory. Player can study, rearrange and combine Jennifer’s sketches into a comic book-style story. This illustrated knowledge is used to confront characters, prompt their memories and link clues together as you discover more about Jennifer’s father’s hidden past, and the truth behind his death.

Visit jenniferwildegame.com for more information, and back the Kickstarter on 19th September!

If you have any questions or would like more information on this event, please do not hesitate to contact us at mail@gamesni.com

Special thanks go to Vandal for sponsoring the venue, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen

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Games NI Meetup August
Aug
9
4:30 PM16:30

Games NI Meetup August

You're welcome to Games NI August Meetup on Wednesday 9th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome.

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

6.30PM - Ross Morrison from Enter Yes will be talking about their upcoming project Children of Geometry, a console beat up em, and how they made it through the Northern Ireland Screen Assembler process

7PM - Food & Drinks

Venue is Vandal bar, 3 Winecellar Entry, Belfast BT1 1QN

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Nerve Belfast Animation Summer School
Jul
31
to Aug 4

Nerve Belfast Animation Summer School

Nerve Belfast will be running an Animation Summer school from 31st July – 4th August 2017 in Belfast.

Over the five-day programme you will learn the latest in stop-motion animation practice and 2D animation using Photoshop and After Effects.  The Summer School will include sessions on story devising, stop-motion animation techniques and the principles of animation led by Joel Simon.

Joel Simon’s background is in animated TV production, over the years, he has created animations for CBBC, Comic Relief and Sesame Street amongst others. His short film Macropolis won 17 international festival awards.  Joel has been working as a professional animator and animation workshop facilitator for 19 years and founded Flickerpix Animation Studios.  His master classes are based on real industry experience and include Stop motion animation, 2D animation, storyboarding, character creation and stop motion workshops.

Joel regularly conducts animation workshops for many different organisations including Cinemagic, Belfast City Council and the Crescent Arts Centre and we are delighted to be able to offer aspiring young animators this exciting opportunity to gain real industry experience.

His workshops concentrate on the key principles of good character animation.

The Animation Sumer School is open to those who are:

  • Aged 15-19
  • Able to commit to the whole week – 10am-4pm on the 31st July – 4th August
  • As excited as we are about making, watching and talking about animation!

Closing date for applications is 30th June 2017

For further details on how to apply visit the Nerve Belfast website.

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Assembler Programme returns for 2017
Jul
28
12:30 PM12:30

Assembler Programme returns for 2017

Northern Ireland Screen have announced that the Assembler Programme returns again in 2017. The programme aims to support Northern Ireland based interactive content production companies through early stage game development.

The Assembler Programme is a two stage development process where publishers and distribution partners will be invited to each stage of the process to select projects that they see potential in and to feedback to developers.

At the end of second stage of the development process it is envisaged that one project will be production ready. Northern Ireland Screen, at its sole discretion, may award up to £100,000 production funding in 2018-19 to a project that has successfully completed Stages 1 – 2 of the Assembler programme.

The key aims of the programme are to:

  • Prepare game development teams for the process of getting early stage concepts into production;
  • Develop games that are player centric, aligned to market opportunities and are commercially viable
  • Increase the number of interactive content projects produced within Northern Ireland that show the potential to succeed in the global marketplace;
  • Support a sustainable screen industry in Northern Ireland.

All applications including supporting documentation for Stage 1 must be received by Friday 28th July 2017.
At the end of second stage of the

Click here for further details and how to apply to the Assembler Programme.

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Game Designers required
Jul
13
3:30 PM15:30

Game Designers required

Moco Money has a background in Teaching and Design, but not Game design.  We are looking feedback through a focus group on Game ideas and hope to glean some sparks of genius from super game designers and developers in the community of Northern Ireland. 

The Product - A parent monitored pocket money App / digital wallet.  This makes life easier for busy parents, but to make it really engaging for kids -  it has to be FUN.  We hope to runa session in the next few weeks, so if you’d be interested in meeting up one, food and drink to help the creative process is a given.

Location: Belfast.  Date and Venue: TBC

Email us for more information at judith@mocomoney.com

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Whitepot Studios seeks artists/animators
Jul
10
to Aug 4

Whitepot Studios seeks artists/animators

Whitepot Studios is looking for talented artists/animators to work with during NI Screen’s Assembler program (and beyond if all goes well), on a 2D game.

The programme runs in 2 stages starting in September - each lasting around 3 months (we have no guarantees of getting onto either stage but want to prepare as best we can).

So, with this in mind, we are looking to be flexible - if you’re a great artist we want to work with you in a way that suits you, be that contract work, part time or full time.

No experience is required, we will be looking at the quality of your previous work/portfolio.

If anyone is interested please send through any information you have, CVs, portfolios, even price lists to hello@whitepotstudios.com.

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Game Development Seminar
Jun
26
9:30 AM09:30

Game Development Seminar

Northern Ireland Screen is hosting a development seminar that will shine a light on the creative, technical and business aspects of game development. The seminar takes place on Monday 26 June at The Mac, Belfast and will consist of a series of talks in the morning and attendees will have the opportunity to register to participate in round table discussions with the speakers in the afternoon.

Schedule

9:30 to 10am Registration

10:00 to 10:15 – Intro

10:15 to 10:45 – Christopher Floyd – Indies workshop & Indie Mega Booth – Building Communities

10:45 to 11:15 – Jo Haslam – Snap Finger Click –  How to Design Effectively for Social & Couch Multiplayer Games

11:15 to 11:30 –  Break

11:30 to12:00 – Ben Andac – Sony Strategic Content – Working with Platform Holders

12:00 to 12:30 –  Elizabeth LaPensee – MSU  – Game Mechanics as Cultural Expression

12:30pm – 2:00pm – Break

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Round table slot 1

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Roundtable Slot 2

4:00pm – 5:00pm –  Roundtable Slot 3

5:00pm – Networking TBC

Who should attend?

Game producers, studio heads and developers looking to take their content to market to find partners and promote their projects.

Students studying game development or animation may also find these sessions useful.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis, please RSVP early to avoid disappointment. Click here to register now and secure your place.

Please let us know if you have any access or communication needs, prior to attending this event and we will be happy to consider any reasonable adjustments that we can make to assist you.

For further information please contact Donal@northernirelandscreen.co.uk

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3D character artists and riggers needed
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

3D character artists and riggers needed

Missing Piece Studios are looking for 3D Character Artists & Riggers to work with them on an upcoming project on a freelance basis.

MAIN ACTIVITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Comfortable at all stages of game development, from concept through pre-production to production in order to work with the Project lead to create 3D Assets based on concept art.
- Generate STI files and assist in preparing 3D Assets for print.
- Contribute to the set-up of suitable pipelines and workflows, including prototyping to test and drive quality.
- Be able to work under your own initiative and to a strict deadline

ARTISTIC COMPETENCIES:
- Accomplished at all aspects of Character creation, including sculpting, modelling, surfacing, texturing, rigging with decent drawing skills and a good artistic eye for detail, colour, value, tone, silhouette, etc.
- Comfortable working in a variety of art styles.
- Able to contribute to the stylistic development of the 3D Character elements

This role would be suitable for freelancers or those already in full-time industry employment, both will be considered.

If you would like to be considered for the role please email your CV as well as a detailed portfolio to: samuel@missingpiecestudios.co.uk

DEADLINE: 14TH JUNE

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Games NI Meetup June
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Games NI Meetup June

You're welcome to Games NI June meetup on Wednesday 14th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome. 

N.B. VENUE CHANGE! This event will now be held at Vandal in Belfast, 3 Winecellar Entry, Belfast BT1 1QN

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

6.30PM - Special guest John Bustard, Queens University lecturer, talking about being previously a programmer on game Heavenly Sword with Ninja Theory, and how he got into AAA companies.

7PM - Food & Drinks

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Games NI Meetup April
Apr
12
6:00 PM18:00

Games NI Meetup April

You're welcome to Games NI April Meetup on Wednesday 12th 6pm in Belfast. Every 2 months, we get together, listen to local developers talk about game development in Northern Ireland, followed by some pizza and drinks. Bring your team, your projects, or just yourself; whether your with a company, a freelancer, a student, or just interested about game development, everyone is welcome.

Location: 112 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2GX, UK - StartPlanet NI

Schedule

6PM - Doors open

6.30PM - We're joined by Stephen Downey from Outsider Games talking about setting up a business and getting into the industry

7PM - Pizza & Drinks

Special thanks go to StartPlanetNI for sponsoring the venue, in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen

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Game Dev Hangouts
Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Game Dev Hangouts

First meet up for Game Dev Hangouts on Wednesday 1st March at Farset Labs. £3 Entry

This group get together once a month in Farset Labs to work on Game Develop skills. If you are a 3D/2D Artist, Music Composer, Programmer, even if your not any of those and just love being creative or just want to come down to play games! Everyone is welcome to get involved and express our love for games.

More information at the Facebook event page.

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Tranzfuser 2017 launches
Feb
27
11:30 AM11:30

Tranzfuser 2017 launches

Designed to provide a platform for creative leaders of the future, Tranzfuser is aimed at graduates looking to break into the games development industry, with a strong focus on getting their game to market.

Successful applicants will be awarded a £5,000 budget to allocate as they choose throughout the competition. At the showcase event in September 2017, selected teams will be invited to pitch for follow-on funding of up to £25k from the UK Games Fund to commercialise their game and launch a company.

Please see Northern Ireland Screens website for more information

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UKIE Brexit Roundtable
Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

UKIE Brexit Roundtable

UKIE will be holding a Brexit Roundtable in Belfast on Thursday 23rd February. We want to hear from game businesses about their post-referendum concerns and examine opportunities for providing more support for the sector.

Please get tickets using the link below:

Tickets to UKIE Brexit Roundtable

This roundtable is designed for games developers and publishers.

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