VES is now accepting entries for its first-ever Student Award. The deadline for submissions is December 5, 2008, and the winning student will receive the award live at the 7th Annual VES Awards Show, to be held on February 21, 2009 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills.
The student award, sponsored by Autodesk, is to honor outstanding achievement in visual effects on any project that was created by a student or group of students while attending an accredited school. Qualified students at schools from all over the world are encouraged to send in their submissions before the December 5 deadline. The winning student will be provided with free airfare from anywhere around the world and two night's accommodation to attend the show. Rules and procedures can be found at www.vesawards.com.
The annual VES Awards show honors the most outstanding visual effects in film, television, animation, commercials, special venue projects and video games.
The categories open for submission are:
1. Outstanding Visual Effects In A Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture2. Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Feature Motion Picture3. Outstanding Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture4. Outstanding Visual Effects In A Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, Or Special5. Outstanding Visual Effects In A Broadcast Series6. Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects In A Broadcast Program7. Best Single Visual Effect Of The Year8. Outstanding Visual Effects In A Commercial9. Outstanding Visual Effects In A Special Venue Project10. Outstanding Real Time Visuals In A Video Game11. Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals In A Video Game12. Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Feature Motion Picture13. Outstanding Animated Character In An Animated Feature Motion Picture14. Outstanding Animated Character In A Live Action Broadcast Program Or Commercial15. Outstanding Effects Animation In An Animated Feature Motion Picture16. Outstanding Matte Paintings In A Feature Motion Picture17. Outstanding Matte Paintings In A Broadcast Program Or Commercial18. Outstanding Models And Miniatures In A Feature Motion Picture19. Outstanding Models And Miniatures In A Broadcast Program Or Commercial20. Outstanding Created Environment In A Feature Motion Picture21. Outstanding Created Environment In A Broadcast Program Or Commercial22. Outstanding Compositing In A Feature Motion Picture23. Outstanding Compositing In A Broadcast Program Or Commercial24. Outstanding Special Effects In A Feature Motion Picture25. Outstanding Special Effects In A Broadcast Program Or Commercial26. Outstanding Visual Effects In A Student Project
Last year's event attracted more than 1,000 visual effects artists and celebrities as the VES honored Steven Spielberg with its Lifetime Achievement Award. For the upcoming awards, VES will hand out the Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall and also honor Phil Tippett with the Georges Melies Award for his pioneering work in the field of visual effects.