Warren Spector revealed as first headline guest plus Team 17 and The Indie Stone
BAF Game passes on sale from 29 th July at www.baf.org.uk
BAF Game organisers today reveal the first guests who have signed up to take part in this yearrsquo;s festival, which promises to offer one of the most exciting and diverse line-ups to date, bringing games industry legends together with maverick developers.
Passes go on sale on 29 th July for BAF Game, a strand of the National Media Museumrsquo;s Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) 2013 which once again welcomes Bradford College as Principal Sponsor.
BAF Game, organised in partnership with Game Republic and the University of Bradford, takes place at the National Media Museum on 12 th November and the University of Bradford on 13 th November.
This year BAF Game is thrilled to welcome industry legend Warren Spector. Warren has been designing and producing games for more than 30 years, working on such seminal titles as the magnificent sci-fi horror System Shock , future-noir role-playing game Deus Ex (voted the greatest PC game of all time by PC Zone magazine in 2007) and, more recently, the beautiful and original Disneynbsp;Epic Mickey nbsp;titles. Warren will talk about his love of animation, including his obsession from an early age with Disney, and how the great animation studios have inspired him to create classic videogames.
BAF Game 2013 is also celebrating the innovative indie games sector, bringing together successful UK independent developers such as The Indie Stone and Team17 to inspire industry and fans, as they reveal the latest techniques and the tricks behind some of the best loved games of recent years.
Andy Hodgetts, Co-designer and Technical Artist at The Indie Stone, developer of Project Zomboid, is lined up to deliver a BAF Game session billed Pixellating the Apocalypse. Andy will reveal the story of how an immersive apocalypse can be created with a budget of zero, two dimensions and an isometric view on life. He will also discuss how freedom from the shackles of the third dimension allows for flexibility, creativity and more than a little bleakness.
Organisers are also very excited to welcome Kevin Carthew, Creative Manager at leading Wakefield based indie developers, Team 17. Kevin will deliver a talk about Team 17's popular games, including Worms Revolution, and the changing animation and art styles needed for modern games development on multiple platforms.
ldquo;Wersquo;re just hugely excited to have industry legend Warren Spector here for BAF Game 2013. Deus Ex is such a massively influential game, and Warrenrsquo;s recent game design work at Disney for the Epic Mickey titles will form the backdrop of what Irsquo;m sure will be a fascinating talk about his genuine love of animation.rdquo; said BAF Game Festival Programmer, Jamie Sefton.
lsquo;rsquo;Wersquo;re also delighted to confirm UK independent developers The Indie Stone and Team17 for talk sessions and wersquo;ll have more announcements to make on the fantastic speaker line-up for BAF Game 2013 very soon.rdquo;
ldquo;Yet again BAF Game has a programme of world-leading speakers from across the industry that will inspire and captivate audiences. The University of Bradford is delighted to be a development partner and to co-host the event and looks forward to welcoming speakers and delegates.rdquo; said Dr Ian Palmer, School of Computing, InformaticsMedia, University of Bradford
BAF Game has a reputation for attracting some of the biggest and most revealing speakers and sessions from across the world. Headline guests from the past couple of years have included Neil Thompson, Director of ArtAnimation at Canadian giants BioWare, who caused a media storm last year when he teased guests with a brief glimpse of the first pre-production screenshot of Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. And in 2011, Brendan McNamara, founder of Team Bondi, the creators of L.A. Noire, exclusively revealed details of his upcoming big budget console game Whore of the Orient in an interview with Eurogamer.
BAF Game is a strand of the Bradford Animation Festival (12 th - 16 th November). The festival takes place each November at the National Media Museum in Bradford. The UK's longest running animation festival features screentalks, retrospectives, workshops and a competition strand which recognises the very best in new animation from around the world. Bradford College return as Principal Sponsor for the eighth year and full programme details are due to be unveiled for BAF on September 17th 2013.
Passes for BAF Game 2013 are on sale on 29 th July from the National Media Museum (call 01274 203442 or visit www.baf.org.uk ). Prices for full BAF Game passes start frompound;40 with BAF Animation passes frompound;50, and day passes for either event frompound;30. Tickets for individual screenings are priced frompound;3.
Passes and tickets are expected to sell out at record speed this year so early booking is advised.
For full BAF and BAF Game listings and prices visit www.baf.org.uk
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BAF Game 2013 Prices
BAF Game Passes
Concession Price - pound;45
Group Price - pound;40
Day Pass: pound;45/pound;35/pound;30 (No early bird rate available)
Full Price Period (19 th Oct ndash; 6 th Nov)
Full Price - pound;60
Concession Price - pound;50
Group Price - pound;45
Day Pass: pound;45/pound;35/pound;30
Single Ticketsndash; Speakers - pound;7.50/pound;5.50
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The National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, opened as the National Museum of Photography, FilmTelevision in Bradford in 1983 with the remit to explore the art and science behind images and image-making, and has since become one of the most visited UK museums outside London.
With the aim to be the best museum in the world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media, it draws from more than 3.5 million objects in its National Photography, Television, Cinematography and New Media Collections to create special exhibitions, interactive
galleries and activities for families and adults.
It also organises two major film festivals each yearndash; Bradford International Film Festival and Bradford Animation Festival, and is home to Europersquo;s first IMAX cinema screen.nbsp; Entry to the Museum is free. www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk.
The Principal Sponsor of BAF 2013 is Bradford College. Bradford College provides facilities for Animation, Film, Games Technology and Photography in both Further and Higher Education. An extensive range of art, media and graphics programmes are on offer in the renowned Bradford School of Arts and Media which has been providing high quality art and design education for over 150 years. Contributing to a dynamic creative community in the heart of Bradford, the School encourages development of innovative ideas and students are encouraged to challenge existing conventions. Former students include David Hockney, Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Bevan.
Bradford College is delighted to be the Principal Sponsor of the Bradford Animation Festival for the 8th year running. The College supports the festival for two critical reasons. One is that it enables its art and design, computing and games technology students to have access to the very best in the latest animated shorts and features and to the world class artists, directors and producers of these films. The second is that the Festival enables the National Media Museum, Bradford College and the City of Bradford to showcase to the world our combined expertise and support for this growing industry. Bradford College is proud to play its part in this innovative and exciting Festival. For more information visit www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk.
BAF Game is organised in strong partnership with Game Republic, an industry-led games network that supports and promotes the Yorkshire and UK games industry, with members including Rockstar Leeds, Sumo Digital, Leeds Metropolitan University, Just Add Water, Four Door Lemon, Tuna, the University of Huddersfield and the University of Bradford. In the last year, Game Republic has arranged meetings and held business-focused networking events with companies including Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Facebook, Microsoft, OnLive, Nokia, GOG.com and Unity. www.gamerepublic.net
The Department of Creative Technology at the University of Bradford, development partner for BAF Game 2013, organises the festival strand in conjunction with BAF and provides venues for a selection of events and talks. Creative Technology offers a high quality student learning experience on dynamic, dedicated and industry focussed Animation and Games courses.nbsp; Blending their extensive teaching experience as one of the earliest Departments to offer courses in Animation and Games and working with an extended family of professional partners, Creative Technology are also members of the Yorkshire and Humberside Skillset Media Academy.nbsp; Information on the Department and its courses can be found at www.scim.brad.ac.uk.
The Bradford Animation Festival (BAF) 2013 is supported by the BFI through the Film Festivals Fund. http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/partnerships/film-festival-fund
We aim to be the best museum in the world for inspiring people to learn about, engage with and create media.