Join us as we celebrate the animation community at Annecy Festival 2023

It’s great to see everyone at this year's Annecy Festival! Join us in a celebration of the animation community and see what's on the horizon for creators like you.

Take a look at our schedule below, stop by the Epic Games booth, and be sure to catch a panel or two!

Epic Games panels

The Art of Finding Your Dream Job: From Student to Professional in the Animation Industry
Le Campus Room 1
Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

Gear up for an inspiring ArtStation panel, featuring tech industry luminaries who will offer expert career insights and portfolio advice for the student venturing beyond academia into the fast-paced world of animation. Prepare to unlock a treasure trove of portfolio and career tips that will propel you to success in this ever-evolving industry.


Short, but Epic
Impérial Palace Rotonde de l'Europe
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Over the last several years, Epic Games has supported a portfolio of short, animated projects with some of the most exciting names working in animation. Wielding the incredible power of real-time Unreal Engine technology and tools, these master storytellers are doing more than redefining the animation landscape—they're bringing groundbreaking opportunities to the industry. Join a panel of change-makers, led by Karen Dufilho, Executive Producer of Partner Content at Epic Games, as they gather to explore what's to come for the future of animation.

Tech Spotlights at Epic Games Booth (A.09)

Swing by our booth and witness firsthand how technology companies are revolutionizing their processes with Unreal Engine. Whether you're already on board or new to the game, discover how you can seamlessly transition to a real-time workflow that will take your projects to the next level.

Speakers include:

Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Friday, June 16, 2023, 9 AM – 1 PM

Join the Praxinos team and be the first to witness a demo of Odyssey, their ambitious 2D animation software powered by Unreal Engine. Also on display will be ILIAD, a free plugin perfect for creating and editing 2D textures with ingenious Blueprint brushes, and EPOS, a plugin that enables seamless blending of 2D and 3D in storyboards and animatics.

Ozone Story Tech
Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Thursday, June 15, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Friday, June 16, 2023, 1 PM – 5 PM

See how far Ozone’s next-gen character rigging and deformation tools have come with a live demo being driven directly with Control Rig.

Real-Time Pipeline Wednesday at Epic Games Booth (A.09)

Interested in how to transition to a real-time pipeline? Spend your Wednesday with us and meet three studios that can teach you how to do it.

Omen Studios
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 9 AM – 12 PM

Learn more about Project Arete, a new automated tool that seamlessly integrates UE5 into a Maya-based pipeline, making it easy to connect thousands of existing assets, hours of animation data, and more to a new process. Project Arete can also enable lighting, rendering, FX, and composting processes to happen within UE5; find out how Omen Studios did it on their recent projects.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 12 PM – 3 PM

Ynput will showcase the integration of their AYON pipeline with Unreal Engine, highlighting its ability to transfer layout and scene preparation, automate render setup, and incorporate UE renders for review and editorial purposes.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 3 PM – 6 PM

Get a hands-on demo of ICVR’s latest real-time animation tools that help artists do layout, VCam creation, publishing, and shot review through any web browser.

Unreal Engine Feature Showcases at Epic Games Booth (A.09)

Every day from June 13 to 16, we’ll be conducting Unreal Engine feature showcases at the Epic Games booth. Here is just a few things you can learn if you stop by:

Puppeteering in Unreal Engine

Tuesday, June 13 – Thursday, June 15, 9 AM – 12 PM
Friday, June 16, 9 AM – 11 AM

Epic Games Senior Technical Manager Dean Reinhard will teach you how to bring your characters to life using puppeteering techniques in Unreal Engine.

Visualization in Unreal Engine

Tuesday, June 13 – Thursday, June 15, 12 PM – 3 PM
Friday, June 16, 11 AM – 1 PM

Epic Games Solution Architect Shaun Comly will teach some advanced techniques for story visualization in Unreal Engine leveraging virtual camera and performance capture.

Animating in Unreal Engine
Tuesday, June 13 – Thursday, June 15, 3 PM – 6 PM
Friday, June 16, 1 PM – 3 PM

Epic Games Lead Technical Product Manager Fredrik Nilsson will offer insight into how Principles of Animation are applied in a real-time pipeline, as well as demonstrating some advanced workflows for animators in Unreal Engine.

If you stop by and learn something you’ve just got to share, be sure to tag Unreal Engine on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). We look forward to seeing you at Annecy Festival!

    Join us at Annecy Festival 2023

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