More About the Contest
The Rookie Awards is open to all amateur artists. If you are trying to break into the creative media and entertainment industry, you are eligible. Students, recent graduates and self-taught artists are allowed to enter.
The goal of this Awards is to help encourage and motivate artists to share their work. It’s not just about winning. It’s about building your confidence and finding out how your skills stack up against other artists around the world on the same journey.
- Get together all your best digital work. This could include finished projects, work-in-progress, sketches or even team projects.
- Find the Rookie of the Year category that best suits your skills. You can pick more than one. Create an entry that showcases your best work in this field. Share the work you would share with a recruiter (btw, they are here snooping).
- Take advantage of our page builders and get creative.
- Consider submitting work to other key categories such as Film of the Year or Game of the Year. If you are part of a team, just nominate one person to enter your project and tag everyone else as collaborators.
- Interested in winning a Studio Internship or School Scholarship? There are plenty to choose from. Just tick the ones you’d like when submitting your Rookie of the Year entry.
- Stop thinking about entering, just take a chance. Most of our success stories are from people that didn’t win and thought it would never lead to anything.
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Rookie of the Year
These contests are open to individual artists. Select the industries that relate to your work and show the judges your very best work.
Entries should include content specifically created for feature animated films/shorts. The key is that all elements should be full CG - environments, characters, set, props, animation and effects. There should be no live action plates here.
Visual effects involves the integration of live-action footage and generated imagery to create photo realistic environments, characters, sets, props, animation and effects that would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, or simply impossible to capture on film.
Concept Art & Illustration
Concept Art & Illustrations are created for feature film, computer games, story narrative, theme parks, advertising and fan-art purposes.
Game Design & Development
Projects entered can include any content specifically with the intention of contributing to a computer game. This includes models, environments, animations, fx elements, level design and more. The judges will be looking for the best creative and/or technical submissions for this massive category.
Looking for artists creating content specifically for use with virtual reality headsets. The judges are wanting to see completed games, apps, immersive experiences and all the elements involved in pushing this technology to the next level.
Open to artists who specialise in Architectural Visualisation. This is content created to help visualise building interiors and exteriors, landscaping, town planning and sustainability.
Focused on the art of visualising products, furniture, and gadgets that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production. Judges looking to see the process from concept design through to completed renderings and even real-world prototypes.
3D Motion Graphics
Motion graphics are a way to communicate with the viewer, and add depth to a story. Together with music and effective copy, they can give us a message. We use them to create ads, title sequences for movies, videos and to share information.
Film of the Year
Open to individuals and teams that have created short films using 2D Animation, 3D Animation and Visual Effects.
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.
Looking for the very best in 3D animated short films. The films can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects will be considered.
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.
Game of the Year
Open to individuals and teams that have created games for console, mobile and immersive media.
Console & PC
Looking for the very best games for PC & Console. The games can be created by both teams and individuals. Trailers and unfinished projects allowed, but finished games preferred.
This category is for individuals and teams that have created a game for mobile devices. The judges are looking for finished games here, but feel free to submit trailers if necessary.
Team and individual games that have been designed to use the latest immersive media headsets and systems. Completed projects preferred, but game play examples and trailers accepted.
There is simply no better way to launch your career with a fully paid Internship at these incredible companies from around the world.
3D Animation - Oceania
Animal Logic is looking for an Intern to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
3D Animation - Canada
Animal Logic is looking for an Intern to join their team and experience what's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
3D Animation - Asia
Polygon Pictures is looking for an Intern to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
Visual Effects - Oceania
Weta Digital is looking for an Animation Intern to join the team for one month of experience with their world-class team of Animators.
Visual Effects - United States
Electric Collective Theatre in Los Angeles is looking for an Intern to join their team. ETC is an independent, award-winning collective comprised of a super-talented, diverse bunch of artists, makers and innovators. We're home to the best talent in the business across all visual creativity disciplines; CGI, 2D, animation and colour grading. We’re obsessed with producing the most creative, visionary and quality work in the industry. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
Visual Effects - Canada
RodeoFX and CVD VFX are looking for 2 x Interns respectfully to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
Visual Effects - Europe
Electric Theatre Collective and Axis Animation are looking for 2 x Interns respectfully to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
Game Design & Development - United States
Monolith and NetherRealm are looking for 2 x Junior Associates to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of these world renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
Game Design & Development - United Kingdom
Ninja Theory is looking for an Intern to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly. https://ninjatheory.com
3D Motion Graphics - United States
Sarofsky is looking for a junior artist to join their team and experience what it's like to be part of this world-renowned studio. Apply for this opportunity to launch your career instantly.
Architecture Visualisation - Oceania
This amazing opportunity is open to aspiring Arch-viz artists wanting to work with a team that produces award-winning projects. The aim is to help an artist kick start their career, working amongst renowned artists and gaining valuable insight into the working life inside this studio. The winner will receive feedback from experienced artists on their work, developing their knowledge of the feature animation pipeline and will be evolving their skill set on some of the most exciting projects in production.
There is simply no better way to improve your skills than through a scholarship at these world class educational facilities.
UTS Animal Logic
Established in 2017, the Academy is a custom built VFX studio and teaching facility at the UTS campus in Sydney Australia. Fast track your career with this incredible opportunity powered by both UTS and Animal Logic.
Think Tank Training Center
Think Thank Training Centre is offering 4 x Scholarship packages to put towards any of their Online training programs. Look no further if you want to take your skills to the next level this year.
Rising Sun Pictures Education
Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) creates inspirational visual effects for major studios worldwide. We have worked on many big Hollywood blockbusters and contributed VFX to over 120 movies.
Flinders University / CDW Studios
Flinders University / CDW Studios are offering a 12 month Scholarship package for either the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Digital Media) Honours program or the Graduate Diploma in Digital Production for Entertainment Design. Look no further if you want to take your skills to the next level this year.
Vancouver Film School
Vancouver Film School are offering a 12 month Scholarship package for their Animation & Visual Effects program. Gain experience with traditional arts, computer animation, and cinematic storytelling skills in a professional, student environment. This truly is an opportunity worth applying for today.
Lost Boys | School of VFX
Lost Boys | School of VFX has 20+ years of excellence on offer. They are offering two Scholarships, one for each of their intensive and focused Effects and Compositing Certificate programs at their Montreal location. Apply for this opportunity and Lost Boys will provide the skills that will allow you stand out in a highly competitive Field.
CG Master Academy
CG Master Academy, the leading online school for arts education, is offering a scholarship valued at $2,000. CGMA is a company founded by industry professionals that offer the most relevant information possible so artists can enter the industry equipped with the skills they need.
Don't quite fit any of the other contests listed above? The contests in this specialty group might be exactly what you've been looking for.
All great digital artists start at a young age. This is why we have a category open specifically for young artists from around the world to showcase their passion and amazing skills.
Lawyer talk ahead
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