South by Southwest: Bristol visual effects studio selected for SXSW trade mission


A visual effects studio in Bristol has been selected for a government trade mission to the South by Southwest (SXSW) business festival and conference in Austin, Texas.

Moonraker VFX, based in Clifton, has created graphics for television programs including the BBC’s historic Natural History Planet Earth IIas well as exhibits at tourist attractions around the world.

The studio’s clients include global production companies such as Netflix, National Geographic and Disney, as well as companies such as tech giant Apple and vacuum cleaner brand Dyson.

The company has now been selected from thousands of applicants by the Department for International Trade for a national cohort of 19 companies, giving it the opportunity to showcase the growth and innovation of Bristol’s creative industry on the American market.

SXSW is a world-renowned creative industries event, hosting parallel music, film and interactive media festivals and conferences across Austin for 10 days each March. Previous UK trade missions to SXSW have brought in £11m and £15m in sales.

Moonraker VFX said its participation in this year’s trip will come at a time of “rapid growth” for the company, which has recently invested in producing and creating its own licensed content for immersive on-screen experiences.

The studio added that its presence at the conference would provide it with a “new level” of brand exposure in the United States, which could help fuel its next stage of growth.

Simon Clarke, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Moonraker VFX, said, “Our invitation to attend SXSW is an incredibly exciting step for Mooonraker.

“We have long believed in creative talent in the South West and are proud to represent the diversity and quality of creative talent in Bristol’s creative hub alongside several other businesses, all at the forefront of the UK creative industry. . .”

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