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Rookie Awards 2022

The 12th Annual Rookie Awards is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. There is simply no better way to launch your career and start sharing your amazing work online.

Rookie Awards 2022
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Career Opportunities | Wētā FX

*Wētā FX The Virtual Art Department (VAD) at Weta is one of only a few of its kind in the world. Our small and passionate team of generalists deliver real-time assets for Mocap, Previs, and Animation, using the unique Weta proprietary pipeline and contribute to the successful delivery of shows. In VAD we value our diverse culture and professional backgrounds, and we encourage an atmosphere of learning and team work.

This amazing opportunity is open to aspiring artists who want to be a part of Wētā FX’s Virtual Art Department. The aim is to help kick start their career, working amongst renowned artists and gaining valuable insight into working life within the VFX industry as a member of the Virtual Art Department.

The winner will receive feedback from experienced artists on their work, developing their knowledge of the VFX pipeline and will be evolving their skill set on some of the most exciting film projects in production.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • You must create a single entry of 1 minute in length that includes all your best assets with wireframe
  • Include examples of low res real-time assets from high resolution geo/scans/2d refs in your entry
  • Demonstrate an ability to create accurate models from 2d reference, previs or scan data


  • You must be competent in 3d modelling and PBR material editing
  • Must be motivated to work in the Virtual Art Department and witness the production of blockbuster feature films.
  • Must be able to complete the internship during the second half of 2022.
  • Must legally be allowed to work in New Zealand. (Working visa not provided).

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are ready for the challenges of being part of a VFX production pipeline. The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, variety of content, and employment potential. Treat your entry like a job interview. You have one page to show how amazing your skills are.

We are looking for artists with strong technical and creative skills, who can demonstrate a wide range of models with clean and efficient topology (preferably with wireframe stills). We’re keen to see work produced using Maya, Z-Brush, Substance painter, Photoshop, Quixel and/or Mudbox.

Prize Details

  • Studio Location: Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 4-week duration.
  • No accommodation provided.
  • Fully paid position.

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 ‘Career Opportunities > Wētā FX’ 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.

Need some help? Watch this video demonstration to help make sure you create the best entry possible.

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