Rookie Awards 2020 | Film of the Year

Visual Effects

Films created by both teams and individuals that include live action visual effects used to help tell a story, add that wow factor, or include live action footage.

Visual Effects
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Winners

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

Winner

William Medcalf - BYGONE

BYGONE

At an isolated outpost on the distant planet of Prospeon-1e, a lone explorer mourning the loss of his family suffers a conflict of conscience when faced with an intruder.

Runner Up

Dongwei Di - OBLIVIO

OBLIVIO

In the advanced future, Alice and her husband Henry, live in a house away from the hustle and bustle of the world. One day, an uninvited guest breaks into Alice's life. Alice realizes that her husband, Henry, hides a huge secret from her.

Highly Commended

corentin - LINE 21

LINE 21

2084
The world is divided by those who live above the clouds, the liners, and those who don't, the underliners.

Highly Commended

Mickaël Nezreg - infraction

infraction

We chose to make a movie mixing comedy, action and fantasy. We noticed that student movies did not often combine comedy and special effects. The idea of a vicious traffic warden getting a taste of her own medicine seemed to us like the potential for some funny and entertaining situations.

Highly Commended

Christophe sarraco  - RAGNAROK

RAGNAROK

Ragnarök is an ArtFX graduating film.

Directors : Christophe SARRACO, Pauline LAVELLE, Hadrien AUGIER, Théo BLANCHARD, Hugo FREDOUEIL

Specialist students : Lucas NARJOUX, Morgane HERBSTMEYER, Léa MARTEL, Adrien THERY, Alban GAMAY

People's Choice

Luca Tinelli - UNFOLD

UNFOLD

Unfold is a second year VFX Short Film created at the University of Hertfordshire. It follows a story of a Red-Eyed Crocodile Skink who has been experimented on by a scientist and turns into a dragon.

Honorable Mentions

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

leeseungjoo (Excellence Award) View Entry
toast1709 (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, and Draft Selection) View Entry
jessielam (Excellence Award) View Entry
dimitrileboeuf (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
mariamhussein (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Excellence Award) View Entry
atlantis (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
suhwan (Draft Selection) View Entry
ramonschauer (Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Excellence Award) View Entry
teameighty (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
virginiepellet (Draft Selection) View Entry
tlouisor (Rookie Awards - Finalist and Draft Selection) View Entry
antoinedesgavroches (Excellence Award, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Draft Selection) View Entry
daichisakane (Draft Selection and Excellence Award) View Entry
xzhangvfx (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Draft Selection, and Excellence Award) View Entry
harrychen (Rookie of the Year - Highly Commended, Draft Selection, Rookie Awards - Finalist, and Excellence Award) View Entry
felixbfx (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
kevann (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
voddenvfx (Draft Selection) View Entry
3dsensedve45a (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
3dsdve45 (Excellence Award) View Entry
emii97 (Excellence Award and Draft Selection) View Entry
airoamer (Rookie Awards - Finalist, Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie of the Year - Highly Commended) View Entry
conwaydobbs (Draft Selection) View Entry
miquel (Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
aidanlonergan (Draft Selection and Excellence Award) View Entry
bananatabacco (Excellence Award) View Entry
laurelinemassias (Excellence Award, Draft Selection, and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry
jamesprattvfx (Draft Selection and Rookie Awards - Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

This category is for artists and teams who have created a film that includes Visual Effects. You will have worked with assets and elements that are integrated with live-action footage to create photo realistic environments, characters, sets, props, animation and effects that would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on film.

The judges are looking for stories where you have used visual effects seamlessly with plates that you have shot. It’s not only about the big visual effects shots here, the judges will be really looking out for impressive subtle effects that have been created to help tell the story.

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.
  • Share your process with the judges so they fully understand your thought process and challenges.

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 that 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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