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A still from Avatar: Way of the Water shows Jake Sully riding the back of a skimwing.

Wētā FX has earned a reputation for its commitment to creativity and innovation and is a renowned leader in visual effects and animation. It attracts talented artists, partners, and clients who push the boundaries of what is possible for their artistic vision.

Headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, Wētā FX has hubs in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. It boasts a team of around 1,500 ambitious artists, engineers, and executives.

Over the past three decades, Wētā FX has received many prestigious awards. These include seven Visual Effects Academy Awards, 12 Academy Sci-Tech Awards, seven Visual Effects BAFTA Awards, and 54 Visual Effects Society Awards. Wētā FX’s expertise lies in creating performance-driven animated characters like Gollum, Kong, Neytiri, and Caesar. It also crafts immersive worlds such as Middle-earth and Pandora.

Wētā FX offers a comprehensive range of services. The team collaborates with filmmakers from the earliest stages of art development and story creation, through to performance capture, animation, complex FX simulations, and final compositing touches.

Recent accolades include the 2023 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, BAFTA for Best Special Effects, and eight VES Awards for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’. Additionally, Wētā FX took home a VES Award for season three of ‘The Umbrella Academy’, for its work on the character Pogo.


  • World-class visual effects for feature films, television, and short films.
  • Art and story development services.
  • Performance capture facilities in Wellington.
  • On-set VFX supervision.
  • Offices in Wellington, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Los Angeles.

Main image credit: ‘Avatar: The Way of the Water’ ©20th Century Studios/Wētā FX