Rookie Awards 2021 | Film of the Year

3D Animation

Looking for the very best in 3D animated short films. The films can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects will be considered.

3D Animation
Round of applause for our sponsors

Winners

On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following category winners.

Winner

Matthew Corsillo - New Tricks

New Tricks

This is my Senior Thesis project for Ringling College of Art and Design. I designed, modeled, textured, rigged, animated, lit, and composited all the characters and assets in the piece. I focused heavily on creating a unique story in a genre that I love and designing an off-beat, grotesque world to match it.

Runner up

Marika Tamura - Final Deathtination

Final Deathtination

Final Deathtination is my senior thesis film. I was responsible for all aspects from storyboards to final rendering. The film is about a suicidal man who is about to hang himself but then encounters Death who is a "travel agent". Death tries to find the best place to die and together they go on a world tour.

Highly Commended

Alex TREGOUET - STRANDED

STRANDED

"Stranded" is a student short film made during our graduation year in 2020 at ESMA Montpellier. Directed by Alvin AREVALO-ZAMORA, Florent SANGLARD, Maxime SALVATORE, Thomas SPONY-IPIENS, Alwin DUREZ, Quentin GARAUD and Alex TREGOUET.

Highly Commended

Alexander Tullo - Barking Orders

Barking Orders

This project is the culmination of everything I've learned at Ringling and hopefully will be my passport to new experiences and memories at studios and festivals around the world.

Highly Commended

Kai Müri - Short film: "La Vida de una Piñata"

Short film: "La Vida de una Piñata"

“La Vida de una Piñata'' is a colorful CGI graduation film by Elena Heller, Marina Kunz, Kai Müri and Raphael Pfyffer made at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Highly Commended

Robin André-Bourguignon - DEAD END - FILM

DEAD END - FILM

Dead End - Student Film.

DIRECTED BY Robin ANDRE-BOURGUIGNON, David BRUYERE, Romain EUVRARD, Leia PERON, Antoine PERRIER-CORNET and Maxime RECUYER.

MUSIC : Anthony d’Amario & Ed Rig
SOUND EFFECTS : Guillaume Boissot & Fabien Crousillac
SOUND DESIGN & MIXING : Fabien Crousillac
MOTION CAPTURE ACTRESS : Olive Dorner

People's Choice

Alexandre Manzanares - Trésor - Short Film

Trésor - Short Film

Trésor is a short animated film made during our graduation year at Ecole Des Nouvelles Images in 2020. Directed by Alexandre Manzanares, Guillaume Cosenza, Philipp Merten and Silvan Moutte -- Roulet.

Honorable Mentions

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sought after badges.

MindField (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
monkeytree (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, and Rookie of the Year - Highly Commended) View Entry
tybitner (Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
alexandrelefebvre (Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, and Draft Selection) View Entry
shailynfarmer (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Excellence Award) View Entry
fridading (Draft Selection) View Entry
bm4rio (Draft Selection) View Entry
piersshepherdrose (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
weidarvish (Draft Selection) View Entry
spaceapero (Draft Selection) View Entry
Reellife (Draft Selection) View Entry
angelelopez (Draft Selection) View Entry
garance (Draft Selection and Draft Selection) View Entry
gijsdegroot (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, and Draft Selection) View Entry
peculiarher (Draft Selection) View Entry
tonyruiz (Draft Selection) View Entry
achang (Draft Selection) View Entry
Zandri (Draft Selection) View Entry
doorthejk (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
munizafazal (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, and Excellence Award) View Entry
PaulineEPIARD (Draft Selection) View Entry
RoshelA (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
mattdevlin (Draft Selection) View Entry
sofaape (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
GlennLynch (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
nabelekm (Draft Selection) View Entry
vdeesign (Draft Selection, Rookie of the Year - Highly Commended, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
nickrutten (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Game of the Year - Runner Up, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie of the Year - Runner Up) View Entry
morganeperier (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
JavierMoreno (Excellence Award) View Entry
alores (Draft Selection) View Entry
SoleneM (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
Zojko (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
LouisShoes (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jinayoon1203 (Draft Selection) View Entry
copecg (Draft Selection) View Entry
AlexandrePerriere (Draft Selection) View Entry
twankbucket (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
KIMEUNHOE (Draft Selection) View Entry
cesarluton (Draft Selection) View Entry
maryanlapointe (Draft Selection) View Entry
amontill (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
anlab (Draft Selection) View Entry
rszhijing (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jesshiles (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
Cado (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
lilian (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
niklaswolff (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
mayakahanovitz (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
pdlh1998 (Draft Selection) View Entry
dp1126 (Rookie of the Year - Runner Up, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
kwhevan (Draft Selection) View Entry
vanessaschneider (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
cynthiam (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
Maho (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Excellence Award) View Entry
itkmotion (Draft Selection) View Entry
jchan (Excellence Award) View Entry
xeometry (Draft Selection) View Entry
nelli (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
XINZHE (Draft Selection) View Entry
AnnabelleTamic (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
NickLeclerc (Draft Selection) View Entry
rainapatel4798 (Draft Selection, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
nickoel (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
quentinmarsollier (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
kuratomi1950 (Draft Selection and Excellence Award) View Entry
SeanSimonUTS (Draft Selection) View Entry
johannesboivin (Draft Selection) View Entry
Cell (Draft Selection and Excellence Award) View Entry
leaaagaudin (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
Sancho (Draft Selection) View Entry
ndhlopez (Draft Selection) View Entry
shanedioneda (Draft Selection and Excellence Award) View Entry
AmelieBenNaceur (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
audee (Draft Selection) View Entry
audee (Draft Selection) View Entry
MatthieuPanel (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
3dsensedfp15 (Draft Selection) View Entry
3dsensedfp14 (Draft Selection) View Entry
3dsensedfp13 (Draft Selection) View Entry
saraescribano (Draft Selection) View Entry
quentinbatsal (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ziwuxin (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
bastienforeau (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
ArthurL (Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
MargauxLatapie (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
philippenurdin (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
ricerat (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
YasmineBresson (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jeangrandgirard (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
nightfishproduction (Draft Selection) View Entry
FredericMesnard (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
AntoineD (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
felixgourlaouen (Draft Selection) View Entry
Remipn (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
AlizeeGarnier (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
olavergne (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
swannvalenza (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
taiymaya (Draft Selection) View Entry
ClaraMalleviale (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
BenjaminFrancois (Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
alyfarroukh (Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ChloeCarrere (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
xiaoy96 (Draft Selection and Draft Selection) View Entry
HDM (Draft Selection and Excellence Award) View Entry
LatitudeDuPrintemps (Draft Selection) View Entry
EernVFX (Excellence Award) View Entry
ilonaquenea (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
nano (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
AquilaV (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
LauraJamorski (Draft Selection) View Entry
thomasgodechot (Draft Selection) View Entry
dorian (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ollieyao (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
antoinegrg97 (Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, and Draft Selection) View Entry
Esabathe (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
alyceanimates (Draft Selection) View Entry
ombelineb (Draft Selection) View Entry
MargoLopez (Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
jendellemonache (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, and Draft Selection) View Entry

Category Brief

The primary focus for this category is 3D Animation. The judges are looking for short films that are 100% computer generated. The films should be similar to what you’d expect to see from Pixar or Dreamworks. The films can still have a realistic feel to them, but if your film includes live-action plates please submit to the Visual Effects category instead.

Important Notes

  • Your film must be 100% computer generated with no live action plates included.
  • You must submit a completed film or teaser trailer. Single assets and clips will not be considered.
  • We accept films currently on the Film Festival Circuit. These films will not be shared publicly, however please include a password that will be securely shared with our judging panel.
  • Please include supporting material with your finished film. The judges need to better understand the process, the challenges and how your film was created.
  • Team entries are allowed. Make sure that only one team member submits the project and tag any additional team members as project collaborators.
  • Films must not have been released prior to June 2020.
  • Ask questions on our Discord Channel if you need help.
  • Review Winning Entries from last year that were selected by our judges.
  • Watch this video demonstration that shows how to create a perfect entry.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • Read the Rules to make sure you are eligible to enter.
  • No professional work may be included in your entry.
  • Share your process with the judging panel by including supporting material, not only finished work.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists or teams that have created a film that is not only creatively and technically sound, but also tells a great story. They are looking for artists or teams with a passion for film making and have worked hard to hone their skills. The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills and story telling.

How to enter

  1. Click Submit Entry button to create an entry page.
  2. Upload your best images, videos and supporting media using our entry page builder.
  3. Select ‘Film of the Year > 3D Animation’ as your nominated category.
  4. Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
  5. Accept rules and confirm eligibility.
  6. Confirm & Submit your entry to judging panel.
Autodesk
Unreal Engine
Adobe
SideFX
Substance by Adobe
Teradici
Chaos Group
Dell Technologies
Dr.Reel
Epic Games
Foundry
Marmoset
Maxon
NVIDIA
Unity
Wacom
Weta Digital
2G Studio
3D World
BINYAN
Browzwear
BVN
Crystal Dynamics
Flipped Normals
Goodbye Kansas
Important Looking Pirates
INDG
IO Interactive
Kilograph
Marvelous Designer
Ninja Theory
On Animation Studio
Outpost VFX
Sini Software
Sketchfab