Adelaide, Australia, 7th March 2019 — Sponsored by Autodesk, The Rookies has announced the call for entries to their global competition the Rookie Awards 2019. The contest is open to amateur creatives in visual effects, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics and 3D visualisation. 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 Rookie Awards again this year. 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,” said Diana Colella, VP, Media & Entertainment Business Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk.

“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. Entrants and judges are going to experience an application like no other, and we believe this competitive edge will allow us to grow for years to come.” said Andrew McDonald, co-founder, The Rookies.

“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,” said Alwyn Hunt, co-founder, The Rookies.

Official Categories:
3D Animation, Concept Design & Illustration, Visual Effects, Game Design & Development, Immersive Media, 3D Motion Graphics, Product Visualisation and Architectural Visualisation. 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:
07 March 2019: Open for Submissions.
31 May 2019: Submissions Closed.
30 June 2019: Finalists Announced.
16 July 2019: Winners Announced.

The Rookie Awards 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.

Further information can be found here:
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Promo Video: http://bit.ly/2tLgz9P
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