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Rookie Awards 2023

The 13th Annual Rookie Awards is open to young creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3d visualisation. There is simply no better way to launch your career and start sharing your amazing work online.

Rookie Awards 2023



Adobe gives everyone, from emerging artists to global brands, everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences.

Creative Cloud delivers the world’s leading creative desktop tools, mobile apps and services, enabling users to work effortlessly across devices for connected creative workflows.


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.


Precision workstations products deliver top-end performance with the latest desktop caliber processors and advanced thermals that keep your system running at high speeds so you can wait less and create more.

EA Sports

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs, and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sport through industry-leading sports video games, including Madden NFL football, FIFA soccer, NHL®️ hockey, and EA SPORTS UFC.

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.

Outpost VFX

Outpost VFX has studios in the UK, Montreal, Los Angeles and Mumbai from which it has recently delivered major film and streaming projects including The Wheel of Time, Foundation and Cowboy Bebop. Formed in 2013, Outpost is now home to over 450 people globally delivering high-end visual effects in a supportive and welcoming environment. Over recent years, Outpost has been the first VFX studio to introduce a raft of benefits designed to give the team more control over their work/life balance in the belief that happy, motivated people do the best creative work.

Weta FX

Wētā FX is the standard-bearer for creativity and innovation in visual effects and animation, attracting talent, partners, and clients that seek to push what is possible in pursuit of their artistic vision. Based in Wellington, with offices in Vancouver and Melbourne, they are roughly 1,500 of the most ambitious artists, engineers, and executives you’re likely to meet.

Over the last 30 years, Wētā FX’s ground-breaking work has earned them six visual effects Academy Awards®, twelve Academy Sci-Tech Awards, and six visual effects BAFTA Awards, in addition to the 34 Visual Effects Society Awards awarded by their peers. They are known for performance-driven animated characters such as Neytiri, Gollum, Kong and Caesar, as well as the worlds they create, including Pandora, Middle-earth and countless others. Most recently, Wētā FX’s work on Avatar: The Way of Water amazed audiences with never-seen-before innovations in water, facial performance, and real-time depth compositing.



Lenovo’s story has always been about shaping computing intelligence to create a better world. With the world’s widest portfolio of technology products, we deliver our vision of Smarter Technology for All through products, solutions, software, and services that individuals, communities, businesses, and entire populations need to fulfill their potential.


Maxon makes powerful software solutions for content creators working in 2D and 3D design, motion graphics, VFX, visualization, and games. Maxon’s product portfolio includes the Cinema 4D suite of 3D modeling, simulation, and animation technology, the Forger mobile sculpting app, the diverse Red Giant lineup of revolutionary editing, motion design, and filmmaking tools, the leading-edge, blazingly fast Redshift renderer and ZBrush, the industry-standard digital sculpting and painting solution.


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.



CLO is the world's leading 3D fashion design software, enabling countless brands and individual designers to create digital garments easily and accurately.


Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit


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.


Huion is a leading global provider of digital ink technology. With more than 10 years’ accumulation of experience in developing, manufacturing, and marketing graphic input devices, Huion has always been independent in the R&D section and innovation. Huion's vision is to bring digital ink solutions to more people around the world, and Huion also believes that the world is in your hands.


KitBash3D enables and inspires creators of the virtual frontier. They produce and distribute libraries of fully customizable 3D models comprising more than 10,000 premium assets used to create everything from futuristic utopias, to devastated war zones, cyberpunk underworlds, bustling modern metropolises, and much more. Since 2017, KitBash3D assets have been used on hundreds of feature film, television, and game projects to bring immersive, cinematic, and interactive worlds to life for entertainment companies including Marvel, Netflix, Warner Bros, HBO, EA, Ubisoft, Naughty Dog, 2K Games, as well as thousands of independent artists around the world.


Marmoset is the developer of Toolbag, the 3D artist's unified solution for real-time rendering, look-dev, texturing, and baking. Now featuring a brand new texture painting system, free asset library, and hardware-accelerated ray tracing engine delivering stunning image quality and industry-leading baking performance.

Marvelous Designer (CLO VIRTUAL FASHION LLC)

Marvelous Designer is the global leader in digital graphics solutions aimed at streamlining workflows for realistic 3D clothing. Marvelous Designer has become the industry standard for creating virtual clothing assets for the Game, VFX, Design and Architecture industries. With the most innovative pattern-based technology, anyone who wants to design clothing, whether for personal models or cinematic productions, can create their own designs easily. Simple, fast, stunning results. Let your imagination take the lead!

PlaySide Studios

PlaySide is the largest independent games studio in Australia, founded in 2012. With a wealth of experience and a passion for creativity, PlaySide has released over 70 titles across a range of platforms, including mobile, virtual reality, augmented reality, and PC. The company has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Take-Two Interactive, Activision Blizzard, Meta, Disney, Pixar, Warner Bros, and Nickelodeon.


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.


2G Studio

2G Studio is a leading Arch Viz Company in Indonesia with the aim to help their clients working on their marketing campaign.

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. 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.


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.


BINYAN is an integrated content agency.

Creating a sense of place and belonging for the world's most iconic landmarks.

Combining our collective knowledge from 3000+ world class projects, we push the limits to achieve effective multi-award-winning work.

Founded in 2007 with origins in creative innovation and real estate, you can find us in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New York, London, Dubai and everywhere in between.

Blowfish Studios

We are an Award-Winning Developer & Publisher of interactive entertainment based in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 2008 by industry veterans and led to this day by its founders. We distinguish ourselves by creating innovative and engaging games that push the latest technologies in tomorrow's next-gen gaming platforms. We are excited to be part of Animoca Brands, the leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification.


Browzwear’s pioneering 3D solutions for apparel design, development and merchandising are the key to a successful digital product lifecycle. Through the power of beautiful, true-to-life 3D, designers, developers, production and marketing can now collaborate effectively to get creative products to market faster than ever before. With Browzwear, brands and retailers around the world are connecting people and processes, reducing iterations and samples, and merchandising garments even before they are produced.


We are DNEG, one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation companies for the creation of feature film, television, and multiplatform content. DNEG employs more than 10,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Ghost VFX

Ghost VFX, Streamland Media’s visual effects division, is a leading visual effects house with Emmy® Award-winning talent and innovative technology bringing creative visions to life. Ghost VFX’s dedicated teams around the globe make the impossible possible, fulfilling the demands of studios and independent creators alike.

Alongside our sister post-production divisions within Streamland Media — Picture Shop, Formosa Group, and Picture Head — we bring together our industry-leading talent, technological sophistication, and creatively-driven philosophy to deliver an unparalleled and customized post-production experience.


GridMarkets supports rendering and simulations for Houdini, Maya, Cinema 4d, Blender, 3DS and Nuke with Mantra, Redshift, Renderman, Arnold and Vray. Meet demanding deadlines - run jobs in parallel using hundreds machines, Reduce project costs - use our discounted subscription and weekly pricing options, Simplify your pipeline - we supply licensing; sim/render/download in one easy step, Setup in seconds - submit from your 3D software using our (free) plugin, Render securely - large studios have successfully security audited our service, Count on us - our support team is global and available 24x7 when you need us.


We are CGI specialists that help brands and their agencies digitize whole portfolios and make them exciting for consumers.

Our offices are in Amsterdam, Bucharest and New York, and we're always on the look out for new talent. We believe that our success relies on the passion and talent of our people; your personal development is therefore highly valued. Life within INDG is never dull as we cherish diversity, passion and creativity.

Mighty Kingdom

Mighty Kingdom was founded in 2011 by a small team of dreamers who loved making games and wanted to change the way they were made. The company designs delightful game experiences with the world’s most recognised brands such as LEGO, Disney, Mattel, Sony, Funcom, Moose Toys, Spin Master and more, as well as developing its own original games. Our portfolio of games is crafted by a diverse team of developers from across Australia. Led by a desire to engage and delight players, we make exceptional experiences that connect our diverse talent with millions of people around the world. We make games with heart. We Love Fun. We want to share it with the world. We want you to be part of it.

On Animation Studio

ON Animation Studio Montreal will be offering a 4-week paid internship to an Artist (department to be determined)! The internship will either begin in the Summer of the Fall of 2021. The internship will ideally take place onsite.

Sini Software

Our mission is simple, we are developing world-class plugin products and tools that benefit you, the 3D artist. We are the only 3D software company resolving complex architectural visualisation workflow issues adding multi-threading functions to dramatically increase computational power to handle working on massive BIM models. Our aim is to expand our product range, supporting a wider range of 3D, BIM and Real-time softwares and deliver these products as cost-effectively as possible, offering you financial flexibility and helping you work faster and make more profit.

That's No Moon

We are a new independent AAA game development studio founded by veterans of some of the industry's most recognizable and acclaimed creative teams, established to craft a new generation of narrative-driven, genre-defining experiences that will span both interactive and linear media. With a roster of award-winning talent and decades of combined experience, That’s No Moon and its debut project are backed by an unprecedented partnership and more than $100 million investment from Smilegate—creators of the blockbuster ‘CROSSFIRE’ franchise.

Toon Boom

Creating award-winning software for animation and storyboarding Storyboard Pro and Harmony software provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. The world’s largest 2D animation studios choose Toon Boom to bring their TV series and feature films from ideation to screen.

Unsigned Studio

Unsigned Studio is a global team of creative professionals that enable people to experience and explore urban environments and infrastructure like never before. We make journeys unforgettable and tell stories that connect. Using visualisation, interactive, and creative technologies we shape how your audience sees your project.


beloFX was Founded in 2021, beloFX is a next-generation visual effects and technology company. We operate globally with outstanding teams based in Canada and the UK. This is an era of dramatic change in moving image technology and process. Our founding team, who have extensive experience in high-end visual effects, intend the company to be at the forefront of this transformation. At the heart of our ambition are collaborative tools that unify and optimize creative excellence, operational efficiency and client service. The liberating power of this technology enables creative organizations such as ours to work in fundamentally new ways, and develop exciting ideas for the future. We are dedicated to putting diversity, inclusion and equality at the forefront of our culture. We believe in creating an environment where different ideas and perspectives are championed and where each individual feels empowered to contribute.

realworld one

realworld one is the global leader in enterprise virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) software solutions, focusing on the life sciences, analytical, diagnostics and medical, pharmaceutical, chemical and processing industries. realworld one’s partners include several major, well-known companies such as Lonza, ZEISS, Illumina, Bio-Rad, Agilent, Becton Dickinson, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, QIAGEN, Tecan, Hologic and GEA Group among many others.