WELCOME TO Q-CON!!!
Q-Con 25 is on 22nd - 24th June 2018 at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union!
Weekend pre-reg tickets available now for £18 (+BF) from http://q-con-xxv.eventbrite.com/
T-shirts are also available to pre-order for £10 when you pre-register.
Accommodation will be open 1 week from today, and while we have LOTS more than last year... don't leave it too late!
Q-Con is the annual Gaming & Anime Convention run by QUB Dragonslayers, the Queen’s University Belfast Gaming and Anime Society. Q-Con returns for its 25th anniversary from 22nd - 24th June 2018 and promises to continue being the UK & Ireland's greatest weekend of gaming and anime entertainment!
Keep up to date with the latest news and information on this year's Q-Con:
- Website: http://www.q-con.org.uk/
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QConBelfast/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/qub_qcon
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/qub_qcon/
WELCOME TO Q-CON!!!
Saturday 2nd June, 8pm
Tickets: £12/ £10
An immersive new concert comes to Coleraine for the first time.
Established in 2015, the IVGO has been stunning audiences throughout the UK and Ireland with its thrilling light and visuals playing the very best music that video games have to offer. Enjoy Ireland’s only gaming orchestra as they play classics from some of the most popular video games of all time, such as The Legend of Zelda, Mario, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Whether you’re a gamer, a music lover, or simply interested in something different, why not come and get your game on.
"How to Actually Ship an Actual Game."
Special guest Des Gayle, Producer, Altered Gene (London), speaks on the production aspects of game development.
Des has worked with LEGO Media, EA and Square Enix with his credits including hit games FIFA, Just Cause 3 and the BAFTA winning Life is Strange, before forming his own micro studio, Altered Gene.
Des is flying in from Germany specially for this occasion, so secure your ticket now for the rare opportunity to hear him speak in NI.
6PM - Doors open, drinks available
6.30PM - Lightning talk *Speaker to be announced*
6:45PM - Talk from Des Gayle
7.15PM - Food & Drinks
Ideas. We’ve all got ‘em, rattling around in our busy, distracted heads.
On Saturday 31st March, Farset Labs will host IDEA JAM – a chance for creators, designers and developers to clear all distractions and finally sculpt that secret, nebulous idea you’ve been chipping away at for years into something that's ready to pitch and take to the next level.
You might be harbouring a business, a novel, a video game, a TV pilot, a children’s book or a screenplay… it’s there, hiding behind grocery lists, bank statements and status updates.
It’s time to finally get that idea out of your head and into the world, so you can actually do something real with it.
Artists, developers and other screen industry experts will be on hand to help transfer your concept from brain to pitch, whether it’s a story arc, synopsis, sketch or sizzle reel... and maybe even tell you where to take it next.
The schedule is pretty informal, as this is your time for youridea. Meals will be catered through the day, starting with breakfast at 9:30am. Industry mentors with experience of pitching business, film and game concepts will be available from 10:00am to guide you in fleshing out your idea into something that you can pitch and develop.
By 10:00pm your goal is to have your concept realised, and even ready to pitch to others!
Have you ever wanted to play in an orchestral group? Are you interested in Video Game music?
Come along to the Irish Video Game Orchestra Open Rehearsal, where we welcome players of all abilities (Grade 6 and above is recommended for the standard of music to be rehearsed). The rehearsal will be informal, laid back, and will cover a broad range of the repertoire the IVGO has performed in past events (including a few newer pieces yet to be performed).
This is a free event in cooperation with Voluntary Arts Ireland and Get Creative, all we ask is that you please get in touch via email or Facebook so we can plan our sections! Instruments required:
Violin (1st and 2nd positions)
Cello (1st and 2nd positions)
(Filled) Bass Guitar
(Filled) Bass Clarinet
Percussion (Players must provide their own instruments)
You're welcome to Games NI November Meetup on Wednesday 14th March, 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.
"Where Money Comes From..."
In a panel led by Kevin Beimers (Italic Pig), starring Donal Phillips (NI Screen), Sophie Hayes (Creative Europe) and more to be announced, we'll be seeking to provide advice on a subject dear to every game developer.
If you leave Vandal without knowing how to fund your game, we've done something wrong!
6PM - Doors open, drinks available
6.30PM - Panel on 'Where the Money Comes From...'
7.15PM - Food & Drinks
As always, big thanks to Vandal and NI Screen for providing food and venue.
The Hub Crawl 2018 is a series of free events, located all around the UK, that bring games businesses together to hear and share the latest thinking on business growth.
Each event features a series of short, informative sessions from industry experts in key areas such as finance, marketing and technology and this will be followed by a games panel featuring companies from the local area. Content will change at each event so make sure you check out all the events in your region.
After each session there’ll be a chance to network, share ideas and have a drink with your peers.
In association with Jagex.
Experience the best Northern Ireland has to offer from a Year in Games and meet the great and the good behind the scenes that made it happen
Dozens of Game demos and Global Game Jam games to try out. Mentors to help you improve your game, find funding, or work out production issues. Lots of eager and experienced play-testers! We'll have power and wifi for you, and some food and drinks and comfy seats. Bring your games and your business cards, or just yourself and a desire to hang out and chat with other devs.
Awards (Vote Now!)
NI GAME OF THE YEAR
NI GAME STUDIO OF THE YEAR
NI RISING STAR (Best New Game Developer)
NI Game Dev Network Community Award
In partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.
Global Game Jam at Farset is back again in 2018, with support from Northern Ireland Screen. The Game Jam will run from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th, and is a chance to meet some great people and develop a fun game in a weekend. With a party atmosphere from Friday night, there will be plenty of people there to team up with, create something interesting and, most importantly, to have fun!
You can then complete your Global Game Jam registration atglobalgamejam.org on (or before) Friday 26th January.
Global Game Jam is always very popular; so to avoid disappointment, book early!
Tickets this year are £5 each - buying a ticket will reserve your place for the weekend as well as helping us to provide you with catered meals for the full weekend and a unique site-specific t-shirt!
The game jam’s theme will be announced at 5pm on Friday 26th January so we recommend all participants to be in Farset before that time, or send word if you will be arriving later on. We look forward to seeing you all, as it will be a great weekend!
There is no required skill level or barrier for entry; we welcome programmers, artists, musicians and anyone else who might be interested in being involved! Bring yourself and your equipment – the organisers recommend that participants wait until the beginning of the event to form teams. We have found that this worked well in the past and gives interesting results.
Please note: You must be over 18 on the 26th of January in order to participate.
More information will be provided in the run-up, but please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ask us questions via Facebook or Twitter with the #farsetggj18 hashtag.
Brought to you to with support from Northern Ireland Screen
Digital Catapult NI, in conjunction with Invest NI, would like to invite you to an evening of talks, networking and to learn more about this exciting new space, which will give organisations of all sizes the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the latest immersive technology, including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality enabling them to demonstrate, innovate and test their own business ideas and research.
Supported by the Department for the Economy, Digital Catapult UK and Belfast City Council, the new lab forms part of a number of Immersive Labs across the UK with other locations including London, Brighton and Gateshead.
The Lab has a host of Immersive Technology for local companies and technologists to experiment with - including Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality head sets, Motion Capture suits and a Green Screen Studio.
At the event you can try a range of demos, hear from Digital Catapult head honchos and guest speakers, network with the local technology and creative community and learn more about how you can book the lab and use it for a wide range of use cases.
Creative Europe offers non-repayable grants of €10,000 to €150,000 to video game companies who are looking to develop a playable prototype of a narrative-led video game.
Come along to our information morning, hosted by Creative Europe Desk UK - Northern Ireland, to find out more about the funding available.
If you are a company based in Northern Ireland preparing an application for the next deadline of the Video Games scheme in March 2018, you are invited to book a one-to-one meeting slot with Creative Europe Desk UK staff who will give you advice on your application and answer any questions you might have,
- 10:00 - 11:30 - introduction to the Video Games funding scheme
- 11:30 - 13:45 - one-to-one session with members of the Creative Europe Desk UK
Before you register for a meeting, please make sure you have done the following:
- Read through the overview of the scheme as well as the set of guidelines from last year to get a sense of what is required and the types of projects we are looking for.
- Take a look at some of the previous projects funded through the scheme both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
An Information Session for Creative Europe's Single Project, Slate and TV Programming schemes will be held on Monday 11 December, 12:00 - 13:30. More information can be found here.
If your company is based in Wales, Scotland or England, please contact your local Creative Europe Desk UK office for advice and support with your application.
Ulster University, in partnership with MPC Film, Billy Goat, Jam and Northern Ireland Screen invite you to an Animation Industry Conference at the University of Ulster.
Speakers at this event will discuss current trends and the outlook for the future animation industry in Northern Ireland and beyond.
The event will bring together some of the leading figures from the industry both locally and internationally. Speakers include:
Victor Perez - world leading visual effects creator and film director, whose work includes a number of Hollywood films, such as ‘The Dark Knight Rises’; Rogue One: A Star Wars story’; 127 Hours and many more.
Catherine Mullan - leading animator in some of the biggest films to hit our screens including Harry Potter, Happy Feet, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men: First Class, The Chronicles of Narnia, Maleficent and many more.
Chief of Northern Ireland Screen, Jam Media, Paper Owl, as well as local leaders like Professor Greg Maguire of Humain, and gamer creator and entrepreneur William Barr of BillyGoat.
The event will focus on both traditional and new ways of creating content, as well as offering new business strategies to help those entering the industry, but also to provide inspiration and new ideas for those working in the industry already.
Further Information and tickets for the event can be found here.
The Skills Fund is a grant offered to individuals working in the Northern Ireland screen sector and is designed to support financially those participating in training or development courses.
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
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.
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
Chair: Kitty Crawford
7.15PM - Food & Drinks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Date: 10 November 2017
- Time: 9.45am – 12 noon
- Venue: The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
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
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.
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.
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
All of this also couldn't be possible without the support of Northern Ireland Screen.
The Redeemer, 101 Donegal Street.
3pm - 10pm, 22nd 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.
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 email@example.com
Enter Yes™ is expanding their team to build on the cutting-edge animation and VFX expertise within their studio. They are currently looking for an experienced 3D Generalist to join them in their Belfast studio.
For more information about the role and how to apply, please see the EnterYes website.
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.
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
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.
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.