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ON Animation Studio Finalists

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United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

All the way back in elementary school, I began to teach myself stop-motion animation by framing through my favorite animated films. I started experimenting with Legos, clay, and then eventually building my own characters. I have not stopped learning since. Now, I am further developing my skills in 3D character animation. Through my hard work, discipline, and determination, I strive to continue learning and bettering myself in this awesome craft of animation!

Matthew Skylar Jetton


United States | Think Tank Training Centre

I think, like a lot of people, creative media was an essential way of how I connected with others and learned to understand the world from my early childhood. At some point, as a teen, passing notes in class about the latest game mechanic we had dreamed up or the next plot twist in our epic future blockbuster led to the realization that interactive media was a way I could share what I felt was the universality of the human experience and remind people that they aren't alone on their journey.

Rico Ma


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

When I was around 17 years old, I realized I want to dedicate my time to the creative industry and that is when I started to invest more and more time into practicing and learning. I graduated from Savannah College of Arts and Design on 2022 and now is looking for any oppotunity. I speak fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Martina Verde Lombide


Uruguay | Animum Creativity Advanced School

Since I was a child I have always been interested in creative fields I think: first fashion and drawing were constants in my life, then literature. When I had to choose what to study I didn't know what to follow, I was just sure that none of the conventional paths caught my attention. I ended up in Computer Science, since I am more into screens than paper and pencil. It was a great plus to my life, but it didn't fulfill me that much. It was there that Mister 3D and I crossed paths.

Caecilia-Isabella Glaas


Germany | University of Applied Sciences Mainz

Like many people, animated movies have had the power to mesmerize me since my childhood, and for me, they were always a safe haven. Ever since I was especially interested in the characters I was able to identify with. Through the creation of believable CG characters, I want to pass this feeling on to other people.

Giulia Gigante


France | ESMA

When I was in high school I mostly spent my time doodling on my agenda and thinking of characters that I could invent. There was always a part of me that wanted to pursue an artistic career but I signed up for Economics and Business instead, putting aside my real aspirations. A couple of years later, here I am studying 3D animation at ESMA, with the desire to make my characters and their environments finally come alive.


France | ESMA

I first realised I wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry when I was in high school after I heard about some great schools such as Gobelins.

Noelia Arcos Rubio


Spain | Animum Creativity Advanced School

From a very young age I had imagined myself working in this type of industry.

Ruohan Ren


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

When I was in second grade in elementary school I got chicken pot and had to stay home. My mom bought discs for studio Ghibli's Spirited Away and that's the first time I felt the magic of animation.

David Eisenstadt


United States | Gnomon

Ever since I can remember, when asked what I want to be when I grow up, my answer has always been some element of the animation pipeline. For the longest time it was character animator, then character designer, storyboard artist, environment artist, modeler, and now that I’m studying to actually become one of them, my options are even more endless.


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I first realize that I wanted to work in the entertainment industry when I fell in love with Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry shorts at a young age. Watching animated films has always brought me joy and I look forward to working in the animation industry to bring joy to others as well.

Yanglu He


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

Yanglu just graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Animation in Ringling College of Art and Design. During College, Yanglu developed even more into her computer animation practice, which involved loss and regeneration of life. Her Senior Thesis, Welcome, will be realsed soon.

Ethan Clark


United States | Gnomon

To contribute to a major feature film or game, and tell a story that impacts someone. I started art as an oil painter. While I was painting, I loved the effect that my art could have on people, touching them personally in their lives and in their hearts. But I wanted to be able to affect people on a bigger scale, and be able to create a medium that could touch people all over the world, regardless of time, place, or age!

Raana Rain Rouhani


United States | Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation

I spent my childhood with limited access to entertainment and media, so accessing it was a challenge. I thought about working in the animation industry in middle school, and by the end of high school, I went outside of my comfort zone to a new country to pursue my goal. It was beyond worth it, as it shaped the person I am today. The stories I sought taught me the true impact that entertainment can have on people; it acts as a unified language that everyone can understand. It is a feeling.

Abel Romero


Spain | Animum Creativity Advanced School

I knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to entertainment industry since I was 16 years old. I was living in Granada (Spain), and I was able to go to study in Madrid thanks to some scholarships for my studies.

Simon Betancur Baghino


Spain | Animum3D School

The first time I discovered that I wanted to dedicate myself to the world of 3D animation was when I went to a festival called ANIMAYO. From that moment on, when I saw the work of Juan Solís, I knew I could make a living out of it. From then on I dedicated my free time to learn through youtube as much as I could. Currently I decided to study at ANIMUM 3D where I perfected and acquired new knowledge to reach a professional level. It's my passion, most of my free time is dedicated to 3D modeling.

Roberto Glen Ortiz Cisneros


United States

I realized I wanted to work for the entertainment industry halfway through my time in college at UCSC. I love playing video games and decided to study game development to create and share my passion through my work. But it wasn't until my last year that I realized I wanted to be a 3D artist as I love art and the process of making it.


United States | Cleveland Institute of Art

In high school, I realized I had a passion for animation and decided to commit myself to developing my skills so as to follow this passion.

Zach Grzymala


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I've always wanted to make a difference in this world, and create something inspiring. Animation was the only way I could do just that. I knew after falling in love with my first Pixar movie that I wanted to be a creator. The harmonious unity of movement and art has always motivated me to bring my special characters to life through compelling narratives and breathtaking visuals. I keep pushing every day to challenge myself in new ways and create something amazing.

Daniela Yanitza Ponce Miranda


Chile | Animum Creativity Advanced School

When I was a child I didn't know what I wanted to do in the future because I imaginated me to do many things, but when I was in my last grade in the highschool I realised that I wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry beacause I wanted to have a job that makes me happy.

Jakob Klauenberg


Germany | PIXL VISN | media arts academy

My curiosity in this industry was sparked, of course, by movies like finding Nemo and Toystory. After that I noticed some vfx breakdown videos on Youtube and way later heard about a beautiful software named Blender. I startet creating small worlds with that software an experimented a lot until I got to the point where I decided to take this hobby a step further.

Ignacio del Rey


Canada | Think Tank Training Centre

Started at Think Tank Training Online to get hands on and pursue my dream.

José Herrera


Spain | Animum Creativity Advanced School

Since I was a child, music and cartoons were my passion, all my life I have dreamed that one day I would work in the film industry, trying to apply rhythm to my animated projects.


Mexico | Think Tank Training Centre

When I was 15 I started to think about what I'd like to do with my life. I researched a lot of career paths but ultimately fell in love with Animation because it had a balance between logical and creative thinking.

Sisa Chiang


United States | Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation

I have always wanted to work in the creative industry since I was small, watched the very first movies and play the very first games. It's all I ever wanted to do!

Kirubel Fikremariam



I was first introduced to the world of 3D around 2019, I was hooked ever since.



Peru | Animum Creativity Advanced School

I wanted to give myself the opportunity to do something totally different

Chongjia Zhang


United States | School of Visual Arts

Maxime Guinaudeau


France | ECV

I realized back in middle school that i wanted to work in a field where i would be happy to wake up every morning to work on something i truely enjoy.

Miguel Monteiro


United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I decided to pursue a career in art when I realized that I could make my passion into a real job; from that moment on I had to take it seriously if I wanted to keep improving. I'm thankful to everyone around me for supporting me and for the chance that I got to follow this path.

Gabriel Monteiro


United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I was just 8 years old and I fell in love with LEGO Stop motion animation. From there it was stick figure animation, then Youtube and, at the end, 3D was inevitable. I've always loved creating content and being a massive nerd/geek this is the perfect place for me!

Amelia Vaughan


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I’ve always been interested in storytelling and drawing, but also liked having problems to solve. Character animation is definitely the happy medium; I get the creative choice of deciding how to get the character’s performance across, but also the technical problem solving that comes with using computers and complicated programs. When I found out I didn't have to choose between the two, I realized I was right where I wanted to be.

Álvaro García Lozano


Spain | Animum Creativity Advanced School

Videogame development is my passion since I was a kid, which lead me to study every aspect of development and finally specialize in art and 3D. My biggest references were Naughty Dog and Pixar.


France | ECV

De la découverte de Blender à l’âge de 14 ans j’en suis maintenant à maya autodesk et zbrush


Spain | Animum Advanced Creativity School

I love illustration and all the creative environment that this world can bring us, to te creative people, that always are in the infinite research of inspiration.

Busra Sena Gazioglu


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

The first time I ever watched Wall-e I knew that animation was what I wanted to do. Telling stories that affects peoples emotions with a medium that has endless creative liberties was what appealed to me in animation. After starting my education in Ringling College of Art and Design I was even more certain that this is the path I want to take for the rest of my life. If you would like to check out my work please feel free to visit my website at Thank you!


South Korea | cg5 Academy

As soon as I watched Pixar's animation "Monster University" in the movie theater as a high school student, I fell into beautiful colors, attractive character design, and a story that touched my heart. With that small interest, I looked for the production process, and I wanted to participate. While attending the animation department, I dreamed of becoming a lighting artist among various jobs in 3D animation and started preparing for the industry to achieve that dream.

Sergio Segura Ramos


Spain | Animum Creativity Advanced School

As a child I have been a fan of animated films and video games. I spent hours watching animations and playing games. I would love that other people could enjoy my art, as I also did with other artists.

Bekka Goldstein


United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

My love of animated films and stories has always been a huge part of my life. It led me to beginning my artistic journey in middle school, where I would draw constantly. By high school, I fell so much in love with art that I decided to pursue it as a career. Starting from a drawing background, I soon fell in love with working in 3D and modeling characters and environments. One day I hope to contribute to the animated films and shows that have inspired me so much throughout my life.