Phil Attfield

VFX and Animation Partnership Director, NextGen Skills Academy


Phil Attfield is a Visual Effects (VFX) industry professional with more than 25 years experience in VFX as an artist, entrepreneur and educator. In 2000, Phil cofounded the VFX boutique Men-from-Mars, based at Ealing Studios. He was nominated for BAFTA and Emmy awards for work on the Hornblower TV mini-series between 2000 and 2002. In 2009, Phil supervised the on set filming for the VFX in the highly acclaimed feature film The King’s Speech.

Following a period of dual working in industry and lecturing at Southampton Solent University, Phil became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In early 2015, Phil joined NextGen Skills Academy, helping to develop courses, qualifications and Apprenticeship standards while forging new links between industry and education. Phil’s previous artistic, business and educational experiences inform and guide his work as NextGen’s VFX and Animation Partnership Director.