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The Rookies

Axis are proud to announce that we are one of the sponsors of The Rookies; The Rookies award is one of the most lucrative and highest honours a student studying digital media and entertainment could hope to win.

Established in 2009 by Andrew McDonald and Alwyn Hunt who have worked in the film and TV industry for over 15 years decided to create these awards to challenge students to push themselves to create stunning animations, breath-taking visual effect and stimulating digital visualization. These awards were created to showcase the individuals who are not only up-and-comers but also the future of the digital media and art industry.

For nearly ten years, The Rookies have drawn attention from some of the biggest studios around the globe and is quite rightly regarded as the ‘holy grail’ for students leaving education and beginning their professional career in a studio.

We are also delighted to announce that our very own CEO at Axis Animation; Richard Scott will be joining the judging panel at this year’s Rookie Awards. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to have their work critiqued from a range of professionals from the industry.

This year’s categories include; Feature Animation, Digital Illustration, Visual Effects, Game
Development, Virtual Reality, 3D Motion Graphics, Product Visualisation and Architecture
Visualisation. Film of the Year (Visual Effects, 2D Animation and 3D Animation), and Game of
The Year (Console and PC, Virtual Reality and Mobile).

Previous entrants of the Rookies have gone on to gain employment and worked on some of the biggest games and movies around the globe. Some of these lucky individuals have been able to work on Hollywood Blockbusters such as ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, and worked on some great AAA games such as ‘Far Cry’ and ’Middle-Earth – Shadow of Mordor’.

The Rookies are currently accepting submissions for this year’s awards and the entrants' work is looking absolutely stunning.

Please see below for a list of important dates for the competition;

  • March 7: Submissions open
  • May 15: Submissions close
  • June 29: Finalists announced
  • July 11: Winners announced

So what are you waiting for? Head over to The Rookies Website now to view some of the work already submitted or for more information on eligibility to submit and how to enter.

Everyone at Axis would like to wish good luck to anyone who decides to take advantage of this great opportunity and look forward to seeing some absolutely fantastic work!

Enter now: The Rookies