Put simply, there would be no contests without the incredible support we have from our sponsors. We are humbled to work with so many incredible people who are passionate about supporting the next generation of creative minds.


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Autodesk is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries—including the last 22 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas before they’re ever built or created. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of our 3D software customers is everywhere you look.



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Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology. And that’s because its philosophy is refreshing and simple – to help true creativity blossom. Blackmagic Design’s founders have had a long history in post-production editing and engineering. With extensive experiences in high-end telecine, film and post, harnessed with a real passion for perfection, Blackmagic Design set out to change the industry forever.


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Epic Games

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine technology brings high-quality games to PC, console, mobile, VR and AR platforms. Developers also use Unreal to create photorealistic visualizations, interactive product designs, films, virtual productions, mixed reality TV broadcasts and animated entertainment.


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Shutterstock is a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools and services, powering the creative process. Shutterstock serves marketing agencies, media organizations, production companies around the world. Working with its growing community of over 250,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 150 million images and more than 8 million video clips available.




Substance, an Adobe company, is the industry standard for texturing and material authoring. Substance develops the new generation of 3D texturing software: Substance Painter, Substance Designer and Substance Alchemist. With most AAA game studios using these tools, Substance has become the industry standard for creating next-generation PBR (Physically Based Rendering) assets. These tools are also rapidly expanding to the VFX/Film and Design industries.


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Unity is the creator of the world’s most widely used real-time 3D (RT3D) development platform, giving developers around the world the tools to create rich, interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Our 1000 person engineering team keeps Unity at the bleeding-edge of technology by working alongside partners such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Oculus to ensure optimized support for the latest releases and platforms. Experiences made with Unity reach nearly 3 billion devices worldwide across 25 platforms. Unity is powering RT3D in architecture, automotive, construction, engineering, film, games, and more.



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Chaos Group

Chaos Group is a worldwide leader in computer graphics and maker of the Academy Award-winning 3D renderer, V-Ray. For more than two decades, Chaos Group has helped artists and designers across the globe produce and visualize everything from groundbreaking architecture to blockbuster visual effects. Serving the full spectrum of creative industries, including architecture, interior and product design, automotive, advertising, games, VFX for TV and film, and software development, Chaos Group is dedicated to advancing the future of 3D visualization, digital filmmaking, VR, and rendering technology. Chaos Group is committed to helping the next generation of CG artists, architects and designers get started in rendering through Chaos Group Education. It is also the company behind the immensely popular weekly podcast, CG Garage.


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Foundry designs creative software technologies used to deliver award-winning visual effects and 3D content for the design, visualization and entertainment industries. Foundry’s software advances the art and technology of visual experience in partnership with creative leaders across the globe. It enables clients like Pixar, Mercedes-Benz, ILM, Weta Digital, The Moving Picture Company and Sony Pictures Imageworks to turn incredible ideas into reality by solving complex creative challenges.


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Founded in 1997, Pixologic Incorporated develops and markets innovative software tools for the film and video, games, graphic design and illustration markets. ZBrush is a graphics application aimed at simplifying the science behind generating computer graphics. ZBrush appeals to a wide audience by providing empowering tools that give users intuitive and visual control over the digital images they create. By providing a unique synthesis of 2D and 3D capabilities in a single stand-alone tool, ZBrush collapses economic and ease-of-use barriers to creating stunning images.


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SideFX is a world leader in the development of 3D animation and visual effects software for use in film, commercials and video games. SideFX’s Academy Award-winning Houdini software utilizes a node-based procedural approach which provides digital artists with an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control. Houdini’s comprehensive feature set includes modelling, rigging, animation, particle effects, dynamics, compositing, integrated rendering, and more. Houdini is available for the Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.


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Inspired by natural human abilities to create, our patented pen and touch input technology allows freedom of expression, inspired creativity, and drastic improvements in productivity, control and comfort. From product development and graphic design to the media and entertainment sectors, Wacom facilitates the work of individuals and workgroups with truly natural ways to work with digital content. At Wacom, we believe that technology should be easy to use and simple to understand. With products that rely on human intuition and natural movement, we strive to bring people and technology closer together.




YellowDog is the ultimate Cloud Render solution. It gives studios and artists on-demand access to industry-leading computing power. YellowDog supports cloud rendering for CPU and GPU pipelines with unrivalled scale, speed, and service.



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3D Artist

3D Artist is an authoritative and well-respected source of inspiration for those working or aspiring to be working in the CGI industry. Every product in the 3D Artist portfolio features guides for awe-inspiring images, interviews and career advice from industry insiders and behind-the-scenes access on major 3D projects. 3D Artist covers all software and disciplines.


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3dtotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3d resource website. Over the following years the site evolved into one of the world’s premier CG art websites, offering a variety of training products, an inspirational gallery, free texture libraries and hundreds of free tutorials on a variety of subjects. To this day 3dtotal continues to promote talented artists around the world and share insightful tutorials on a growing number of topics but has also established itself as one of the most exciting art book publishers in the world today, working with incredibly talented artists from a range of professional creative fields.


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3D World

3D World is a magazine and website published by Future plc whose main focus is 3D animation, visual effects, videogame design, illustration and architectural visualisation.


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80.lv is a media resource for game developers and 3d artists. The website covers a wide range of topics, from 3d modelling, material creation, to VFX production and environment design. Over the years it became one of the best sources for 3d-related news and exclusive interviews with industry professionals.


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Animal Logic

Animal Logic is an independent Australian company that has been at the forefront of producing award-winning design, animation and visual effects for over 25 years. With creative studios in Sydney and Vancouver and offices for the company’s development arm, Animal Logic Entertainment, in Sydney and Los Angeles, Animal Logic continues to forge new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop and produce stories that resonate with a global audience.


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Animation World Network is the largest animation-related publishing group on the Internet, providing readers from over 151 countries with a wide range of interesting, relevant and helpful information pertaining to all aspects of animation. Covering areas as diverse as animator profiles, independent film distribution, commercial studio activities, licensing, CGI and other animation technologies, as well as in-depth coverage of current events in all fields of animation, AWN gives its readers an easy to navigate, visually and intellectually creative mechanism to electronically access a wealth of information previously unavailable anywhere in the world.



Axis Studios

Axis Studios has one common goal: deliver the unexpected. We achieve this through creative freedom. Total transparency. A straight-talking attitude. This is the Axis way. The output and artistry differs across each of our studios, but the aims are unshakably the same. Be distinctive. Be insightful. Be challenging. We are Axis Studios.


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BVN is an architecture studio with origins in Australia. Our 90-year-old heritage has allowed us to create a broad portfolio of built work internationally. We value design, diversity and innovation.


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CG Cookie

We create brilliant training for animation artists and game developers. With streaming videos made by a team of VFX and game addicts, we teach 3D based on open-source software Blender, and game development based on Unity. Our goal is to teach digital art the right way: focusing on WHY rather than just showing HOW. With tutors who are not anonymous droids but real humans who respond to emails and say hi via live stream, and an incredibly supportive global community of 1000s of artists working towards their dreams, CG Cookie is the most fun alternative to a traditional art school (minus the tuition loans).


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CG Record

Managed by CG Record Media, CG Record is a website for Computer Graphics Artist. We publish news about CG software and put a spotlight a CG work.


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CVD VFX is an award-winning, full-service visual effects studio based in North Vancouver. Focusing on compositing and industry-leading stylization, our studio is recognized for consistently and professionally delivering the highest quality in VFX. Some recent credits include Game over, man! | 12 Strong | Dirk Gently s2 | Fargo s3 | Dark Matter s3 | Lemony Snickets: A series of Unfortunate Events | The Shack | Mass Effect: Andromeda | Anthem


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Double Negative

Multi-award- winning Double Negative (Dneg) is one of the world's leading providers of visual effects for Film with facilities in London, Vancouver and Mumbai. In recent years it’s operation has expanded into television and feature animation with Double Negative TV (DNegTV) in London and Los Angeles, and Double Negative Feature Animation in London.


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Electric Theatre Collective

Electric Theatre Collective is a visual effects company with a difference: we are a young collective of artists and makers with a point of view and we pride ourselves on our new ideas, creativity and above all, people. Since setting up shop in Soho in 2011, London, Electric Theatre has established itself as a leading post house. Fast Forward to 2015 and a handpicked team of talent crossed the Atlantic and landed in Los Angeles to launch our stateside venture.


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Image Engine

Image Engine is a visual effects studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 1995, the studio specializes in character/creature design and animation, digital environments, VFX supervision, and concept art among other services.


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Media temple

Since Media Temple began in 1998 in Los Angeles, we’ve been on a mission to help web developers, designers, digital entrepreneurs, and innovators bring their ideas to life online. We’ve seen a lot of technology trends come and go. But one thing has never changed: our commitment to our customers’ success. It’s what drives us to offer the best web hosting service and support available anytime, anywhere.


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Monolith Productions

Monolith Productions – From the moment we plugged in our first PC in October ’94, Monolith has been obsessed with combining stunning visuals, inventive narratives and cutting-edge technology to bring a distinctive gaming experience to both PC and console. Starting with our first PC game, the terrifying, first-person action game Blood, straight through to our latest release, third-person action game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, our passion for storytelling and dedication to creating unique gaming experiences continues to drive us to bring immersive gaming experiences to our fans.


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NetherRealm Studios

The creative team that brought the Mortal Kombat franchise to life is now NetherRealm Studios, part of the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment family. With over 20 years of creation under our belts, NetherRealm’s mission remains the same; to create cutting-edge entertainment and deliver industry-leading tech, game art and overall gaming experiences. NetherRealm Studios is a collaborative and creative environment, constantly striving to up the ante on what is possible in interactive entertainment.


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Ninja Theory

Ninja Theory Ltd. was formed in 2004 by four partners, including current Directors Nina Kristensen (Chief Development Director), Tameem Antoniades (Chief Creative Director) and Jez San OBE (Non-Executive Director). The studio pride themselves on striving for the highest production values and continually pushing the boundaries of technology, art and design to create evermore exciting video game experiences. The BAFTA award-winning developer of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Disney Infinity 3.0, DmC: Devil May Cry, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and Heavenly Sword.


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Polygon Pictures

Founded in July 1983, PPI is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan and produces cutting-edge entertainment content in keeping with our mission is to do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for the world to see and enjoy.


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Rodeo FX

Rodeo FX is renowned for its groundbreaking and award-winning visual imagery for Feature Films, Television Series and Commercials. Our state of the art facilities in Montreal, Quebec, Los Angeles and Munich house a collective of world-class VFX artists who combine their talent, imagination and technological innovation to create outstanding Visual Effects. Since its inception in 2006, our team strive to discover new and innovative ways to deliver inspiring work. With experienced artistry, we take great pride in working collaboratively in order to help convey a director’s vision.




Established in 2009, Sarofsky specializes in design-driven production, working with a broad range of clients in the advertising, broadcast, network, film and entertainment industries. Their artists use design, animation, visual effects, computer graphics, editorial and live action to collaborate with clients, from concept to delivery, producing work that is visceral, innovative and diverse. Sarofsky produces work that crosses all platforms, including commercials, television and film main title sequences, UI and HUD design animating and implementation, special sequences, short and long format social media content and assets for AR and VR.


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Weta Digital

Weta Digital is one of the world’s premier visual effects companies. Ground-breaking performance-driven digital characters like Smaug, Gollum, Kong, Neytiri, and Caesar (from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) are widely acknowledged as some of the best digital characters ever put on screen. Weta's development of revolutionary virtual production workflows for Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, and the Hobbit trilogy has firmly integrated digital production techniques into the film production paradigm. Weta Digital has six visual effects Oscars® and six visual effects BAFTAs to its credit.