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Rookie Awards 2023

The 13th 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 2023
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Winners
Film of the Year | 3D Animation

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

Winner: Maronii

lucas plata - Maronii
In a creek in French Guiana, a small fish is excluded by his fellow fish. Alone, he goes on an adventure between meanders and rapids. Directed by Dimitri Allonneau, Flore Argentieri, Hugo Courtel, Maxime Guitet, Guilian Matuszczak, Ngoc Mai Nguyen, Lucas Plata.
Film of the Year - Winner

Runner Up: Swing to the Moon - ESMA

Vincent Levrero - Swing to the Moon - ESMA
Short graduation film made during our last year at ESMA Toulouse. Directed by Marie Bordessoule, Adriana Bouissié, Nadine De Boer, Elisa Drique, Chloé Lauzu, Vincent Levrero and Solenne Moreau. Music composed by Dorian Lehmann
Film of the Year - Runner Up

Highly Commended: A Cookie's Adventure

AMICONE Jeremie - A Cookie's Adventure
"A Cookie’s Adventure" is a student short film made during our graduation year at ESMA Nantes. Directed by Jérémie AMICONE, Ileana BORZAN, Myriam LECOMTE , Zoé RIVERA, Margot LEMASÇON, Camille TRIPONNEY, Romain TERSIGNI and Alexis BLEUSEZ
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: Mano - Animation Short Film 2023

Toke  - Mano - Animation Short Film 2023
by Toke
MANO - On a quiet morning near the outskirts of a Danish city, we follow two brothers as they take care of themselves and deal with challenges in their surroundings.
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: Octopus Ninja

Donghoe Kim - Octopus Ninja
"Octopus Ninja" is my senior thesis film. I am entirely responsible for all aspects from story creation to final rendering. Synopsis: An octopus ninja sets out on a mission to rescue his wife and kid from being served up as sashimi at a notorious sushi restaurant.
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: Close your eyes

Audrey Defonte - Close your eyes
When a little girl tries to escape her reality, she falls prey to her deepest traumas and struggles to express them.
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: Lamentation - Cinematic Short [UE5]

George Kee - Lamentation - Cinematic Short [UE5]
I made this solo short film in Unreal Engine 5 with the Path Tracer for my final university project to pay tribute to my father and his life by showing my process of grief through the lens of his iconic gold Crocs. Please enjoy!
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: Stiff - Short film by Michael Tiedtke

Michael Tiedtke - Stiff - Short film by Michael Tiedtke
by tiedtke
Just because you're stiff doesn't mean you're a stiff. This is a CG short film about an old, unsold and broken wooden mannequin living in an Arts & Craft shop in London with a dream of being a painter to express its creative mind. Although facing doubters and issues, Stiff learns how to overcome his disabilities.
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: On my Bicycle

Lavergne Océane - On my Bicycle
An old man's wanderings to his death
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

Highly Commended: LETHAL

Brice Se - LETHAL
A special agent breaches inside a house to eliminate a chemist working on biological weapons.
Film of the Year - Highly Commended

People's Choice: The Present

Rinette Dippenaar - The Present
When John, a middle-aged man, can’t buy a memory for himself and his wife, they become painfully aware of the dull nature of their reality.
Film of the Year - People's Choice

Finalists
Film of the Year | 3D Animation

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