The Rookie Awards is an annual contest open to young creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. Entrants can win weekly prizes, jobs, educational scholarships and even studio internships. Entrants also receive an official industry ranking, become confident presenting their work and can see how their skills compare with other students.  

Opens: 7th March 2019

Who can enter the Rookie Awards?

The Rookie Awards is open to all aspiring young artists. If you are trying to break into the creative media and entertainment industry, you are eligible. Students and self-taught artists are allowed to enter their work. Please note that absolutely no professional industry work is allowed.

The Rookie Awards. It’s about the journey.

Founded in 2009, The Rookies has become the go-to community for all aspiring artists serious about careers in film, games, immersive media, 3d visualisation and more.  

The Rookies is a much needed support network for artists during their journey from novice through to the early stages of their professional career. This is their journey, and it is our responsibility to connect them with trusted companies, studios and schools that will help them become the artist we know they can be.  

The Rookie Awards is our premium contest where young creatives from around the world showcase their work to our panel of judges and compete for prizes, jobs and scholarships.  


March 7: Submissions Open

Eligible entrants are asked to create an entry page and upload their best work for the judges to review.

May 31: Submissions Closed

No extensions are ever allowed. This is a solid date, just like a production deadline. Don’t miss it!

June 30: Finalists Announced

Our Judging panel reviews every entry, awarding them an industry ranking and selecting top people per category.

July 16: Winners Announced

All judging completed and winners of jobs, internships, scholarships and People’s Choice are announced.