Winners announced for Rookie Awards 2021

Rookie Awards 2020 | Rookie of the Year

2D Animation

Entries should showcase content created in two-dimensional format and has been enlivened with movement. This type of animation is regarded to be the traditional form of animation. Projects can be of any topic. Characters, creatures, props and even environment work will be considered.

2D Animation
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Diego Porral Soldevilla


United Kingdom | GOBELINS, l'école de l'image

After studying 5 years an Architecture degree, I decided that I was passionate about the design and creative aspect of things, and not so much the physics and construction part of it. So whilst finishing my architecture degree I enrolled on an animation course to figure things out. Immediately I decided that I wanted to be part of this industry.

Runner Up

Cora mckenna


Ireland | The Animation Workshop

Cora Mckenna is a director, editor, character animator and artist from Kilkenny, Ireland. She recently graduated The Animation Workshop, with her main focuses during his education being on directing, animating, story development, and creature animation. Despite having made and directed several films Shergar will be her first official release. [email protected]

Highly Commended

Adam Bohorquez


United States | School of Visual Arts

Making animation has always been the path I've wanted to follow, ever since my first Lego stop-motion in 2006. The idea of getting people invested in the lives of inanimate objects and drawings is inherently fascinating to me, and being able to collaborate with others to bring massive ideas to life is a really exciting prospect. There's no limit to the stories that can be explored with animation, which is why I want to have a career in that field.

Highly Commended

Cas Yee


United States | Cleveland Institute of Art

I've been watching cartoons and making doodles as long as I can remember. But I decided to learn animation when I watched artists online posting their own animated content. Tiny child me thought, "I wanna do that!" And now I'm here.

Highly Commended

Jakub Bednarz


United Kingdom | GOBELINS, l'école de l'image

I knew I wanted to be an animator since I was 13 (probably just like the rest of us:)) Big thanks to Star Wars and Chihiro.

Highly Commended

Victoria Grenier


France | Atelier Supérieur d'Animation

Just after the contest to enter the Medecine University in France, I realized that what I wanted the most in my life to be happy was to find a way to draw and tell stories until the end.

People's Choice

richard lopez


United States | School of Visual Arts

When I was young, animated shows have been a place that made me feel as though nothing could harm me, that i was not alone, and that there was hope in a better tomorrow for all needing guidance. Ever since I have dedicated my years to become an animator, wanting to create something that i could be proud of. I too wanted to create a piece of film or show that could bring family together and to make many children of the world happy. Only then i would know i have found my purpose for living.

Honorable Mentions

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

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jinnipan (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
metoons (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Film of the Year - Highly Commended, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
graceparker (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
wildreamz (Draft Selection) View Entry
freya (Draft Selection) View Entry
freya (Draft Selection) View Entry
kimlin (Draft Selection) View Entry
makotonomonogatari (Draft Selection) View Entry
leoyoung1227 (Draft Selection) View Entry
zhihaokang (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
ameliewang (Draft Selection) View Entry
ksnidertucker (Draft Selection) View Entry
ksnidertucker (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
stirfryplum (Draft Selection) View Entry
dancantelm (Draft Selection) View Entry
gliang (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
wellhell (Draft Selection) View Entry
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erchunguo (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
kangminlim (Draft Selection) View Entry
ajmarek (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
dogblacksnape (Draft Selection) View Entry
alee58 (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ywang86 (Draft Selection) View Entry
meivix (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ehampson (Draft Selection) View Entry
zixuanfan (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
celinaserrao (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
yuyingherr (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jvlabut (Draft Selection) View Entry
antsrobinson (Draft Selection) View Entry
yujin (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
abbiebosworth (Draft Selection) View Entry
zzzkayy (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
opallines (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jiamu (Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
dimrmn (Excellence Award) View Entry
ellacesari (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry

Category Brief

The focus for this category is traditional animation. The judges are looking for the best aspiring 2D animator that have amazing technical and creative skills. There is no brief or limitations on the type of work you can submit. Get creative and share your best 2D Animation clips.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • You must create a single entry page that includes all your best work. Do not create multiple entries with single projects as you will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your work is primarily composed of 2D elements.
  • Put effort into your entry page by including text descriptions, titles, work-in-progress and any include supporting material that you feel will impress the judges.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are ready for the challenges of production. They are looking for artists with a passion for this category and have worked hard to hone their skills.

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.

How to enter

  1. Read the Rules. Don’t worry, there isn’t too much lawyer talk in there. Quick Link.
  2. Create an Entry using the button below.

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

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