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Foundry launches First Year Free program: highlighting commitment to building and inspiring the next generation of artists

London, 9th October 2018: Leading creative software developer,   Foundry, today announces the launch of two initiatives to improve students’ and aspiring artists’ access to cutting-edge industry tools, including the market-leading software, Nuke.

Foundry has launched the First Year Free1 initiative, giving students access to five of Foundry’s leading software products, free of charge. Eligible students will be able to obtain a one-year Education Collective license, giving them access to Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo, CaraVR and now Katana.

The Education Collective wraps the best production tools into a single, node-locked license. The new Collective makes Katana, Foundry’s flagship look development and lighting tool, as well as 3Delight renders licenses, available free of charge for Foundry Education customers.

Sarah Leavitt, Head of Education and Creative Services at Foundry, commented: “We are always looking for ways to make it easier for aspiring artists to experiment, learn and hone their creative passions. With the First Year Free program, the next generation of artists can gain direct experience working with the best tools in the industry.

“As part of Foundry’s commitment to the grassroots of the VFX and animation industry, we have put together the Education Collective package, so that Foundry Education customers and those on the First Year Free program can access Katana as part of the bundle, without any additional cost.

“We are extremely proud that our software has and continues to shape so many Academy Award-winning and nominated films. This is a call to all the ambitious, talented, future Oscar winners out there: here is a free opportunity to explore the industry’s leading tools for a year. Seize them, unleash your creativity, and jump-start your career in VFX.”

About Foundry


Foundry designs creative software technologies used to deliver award-winning visual effects and 3D content for the design, visualization and entertainment industries. Foundry’s software advances the art and technology of visual experience in partnership with creative leaders across the globe. It enables clients like Pixar, Mercedes-Benz, ILM, Weta Digital, The Moving Picture Company and Sony Pictures Imageworks to turn incredible ideas into reality by solving complex creative challenges.

The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in London, with 300 staff based across offices in Shanghai, Austin, Sydney and the UK. Foundry consistently invests in R&D to provide more efficient ways for its clients to bring visual concepts to life.

In 2015, the London Stock Exchange named Foundry one of its “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.” It regularly features in The Sunday Times’ Tech Track as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies, most recently in 2016 when it also won the Excellence in Service Award at the International Track 200 awards. Every single film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects in the last seven years was made using Foundry’s software.


Ben Robinson
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