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The Rookies Launches 2019 Global Competition

9th annual Rookie Awards call for entries is open to all amateur creatives in VFX, animation, games, VR, motion graphics and 3D visualization. 

ADELAIDE -- Sponsored by Autodesk, The Rookies has announced the call for entries to their global competition, the Rookie Awards 2019, which is open to amateur creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3D visualization. The final submission deadline is May 31st, 2019. The Rookie Awards offers artists a “stamp of approval” as they start their transition from amateur to professional, enabling them to have their work seen, graded, and commented on by industry heavyweights. Entrants will compete to win studio internships, educational scholarships and prizes.

Since 2009, The Rookies have helped place more than 100 artists in jobs across Asia, Canada, Europe, Oceania and the US. These artists have gone on to work on films (such as Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Mummy, Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers) and AAA level games (such as Hellblade, Far Cry and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor). “Autodesk is proud to sponsor The Rookies again this year,” said Diana Colella, VP, Media & Entertainment Business Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk. “I’m continuously amazed and inspired by the passion, imagination, and incredible talent of aspiring artists, and look forward to seeing how this next generation raises the bar even higher.”

“In conjunction with our 9th Awards, we are launching a completely new community platform which has been in planning and development for over a year now,” noted Andrew McDonald, co-founder, The Rookies. “Entrants and judges are going to experience an application like no other, and with this competitive edge will allow us to grow for years to come. The Rookies co-founder Alwyn Hunt added, “We are really proud of our judging panel this year, which has a strong female voice with more than 50 incredibly talented and trailblazing women in their fields.”

The official categories for 2019 are: 3D Animation, Concept Design & Illustration, Visual Effects, Game Design & Development, Immersive Media, 3D Motion Graphics, Product Visualization and Architectural Visualization. Film of the Year (Visual Effects, 2D Animation and 3D Animation), and Game of the Year (Console and PC, Immersive Media and Mobile).

Important Dates: March 7, 2019: Open for Submissions; May 31, 2019: Submissions Closed; June 30, 2019: Finalists Announced; July 16, 2019: Winners Announced.

The Rookies is supported by some of the world’s smartest companies: Autodesk, Shutterstock, Unity, Epic Games, Allegorithic, Foundry, Blackmagic Design, Chaos Group, Yellowdog, SideFX, Pixologic and Wacom.

The following production studios are offering a range of fully paid internships and training programs to category winners: Weta Digital, Animal Logic, Polygon Pictures, Axis Animation, Electric Theatre Collective, CVD Studios, RodeoFX, NetherRealm, Monolith, Ninja Theory, BVN, Sarofsky. throughout Asian, Canada, Europe, Oceania, and the USA.

Source: The Rookies