Rookie Awards 2020 | Film of the Year

2D Animation

Looking for the very best in 2D animated short films. The films can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects allowed.

2D Animation
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Winners

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

Winner

Jakub Bednarz - DOGS - Gobelins graduation film, 2019

DOGS - Gobelins graduation film, 2019

A young Polish partisan flees from the Warsaw Uprising. Whilst hiding in the yard of a countryside manor, he is chased up a tree by a large wolfhound. With his rifle out of reach, there seems to be no way to escape his predicament.

Runner Up

Yujia Wang - Blind eye

Blind eye

In a world that worships the Almighty Eye, two siblings find themselves escaping from sacrifice, only to discover their world is not what it appeared to be.
Directors: Isabela LITTGER DE PINHO, Bruno COHEN, Rohit KELKAR, Yujia WANG, Germaine COLAJANNI, Rohan DESHCHOUGULE, Diego PORRAL
team contact : [email protected]

Highly Commended

Cora mckenna - SHERGAR

SHERGAR

SHERGAR follows Conor, a boy living a fast paced and free roaming life with his friends on the streets of Dublin. Though a life without responsibilities is great fun, it can't keep his head above the chaos of his poverty stricken home.

Highly Commended

Adam Bohorquez - MILLENNIUM HOUR

MILLENNIUM HOUR

4th year thesis film made at SVA, in which a mysterious fella wanders a winter wasteland in search of quarters.

Highly Commended

Meton Joffily - In Orbit

In Orbit

In a far future, Sonia is about to be transferred from her space station to a newer one. While everything
appears to be going well for her, her mind is elsewhere, disturbed by a past not far behind.

People's Choice

Jakub Bednarz - DOGS - Gobelins graduation film, 2019

DOGS - Gobelins graduation film, 2019

A young Polish partisan flees from the Warsaw Uprising. Whilst hiding in the yard of a countryside manor, he is chased up a tree by a large wolfhound. With his rifle out of reach, there seems to be no way to escape his predicament.

Honorable Mentions

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

jinnipan (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
graceparker (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
kimlin (Draft Selection) View Entry
knarsavage (Draft Selection) View Entry
leoyoung1227 (Draft Selection) View Entry
zhihaokang (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
artsykassidina (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
ameliewang (Draft Selection) View Entry
victoriagrenier (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Rookie of the Year - Highly Commended) View Entry
ksnidertucker (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
stirfryplum (Draft Selection) View Entry
lisamaeda (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
dancantelm (Draft Selection) View Entry
joelstenback (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
gliang (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
wellhell (Draft Selection) View Entry
shept (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
erchunguo (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
kangminlim (Draft Selection) View Entry
newhope1 (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Rookie of the Year - People's Choice) View Entry
ajmarek (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
dogblacksnape (Draft Selection) View Entry
alee58 (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jhkim (Draft Selection) View Entry
jjgallaher (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
meivix (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
ehampson (Draft Selection) View Entry
celinaserrao (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
yuyingherr (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
yujin (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
marineloulou (Draft Selection) View Entry
opallines (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
3dsensedfp10 (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jiamu (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Excellence Award) View Entry
dimrmn (Excellence Award) View Entry
ellacesari (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry

Category Brief

The focus for this category is 2D animated short films. The judges are looking for the best films that showcase amazing 2D animation skills combined with story telling. There is no brief or limitations on the type of film you can submit. Get creative and share your best 2D short film.

Important Notes

  • You must submit a completed film or teaser trailer for your film. 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 adds additional team members as project collaborators.
  • Films must not have been released prior to June 2019.
  • Entries can include 3D elements to help enhance the story or visuals. However, the focus should be on 2D elements and techniques.
  • Team entries are allowed. Make sure that only one team member submits the project and adds additional team members as project collaborators.
  • Films must not have been released prior to June 2019.
  • Share your process with the judges so they fully understand your thought process.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • You must create a single entry page that includes your completed film, a detailed breakdown and supporting material. Do not create multiple entries with single projects as you will be disqualified.
  • 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 or teams who 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, 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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